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Future Talent conference urges more focus on youth

Helen Mayson

Future Talent conference (via @Changeboard Twitter page)

Speakers at the Future Talent conference at the Royal Opera House on 9 July urged employers to ‘move with the times’ rather than complain about lack of skills. Helen Mayson reports

Held in the grand surroundings of the Royal Opera House, the Changeboard Future Talent conference in July boasted a serious line up of speakers (including philosopher Alain de Botton and Lucy Adams, founder of Disruptive HR and former HRD at the BBC) and a serious mission – to talk about future talent and the skills needed for organisations to thrive.

Over 500 HR professionals saw CIPD’s Peter Cheese talk about developing and managing your future talent, saying there was a need to refocus education to equip people for work, life, relationships and that business has to be involved for this to really work.

Engage with education

Another guest speaker, the Rt Hon Matthew Hancock, Minister for Skills and Enterprise, also called for more employers to inspire young people, helping to bridge the gap between education and the workplace.
 
“Good people are the backbone of good businesses,” he says. “In order to ensure that young people leave education or training equipped with the skills employers want, we need to build closer links between the world of work and education.”

Jim Carrick-Birtwell, CEO of global HR community and conference organizers Changeboard and plotr, a not-for-profit employer led careers inspiration platform for 11-24 year olds, said that they are working with young people to ‘connect the dots’ and help identify how their skills can be transferred into the world of work.
 
Carrick-Birtwell mentioned a working group which has been set up to identify the basic skills employers now require.  “We are working with the Government, industry bodies, employers, schools and young people to design a universal platform that will create true market efficiency for the young people and other stakeholders, including employers, making these career decisions,” he said.

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