Talking Young Enterprise at the Party Conferences
Michael Mercieca blogs for the Huff Post UK
This year Michael attended the Conservative and Labour Party Conferences, the first time Young Enterprise has had a presence here. His latest blog for Huff Post UK reflects on his experiences.
“This year I attended both the Conservative and Labour Party conferences in my capacity as Chief Executive of the charity Young Enterprise. It’s now a couple of weeks since the conferences and I’ve had time to digest and reflect not only on what was achieved there but also where it was achieved. When you go to a conference it becomes apparent very quickly that the real business goes on around the fringe and I found the ’offline’ conversations and connections very useful. In fact some seasoned veterans of the conference circuit told me that they had never been in to hear a political speech. All the most insightful, productive work goes on outside the main conference hall.
“On Young Enterprise business, whether I was speaking with politicians, business folk or fellow charity colleagues, there is no doubt that everyone recognises the urgent need to equip young people with the skills they need to get and hold down a suitable job and to make them financially literate. Strong academic results alone are not the only route to success. What we need now is cohesive action from politicians, businesses and educators to realise and support the changes needed in schools, colleges and universities.”