The British Sociological Association Work Employment and Society: Putting Sociology to Work conference, Belfast, 12-14 September 2018
On behalf of the researchers who worked on the interview programmes with young people in the Midlands, Professor Kate Purcell presented findings from the Paths2Work interviews at The British Sociological Association Work Employment and Society: Putting Sociology to Work conference, held at the Europa Hotel Belfast from 12 - 14 September. A pdf version of the presentation can be accessed here
Regional Studies Association Annual Conference: The Great Regional Awakening: New Directions, Dublin, 4 - 7 June 2017
Professor Anne Green presented a paper on young peoples' challenges in transitioning to employment at the Regional Studies Association annual conference in Dublin - a pdf version of the presentation can be accessed here
History and Policy Trades Union Forum: Flexible Work and its Consequences: Historical Perspectives, 6 April 2017
A published version of the presented paper, 'Flexible employment and casual labour: a historical perspective on labour market policy', is available here
The Third Midlands Youth Labour Market Forum, 23rd November 2016,College Court Conference Centre, Leicester
In this half-day Forum event, preliminary findings from the Paths2Work research project, which examines young people's transitions from education to employment in the Midlands, were provided alongside contributions from invited expert stakeholders. The event brought together regional policy makers, employers and representatives from organsiations that work with young people. The following event resources are now available for download:
Work, Employment and Society Conference 2016: Work in Crisis, Leeds, 6-8 September 2016
Professor Phil Mizen presented a paper on young people's experiences of agency working in the Midlands, at the Work, Employment, and Society Conference in Leeds - a pdf version of the presentation can be viewed here
British Sociological Association Annual Conference: Global Societies Fragmenting and Connecting, 6 - 8 April 2016
The Second Midlands Youth Labour Market Forum took place on 25th of November 2015 at the University of Aston.
This event followed the first meeting of MYLMF at the University of Warwick in November 2015. The second meeting at Aston brought together regional policy-makers, employers and representatives of organisations that work with and for young people and who are concerned about their transitions from education to employment.
In this second half-day Forum event, updates on the Paths2Work research project (funded by ESRC) were provided alongside short presentations from other regional stakeholders relevant to the interests of MYLMF members. A primary concern of this second meeting was consideration of key current issues in the Midlands youth labour market with reference to education, training and work (experience) opportunities for young people.
Speakers at the event were be Helen Higson (Aston University), Lee Barron (Midlands TUC Regional Secretary), Jane Newman (Birmingham City Council), Verity Stokes (Katie Bard). Read more about the speakers HERE.
The aims of the event were:
- To update members on the ongoing research findings of a multi-institutional ESRC-funded project exploring young people’s transitions from education to employment in the Midlands;
- To facilitate further opportunities for stakeholders in the Midlands to contribute their insights and views regarding current issues facing young people seeking work and those who work with and for them;
- To encourage the transfer of knowledge and expertise between Forum members as a means to help both steer the development of the Paths2Work research project; and to aid discussion of how to best develop provision for young people seeking work in a difficult labour market
Paths2Work Project -Launch Event (Thursday 13th of November 2014)
The Paths2Work research team launched the Paths2Work Project on Thursday 13th November 2014 at the University of Warwick. As part of this event, we initiated Midlands Youth Labour Market Forum, to share research findings from a range of relevant projects and discuss issues of concern to members, with meetings alternating among the research partner universities.
Audience and agenda: This event brought together regional policy-makers, employers and representatives of organisations that work with young people and are concerned about their transitions from education to employment. In this half-day event, a team presentation about the research project Paths2Work was delivered while a number of leading regional stakeholders talked about the issues from their perspectives. What did they see as the key issues in the Midlands Youth Labour Market with reference to the education, training and opportunities for work experience; paid and unpaid?
The aims of the event were:
- To inform relevant stakeholders and policy makers in the Midlands about a large, multi-institutional ESRC-funded project exploring young people’s transitions from education to employment in the Midlands, with a focus on the increasing incidence of work experience, unpaid work and involuntary temporary and part-time work
- To invite stakeholders in the Midlands to contribute their insights and views regarding this project in order to ensure that we are asking the right questions and the project output will be of relevance to groups and individuals concerned with young people’s transitions into employment in the Midlands; and
This project addresses high priority social, economic and policy-related issues and has the potential to make a huge impact at regional and national levels.
Agenda of the event
|09.45-10.15||Registration and Coffee|
Welcome to Warwick
|Ken Sloan, Registrar, University of Warwick|
|Introduction||Sheila Bates, Coventry City Council (Chair)|
|10.30-11.30||Outline of the Paths2Work project||Professor Kate Purcell, University of Warwick|
Putting the present in context: young people in the Midlands in previous recessions
Professor Anne Green and Professor Noel Whiteside, University of Warwick
Researching school and college leavers' experiences and aspirations
|Professor Phil Mizen, Aston University|
Researching recently qualified graduates' early career experiences
|Professor Kate Purcell, University of Warwick|
Investigating local employers' experiences and perspectives
|Professor Melanie Simms, University of Leicester|
Perspectives from key Midlands stakeholders, concerned with the supply of, the demand for and the experiences of young people in the Midlands
Laurel Penrose, North Warwickshire and Hinckley College
Karen Warren, Coventry and Warwickshire CIPD Branch
Lee Rogerson, Street Talk Ltd
Comments, questions and reflections - participants perspectives
Summary of comments/Closing the event
Lunch and informal discussion/networking
Laurel Penrose, Deputy Chief Executive and Deputy Principal North Warwickshire & Hinckley College and South Leicestershire College
Laurel took up the newly created post of Deputy Chief Executive and Deputy Principal of NWHC and SLC in January 2014. Prior to this she was Vice Principal Curriculum and Quality, leading the development of a dynamic vocational curriculum working closely with employers and universities. Laurel has acted as the quality nominee for four Ofsted inspections at NWHC and SLC. Success rates for both colleges have improved with Laurel’s stewardship with NWHC consistently achieving success rates that put it in the top 10per cent of colleges nationally.
In addition to extensive further education experience, Laurel has led on the implementation of a rapidly expanding secondary school academies chain, which now includes three academies and two studio schools. Laurel has extensive links with the Department for Education and local authorities. Laurel holds a first class honours degree in Law along with her PGCE and a host of additional post graduate qualifications. She is a member of the AoC’s national Portfolio group advising 14-19 provision in FE and is chair of the local governing body at The Midland Studio College.
Lee Rogerson, Managing Director of Street Talk
Lee Rogerson is the managing director of Street Talk, a youth work company, established in 2004. He specialises in work with socially marginalised young people
who have fallen out of the education system and are involved in crime, gangs, and anti-social behaviour. His research interests also include exploring how young people's experiences of grief and loss influence their life choices and outcomes.
In 2011, Street Talk won the national Children and Young People Now award in Youth Work for the Differences Never Apply (DNA) project, looking at tackling social discrimination in Hodge Hill, Birmingham. Its work has been featured in Engaging Practice: a good practice guide for citizenship (2011) jointly produced by the University of Cambridge, University of Leicester, Community Service Volunteers (CSV) and funded by the Society for Educational Studies (SES).
A professionally trained and award winning documentary film-maker, he is currently making a number of documentary films for the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues (University of Birmingham), MyPlace (University of Warwick) and Step Up to Serve Campaign (led by HRH Prince of Wales).He is a JNC qualified youth worker and holds an MA (with distinction) in Youth and Community. In 2004, he was made an MBE for services to young people in Coventry.
Karen Warren, CIPD Coventry and Warwickshire Branch Representative.
Karen has developed her career in the field of Human Resources for almost 20 years and prior to this began her working life as a retail store manager. She has a considerable amount of experience with people and the world of work at all stages and levels of their careers. She is an active member of the local Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Coventry and Warwickshire and leads the branch Mentoring Scheme; matching experienced professionals with newly qualified, less experienced or career focused members. Her interests in this project stem from her involvement in the pilot of the Steps Ahead Mentoring (SAM) Scheme launched by the CIPD in conjunction with Job Centre plus that brought together the professional expertise of the HR community to engage with the high levels of youth unemployment and offer support to better enable them find work.
Sheila Bates, Children's Champion, Coventry City Council (Chair)
My day job is Children's Champion at Coventry City Council. It has to be one of the best jobs in the world. I work with children, young people, parents and carers to ensure they are involved in the decision-making processes that impact upon them and champion their rights. No two days are the same, I work across the council and its partners involving service users and their families in the design, commissioning, monitoring and evaluation of services, recruitment and selection of staff, development of policy and practice as well as event planning/delivery. When not at work I am studying for a Masters in Disaster Management. The dream would be to combine the participation skills I use at work with my academic knowledge and offer support to victims in disaster zones.