This Youth Opps 2021 on-demand event, focusing on tackling youth unemployment, is designed for those working in local authorities and local enterprise partnerships, further education and training providers, as well as the voluntary sector and schools.

This Youth Opps 2021 on-demand event, focusing on tackling youth unemployment, is designed for those working in local authorities and local enterprise partnerships, further education and training providers, as well as the voluntary sector and schools. Also open to employers, the course examines strategies for collaborative multi-sector initiatives that support employment and wider skills development opportunities for young people, both locally and nationally.

Addressing the key issues faced by local authorities and education providers in particular, especially in light of COVID-19 and the subsequent decrease of work experience and opportunities with local employers, this innovative on-demand event also offers an opportunity to connect with colleagues as well as sector experts as part of a live follow-up implementation workshop online in July 2021. With inputs from the Department for Work and Pensions, Careers and Enterprise Company, Youth Employment UK and many other partners and practitioners, sessions will examine how best to adapt to changing labour market needs, offering advice and guidance on upskilling young people for current and future workforce demands.


What Does Learning On Demand Mean?

  • 12 sessions, available immediately, for you to engage with whenever best suits you
  • Replay sessions as many times as you like
  • Access related resources for further guidance
  • Learn from experts, practitioners and researchers, providing guidance for your sector
  • Post questions and comments for trainers to answer in the live follow up workshop
  • Join sector-specific discussion forums, to engage with the topics that matter most to you
  • Connect with peers via our interactive online platform, with 121 messaging and video calls
  • Get your questions answered and discuss practical next steps at the follow up implementation workshop


The follow up implementation workshop taking place online on July 21st will provide the opportunity for you to have your questions answers, connect with sector leaders, and network with peers in your field as well as those working in partner sectors to explore how best to collaborate around the creation and delivery of training and employment opportunities for young people.

You have the option to engage just with the on-demand course, or watch the content in your own time and then attend the live event too.

By also attending the live workshop, you can keep the conversation going, make new connections, and better determine how to translate your key takeaways from the course into actionable next steps.


  • On-Demand Course
  • Implementation Workshop - July 21st
Introduction to the Course

Learn about what this course entails, how we have put this together, and how to make the most of learning and networking opportunities to maximise your takeaways from the series of sessions.

Session 1: Government Policy and Funding Update

In this insightful session with the DWP, we will cover a number of key questions including:

  • How will the government prevent a long-term negative impact on employment opportunities for young people following COVID-19?
  • How can the Kickstart scheme ensure sustainable opportunities through a localised approach, and what is the role of councils and existing partnerships in this?
  • What provisions are in place for young people who would typically choose traineeship and apprenticeship routes into employment, following a reduction in places due to COVID-19?
Tammy Fevrier
Tammy Fevrier
Deputy Director – Youth and Skills, Employment
Youth and Skills Directorate Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)
Session 2: An Interview with the APPG for Youth Employment

This session offers further insights into government thinking and collaboration, and through the interview we cover a number of key points including:

  • Highlighting the key objectives of the APPG and detailing efforts to ensure youth employment policies work in reality
  • Working with employers to develop youth-friendly employment practices, and discussing how COVID-19 has changed what such practices look like
  • Considering how to ensure businesses understand the benefits of hiring young people at a time when they are likely to be applying for roles alongside more experienced, previously employed candidates
  • Exploring how young people can utilise development opportunities via the Lifetime Skills Guarantee
  • Discussing the wider social importance of opportunities for young people
James Daly MP
James Daly MP
All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Youth Employment
Session 3: Top Tips on Successfully Establishing a Local Careers Hub
  • Collaborating between a local enterprise partnership, a careers hub lead, enterprise coordinators and a lead school to create a central reporting mechanism for local careers progress
  • Demonstrating how to achieve this through regular meetings between hub leads and enterprise coordinators to focus resources and support progress at an individual institution level
  • Analysing the hub’s success including an achievement of 5.7 benchmarks, including 5 schools in the hub achieving 8 benchmarks and 4 Schools and Colleges achieving 7 benchmarks
  • Outlining key reasons for the high benchmark achievements
  • Exploring lessons learnt from the hub including its ability to make teachers aware of the previously unknown world class businesses in the local area


Winner of the Careers Hub of the Year Award at the Careers and Enterprise ‘Careers Excellence Awards’ 2019  

Michele Lawty-Jones
Michele Lawty-Jones
Lancashire Skills and Employment Hub
Kay Vaughan
Kay Vaughan
Lancashire Careers Hub
Session 4: Delivering Inclusive Employment and Training Opportunities Across a Local Authority

In this session, Cameron, a SEND Job Coach, is joined by Faisa, who has undertaken a supported internship, to share best practice around what quality opportunities look like, as well as discussing continuing challenges that need to be overcome.

Key points include:

  • Examples of supported internships, the importance of these in offering employment opportunities for young people with SEND, and how to continue such programmes in the COVID-era
  • The role of “social values” in securing placement opportunities for young people within a local authority and through the supply change, and how to encourage compliance with and expansion of commitments made by contractors
  • Methods for adapting the teaching of functional skills and essential digital skills for young people with SEND to ensure adequate training for future employment
Cameron Macleod
Cameron Macleod
Westminster Employment SEND Team Job Coach
Westminster City Council
Session 5: Delivering a Successful Youth Offer

In this session, Kieran will share insights in Camden Council’s Youth Offer, and explore key elements including:

  • The role of community and voluntary organisations in supporting and delivering the Youth Offer, including as part of responding to the impact of COVID-19
  • The challenge of communications around the Youth Offer and all it entails, and what an effective marketing strategy involves
  • The process for co-designing the Youth Offer
  • How young people are engaging with various initiatives facilitated by the council
  • The importance of, and tips for, successful collaboration across the council on associated initiatives
Kieran Whiteside
Kieran Whiteside
Inclusive Economy Project Officer
Camden Council
Session 6: Hearing Perspectives of Young People

In this session, young people with a variety of work and training experiences share their thoughts and insights around opportunities and employment prospects for them and their peers.

Key points include concerns about the impact of COVID-19 on opportunities and the effect this can have on ambition, views on entering higher education verses other pathways, and what makes good work experience – virtually and in real life.

Alesha Patel
Alesha Patel
Youth Engagement and Ambassador Coordinator
Youth Employment UK
Session 7: Panel Discussion - Exploring the Crucial Challenges Around Young People, Development Opportunities and Employment
  • How COVID-19 has changed the landscape of opportunities for young people
  • What the effects of COVID-19 are on the job market and how this has affected young people’s mental health and motivation, including the impact this could have on their prospects moving forward
  • Techniques for how a multi-agency approach to supporting young people into employment or training can be conducted effectively online
  • How can young people get the support they need online to become ‘work-ready’ in an evermore digital era: Methods for training young people in professional digital skills and etiquette
  • Ways that funding for job coaches might be spent most effectively
  • Why local authorities, training providers and schools must conduct robust labour market analysis to provide realistic and personalised advice for young people
  • Considering the wider importance of employment and training opportunities, including to deter young people from a life of crime and foster ambition and self-belief through the generation of future leaders
Stephen Evans
Stephen Evans
Learning and Work Institute
Cristiana Orlando
Cristiana Orlando
Research Fellow
Institute for Employment Studies
Laura-Jane Rawlings
Laura-Jane Rawlings
Youth Employment UK
Session 8: Creating School-Business Relationships to Offer New Opportunities for Young People
  • Learning how businesses and education and training settings can collaborate on delivering digital learning and work experience opportunities and resources, including employability skills, to strengthen in-school careers guidance and support
  • Understanding the ways in which local careers hubs can best support school leavers during this time of reduced opportunities to provide practical advice and guidance on next steps, alongside in-school careers guidance
  • Discussing how innovative entrepreneurial training can be delivered to young people with the help of business leaders and local community partnerships, to offer alternative ideas on routes for young people, and building entrepreneurial thinking into careers education
John Yarham
John Yarham
Deputy CEO
Careers and Enterprise Company
Session 9: Being Strategic in Your School's Careers Education Approach
  • Learning how to inspire students’ future: Connecting students with volunteers from across the public, third and private sector who provide practical guidance through the ‘Inspiring the Future’ programme
  • Working with employers to support career related learning in schools: Exploring best practice and learnings from programme delivery, and considering what this may look like in a post-COVID era
Lara Bracey
Lara Bracey
Senior Schools Engagement Coordinator- Inspiring the Future
Education and Employers
Avantika Taneja
Avantika Taneja
Head of School Programmes
Education and Employers
Session 10: Delivering Quality Careers Education After COVID-19

This session will explore how schools can collaborate with local careers hubs to deliver timely careers education and advice following the COVID-19 crisis. Building on careers guidance provided during the lockdown period, Ina will look at the next steps in providing the necessary careers education to ensure no child or cohort gets left behind.


Ina was Commended in the Careers Leader of the Year Category at the 2019 Careers and Enterprise Company Awards.

Dr Ina Goldberg
Dr Ina Goldberg
Careers Lead
Oasis Academy Brislington
Session 11: Creating Sustainable Apprenticeship Opportunities in a Post-COVID Era - The Employer Perspective

The Solent Apprenticeship Hub’s Transfer to Transform Programme supports SMEs to train new staff and upskill existing staff, with a focus on delivering local economic recovery in light of the impact of the pandemic. Large businesses are helping to cover the cost for SMEs by pledging unspent Apprenticeship Levy Funds.

New Forest Activities have utilised this Programme to enroll six apprentices, and in this session will outline:

  • How employers can determine the most effective approach for their economic recovery, with opportunities for the local youth population at the heart of this
  • How employers can collaborate with their training providers and local authority or LEP partners to deliver opportunities together and best utilise available funding
  • How to scale-up apprenticeship opportunities to take on young people as full-time staff, including by planning ahead for business needs during busy periods
  • How to create sustainable opportunities for young people as an employer, ensuring roles offer further or long-term internal training or employment, or associated opportunities with partners
Sam Sutton
Sam Sutton
Owner & Director of Business Growth
New Forest Activities and Liquid Logistics
Session 12: How Councils Can Facilitate the Creation of Inclusive and Sustainable Youth Opportunities, as Part of COVID Recovery and Beyond

This session expands on and looks beyond insights shared by Kieran Whiteside in Session 5, as colleague Mark Booth offers insights into how Camden Council are working on various initiatives to create wide-ranging training and employment opportunities for young people.

Considering how to recover and move beyond the pandemic, and its economic impact, in practical terms, this interview explores key questions including:

  • How to utilise current government funding, such as through the Kickstart scheme, to create and facilitate opportunities for young people in the short, medium and long term
  • How councils can open up opportunities and enhance access for young people from all backgrounds both as an employer and by acting as a pathway to other employment opportunities
  • How councils can effectively engage with employers as well as schools and training providers to enhance the creation of job and training opportunities, as well as expand their reach and encourage ambition
  • Key drivers of recovering from the pandemic and the impact on job opportunities, and opportunities presented by new ways of working
Mark Booth
Mark Booth
Employment Services Delivery Manager
Camden Council
12:00 pm
Youth Opps 2021 Implementation and Discussion Workshop - Welcome and Introduction

This opening session will be an opportunity for speakers to make introductions, and set the key objectives for the workshop based on your engagement with the on-demand sessions.

12:15 pm
Course Follow Up Questions and Answers Session

During this session, speakers will address your specific questions based on the on-demand sessions, providing updates, guidance and advice.

You can post your questions alongside the on-demand sessions via our next generation online platform, which will be saved and discussed during this session.

1:00 pm
Breakout Discussions: How Can Your Sector Improve Opportunities for Young People?

This session will allow participants to connect directly with peers working in your sector, for example schools, local authorities or further education, to discuss key takeaways from the on-demand sessions, and share further ideas for the next steps in strengthening support for young people.

Discussion groups will be led by a key speaker from your sector.

1:30 pm
Break and Networking

This is a chance to take a screen break, recap on the on-demand content, or keep the conversation going with fellow participants via the chat function.

2:00 pm
Breakout Discussions: How Can You Improve Collaboration with Partner Agencies?

In this session, participants will join small groups with a mix of sectors represented, to learn more about each other’s priorities and challenges, and examine how to strengthen collaboration between colleagues involved in opportunity and employment creation.

Each group discussion will be led by a key speaker.

2:30 pm
Live Questions and Answers Session

This will be a final opportunity to have any additional questions answered by key speakers, in relation to the on-demand course or based on discussions had throughout the workshop.

You can continue to recap on the guidance available and connect with colleagues via the on-demand platform.

3:00 pm
Workshop Summary and Close

*Programme subject to change


  • On Demand Contents Pass
    £195 + VAT
  • On Demand Interactive Pass (Contents + Interactive Follow-up Workshop)
    £245 + VAT