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Southwark teenagers organise youth employment conference

Seven 16 and 17-year-olds who live or go to school in Southwark have organised a conference to be held at Tate Modern on the issue of youth employability.

The Events Academy, now in its fourth year, is a project run by Better Bankside to equip local young people with event management skills.

This year's event will be held in the Starr Auditorium at Tate Modern between 1.30pm and 5pm on Thursday 30 August.

Speakers include Iqbal Wahhab OBE, founder of Roast restaurant in Borough Market, and Cllr Claire Hickson from Southwark Council.

"Unemployment especially among young people is one the of the biggest challenges for western economies, not only for the young people themselves but also for all companies that will depend on their skill development," said Peter Williams, chief executive of Better Bankside.

"The Events Academy provides a fantastic opportunity for our businesses to support local young people providing them with an experience within their business and enabling them to pick up valuable skills which they can apply in putting on a fantastic event at the end of the programme."

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