With more universities than anywhere else in the UK, the KQ is a centre for learning and skills. Sadly, the pandemic has had a shattering effect on young people in the labour market. Camden and Islington Councils have set out next-generation initiatives in response, and have invited support and participation from local organisations in regard to youth employability/skills programmes, mentoring, virtual working opportunities and more. How can the KQ work together to offer training and work experience across multiple businesses, encouraging local employment and essential engagement with local schools?
Beyond apprenticeships, there is scope for significant outreach to the local youth population. Whilst the obvious focus might be the later years of secondary education, there is also an argument for earlier interventions with primary school children. With the presence of several Higher Education Institutions in the KQ, both big and small, how can we ensure that our education support and outreach prioritises students from the lowest income backgrounds?
Speakers and Chair:
Lord David Willetts, President, Resolution Foundation
Carol Homden OBE, Chief Executive Officer, Coram
Raymond Antrobus MBE, Poet and Teacher
Josh Hillman, Director of Education, Nuffield Foundation
Omar Salha, Founder and Director, Ramadan Tent Project (Chair)