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Employment and training

Season 1, Episode 10: Employability services in the UK

Header image for the Catch22 Minutes podcast which reads "Season 1: Youth Employment"

In the Catch22Minutes podcast, we delve into some of today’s major social challenges. We speak to frontline experts, industry leaders and young people, in pursuit of ideas for reforming public services.

The first season focused on youth employment and was presented by Catch22’s Director of Communications, Melissa Milner. Each episode looked at how society can both prepare young people for today’s job market and improve the opportunities available to all young people.

During this first series of Catch22Minutes, we’ve covered a host of topics relating to youth employment – from digital skills, green jobs, and the hospitality sectors, to apprenticeships and how employment is key for diversion from youth violence and preventing re-offending. We have highlighted some excellent examples of the employability programmes that exist to support young people to get the skills and the confidence to enter today’s job market.

In one of the last episodes of 2021, we’re asking ‘What makes good employability support?’. What is it that young people furthest from the job market need to break into the world of work? Which programmes are working and why? And what are employers doing to diversify their talent pool?

To discuss this and more, we’re joined by Elizabeth Taylor, Chief Executive of the Employment Related Services Association (ERSA) and Lisa Jardim, Learning and Engagement Manager of Arcus FM, the facilities management company. Arcus FM recently won ERSA’s Employer of the Year Award, following their support of Catch22’s young job seekers.

Our panellists

Elizabeth Taylor

Lisa Jardim