Supporting Young People into Employment: The Youth Obligation & Early Intervention in Schools

Confirmed Speakers Include:

  • Nicholas Robinson, Skills Strategy Lead, Labour Market Directorate, DWP
  • Natalie Cramp, Chief Operating Officer, The Careers & Enterprise Company
  • Ahmed Almusawy, Apprentice, The Careers & Enterprise Company
  • Laura-Jane Rawlings, Founder & Chief Executive, Youth Employment UK
  • Councillor Kevin Cranney, Chair, Regeneration Services Committee, Hartlepool Council
  • Lesley Giles, Director, The Work Foundation (event chair)
  • Mark Sargeant, Director of Business Development, Partnerships & Marketing, Prevista
  • Mo Reffas, Supply Chain Manager, Prevista


The Youth Obligation is scheduled to go live in April 2017. 18-21 year old job seekers receiving Universal Credit will be expected to take part in an intensive activity programme from day 1 of their claim. They will be referred to training and encouraged to take up an apprenticeship. Should they not be on either after six months, they will be referred to a mandatory work placement. Other planned interventions will come earlier in the form of greater Jobcentre Plus support in schools and a greater role for role National Careers Service in providing information, advice & guidance.

Join us on 1st December for an up to date brief on Government measures to tackle youth unemployment and to discuss good practice in supporting young people into work.

Key Issues to be Addressed Include:

  • Government policies to tackle youth unemployment
  • Implementing the Youth Obligation: preparing for April 2017
  • Intensive activity programmes, referral to training & apprenticeships & mandatory placements
  • Jobcentre Plus support in schools
  • The role of the National Careers Service in providing information, advice & guidance
  • The role of the Careers & Enterprise Company in coordinating support
  • Working in partnership to offer tailored support
  • Engaging young people with easily accessible information
  • Offering good quality apprenticeships & training
  • Giving young people the opportunity to expand their qualifications & skills

The Event:

The morning session will examine government policies to tackle youth unemployment, implement the Youth Obligation and improve early intervention in schools.

The afternoon session will focus on good practice in supporting young people into employment, specifically looking at developing an integrated partnership approach.

Who Should Attend?

Anyone with an interest in tackling youth unemployment, including: FE institutions; local authorities; welfare to work providers; Jobcentre Plus; benefit advisers; employers; advice & support providers; youth groups; and skills & training providers.

For registration enquiries please contact: |
0207 593 5657

To discuss event sponsorship, speaking opportunities and agenda content, please email:

Thursday 1st December 2016

11.00am - 3.30pm (including networking lunch)

Private Sector | 1 Place: £295 | 2+ Places: £245 each
Public Sector | 1 Place: £235 | 2+ Places: £185 each
Registered Charities | £150 each
Above prices exclude VAT

Background Quote

We’re making Britain a country that works for everyone, not just the privileged few and that includes our young people. We’ve made good progress, with youth unemployment down by over 300,000 since 2010. But there’s more to do, which is why we’re introducing the new Youth Obligation for 18 to 21-year-olds to help ensure that more young people are earning or learning and have the opportunity to progress in the labour market.

Damian Hinds MP, Minister for Employment, August 2016

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