North London Youth Jobs Summit

On Thursday 22 November 2012, a range of local stakeholders met for the first North London Youth Jobs Summit as convened by the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations (ACEVO), the North London Strategic Alliance (NLSA) and proudly sponsored by Urban Futures.
Among the speakers present were Rt. Hon David Miliband MP, Rt. Hon David Lammy MP and representatives from the Greater London Authority. There were also Leaders from North London’s local authorities, businesses and key figures from the Community and Voluntary Sector.
The Summit was built on the work of ACEVO’s Commission on Youth Unemployment to address the key questions in a region with some of the highest levels of youth unemployment in the country.
The Summit was an enormous success and aimed to establish a cross-sector commitment to better prepare young people for work, help young people in the transition to work and consider the most effective way to help the young unemployed to find work. The event offered a platform to showcase good practice in North London and debate how to work together to offer innovative and collaborative approaches.
A resounding highlight of the summit was Victor Stephenson, a 22 year old apprentice currently working at Urban Futures as a CSCS Coordinator. Victor was asked by David Miliband MP to detail his own experiences and difficulties leading up to and eventually finding employment and whether or not he believed enough is being done to tackle youth unemployment in London.

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