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Caution! Youth at Work: Young People & Employment in 2022

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In partnership with Sheffield Futures

Sheffield Young Advisors and Sheffield Futures present Caution! Youth At Work at Festival of Debate 2022. During 2020, unemployment among young people increased by 2 percentage points to 14%, compared to a 0.4 percent increase to 11% in 2019. Getting a step on the working ladder became and continues to be a challenge for people aged between 16-24, but why does this issue continue to persist?

Our event looks to answer that question and more as a panel of young people and industry leaders discuss and debate how business has treated and handled young workers during the pandemic, and how we can look to improve prospects for the next generation of workers in a post-pandemic environment.


Young Advisors (YAs) are young people aged 16–25 with a diverse range of backgrounds from across Sheffield. They work with decision-makers, within and external to Sheffield Futures, to advise them on youth-related issues, engage young people in services, and make sure young people have a voice in how services are designed and run. In addition to their work as Young Advisors with Sheffield Futures, our Young Advisors have experiences of different workplaces across a range of sectors, which they are able to draw upon.

Emily Humphreys has fifteen years’ experience working in general practice and has been providing advice to clients for ten years. Emily joined Lishmans in 2006 and later qualified as a certified Chartered Accountant in 2014. Together with partner Gerard Price, Emily heads the team and manages a portfolio of personal and business clients ranging from owner-managed to mid-size corporate businesses. Emily has a keen eye for organisation, business efficiency and growth and cash flow planning. Outside of work, Emily enjoys hiking, is a keen baker and loves to travel

Part of our 2022 festival strand


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