The IARS International Institute announces a call for proposals for paper presentations, case studies, workshops or interactive sessions to be presented at the Institute’s CPD accredited 5th Annual International Conference “Youth-led solutions to unemployment: The voices of young, marginalised carers” that will be held on the 27 April 2017 at the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple, London, UK.  

The conference will host a series of parallel workshops delivered by international experts and young people. Themes include youth-unemployment, inclusion, social youth policy and practice, youth-led engagement models.  Employers and employing services are also encouraged to present innovative models and practices that promote diversity at the work place and equal opportunities for young people.  If you wish to present your work please submit an abstract (up to 200 words) by 15 March 2017 to .



Anne Longfield, The Children's Commissioner for England (tbc)

Ms. Sophia Eriksson-Waterschoot, Director for Youth at DG for Education and Culture, European Commission (tbc)

Simon Chambers, Programme Lead, Youth and Northern Ireland, British Council (confirmed)

Event Chair Simon Israel, IARS Patron and Channel 4 Home Affairs Correspondent (confirmed)


About the Conference

Persistent social inequalities and exclusion continue to perpetuate unequal access to labour markets for young people. Focusing on young carers, one of the most marginalised groups in Europe, this international event will explore youth led-solutions to unemployment with the ultimate objective of bringing barriers down and informing international policy and practice.

Bringing together policy makers, practitioners, young people, researchers, academics and employers, the conference will present cutting edge research and debate youth-led initiatives in the UK and other European countries that can contribute to reforms required to better support young people into work, training and further education.

The conference is organised in the framework of Erasmus (KA2) and will draw from the research findings of the 2-year youth-led project Care2Work that explored the needs, challenges and opportunities of young BME carers in their transition to responsible adulthood and their fair access to employment, education and training.  The project is delivered in 4 European countries by Anziani e Non Solo (Italy), Linneus University (Sweden), KMOP (Greece) and is coordinated by the IARS International Institute.

Bursaries for International Participants

The IARS International Institute is pleased to offer a limited number of bursaries of up to €200 to assist in covering travel and accommodation costs for workshop presenters. Young people are particularly encouraged to apply for a bursary should they wish to attend the conference. All participants are responsible to arrange their travel and accommodation. Should you wish to apply for a bursary please contact by 15 March.

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