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Employment and business experts give evidence to Social Mobility Committee

16 October 2015

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On Wednesday 21 October, the House of Lords Select Committee on Social Mobility takes evidence on the role of employability and life skills in the transition from school to work.

The Committee will explore how third sector organisations and employers can work together to increase employability skills for young people.


The evidence sessions take place on Wednesday 21 October in Committee Room 4A, Palace of Westminster.

At 10.35am:

  • Alice Memminger, Chief Executive, UpRising
  • David Pollard, Chairman for Education, Skills and Business Support, Federation of Small Businesses
  • Anne Spackman, Executive Director, Career Ready

At 11.35am:

  • James Magowan, Business Director (East of England), Tomorrow's People
  • Sam Monaghan, Executive Director of Children's Services, Barnardo's
  • Maggie Walker, CEO, ASDAN

Areas of discussion

Topics likely to be covered are:

  • What are the difficulties faced by young people in the transition school to work?
  • What are the most effective ways to teach employability and life skills to young people?
  • What support and guidance should be available to employers when they recruit young people? And to young people when they move into work?
  • What are the best ways businesses, particularly small and medium enterprises, can engage with teaching employability skills and other schemes such as mentoring and coaching?

Further information

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