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    Employability, Productivity and Leadership conference

    Conference delegates invest in young people’s futures

    The Employability, Productivity and Leadership conference was held at the Mount Murray Hotel and Country Club on Wednesday 10th October. It discussed how young people can best be equipped for the world of work in these changing economic times.

    The conference was jointly organised by the Departments of Education and Children (DEC) and Economic Development (DED) – and took place against the backdrop of a report from the International Labour Organisation that states the effects of the euro crisis will spill over from developed to emerging economies, pushing youth unemployment to almost 13% by 2017. Many young people have given up hope of finding a job, the ILO says.

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    Mike Hennessy, CEO Chamber of Commerce

    I am pleased that so many employers have made attending this conference a priority. It shows their commitment to reviewing current practices with a view to further promoting the life chances of young people on the Isle of Man.’

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    Paul Craine DEC’s Co-ordinating Adviser for 11-19 Education and one of the conference’s organisers, said

    ‘I am delighted that so many people have signed up to attend this conference. It is indicative of how high the issue of employability and employment is on the respective agendas of all who work with young people,’

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    Kieran Gordon, Chief Executive Officer of Greater Merseyside Connexions, one of the UK’s leading career guidance organisations.


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    Doug Strycharczyk, Managing Director of AQR Business Consultants


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    Gaynor Lewis, Director for Business Development at the Institute for Leadership and Management

    (Includes contribution from Ballakermeen High School's Charlie Shimmins)

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    WORKSHOP SESSION

    also closing address from

    Tony Wild MLC, a political member of both the DEC and DED, added: ‘It is good to see the departments working closely together on the crucial issue of employability. We hope this close working relationship will develop still further after the conference.’

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