Brain Drain conference: “Time to look to the future”

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Brain Drain conference: “Time to look to the future”

On Friday, 13th May, Plymouth MP, Johnny Mercer, convened the first ‘Plymouth Brain Drain’ conference aimed at tackling the exodus of young talented individuals of all trades from Plymouth to pursue careers elsewhere in the country.

Despite holding the conference on the supposed unluckiest day, the worst luck that befell the conference was a misplaced laptop – quickly rectified by conference hosts, Future Inn.

The conference, organised by the Plymouth MP in association with MSubs and Mego Employment, sought to bring together stakeholders from the public and private sector to come up with ways in which every sector could improve to ensure that we are keeping as many talented young people in the city as possible to develop their careers.

With the attendee list ranging from groups like the Chamber of Commerce to Plymouth University and Plymouth Manufacturing Group to the Marine Biological Association, interests from across the city’s various vibrant employment and training sectors were well represented.

Johnny Mercer MP, said:

“We had a fantastic turnout. It was great to see a lot of people from the public and private sector coming together to solve a common problem.

“Plymouth is a city on the up. There has been a significant amount of government investment in the last 6 years, but we also have some really amazing up and coming businesses, as well as some more established heavyweights.

“We need to be looking to the future and ensuring that these guys have got a sustainable pool of talented people to take on and help grow and advance their business – today was only the start in creating a change in how we can see young people staying and developing in the city.”

Chris Leonard, Managing Director of Mego Employment, said:

“The Brain Drain conference was a valuable first step in bringing together all those with a vested interest in helping Plymouth become the dominant commercial centre West of Bristol.

It became clear that there are a number of initiatives in play but the lack of a common Vision and a unified plan was a real barrier to progress being made.

Hopefully this conference will serve as the launch pad for change, reigniting the drive and determination within the community to achieve significant and sustainable change so we won’t be meeting here again in 10 years’ time to debate the same issue.”

Brett Phaneuf, Managing Director at Msubs, said:

“We had a fantastic turnout. It was great to see a lot of people from the public and private sector coming together to solve a common problem.

“Plymouth is a city on the up. There has been a significant amount of government investment in the last 6 years, but we also have some really amazing up and coming businesses, as well as some more established heavyweights.

“We need to be looking to the future and ensuring that these guys have got a sustainable pool of talented people to take on and help grow and advance their business – today was only the start in creating a change in how we can see young people staying and developing in the city.”

 

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Notes to editors

  1. The conference was hosted by Future Inn, Tavistock Road on Friday 13th May
  2. Dates for the next meeting will be circulated in due course, but it is intended that this will develop into a working group representing
  3. Consensus was reached that there needed to be greater unification between the public and private sectors and to take a longer term approach
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