Young people became interviewers and public speakers thanks to an inspiring event in Ipswich aimed at better preparing them for the world of work.
Eight volunteers from a range of local schools and colleges supported ‘What and Why LMI’ at Trinity Park where they got experience in key employability skills such as public speaking and organisation and time management. All found the event tiring, but inspiring.
Zoe commented: “I volunteered because young people can’t get enough work experience and the opportunity to do something different and so high-profile was something that appealed to me. The speakers showed how important it was to take chances and think outside the box”.
A packed audience of professionals from education and business came together to hear about the rapid changes to the labour market from an international, national and regional perspective.
Keynote speakers Russell Beck and Mike Dawe urged the audience to reflect on the fast pace of change that young people will have to deal with in their futures. They stressed the need for them to make the most of their talents and develop a unique brand.
A report published in January 2020 by the charity, Education and Employers Taskforce, suggests “concerted effort” is needed to address the gap between aspirations of young people and the reality of available career opportunities. Better labour market information will help bridge the gap between education and business.
The event was organised by Suffolk County Council and delivered in partnership with The New Anglia Enterprise Adviser Network, Ipswich Opportunity Area and Network for East Anglia Collaborative Outreach (neaco) – all organisations working collaboratively to raise aspirations for Suffolk’s young people.
Glen Todd, Enterprise Adviser Network Manager, knows the importance of ensuring both staff and young people get information to support both career aspirations and the impact on the local economy.
He said: “Labour Market Information is central to informing the skills agenda of New Anglia. Through increasing knowledge and understanding of the labour market among young people, careers leaders and teachers, we can raise aspirations and help plan informed career pathways based on high-quality up to date information.
“The ‘What & Why LMI’ conference will support careers leaders and teachers to have a greater understanding of the future world of work globally, nationally and locally”.
Cllr. Nick Gowrley, Cabinet Member for Economic Development, Housing and Enterprise, said: “Suffolk County Council was delighted to coordinate and co-sponsor the ‘What & Why LMI’ conference. It was great to see such a wide representation of professionals attending, including careers professionals, New Anglia Enterprise Co-ordinators & Advisers and Local Authority staff who work to support careers and employability agendas from across Suffolk.
“I would like to express my sincere thanks to all of those who worked hard to make the event such a success, in particular our co-sponsors Ipswich Opportunity Area, neaco and New Anglia Enterprise Adviser Network and the wonderful young volunteers who helped keep things running so smoothly”.