EMVY Forum - Young People, Employment and Enterprise

Thursday, 3 July, 2014 - 12:00 to 16:00
Derby Enterprise Centre, Bridge Street, Derby DE1 3LD

Youth unemployment and underemployment rose sharply in the UK throughout the recent recession. Actions taken to address this issue appear to gaining momentum alongside a general but gradual economic recovery; with numbers of unemployed young people reducing. However, competition for jobs remains fierce and fears of a disconnect between the aspirations of our young people and the skills needs of the East Midlands growth sectors endures. As a result the employment potential of our young people remains a key issue for government and the economic growth agenda.

This event takes a positive look at the direction of youth policy in England and the range of initiatives and interventions developing as a result. With a focus on what has and is working well in the East Midlands; the aim is to ‘connect the dots’ in order to improve pathways for young people into employment and enterprise.

The purpose of this event is to analyse the current state of play in relation to youth employment and unemployment, the direction of travel in policy and interventions and the role that the VCS can play in achieving positive outcomes.

The event will incorporate a range of different perspectives including the current position on youth unemployment across England and the East Midlands, national policy in relation to young people and employment, opportunities to build stronger relationships with our local growth sectors and examples of successful interventions from across the region having a positive impact.

The event will be interactive throughout with lots of opportunity for discussion, learning from local experience and to consider the forward role of the VCS.

Draft Agenda




Members networking lunch

Get to know your EMVY colleagues over a light lunch


Formal agenda commences 1pm

Chair’s Welcome

Setting the scene

Simon Worsley, Chair, EMVY

Keynote address:

Coordinating youth policy for better employment outcomes

Cabinet Office now holds the cross departmental ring for all policy ‘youth’.  This session will analyse how youth policy is being shaped nationally to ensure better outcomes

Richard Benstead, Youth Policy Lead, Cabinet Office

Investing in young people

Young people and their role in the local economy:

  • Taking a strategic focus – perspectives from a Local Enterprise Partnerships
  • The needs of industry – learning from experience in the life & bio sciences sector


Local Enterprise Partnership (tbc)

Medilink East Midlands


Learning from Success

Examples of successful approaches and interventions :

  • Learning from Talent Match
  • Stimulating youth enterprise

James Argent – Programmes Manager and Emma Sparham, The Princes Trust


  • Benefits of cross sector working in ‘joining the dots’ – development of the Nottingham Youth Contract

Nottingham City Council

4pm – Summary and close


Booking information

This event is free for members of EMVY and £20 for non-members, who will be invoiced after they have booked their place.

Booking can be made via the One East Midlands website by clicking here and then on the “Register Now” button.

For further information on this event email emvy@one-em.org.uk.

EMVY membership

If you are unsure if your organisation is a member of EMVY visit www.oneeastmidlands.org.uk/emvymembers or contact Claire Chapman, Information and Membership Officer, at emvy@one-em.org.uk or on 0115 934 8471.

The EMVY network is free to join. For further information on the network and to apply visit www.oneeastmidlands.org.uk/emvy and download, complete and return the application form within 24 hours of booking on to this event. If we do not receive your completed application form or you do not meet the eligibility criteria for membership we will charge you full price for this event.

Cancellation policy

Please note that we now operate a cancellation policy. Space at this event is extremely limited and it is anticipated that a reserve list will be in operation for this event. It is therefore requested that you inform the event organisers as soon as possible if you cannot attend for any reason so that we can offer your place to someone on the waiting list. Refunds will only be given if three clear working days notice is received of cancellation.

Free for members of EMVY and £20 for non-members
EMVY, part of One East Midlands
0115 934 8471