Bitesize HR: Making the most of your early careers and talent strategy

Join us for a discussion around the youth employment agenda and opportunities available to support businesses through the development of a strong early years and talent strategy.

Our guest speaker is Laura-Jane Rawlings – Founder & CEO of Youth Employment UK.

About Laura-Jane Rawlings
Before launching Youth Employment UK CIC, Laura-Jane worked for many years in the recruitment sector. As a recruiter, Laura-Jane was well placed to see the challenges facing young people leaving education and the issues of the employment community. Spending time to better understand the structural issues of youth unemployment and the policy around the area, Laura-Jane founded Youth Employment UK in 2012.

Laura-Jane is a passionate campaigner for youth employment and the rights for all young people to access quality employment and have their voices heard on the issues that affect them. Laura-Jane believes that it is for all of us to create a youth friendly society so that young people can fulfil their potential.

Recognised as a leading youth employment expert, Laura-Jane provides support, insight and expertise to many groups such as the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Youth Employment, two ESF National Sub-Committees: Employment, Skills and Social Inclusion and Equality and Diversity and has supported a range of expert groups on issues of social mobility, employment and skills. Laura-Jane is also a Board Member of the Youth Futures Foundation and spent eight years as a Secondary School Governor.

Laura-Jane has worked on consultative projects with organisations such as the Cambridge Local Authority, Northamptonshire Learning Partnership, Chilled Food Association, OCR, Plotr, PiXL, and the National Citizen Service.

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much” – Helen Keller.
This is how Laura-Jane feels about youth unemployment. Her belief is that only a joined-up approach working with everyone invested in youth unemployment (especially young people) will have a chance of really tackling youth unemployment.


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