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Working together to level the playing field for young people aged 16-30 facing barriers to work.
It's been a busy couple of months since our last newsletter, with the Movement hosting our annual Youth Summit in Birmingham. It was a fantastic day filled with lots of discussion and most importantly, hearing from young people about their employment journeys and what we can do to best support them on this. Read more on the event below, including a link to the Summit report with key insights and takeaways which we hope will help to drive change. 
 
2023 marks the Movement's tenth anniversary so planning is underway to both celebrate this milestone and use it to reaffirm our commitment to helping even more young people into work over the next decade and beyond. 
 
I'd like to take this opportunity, on behalf of the wider MtW team, to thank you for your continued support and we look forward to working with you to achieve great things in the year ahead. I wish you all a happy and restful holiday period. 

Gillian
Our 2022 Youth Summit

We had the pleasure of hosting our annual Youth Summit in Birmingham on Thursday 10th November, welcoming more than 100 young people, employers and partners to discuss some of the most pertinent topics relating to young people today. Please read more about the event and the output of the discussions and polling here. You can also read our CEO, Gillian Churchill's review of the event on our blog here. A big thank you again to BT Group, for not only hosting the event at its fabulous office at Three Snowhill but for the team's support in planning and delivering a hugely successful event.
MtW Youth Summit delivered in partnership with BT Group.
2023 CEO Summit and Youth Employability Awards
We're delighted to announce that our 2023 CEO Summit and Youth Employability Awards will be held on Monday 17th April at the amazing JW Marriott Grosvenor House in London. Thank you to Marriott for once again hosting this milestone event in the Movement's calendar. More info will follow shortly - watch this space!
Youth Action Forum

On Tuesday 1st November we hosted our second Youth Action Forum (facilitated by CreateFuture) which addressed the question, "How can employers tackle the emerging mental health crisis in young people?" Around the virtual table we had representation from IBM, M&S, Tesco, Diageo, Springboard, Salesforce, Manpower, Thames Water, BT and London Youth and it created a great sense of hope to hear and see that action is already taking place across the country to support young people in reaching their career and life related goals.

However, it was also evident from around the virtual room that there are still challenges associated with funding, resources and senior leadership truly buying into this critical need and adjusting their mindset. The open roundtable discussion concluded with ideation around activities, initiatives and research to help overcome these issues and 'voting' on the best routes forward. 

Thank you to all who took part and look out for the executive summary on the Movement to Work employer community site

Our next Youth Action Forum will be taking place on 10th February 2023. If you are interested in participating in the next session, please contact a member of the MtW team.

Do you work with young carers or young adult carers?

Carers Trust has launched a survey to find out about the pressures and challenges facing young carers aged up to 25, and what support they need.

The findings of the survey will be published on Young Carers Action Day 2023 (March 15) and will help influence decision-makers to give young carers and young adult carers the support they need.

Please support by publicising the survey to young carers and young adult carers in your network. The survey is live and can be accessed here.
Latest labour market statistics
An overview by our Head of Insights and Innovation, Jan Palin.

Figures for this latest period see employment levels largely unchanged, a further decline in unemployment levels and, despite historically high levels, the fourth consecutive fall in the number of vacancies available. We are seeing a tightening market as businesses cite economic pressures as the reason for holding back on hiring.

Amongst the population aged 16-24, the unemployment rate decreased to 9.8%. This is below pre-pandemic levels and is the 4th lowest amongst G7 countries, beating France, Canada and Italy. Despite these figures reaching historic lows, this rate is almost three times higher than the rate for the rest of the population. 

The decline in youth unemployment cannot be explained by a commensurate rise in employment levels: there are 98,000 less young people in employment than pre-pandemic levels. Instead, the lower unemployment figures can be understood by looking at the rise in the number of people who are economically inactive.

196,000 more young people have become economically inactive since before the pandemic, an increase of 8%. 

How to maximise work experience

Check out the discussion between Movement to Work COO, James McCann and Apprentice Nation on the ways to access work experience and the benefits it brings to both the individual and employers alike.

Watch here.

London Youth and the Prince's Trust Partnership Awards

Recently the MtW team attended both the London Youth Awards and the Prince's Trust Partnership Awards. It is always a pleasure to be invited to events to celebrate our partnerships and the hard work we all put in to level the playing field for young people. Congratulations to our employer members Tesco, M&S and Barclays who were recognised at the Prince's Trust Partnership Awards for the amazing work they do to support young people!
Team update: Welcome Jack Speckman!

Here at Movement to Work our team is diverse and dynamic – mostly made up from secondees from our partners, bringing in bright minds from a range of industries who are all committed to using their skills to help tackle youth unemployment. Delighted to share we’ve recently welcomed a new team member…

Jack Speckman  – Regional Development Lead

“I'm delighted to be part of Movement to Work. I'm keen to make a real impact and with my prior experience working in youth unemployment, I'm excited to continue the great work that the team already does here. Read more about my background here and connect with me on Linkedin!”
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