TWS Conference 2015 The Lost Generation

The Wilberforce Society is excited to announce its annual conference, taking place on the 18th of January 2015.

Through a range of student-written papers, the conference will explore the three related issues of Youth Unemployment, Youth Disengagement from Politics, and Youth Justice. We will ask whether we are in fact witnessing the emergence of a 'lost generation' - a generation struck by economic hardship, lack of political alternatives, and a justice system that is failing them.

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The Lost Generation Sunday 18th January, 2015

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James Cathcart

CEO of the British Youth Council since 2008 and previously Head of Target Groups at the Prince’s Trust, where he worked on crafting policies and training materials for the trust’s 7, 000 mentors. Mr Cathcart has extensive experience working with disadvantaged youths in the UK as a probation officer and social worker. He has also previously worked for leading youth charities in the UK, including the National Children’s Bureau and Centrepoint, the UK’s leading charity for homeless youth.

Lizzie Crowley

Currently serving as a Senior Researcher for The Work Foundation, based at Lancaster University, and is currently leading the Missing Million programme, a two year research project aimed at finding solutions for youth unemployment. Her interests include the policy areas of welfare reform, exclusion in the labour market, innovation and local growth. She has previously worked as a senior consultant for Shared Intelligence, specialising in economic development, employment and skills, as well as providing labour market analysis.

Professor Jonathan Tonge

Currently serves as the chairman of the UK Youth Citizenship commission, as well as being the Director of Postgraduate research in the Politics department at Liverpool University. He also serves as the co-editor of Parliamentary Affairs, an academic quarterly that seeks to cover all aspects of government and politics that is connected with the UK Parliament, and provides coverage of parliamentary systems around the world.

Ms Laura-Jane Rawlings

Founder of Youth Employment UK, a national campaign aimed at increasing the skills, behaviour and attitudes of all those involved in youth employment.  Ms Rawlings has over a decade of experience working in the recruitment sector as a recruiter and career coach. She is interested in helping youths improve their employability skills and has spoken on the BBC, various Radio Stations and at a number of conferences and seminars. She has also provided specialist expert advice to the 2012 Channel 4 Battlefront campaign on Youth Employment.

Professor Roger Smith

Professor of Social Work at Durham University. He worked as a Probation Officer, specialising in diversion with young offenders, before moving into academia. His primary area of interest has been young people and crime. Beyond this, he also has an interest in research methods in social work, the sociology of childhood and social work theory.

Further Details We're looking forward to seeing you at our conference on January 18th!

The conference will be divided in three sections on Youth Unemployment and Youth Justice in the morning; followed by Youth Politics after a lunch break.

The conference will be held in the Bateman auditorium, Gonville and Cauis College, Cambridge and will run from 10am - 3:30pm. Purchase tickets using the button at the top of this page.

The Lost Generation Sunday 18th January, 2015

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