Many local businesses report recruitment challenges — but our region continues to have high unemployment amongst young people. How can that be?
To mark the end of the successful Talent Match employability programme for 18-24 year olds BVSC is holding a special ‘Open Minds’ Breakfast event on Friday 22nd March, from 07.30am-10.30am at the International Convention Centre, Birmingham.
The event will celebrate the achievements of the programme, consider lessons learnt and the legacy of this major Big Lottery-funded programme.
This special free breakfast event will hear from those at the sharp end: young people who have overcome difficulties to get a job; businesses that have supported them — and those who recognise the challenges that can sometimes prevent young people from getting into sustainable employment. Practical lessons learned from the five-year Birmingham and Solihull Talent Match programme will help illuminate the issues.
West Midlands Mayor Andy Street will speak about the issues and possible solutions whilst employers will also be asked to consider further ‘opening their minds’ — to recognise and appreciate the opportunities of employing young people regardless of their personal barriers.
A ‘Question Time’-style discussion will be hosted by Editor-in-chief of Reach plc in the Midlands, Marc Reeves.
If you’re still concerned about the future for the city’s school leavers and young people, this event will provide an opportunity to learn, discuss — and open minds.
Programme for the event:
07.30-08.15 Registration and breakfast
08.15-09.20 Key note speakers include WM Mayor, Andy Street
09.20-09.45 Q+A panel, hosted by Marc Reeves
09.45-10.30 Networking and close