David Lammy MP leads call for lasting solutions to youth unemployment
Published by NewlonHousingTrust for Newlon Housing Trust in Communities and also in Local Government
David Lammy MP will be one of the participants at an action packed event being held at Tottenham Town Hall on the morning of the 14th February which aims to help find lasting solutions for the scourge of youth unemployment.
The shortage of jobs for young people threatens to be a generational time-bomb with the latest government figures showing that one in five 16-24 year olds, nearly a million young people, are currently out of work.
With fears growing for a lost generation, local MP David Lammy will be leading the panellists at the ‘ideas into action’ conference being organised by London based regeneration charity Newlon Fusion.
The event gathers together industry and community experts from the public, private and voluntary sectors along with young people facing the challenge of gaining employment, to explore finding real solutions for creating lasting job opportunities.
With 100 delegates already scheduled to attend and a panel including David Lammy, Joanna Hills from the Construction Youth Trust and Kim Chaplain, Business Development Director at the Mayor’s Fund for Youth, interacting with a panel of young people, creative sparks are bound to fly.
Graham Watts, Newlon Fusion’s Enterprise Manager says “we’re hoping that the interaction between industry leaders and people with the experience of mentoring young people into work and young people themselves will help us to come up with some really great ideas for kick starting job opportunities for younger Londoners.”
“Youth unemployment is a challenge that we must face up to” said Viv Nichols, Chief Officer of Newlon Fusion. “We want to bring together the right people to create a clear vision that people can act on. For instance, we are asking people to open up their networks to include young people in order to expand employment opportunities in a practical way.”
Phillip Wereko, a student who attends Islington Consortium 6 college will be one of the panellists on the day and he explains that “whether it’s a job you need or other targets you’ve set yourself anything can be achieved if you put your mind to it. I’m not telling you its going to be easy, I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it.”
There’s still time to come along to the day, or contribute to being part of the solution, so put your ideas into action by signing up to attend at www.newlonfusion.org.uk/ideas.html. If you can’t make it, you can track the event at #londonfutures or follow @newlonfusion for updates.