The last edition reported on Lord Adonis Growth Review, STEM skills and growth in the creative industries. This week the headlines focus on Local Growth Deals and the impact of the recent Government reshuffle on the skills, employment and growth agenda.

In terms of its impact on the skills, employment and growth agenda, the recent Government reshuffle saw Nicky Morgan replacing Michael Gove as Education Secretary. The Association of Colleges welcomed the appointment of Nicky Morgan “I know from meeting her over the last few years that she understands the significant contribution colleges make in educating over 800,000 16 to 18-year-olds”, said Martin Doel, Chief Executive of the AoC. Nick Boles has been appointed as Minister of State at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Department for Education. NIACE welcomed the appointment of Nick Boles: “We are pleased that he will retain briefs in both the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Department for Education. This will lead to closer working relationships between the two departments, something we have called for in our manifesto”, said Tom Stannard, Deputy Chief Executive. Greg Clark could prove important for the universities, cities and growth agenda as he retains his job as Minister for the Constitution and Cities and has been given additional responsibilities as Minister for Science and Universities.

On Friday, 11th of July 2014, the 5th meeting of the COMTAL (COMpetence and TALent assessment in SME’s) project took place in Protaras – Cyprus. The participants, coming from all partner countries (Poland, Cyprus, Czech Republic and United Kingdom) presented and discussed the activities done so far regarding the dissemination and management issues in each country, but more importantly regarding the pilot testing of the tools elaborated, which is in its final stage. What is needed in order to successfully complete the pilot testing phase as well as the final activities of the project were discussed thoroughly and all the deadlines were discussed and agreed. The last meeting of the project will be held in Lublin – Poland, in November 2014, where the Final Conference of the project will take place as well.

In the region, the first Heart of the South West (HotSW) Skills Newsletter has been published by the LEP. The Exeter Science Park Company has strengthened its links with the University of Exeter through an agreement which will see the University’s innovation arm manage the new Science Park Centre which is due to open in April 2015. The University of Exeter, University of Exeter Students’ Guild and Falmouth & Exeter Students’ Union (FXU) have been awarded the 2014 Students’ Union and Institution Partnership Award by the Higher Education Academy and National Union of Students.

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National Headlines

Call for a network of experts on the social dimension of education and training
On 04/07/2014 the European Commission launched an open call for tenders to establish a network of experts on the social dimension of education and training.

Wage gap between the sexes becomes yawning chasm as employees age
The gender pay gap has decreased since the 1970s but the disparity between what men and women take home today still differs dramatically after the age of 30, Office for National Statistics data has revealed.

CBI/Pearson survey highlights skills crisis
The education and skills survey published today by the CBI and Pearson supports many of the priority areas for action detailed in the NIACE manifesto – Prosperity for All: Building Sustainable Recovery for All.

CBI – too many school leavers ‘underequipped for life’
The British economy is being put at risk because large numbers of teenagers are leaving school and college “underequipped for life”, according to the UK’s biggest business group.

Thousands more school leavers choosing apprenticeships
New statistics show thousands more 16- and 17-year-olds embarking on apprenticeships than last year.

UK ‘to become Europe’s second largest economy by 2020’
The UK’s economy is set to overtake that of France by 2020 to become the second largest in Europe, according to forecasts by consultancy firm PwC.

Graduate vacancies return to pre-recession high
The number of graduate vacancies has increased by 11.6 per cent this year, returning the graduate jobs market to its pre-recession peak, according to a report.

CIPD Manifesto for Work calls for shift in employment policy
With the general election less than a year away, the CIPD has published a ‘Manifesto for Work’ to urge politicians to focus on new ways to future proof UK employment.

Industry and academia engagement day
An engagement day is being held to help shape how the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory contracts for analysis in the future.

£52 million boost for skills and training in UK science sectors
David Willetts announces a £52 million investment in new and emerging science talent.

Matthew Hancock’s speech on a skills revolution
Speech at the Sutton Trust international summit on professional, technical and vocational education for young people: “We’re encouraging employers to work with training providers to design high quality courses that will deliver the skills they want: a new social contract, with the taxpayer, employers and apprentices working in partnership to secure Britain’s economic future.”

ONS produces interactive map showing economic activity across UK
New website allows users to see how much their region contributes to the economy compared with the rest of the UK.

Millions face unemployment ‘twilight zone’, says LGA
In the next 10 years, more than eight million people could be without a job or in work they are over-qualified for, the Local Government Association has warned.

TUC – Public sector workers lose out on £2,245 under this government
Since the government took office, ministers have either frozen public sector pay or limited pay increases to well below the cost of living, leaving local government workers, NHS staff, teachers, firefighters, civil servants and other public servants on average £2,245 worse off in real terms, says the TUC today (Wednesday).

Prioritise adult skills to avoid future unemployment ‘twilight zone’

NIACE has responded to a report launched by the Local Government Association at its annual conference, calling for radical new powers to be given to councils to help transform the lives of millions of people who could be trapped in a future unemployment ‘twilight zone’.

Bridging the divide between academic and vocational education
By linking the education system more closely to the world of work, we’re aiming to ensure all young people have the chance to fulfil their potential.

Another record-breaking year for Erasmus
The latest Erasmus statistics released by the European Commission today reveal that nearly 270 000 students – a new record – benefitted from EU grants to study or train abroad in 2012-2013.

University applications in UK up 4 percent
Education administrators hail ‘excellent news’.

Work-life balance initiatives ‘won’t have significant impact’
The new flexible working rules will have little practical impact, according to law experts at the CIPD’s recent Employment Law Conference.

Michael Gove speaks about the future of education reform
Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Education, speaks to the first Education Reform Summit in London.

Speech by David Willetts to the UK Science Park Association
Embracing innovation in the UK.

Help shape the future development of FE loans
NIACE is inviting contributions to its response to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills’ consultation on the future development of loans in further education, which closes on 21 August.

Resolution Foundation – wages have dropped further than official data shows
The decline in average pay for all British workers since 2008 could be as much as 20 to 30 per cent worse than existing estimates show, a think tank has said.

UKCES – lack of jobs and skills threaten economic recovery
Businesses need to act now to tackle ‘deep-rooted’ employment challenges in the UK economy, the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) has warned.

TUC – Unemployment is still higher than pre-recession levels in every part of the UK
Unemployment rates and levels of joblessness are higher today than before the recession in every region and nation of the UK and across all working age groups – suggesting that the economy is still less healthy than it was before the recession, the TUC warns today (Monday) ahead of the publication of the latest jobs figures later this week.

Troops-to-teachers scheme attracts 102 recruits
A £2m scheme to fast-track ex-service personnel into teaching has sent 41 trainees to England’s classrooms in its first year.

UK Government Expenditure on Science, Engineering and Technology, 2012
In 2012, £10.0 billion was spent on Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) by the UK Government. Allowing for inflation (in constant prices), this was a 1% decrease compared with 2011, and continued the downward trend in SET expenditure since 2009. These reductions were driven by Research Councils, Higher Education Funding Councils and the Ministry of Defence.

Government appoints older workers’ employment champion
The government has appointed the economist and policy expert Dr Ros Altmann CBE as business champion for older workers.

£16 million Youth Engagement Fund promoted around the country
The £16 million Youth Engagement Fund aims to improve young peoples’ educational achievement and employability.

Inter-institutional agreement for mobility of students and staff with partner countries now available
As from the second Erasmus+ call (planned publication: September 2014), student and staff mobility in higher education will be possible not only within Europe, but also with partner countries from the rest of the world.

Cedefop’s European Training Thesaurus – new descriptors – 2014 update
The European Training Thesaurus (ETT) is Cedefop’s controlled vocabulary used to index the VET-Bib bibliographic database. In 2014, just over 100 new descriptor terms were added, to keep track of VET development and to assist researchers in defining, narrowing, and broadening their search strategies.

Inclusion and Numbers4Good offering support to potential bidders for the Youth Engagement Fund
Inclusion and Numbers4Good have partnered to support potential bidders for the new 16 million Youth Engagement Fund.

OECD – Recent labour market reforms have yet to fulfil their promise
The UK labour market weathered the recent recession moderately well. After a relatively limited fall, total employment recovered and it recently reached 30 million for the first time, even if a number of the new jobs created are low productivity and low paid. The recent reforms to help more people into work will need full implementation and some fine tuning if they are to meet their ambitious goals, according to a new OECD report.

Record low in pay growth raises serious questions about quality of job creation
“If all the recovery can deliver is low-paid, low-productivity jobs – many of which don’t offer enough hours to get by – then it will pass most working people by and Britain’s long-term economic prospects will be seriously diminished.” – Frances O’Grady, TUC

How does the minimum wage impact you?
Low Pay Commission (LPC) is visiting the Isle of Wight and Southampton on 30,31 July.

UK Labour Market, July 2014
The proportion of people aged from 16 to 64 in work (the employment rate) continued to rise, reaching 73.1 percent for March to May 2014. The employment rate last reached 73.1 percent in December 2004 to February 2005 and, since records began in 1971, it has never been higher.

Nick Clegg statement on employment statistics
The Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg gave a statement on the employment statistics released today (16 July 2014).

Employment rate matches record high
Nearly a million more people are in work compared to a year ago, and the employment rate has never been higher, new official figures show.

Employment reaches highest levels since 2005, finds ONS
Employment in the UK is at its highest level since 2005 reaching a rate of 73.1 per cent, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Report reveals positive impact of HEFCE funding on student success
A report published today by HEFCE and OFFA [Note 1] shows that in 2012-13 universities and colleges in England significantly increased their investment in measures to widen access and improve success among students from low income and other under-represented groups.

Hundreds of schools failing to enter pupils for science and maths A-levels
Gender and regional divides revealed by Department for Education as it aims to encourage higher take-up of subjects.

Fairer school funding
Schools Minister David Laws’ written ministerial statement on additional funding for the least fairly funded local areas in England.

South West Headlines

Cornwall and Isles of Scilly LEP backs Government campaign to help businesses sell to the public sector
The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is backing a Government campaign to help small businesses provide services to the public sector.

£500M to create thousands of South West jobs
Regeneration spending in the Westcountry could reach almost £500 million after the region secured major investment from the Government’s flagship Local Growth Fund.

College Success at Big Bang South West
Prizes for Exmouth Community College, Southbrook, West Exe, Dawlish and Queen Elizabeth’s Academy teams at Big Bang South West.

Key role for colleges in creating and delivering technical degrees
Martin Doel, Chief Executive of the Association of Colleges, responds to Labour Party leader Ed Miliband’s pledge to put vocational and academic qualifications on an equal footing.

Defra awards £19 million to help rural businesses
2,500 rural businesses across England will benefit from a share of a £19 million fund, supporting 5,000 jobs.

Local support announced for jobseekers to help prepare for Universal Credit
Jobseekers to get extra help to get online and manage their finances on a monthly basis to prepare for the world of work under Universal Credit.

Chancellor visits South West businesses creating jobs and helping people into work
Figures show that 725,000 employers have benefitted from the Employment Allowance.

Why aerospace and defence are Britain’s engines of growth
Ahead of the Farnborough Airshow, the aviation town of Filton is preparing for the year’s main airline and defence exports event.

Dorset promotes it’s aerospace industry at Farnborough International Airshow
From major players to supply chain companies, the South West’s aerospace cluster is the largest in Europe.

Minister for skills and enterprise to visit Plymouth to see new City Deal business website in action
Matthew Hancock, the minister for skills and enterprise, will be visiting Plymouth this week to celebrate the official launch of the new GAIN Digital Exchange.

£500,000 investment energises renewable energy community groups
Over £500,000 has been assigned to help rural community energy projects across England.

Colleges should be allowed to award higher technical and vocational awards to close the skills gap
Giving colleges similar autonomy to universities to award higher technical and vocational awards could contribute to a stronger economy, according to the Association of Colleges (AoC).

Exeter crowdfunding firm Crowdcube doubles workforce
An Exeter crowdfunding firm is to double its workforce to 50 and open offices in London and Scotland.

Jobless Total in South West Falls Again
Nearly a million more people are in work compared to a year ago, and the employment rate has never been higher, new official figures show.

International Research Publications

Social protection during the economic crisis – how do changes to benefits systems affect children?
The European Platform for Investing in Children (EPIC) presents a policy brief, which examines how changes to the benefits systems during the economic crisis have affected our children. The policy brief examines how the economic crisis and its widespread effects have acutely affected public policy areas with significant cuts in public spending and how these cuts have led to an under-investment in child focused policies.

Finland as a knowledge economy 2.0 – lessons on policies and governance
Finland is facing new types of challenges both domestically and internationally in efforts to maintain its societal sustainability and economic competitiveness. Finland Knowledge Economy 2.0 presents some of the key policies, elements, initiatives and decisions behind Finland’s path into the Knowledge Economy of today.

Eurofound yearbook 2013 – living and working in Europe
Eurofound’s fifth annual yearbook, Living and working in Europe, based on the Agency’s research from 2013, describes developments in the EU in the wake of the crisis, focusing on major topic areas including changes in labour markets and employment, efforts to tackle youth unemployment, innovation in workplaces and public trust in institutions.

UK Research Publications

Mass collaboration – how we can transform the impact of public funding
Sets out a course of action for a wholesale change of culture, decision-making and accountability in the contracting of public services, to take advantage of a ‘rare window of opportunity to transform how government works with others’.

Addressing economic inequality at the root – 5 goals to a fairer UK
Calls on Government to address economic inequality with two key steps: 1. to set a tangible target to reduce economic inequality, as for child poverty; and 2. to establish a high-level commission on economic inequality tasked with devising a broad policy agenda to tackle the drivers of inequality. Identifies five high-level goals to address some of the root drivers of economic inequality, accompanied with a set of policy area priorities.

Migrants in low-skilled work – the growth of EU and non-EU labour in low-skilled jobs and its impact on the UK
Migration Advisory Committee report on the the growth of European Union (EU) and non-EU labour in low-skilled jobs and its impact on the UK.

Human capitals – driving UK metro growth through workforce investment
Second report from the City Growth Commission considers skills development and in-work progression as factors in raising productivity and contributing to city growth. Case studies in South Hampshire and South Yorkshire were undertaken by the Commission.

Gateway to growth – CBI/Pearson education and skills survey 2014
Discusses the upward trend in employers involved in apprenticeships. Looks at best practice around the world (Australia, Denmark, Germany, Singapore, and Switzerland) – all with well-developed national vocational systems. Argues that Apprenticeships, rather than a “last resort” are a strong potential choice from early secondary school – and part of a range of options that keep choices and opportunities open. Also underlines the demand for a much greater focus on improved vocational learning.

The Youth Contract for 16-17 year olds not in education, employment or training evaluation
The evaluation comprised multiple strands of research. The impact and economic assessments drew on and merged national datasets, such as the National Client Caseload System (NCCIS), the National Pupil Database (NPD) and the Individual Learner Record (ILR) in order to identify the participant group and a matched control group and then to track these over time to assess outcomes.

Create UK – creative industries strategy
Sets out the opportunities and challenges for the creative sector, our vision for the creative industries by 2020 and how we will achieve it, with recommendations for both industry and government. The CIC identified five priority areas for focus in this strategy: access to finance; education and skills; infrastructure; intellectual property; international (exports and inward investment).

Equitable full employment – delivering a jobs recovery for all
Latest in a series of papers commissioned by the TUC exploring what full employment should mean and how we can work to achieve it. Seeks to understand three related issues: 1. Which areas and groups benefited most from the UK’s period of prolonged growth before the recession? 2. What have been the impacts, for different areas and groups, both of the recession and the (tentative) recovery? And 3. What steps can we take to ensure that growth in employment can be shared equitably in the future?

Skills for sustainable employment – strategies to tackle youth unemployment
Research focusing on the role that trade unions can play in tackling youth unemployment in five key areas: 1. Trade union responses to youth unemployment; 2. Employer perspectives on the barriers to engaging with young people; 3. The perspectives of the young unemployed; 4. Using social clauses when procuring services to increase the use of high quality Apprenticeships; 5. A review of how more effective support schemes for entrepreneurial activity could reduce youth unemployment.

Precarious futures? Youth employment in an international context
Provides an overview of the current state of the labour market and young people, and presents statistics on UK youth unemployment with international comparisons. Demonstrates the importance of access to the workplace, either through work experience or through opportunities to earn and learn (including apprenticeships as well as combining part-time work with full-time study).

Women on the European labour market
According to Eurostat forecasts, the European Union’s working age population will shrink by a considerable 8 million people by 2025. As a consequence the labour force is to decrease, adversely affecting future GDP growth rates. However, there are groups of people whose labour potential is not yet fully utilised, meaning that the decrease in size of the future workforce can be avoided.

Sector Skills Publications

Barriers and opportunities to expand the low carbon bus market in the UK
Despite the recent uptake of low carbon emission buses (LCEBs) in the UK, significant barriers remain to sustained market growth, and there are risks of current progress being disrupted.

The women in IT scorecard 2014
Trends data on women’s participation in IT from school onwards, including international comparisons and an evaluation across other STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects. Presents workforce gender balance, qualifications and earnings, uptake from GCSE to HE and international comparisons.

Climate change – implications for extractive and primary industries – key findings from the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report
Distills the key findings from the recently released Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report for the primary industry and extractive sectors—including mining, cement, iron and steel, chemicals, aluminum, and pulp and paper.

Managing climate risks to wellbeing and the economy
Investigates the threats and opportunities for the country from climate change, focusing on the risks to infrastructure, business and public health. Provides an update on previous analysis on flooding, and considers the current capacity in the emergency response system to handle climate extremes.

The local state we’re in – PwC’s annual local government survey, 2014
Over the past few years, local government has demonstrated its ability to deliver ambitious and far reaching savings programmes. Tough choices are ahead as the cracks begin to show and decisions get closer to the frontline. Councils need to act urgently to transform themselves into agile organisations and shape a role for themselves through a future of continued austerity.

Climbing the ladder – skills for a sustainable recovery
A new report published today highlights the need for urgent action to improve the UK’s jobs and skills to build on the economic upturn and maximise growth.

Employment, pay and poverty – evidence and policy review
Focuses on the links between employment and poverty. Employment has a well-established relationship with poverty, and government policy over the past 15 years has emphasised paid work as the best route out of poverty. However, the relationship between poverty and employment is not straightforward, because a) poverty is most commonly measured at the household level; and b) characteristics of employment, such as pay, hours and security.

Mending the fractured economy – smarter state, better jobs (Final report of the Adonis Review)
Policy Network has published a major report on the economy by the former transport secretary, Lord Andrew Adonis.

Vision for science and mathematics education
Aims to raise the general level of mathematical and scientific knowledge and provide confidence in the population and the skills employers need. There is currently excellent practice in primary and secondary schools and colleges across the UK’s four nations. The Vision for science and mathematics education from 5–18 years of age offers a way to build on these foundations and to ensure that the UK’s education systems meet the needs of all in the 21st century.

Work that pays – the final report of the Living Wage Commission
Warns that the economic recovery could fail one in five people in paid employment. Provides a detailed analysis of the rise of low pay and working poverty. Shows that spiralling living costs and stagnating wages at the bottom create a “double squeeze” on the lowest paid. The five million people in low paid employment have the smallest budget elasticity, and are therefore hit hardest by rising living costs.


Improving financial stability and efficiency in Higher Education – sustainability, alternative revenue streams and lean ways of working
19 November 2014, central London

19/11/2014 – Steve Egan, Deputy Chief Executive, HEFCE, will be speaking at this event, which will bring out latest thinking on making the Higher Education sector more efficient, and to increase financial stability at a time of considerable changes to university funding – focusing on options and implementation.

Next steps for the Research Excellence Framework
23 April 2015, central London

23/04/2015 – David Sweeney, Director, HEFCE will be speaking at this seminar, which is scheduled to follow publication of this year’s Research Excellence Framework (REF), the system by which the quality of research from UK HEIs is assessed – with significant implications for public funding for universities’ research, for benchmarking, and for academic reputation.

TUC Congress 2014
7-10 September 2014, BT Convention Centre, Kings Dock, Liverpool L3 4FP

07/09/2014 – Visitor application forms will be available from May.

HEFCE Annual Meeting 2014
16 October 2014, 09:30-13:00, Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AG

16/10/2014 – The meeting offers an opportunity to learn more about current developments, HEFCE’s role and the challenges facing higher education. Booking for the event will open in August.

Welfare reform – creating effective local delivery partnerships
20 December 2014, Prospero House, Borough High Street, London SE1

20/12/2014 – This one day conference will provide an early opportunity to consider the updated Local Support Services Framework and will feature examples of best practice in the planning and delivery of services sharing learning from the Local Authority led pilots as well as drawing on the experience of housing associations, and third sector organisations in the delivery of budgeting support, debt advice, and financial inclusion inititatives, local welfare schemes, and digitial inclusion projects.

IfL Fellowship Research Programme
17th Oct 2014, Oxford

17/10/2014 – The IfL Fellowship Research Programme is designed to develop individuals’ research and publication skills.

Skills for Life Maths and English Conference
19 September 2014, Swindon

19/09/2014 – Targeted at Skills for Life delivery tutors and managers. The aim of the event is to provide participants with a range of tools, resources and best practice which they will be able to take back to their own organisations. Much of the day will be interactive so participants will be expected to do some work! Contact Julia Falaki for further details.

The Skills Show Experience – Have a Go Exeter
22 October 2014, WestPoint Centre (Devon) Ltd, Clyst St Mary, Exeter, EX5 1DH

22/10/2014 – The SW Employment and Skills Partnership and partners are very excited to formally invite you to The Skills Show Experience Exeter 2014! The Employment and Skills Partnership are organising an event in Exeter in partnership with Devon County Council on 22nd October. We are currently working on a steering group in conjunction with Devon County Council, Careers South West and others regarding this World Skills UK Exeter event, and would be delighted if you could please complete the booking form and register your interest via the following link http://tsse-findafuture-devon.eventbrite.co.uk.

International Manufacturing Symposium
11 – 12 September 2014, Moller Centre in Camridge, UK

07/07/2014 – The 18th Annual Cambridge International Manufacturing Symposium will take place on Thursday 11th and Friday 12th of September 2014 at the Moller Centre in Camridge, UK. The conference presents an opportunity to hear from world-leading business figures and thinkers on the challenges facing modern manufacturing.

AMSCI Briefing Sessions
15 July, University of the West of England
31 July, Plymouth University
6 August, University of Portsmouth

07/07/2014 – A series of local briefing sessions will take place to support the latest round of the Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative (AMSCI).

Skills, Employment and Growth Conference 2014 30th September, 2014, University of Salford
30/09/2014 – This one day conference will provide delegates a timely opportunity to debate whether Government proposals to reform skills and employment programmes will benefit learners, engage more employers and get more people back to work. This important conference will bring together key players from across the employment and skills spectrum, and with its unparalleled networking opportunities and key speakers, this event is one not be missed. Contact Elanor e.leach@salford.ac.uk

Does working-class education have a future?
2 August 2014, 11:00 – 16:00, GWRSA/Railway Club, Wellington Rd, Bridgwater, TA6 5HA

02/08/2014 – The last few generations have seen, overall, both a crisis and decline in the general field of what used to be called working-class education. Despite substantial government Union Learn funding, now of course under severe pressure, and some impressive internal trade union shop steward programmes, the subsidised and ‘liberal’ ‘adult education sector where many of us learned the theory and practice of socialism has almost disappeared. This conference is a ground-breaking attempt to address this crisis, asking these questions amongst many others: would the internet have destroyed adult ‘liberal’ education without any government cuts? Do any trade unions educate their members for socialism or merely effective trades unionism? Can a volunteer/community-led strategy restore cuts to Union Learn and adult evening courses? Cost is £5 per person which includes buffet lunch. Places are limited: please register in advance if possible, make cheques out to “Bridgwater Trades Union Council” and send to Dave Chapple, Conference Organiser, 1 Blake Place, Bridgwater, Somerset, TA6 5AU. Further details phone 07707 869 144 or e-mail Dave Chapple

Industry and academia engagement day
17 July 2014, 09:00 – 14:30, Norton Park Hotel, Norton Park, Nr Winchester, SO21 3NB

17/07/2014 – An engagement day is being held to help shape how the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory contracts for analysis in the future.

OECD LEED programme High-Level Capacity Building Seminar – Supporting youth in entrepreneurship
22-23 September 2014, Brussels, Belgium

22/09/2014 – The aim of this High-Level Capacity Building Seminar is have an international exchange of information on inclusive entrepreneurship actions across the European Union and on how the European Union Structural Funds can be used to support actions that combine entrepreneurship promotion and social inclusion. It will examine the how strategies for youth entrepreneurship can be designed and implemented including consideration of the connections with wider strategies for entrepreneurship and youth employment.

OECD LEED Programme Expert Seminar – What works, and what doesn’t? Evidence-based approaches to tackling disadvantage
October 2014, OECD Conference Centre, Paris

15/10/2014 – This expert seminar will focus on how countries can establish a policy framework to enable effective local action using an evidence-based approach, choosing between different measures at a time of limited resources. The latest evidence from OECD countries on ‘what works’ and ‘what doesn’t’ will be considered, with participants sharing their own experiences of what has been successful on the ground.