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Youth unemployment on agenda at summit

Published Monday, 19 November 2012

The thorny issue of tackling youth unemployment is on the agenda at a summit organised by a group of local authorities and the heads of key voluntary sector organisations.

The North London Strategic Alliance (NLSA) and the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations (ACEVO) will be hosting the summit at Tottenham Town Hall to look for new ways of tackling worklessness and giving young people the skills and education they need to get into the world of work.

The summit leads on from ACEVOs commission on youth unemployment and speakers include NLSA chair, Cllr Chris Robbins and MP David Milliband, the chair of the ACEVO commission.

Enfield Council's Cabinet Member for Business and Regeneration, Cllr Del Goddard, who devised the idea for the event, Jonathan Portes, the Director of the National Institute for Economic and Social Research, are amongst others will be taking part in a panel debate.

Cllr Del Goddard, said: Our experience in Enfield as well as the rest of north and east London is that despite a national improvement in employment the situation here is that young people are increasingly unable to find work, including those qualified young people leaving college and university.

"For young people without qualifications and work experience the picture is even bleaker and many face a very uncertain future. Our efforts are to help young people find jobs and be able to take them up as well as work to create more jobs in the area."

"This event is designed to bring together employers and those people who provide services for young people in north London to ensure we can all work together more effectively to make sure our young people get the support they need to find and retain work."

Cllr Chris Robbins, Leader of Waltham Forest Council, said: “Youth unemployment is a serious issue and we need to understand the barriers that young people face when trying to access work so that we can provide them with the tools they need to overcome them. With the number and variety of jobs available in the capital it is unacceptable that young people in North and East London are struggling to find employment.

"Unless we address this problem now we will be left with a lost generation of alienated and unemployed people.”

The outcome of the discussions will be used to plan and influence how services are delivered in the future. 

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