Key Points
  • Implementing the Government's Plan for Jobs and delivering Government funded support schemes including Kickstart and Restart
  • Supporting the employment sector to meet urgent growing demand
  • Preventing the growth of long-term unemployment and transitioning from benefits to sustainable and skilled employment
  • Remedying the dramatic rise in youth unemployment and preventing a displaced generation
  • The role of businesses in boosting skills for workforce recovery
  • Strategies to overcome the disability employment gap and provide more inclusive job opportunities
  • Improving employment opportunities for people with complex needs such as substance abuse, mental health problems and histories of offending
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Overview
Expert Speakers:

  • Elizabeth Taylor, Chief Executive, Employment Related Service Association
  • Karina Stibbards, Deputy Director, Enhanced Employment Support, Policy Group, Department for Work and Pensions
  • Tony Wilson, Institute Director, Institute for Employment Studies
  • Steve Haines, Director of Public Affairs, Impetus
  • Mat Ilic, Chief Development Officer, Catch 22
  • Libby Sandbrook, England Director, Business in the Community (BITC)
  • Sam Olsen, Chief Executive, Movement to Work
  • Asi Panditharatna, Divisional Director, Employment Services, The Forward Trust
  • Dan Howard, Operations Director, NCFE and Fellow of the Institute of Employability Professionals and Fellow of the CMI
  • Glen Smailes, Employment and Skills Services, Coventry City Council
  • Teresa Scott OBE, Founder, Kennedy Scott

    The Government’s Job Retention Scheme prevented a jobs catastrophe, but now we need to secure the recovery. Despite some welcome early signs of employment picking up, we still have millions of people not working, continued economic uncertainty from post-Brexit trade disruption, and we are yet to deal with the phase out of the furlough scheme.

    Westminster Insight’s Tackling Unemployment Conference is ideally timed to consider how we can adapt employment support services to meet growing needs, support groups disproportionately affected by the crisis, prepare candidates for a competitive post-pandemic market and prevent long-term unemployment.

    Attend to hear directly from the Government about progress with their Plan for Jobs and priorities for recovering the labour market. Hear how local authorities and employment support services are scaling up and adapting to meet unprecedented demand.

    With the pandemic deepening inequalities in the world of work, you will explore how to boost skill levels and employment opportunities for targeted groups that have been displaced from the job market, including young people, disabled people and those with complex needs often not met by mainstream services.

    Gain a greater understanding of how to prevent the growth of long-term unemployment through the Government’s Restart programme helping those on benefits transition to employment. Plus hear how businesses can invest in skills, education and training opportunities to help speed workforce recovery.

    Don’t miss your opportunity to learn how to rebuild sustainable employment opportunities enabling everyone to access good quality, secure and meaningful work with a decent wage.

Agenda
Start

09:30 - 09:40
Chair's Opening Remarks

 

Speakers

Mark Cosens Fellow, Institute of Employability Professionals

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09:40 - 10:00
Opening Keynote Address:
Building a Resilient Employment Support System Post-Covid

 
  • Gearing up the employment support sector to meet the needs of millions of new job seekers 
  • Progress in delivering key Government employment support strategies
  • Reviewing rapid responses to get people back into work
  • Embedding lessons learnt from Covid to drive lasting system change for a sustainable recovery 
9:55 - 10:00 Questions and Discussion

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Elizabeth Taylor Chief Executive, Employment Related Services Association (ERSA)

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10:00 - 10:30
Keynote Address 2:
Government Priorities for Tackling Unemployment

 
  • Reviewing the implementation and progress of the Government’s Plan for Jobs 
  • Supporting newly unemployed jobseekers and vulnerable groups into sustainable employment
  • Mitigating the effects of long-term unemployment and transitioning from benefits to employment 
10:20 - 10:30 Questions and Discussion

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Karina Stibbards Deputy Director, Enhanced Employment Support, Policy Group, Department for Work and Pensions

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10:30 - 10:40
Break

 

10:40 - 11:20
Preventing Long-Term Unemployment

 
  • The need for targeted solutions to prevent long-term unemployment and examples of successful interventions
  • Implementing the Government’s Restart programme
11:10 - 11:20 Questions and Discussion


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Tony Wilson Institute Director, Institute for Employment Studies

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11:20 - 11:50
Break

 

11:50 - 12:20
Case Study: Developing Local Employment Services in Response to the Crisis

 
  • Mapping and identifying local needs
  • Developing effective partnerships with Jobcentre Plus, health, education, skills, the voluntary sector and economic development to deliver sustainable employment opportunities
  • Ensuring people have the support and opportunities to secure and progress in work
  • Effectively engaging employers to provide increased opportunities for local residents
  • Managing welfare reform that delivers job progression and addresses low pay
  • Key challenges facing local authorities in tackling unemployment and examples of successful initiatives
12:10 - 12:20 Questions and Discussion

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Glen Smailes Employment and Skills Services, Coventry City Council

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12:20 - 13:00
Panel Discussion: Supporting Young People into Employment

 
  • The impact of the pandemic on young people’s employment prospects
  • Progress with implementing and expanding youth training and employment schemes such as Kickstart, traineeships, the youth offer and apprenticeships 
  • Building young people’s confidence and skills to compete in the jobs market
  • Creating meaningful job opportunities for young people to increase social mobility
  • Avoiding long periods of worklessness for young people 
(A series of 10 minute presentations, followed by 10 minutes of Q&A with delegates)

12:50 - 13:00 Questions and Discussion


Speakers

Sam Olsen CEO, Movement to Work

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Mat Ilic Chief Development Officer, Catch 22

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Steve Haines Director of Public Affairs, Impetus

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13:00 - 14:00
Break

 

14:00 - 14:30
Panel Discussion: Improving Employment Opportunities for People with Complex Needs

 
  • The impact of the pandemic on the employment of ex-offenders, people in recovery from addiction, people with mental health problems and other complex needs
  • Coaching job seekers, providing peer support, improving skills, confidence and self-esteem 
  • Working with employers to destigmatise and support employees to sustain meaningful work
(A series of 10 minute presentations, followed by 10 minutes of Q&A with delegates)

14:20 - 14:30 Questions and Discussion

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Asi Panditharatna Divisional Director, Employment Services Forward Trust

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Teresa Scott OBE Founder, Kennedy Scott

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14:30 - 15:00
Improving Employment Opportunities for a diverse workforce

 
  • Understanding the impact the pandemic has had on widening the ‘disability employment gap’
  • Implications of the National Strategy for Disabled People on employment opportunities 
  • Harnessing digital strategies to create accessible and flexible job opportunities 
  • Supporting physical and mental health to get people back into work and sustain employment 
  • The role of businesses to make reasonable adjustments to recruit and retain disabled people
14:50 - 15:00 Questions and Discussion

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Daniel Howard Operations Director, NCFE and Fellow of the Institute of Employability Professionals and Fellow of the CMI

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15:00 - 15:30
Boosting Skills for Workforce Recovery

 
  • The role of businesses in implementing the Government’s Skills for Jobs White Paper 
  • Business’ perspectives and take up of the Government’s Plan for Jobs 
  • Embedding essential skills into support for jobseekers at every level
  • Driving greater action from businesses to develop future skills and offer good work 
  • Case studies of employers using the Skills Builder Universal Framework to support education programmes, apprenticeships, recruitment and learning and development for existing employees
15:10 - 15:20 Questions and Discussion

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Libby Sandbrook England Director, Business in the Community (BITC)

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15:30 - 15:40
Chair's Closing Remarks

 

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Mark Cosens Fellow, Institute of Employability Professionals

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End

Speakers

Mark Cosens Fellow, Institute of Employability Professionals

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Steve Haines Director of Public Affairs, Impetus

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Daniel Howard Operations Director, NCFE and Fellow of the Institute of Employability Professionals and Fellow of the CMI

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Mat Ilic Chief Development Officer, Catch 22

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Sam Olsen CEO, Movement to Work

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Asi Panditharatna Divisional Director, Employment Services Forward Trust

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Libby Sandbrook England Director, Business in the Community (BITC)

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Teresa Scott OBE Founder, Kennedy Scott

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Glen Smailes Employment and Skills Services, Coventry City Council

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Karina Stibbards Deputy Director, Enhanced Employment Support, Policy Group, Department for Work and Pensions

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Elizabeth Taylor Chief Executive, Employment Related Services Association (ERSA)

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Tony Wilson Institute Director, Institute for Employment Studies

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Venue details

Digital Event Broadcast Live


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