We’re delighted to announce ARE’s inaugural national youth employment conference, Strengthening Education to Employment Pathways for Black, Asian, and Mixed Heritage young people, aged 16-24, will be held this year on 22nd February 2024.
Thanks to generous funding from the Youth Futures Foundation, who are funding our Building Ethnic Diversity in the Youth Employability Sector, we are delighted to bring together an exciting line of speakers and practical workshops, all centered on tackling youth unemployment disparities!
📅 Date: Thursday, 22nd February 2024
⏰ Time: 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
📍 Venue: 8-10 Grosvenor Gardens, London, SW1W 0DH
Conference speakers include:
Barry Fletcher, CEO of the Youth Futures Foundation
Barry joined Youth Futures Foundation, the What Works centre for youth employment, as CEO in January 2023. Barry’s career has been dedicated to supporting people into work and helping young people fulfil their potential. Prior to joining Youth Futures Foundation Barry spent 3 years as CEO at Career Connect a youth focused Charity based in the North West.
Barry is passionate about increasing social mobility and supporting the most marginalised in society. This is reflected in the non-executive roles he has previously undertaken including serving on the Board of Youth Employment UK, ERSA, Careers England, and Chair of The Way Youth Zone, part of the Onside network.
David Hughes CBE , Chief Executive, Association of Colleges
David Hughes is Chief Executive of the Association of Colleges, representing and supporting further education colleges to fulfil their role as anchor institutions, supporting over 2 million students each year. He was awarded a CBE for services to further education, particularly during the Covid-19 response.
David has worked in post-16 education for over 25 years, including a decade as a senior civil servant. Before that he worked in Australia and the UK in community development, regeneration, welfare, employment and social housing.
David holds several Board positions including with the World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics and the Bell Foundation.
Darren De Souza, Senior Policy & Projects Officer, London Higher
Darren leads on London Higher’s policy areas of research, civic and international. With a particular focus on showcasing the impact of London HE locally, nationally and globally through this cross-cutting portfolio, he also leads on high-profile projects such as the London Higher Civic Map and the Global Majority Mentoring Programm to make the case for London HE.
Darren previously worked in higher education/research policy and communications in Brussels; he holds a first-class degree in History & Portuguese from the University of Leeds.
Jeremy Crook OBE, Chief Executive, Action for Race Equality
He has over 35 years’ experience of promoting diversity and inclusion and developing practical solutions in the public, private and civil society sector.
His current roles include: Metropolitan Police Service External Advisory Board (Chaired by the Commissioner); GLA Violence Reduction Unit Partnership Reference Group (Chaired by Mayor of London); West Ham United Foundation (Trustee); HMPPS External Advice and Scrutiny Panel (Chair); EQUAL National Independent Advisory Group (Vice Chair) and Thames Water’s Customer Challenge Group.
Read more on our team page.
Rommell Wallace, Founder & Director, Serious About Youth
Rommell is Co-founder and Director of Serious About Youth (SAY) which runs innovative workshops in colleges, schools and youth organisations to “positively influence” the attitudes and decisions of teenagers. It works with other youth organisations, educational institutions and employers by designing and delivering innovative, interactive and effective youth-focused employability and life skills training, as well as providing 1-2-1 IAG support and undertaking outreach activities to engage young people.
Sandra Kerr CBE, Race Equality Director, Business in the Community
Sandra works together with business leaders and government policy makers to influence action on race in the UK.
Prior to working at Business in the Community Sandra worked for DWP and the Cabinet Office. Between 2012 and 2016, Sandra chaired the DWP Ethnic Minority Employment Stakeholder Group, advising the Government on employment barriers facing individuals from ethnically diverse backgrounds.
Young people from ARE’s Youth Action Network
Ishitha, Taha and Muhammed are part of our specialist youth panel, called the Youth Action Network. They are amongst a group of young people shaping Building Ethnic Diversity in the Youth Employability Sector programme, and passionate about challenging discrimination in employment.
Agenda TBC but includes a range of practical workshops, presentations, panel discussions and perspectives shared by young people.
By joining, we believe participants will gain a deep understanding of the issues impacting ethnic minority young people when it comes to access to equitable employment opportunities, and learn more about practical solutions that can transform their aspirations and ambitions into meaningful and thriving realities – without a glass ceiling.
As part of our vision for change, ARE hopes to:
✨ To unite community groups, change makers and young people in their understanding of the systemic barriers hindering employment opportunities for young Black, Asian and Minority ethnic people.
✨ To explore the impact and effectiveness of employability and mentoring interventions, access to apprenticeships, and the role of educational institutions in shaping future careers.
✨ To hear about practical solutions and actions for inclusive recruitment by employers and policymakers.
✨ To showcase real stories from our young talents and their experiences within ARE’s employability programmes with partners
✨ To help youth-led organisations shape future strategies for enhancing their work with ethnic minority-led youth employment brokerage organisations.
Did you know?
Along with other youth and community-led organisations, we want to see long-lasting change and a commitment to better outcomes for our young people from policy-makers and corporations alike.
This national event is perfect for you, if you’re….
- An Employer – Human Resources/Talent and CSR lead
- A Higher Education (HE) and Further Education (FE) professional – career, apprenticeship, and employer connector lead
- Employment brokerage and organisation
- Young person eager to shape their future
- Funder or Trust commissioning employment services for young mind
Join us on February 22nd and be part of this vital conversation. Book your spot now to contribute to solutions addressing employment disparities facing Black, Asian, and Mixed Heritage young people.
It’s time to take action on youth unemployment!
Booking is essential to guarantee your place.
Contact Victoria Atanda, Project Support Officer, for queries.