Birmingham hosted a first joint meeting of our working groups education and employment to consider the transition from employment to education.
The purpose of this first joint working group meeting on 15-17 April was to better understand the challenges, issues and solutions relating to education and employment, such as poverty, and the reasons for large numbers of people not in employment, education or training (NEET). The meeting addressed in particular the transition from employment to education and the impact this can have on young people’s future.
Over three days, officers from 18 cities across Europe were able to see first hand, analyse and debate these issues.
The first day was dedicated to setting the context, introducing Birmingham’s education system and considering some of the most pressing employment challenges.
On the second day, participants joined study visits to some of Birmingham’s schools. The visits demonstrated the different pathways to employment young people can follow depending on the type of education they are pursuing.
After the visits, each group considered in detail the challenges and successes of the different approaches, and shared their impressions with the other participants. Schools and education providers were also invited to the debate and were able to contribute to the analysis as well as suggesting ways of how their work could be better supported by the city council.
The cultural differences and diverse employment and education systems across different countries represented at the debate prompted interesting discussions. This helped raise new ideas and compare challenges and solutions in both Birmingham and other European cities.
Following the discussion on Twitter via #citiesatwork