Vanda Knowles, EUROCITIES policy director, participated in a workshop looking at local implementation of the Youth Guarantee in Manchester.
The workshop was organised as part of the 11th Annual Meeting of the OECD - Local Economic and Employment Development Programme, which took place in Manchester on 24-26 June. The focus of this year's event was 'Local leadership for inclusive growth', and Vanda Knowles was a participant in the workshop on 'Local implementation of the Youth Guarantee: addressing the NEETs challenge'.
The workshop heard first from the Greater Manchester Talent Match project. This aims to engage young people aged 18-24 who have been NEETs (not in education, employment or training) for 12 months or more. The project helps the young people progress towards employability and then into employment by creating sustainable and coordinated pathways into work.
We presented the EUROCITIES Declaration on Work, which stresses the important role local solutions play in tackling Europe's employment crisis. You can find the declaration at the link on the left of this page. We also presented our recent video on Newcastle Futures. Newcastle Futures is a not-for-profit company set up by Newcastle city in 2007. It aims to enhance the UK government's JobCentrePlus with tailored local solutions. The success of the initiative highlights the importance of coordination and partnership between cities and central government employment services. It also demonstrates the value of integrating services at local level to provide specialised support to vulnerable groups. Furthermore, it shows how services can effectively engage with harder to reach young people: trained staff go out into the community to meet young people is less formal settings, including childcare centres, youth centres, libraries and cafes.
The workshop was facilitated by the University of Warwick's Institute for Employment and Research, and hosted by the University of Manchester and the Greater Manchester Community Voluntary Organisation. Other speakers included: Ulrike Storost from European Commission DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, and Ekaterina Travinka of the OECD LEED Forum on Partnerships and Local Development.