Young people's work, employment and careers small group meeting

Young people's work, employment and careers small group meeting

29 June - 3 July 2020
3:00pm - 6:00pm BST
Online event - invitation only

Dr Belgin Okay-Somerville (University of Glasgow), Professor Dora Scholarios (University of Strathclyde) and Professor Rosalind Searle (University of Glasgow), are hosting a small group meeting on Young People’s Work, Employment and Careers, funded by the Glasgow ESRC Impact Acceleration Account and the European Association of Work and Organisational Psychology.

Lack of employment opportunities allowing young people to build skills and experience progress is a major social problem faced by many industrialised nations over the last few decades. There are simply not enough jobs for young people and the jobs that do exist, are increasingly low-skilled, low-pay jobs with limited opportunities for growth. Consequently, although there is considerable regional variance, worldwide 71 million young people are reported to be unemployed, and a further 156 million to be living in ‘working poverty’ (ILO, 2017). The COVID-19 crisis is further magnifying young people’s vulnerabilities in the labour market.


This meeting will bring together an interdisciplinary group of researchers, policymakers and practitioners interested in improving young people’s experience of labour markets. It aims to: 

  • Stimulate policy and practice ideas informed by research on how we can improve young people’s work, employment and careers
  • Provide researchers with further ideas for paper development
  • Encourage further communication and collaboration, including the creation of policy briefs from the event and explore further options such as Special Issues of journals
  • Generate a community of people interested in improving young people’s working lives

We will explicitly focus on three key themes in relation to young people’s work, employment and careers: 

  1. Employability and careers
  2. Work and wellbeing
  3. Identity, diversity and inclusion

Meeting format

The meeting will involve a variety of formats including:

  • sessions on policy, practitioner and research keynotes
  • selected paper presentations
  • daily reflection and discussion sessions on key questions relevant for young people’s work, employment and careers
  • themed huddles where each presenter will receive detailed feedback for further improving their research
  • interactive sessions for drawing an agenda for improving youth employment.


Confirmed keynote and plenary speakers include: 

  • Calum Nimmo, MSYP, Scottish Youth Parliament
  • Anna Darnell, Head of Strategy and Innovation, Youth Futures Foundation
  • Maja Gustafsson, Researcher, Resolution Foundation
  • Dr Angela Carter, Founder, Just Development
  • Sandra Cheyne, Career Management Skills Policy and Practice Manager, Skills Development Scotland
  • Janet McCauslin MBE, Programme Director, Centre for Work-based Learning
  • Kristy Reynolds, Learning and Development Manager, Dawnfresh Seafoods
  • Police Scotland
  • Lizzie Crowley, Chartered Institute of Personnel Development
  • Lee Knifton, Mental Health Foundation


This is an invitation only event and spaces are limited. If you would like to attend, please register your interest with Belgin Okay-Somerville in the first instance:

Register your interest

Zoom links will be sent to all registered participants nearer the time, along with instructions on how to participate in different sessions. The sessions will all be recorded and shared with participants.



First published: 29 June 2020

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