Creating good jobs

Breakout session 2 – 3.15pm

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Despite the claim that unemployment has now peaked, and reports of record vacancies in some sectors1.6 million people face uncertainty in the workplace as the furlough scheme comes to an end in the UK. Within this context, youth unemployment – in particular – is predicted to trail the wider UK recovery from Covid-19.  This session will explore how local anchor institutions such as NHS trusts can supplement interventions like Kickstart to create truly inclusive employment practices.


Bev Craig is the Leader (elect) of Manchester City Council. She is the first female leader of Manchester City Council and has been a Councillor since 2011. Bev was instrumental in launching Manchester as a Real Living Wage employer earlier this year. She spent four years as executive member for adult services, health, wellbeing and inclusion, and the latter part of that stint saw her play a key role in Manchester City Council’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Sandra Jones is the People Development Lead at Northern Care Alliance NHS Group. The Northern Care Alliance (NCA) provide a range of community and hospital services to over one million people across Bury, Oldham, Rochdale and Salford. Sandra develops career pathways within the NCA that help bring social value to the community by employing local people – including the Kickstart scheme and work experience programmes.

Lawrence Kelly is the Widening Participation Project Manager at Sandwell & West Birmingham NHS Trust. Lawrence heads up the Learning Works at the Trust which oversees the educational development of staff and recruitment with local communities. He has created specialist programmes of support for refugee healthcare professionals, and has tackled youth homelessness with the creation of an apprenticeship programme which provides young people at risk of homelessness with both an entry level career in health, construction or hospitality, and with housing in repurposed nursing accommodation on the hospital trust site.

Tom Lloyd Goodwin is Associate Director for Policy at CLES. Since completing his PhD in political theory in 2009, Tom has worked with numerous organisations across local government, academia, the NHS and the voluntary and community sector. He has delivered an array of local economic development and health policy projects, focused on addressing poverty, fostering social inclusion and promoting public health. Tom brings expertise in political theory, political economy policy and implementation research to his Associate Director role. 

Nav Sharma is the Widening Participation Project Support Officer at Sandwell & West Birmingham NHS Trust. Nav works alongside Lawrence Kelly at the Learning Works, which is at the forefront of the Trust’s inclusive and local approach to recruitment. The Learning Works has piloted specialist programmes for both youth homelessness and refugee healthcare professionals.