Westminster Insight’s half-day forum
- Tom Hewitt, Policy Engagement Lead, National Skills Fund Division, Department for Education
- Iain Murray, Senior Policy Officer, Trades Union Congress
- Nic Trower, Policy Advisor - Education and Skills, CBI
- Professor John Holford, Robert Peers Chair in Adult Education, University of Nottingham, Editor, International Journal of Lifelong Education
- Paul Warner, Director of Research & Development, Association of Employment and Learning Providers
- Charlotte Collyer, Regional Coordinator, Heart of the South West Local Digital Skills Partnership
- Kurt Hintz, Executive Principal, Capital City College Group
- Dr Chrystalla Kapetaniou, Principal Researcher, Nesta
- Nimmi Patel, Policy Manager, Tech UK
will bring together key figures to discuss the future of retraining adults, creating a multi-skilled workforce and offering inclusive and accessible opportunities across the country.
The negative effect of the pandemic
on the labour market has made it clear that adult education will be crucial to economic and societal recovery.
Coupled with the government estimate that around 7.4 per cent of jobs (equivalent to 1.5 million) in England could be automated or partly automated in the coming years, the need to retain, reskill and upskill the current workforce has become urgent.
The Government announcement of a new £2.5bn National Skills Fund
has been introduced as a response to the changing nature of jobs and new task
s that people will need to advance in the workplace. Plus £32 million
has been allocated to the National Careers Service,
to recruit careers advisers and provide bespoke advice and careers guidance for over a quarter of a million more people.
It is vital for employers, education and training providers and local authorities to work together
to maximise the opportunities the new funding and focus on lifelong learning provides.
Delegates will discuss how post-18 training and education can be expanded
to meet the Government’s Lifetime Skills Guarantee.
Including how to cope with rising demand, provide more flexibility and support for learners, improve access and inclusion
to a wider demographic of people and align with local business and economic needs.
Join us to engage with educators, learners and employers to gain expert knowledge
and practical solutions
for delivering future retraining for adults
that will prepare the workforce for recovery and future economic growth.
*ONS - 25 March 2019