A major conference is being organised by the council and the business community looking at what can be done locally to tackle youth unemployment . It's a good example of why Labour in local government can make a difference even while we're in opposition.
The key theme of the event - on Tuesday 20 November - will be to look at
how a whole host of organisations can work together in a pledge
'Building A Better Future For Our Young People.'
Latest jobless figures for 16 to 24 year olds in Reading stand at 925.
Another 348 16 19 year olds are Not in Education, Employment or
There will be an update at the Reading Borough Council event on the
local economic picture, together with information on initiatives taking
place across the borough, and the opportunity to exchange ideas on what
else needs to be done to give young people greater opportunities for
employment and training.
O2 will present on their investment in projects to promote young
people's employment. Guests will also hear directly from some of
Reading's young unemployed about the barriers they face to finding jobs.
The Council hopes that by the end of the evening a number of practical
actions will be pledged, that everyone - including politicians,
employers and young people - can work together to tackle some of the
barriers to employment that young people are facing in the current
Among the areas to be covered are:
- High quality and appropriate work experience for all young people
- Coaching young people for the world of work
- Developing entrepreneurship
- Careers Advice
- Breaking down barriers to employing Young People
- Supported employment
- Opportunities to boost the local economy
The event - which runs from 5.30 to 8pm at the Town Hall - will feature
some facilitated sessions and people taking part will be asked to sign a
'Pledge' to make a difference. The sessions will also enable young
people to talk directly with local employers.
Council Leader Jo Lovelock, who is also Chair of the Reading Local
Strategic Partnership, said: 'The economic picture continues to be a
major cause for concern and, although Reading remains relatively
buoyant, it has not escaped unscathed from the downturn and one of the
most obvious economic impacts is youth unemployment and access to
education and training.
'While there are a number of initiatives in place to try and tackle this
we believe action is needed to ensure that young people know where to
go to get advice and support and we need to work with our partners from
the public, private and voluntary sectors if we are to really make a
difference. We have some ideas about how to tackle the issues, but we
are certain there are other views that can contribute to the solution.
In particular we want young people involved so they can tell us what
they believe we can do to try and improve their opportunities.'
The event is open to everyone. To find out more contact firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 0118 937 2119. To book a place online go to http://goo.gl/BByPR