Open Minds Employer Breakfast

To mark the end of the successful Talent Match employability programme for 18-24 year olds we're holding a special event - our special ‘Open Minds’ Breakfast - on Friday 22 March, taking place from 7.30-10.30 am at the International Convention Centre, Birmingham. The event will celebrate the achievements of the programme and consider lessons learnt and what we can take from our learning to leave as a legacy for Birmingham.

Many local businesses report recruitment challenges - but our region continues to have high unemployment amongst young people. How can that be?

At this special free breakfast event, we will hear from those at the sharp end: young people who have overcome difficulties to get a job; businesses that have supported them – and those who recognise the challenges that can sometimes prevent young people from getting into sustainable employment. Practical lessons learned from the five-year Birmingham and Solihull Talent Match programme will help illuminate the issues.

West Midlands Mayor Andy Street will speak about the issues and possible solutions whilst employers will also be asked to consider further ‘opening their minds’ – to recognise and appreciate the opportunities of employing young people regardless of their personal barriers.

A ‘Question Time’-style discussion will be hosted by Editor-in-chief of Reach plc in the Midlands, Marc Reeves.

If you’re still concerned about the future for our school leavers and young people, this event will provide an opportunity to learn, discuss. And open minds!

Please secure your place by completing our online booking form, above. We very much hope to see you there!

Programme for the event:

07.30 - 08.15    Registration and breakfast
08.15 - 09.20    Key note speakers including West Midlands Mayor, Andy Street
09.20 - 09.45    Q+A panel, hosted by Marc Reeves
09.45 - 10.30    Networking and close