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ICS Youth Employability and Skills (YES) event

North London
Saturday 10 August 2019

Every year ICS hosts a global series of events to celebrate International Youth Day. This year, our UK event will focus on youth employability and skills: join us for a day of professional development and networking, organised by a small but dedicated team of ICS alumni.  If you're from outside the UK, check if your country is holding an event.

This is an opportunity to hear from inspiring speakers; take part in interesting workshops on youth employability, skills development and careers advice; and network with like-minded young people, organisations and employers. Find out more about the day.

Our events are always very popular and places are available on a first come, first served basis - so if you can attend, confirm your spot now!

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Please note that this event is only open to alumni based in the UK
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Event details

When: Saturday 10 August, 10.30am – 5.30pm

Where: Platform (Islington Council’s creative hub for young people), Hornsey Road Baths, 2 Tiltman Place, London N7 7EE


The YES event is free – but as we have limited capacity, please make sure you confirm your place!

As we don’t want the cost of travel to be a barrier for anyone to attend, we have some limited funds available to offer support for travel costs. Support will be agreed on a case by case basis – email for more details. The cost of travel increases significantly if tickets are not booked in advance so please get in touch with us as soon as possible. We may be unable to cover this cost if your request is not made in advance.

What to expect

The event is an opportunity to hear from inspiring speakers and take part in interesting workshops focusing on youth employability awareness, skills development and careers/alternative education advice. You’ll have the opportunity to speak to employment organisations throughout the day, and take part in live question and answer sessions with the speakers.

All three current ICS agencies (VSO, Raleigh, and Restless Development) will be attending in different capacities, including delivering workshops, hosting stands, or volunteering to run the day. Some agencies from the previous ICS consortium may also be attending (TBC).

Why youth employability?

Globally, youth unemployment is a significant problem: young people make up a quarter of the world’s population, and are almost three times more likely to be unemployed than adults. ICS has a network of youth volunteers who bring creativity, innovation, resilience and adaptability, yet they struggle to articulate that in employability terms. Through this event we want to help you to talk about and build on the skills you gained by volunteering with ICS, that could support your career goals.

Who can attend

The London event is only open to volunteers who are based in the UK – but the global series of YES events is taking place throughout July and August across the ICS countries, to celebrate International Youth Day. If you’re from outside the UK, find out if there are events taking place in your country and contact your country office if you'd like to get involved! You can also keep an eye out for more information in the next few weeks in the ICS newsletter and across Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

You can attend no matter when you volunteered or which agency you went away with – even if they are no longer part of the current consortium. ICS has supported over 37,000 young people on their journey as active citizens, and we’re proud to include every single one in our global network!

Get more involved

If you’d like to get even more involved and help make the day a success – thank you! On the day you can support ICS by taking part in workshops, networking with fellow alumni, and sharing lots of photos using the hashtag #ICS4change. Next year you can apply for the opportunity to be part of the Youth Steering Group, who help design, shape and deliver the ICS event every year.

If you can’t come

If you can’t make it on the 10th, you can stay involved by signing up to receive the online ICS newsletter, and by following and sharing the ICS YES activities across our social media channels – Twitter, Facebook and Instagram – using the hashtag #ICS4change.

Global YES events

Discover how we're celebrating International Youth Day across our ICS countries.