Laura-Jane is a passionate campaigner for youth employment and the rights for all young people to access employment and have their voices heard on the issues that affect them. Laura-Jane believes that it is for all of us to create a youth friendly society so that young people can fulfil their potential.
Laura-Jane founded Youth Employment UK in 2012, believing that there was a need to put young people at the heart of youth employment policy and services on a local and national level. Youth Employment UK is a not-for-profit, social enterprise that now supports more than 100,000 young people, employers, educators, third sector organisations and policy colleagues every month, fulfilling its core objectives:
● To give young people a voice and empower them to be more prepared for the world of work
● To help organisations be better equipped to support young people and adopt Youth Friendly Principles
● To ensure that government policy is geared towards the real needs of young people
Recognised as a leading youth employment expert Laura-Jane provides support, insight and expertise to many groups such as the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Youth Employment, the Youth Employment Group, Pearson Skills and Apprenticeship Group and sits on two DWP ESF Committees.
Laura-Jane is a Board Member of the Youth Futures Foundation, a Trustee for the Federation of Education Development, is an Advisory Board for the Digital Futures at Work Research Centre (Digit) and has been a secondary school governor for 6 years. Laura-Jane has worked on a number of consultative projects with organisations such as the Department for Culture Media and Sport, Cambridge Local Authority, Northamptonshire Learning Partnership, Chilled Food Association, PiXL and WorldSkills UK.