Posted on Tuesday 21 January 2014 by Ulster Business

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Anthea Savage, CBI; Brian Ambrose, George Best Belfast City Airport and Lisa McIlvenna, Business in the Community call for business leaders to join in a Big Business Conversation about tackling youth unemployment

Business leaders and HR Directors from private sector organisations have been invited to attend a free Big Business Conversation event on how to tackle youth unemployment.

With almost a quarter (24.7% - NISRA Dec '13) of young people in Northern Ireland unemployed, it is an issue that should be high on the agenda for local businesses.

Organised by Business in the Community, in partnership with the CBI and supported by George Best Belfast City Airport, Employ3 – a Big Business Conversation about youth unemployment will be a short two hour interactive conference which will bring together up to 100 industry leaders to hear from 30 young people (aged 18 – 30 years old) who are currently, or have previously been helped by youth employment schemes throughout Northern Ireland.

Lisa McIlvenna, Business in the Community's Deputy Managing Director, explains: "Youth unemployment is probably the biggest crisis facing society in Northern Ireland today. The impacts on young people can be lifelong and extremely difficult to overcome. Tackling youth unemployment is one of the top priorities for us and our members. We have set a goal of supporting 3,000 young people into employment through a range of business-led interventions over the next three years."

She added: "At the event, we'll look at the 'power of three' – business, government and young people. Putting young people at the heart of what we do, business leaders will be inspired to look at ways in which their business can be more accessible to this target group and we will present a unified challenge for businesses to ensure that we are all in it together.

"This event will feature young people who have participated in employability initiatives through Business in the Community, the Prince's Trust and others. It will highlight the difficulties they have faced and how employers can help them overcome these challenges.

"I hope as many business leaders as possible can join in the Big Business Conversation at Belfast Harbour Offices on 4 February."

To book your place email clare.mercer@bitcni.org.uk or call (028) 9046 0606.

 

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