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Employability and Skills Summit 2018

calender 20 June 2018
Type:Major Chamber Events
Venue:Loughborough University, West Park Teaching Hub
Date:20 June 2018
Time:8.30am to 1pm
Available To:Members and Non Members
Members Price:£20.00 + VAT
Non Members Price:£75.00 + VAT

Bridging the gap and developing the skills to underpin the Industrial Strategy across the Midlands Engine

The Summit will explore how regional prosperity rests on having sufficient skilled staff and, as identified through our quarterly economic survey, why there is a continued problem faced by employers with regards to the shortfall of available skilled labour in our region. The summit will explore how the region can address this challenge to ensure there is a bright future for our local economies and our young people

Building on previous years' event, the Chamber's 2018 Employability and Skills Summit will continue to deliver against the manifesto aim - to bridge the gap between education and the world of work, thus creating an environment to improve competitiveness, innovation and productivity levels.

In response to the perennial problem employers face in accessing the right labour* to fulfill their needs the summit will bring together education providers, businesses and policy makers to discuss the practical ways in which the business and the education sector can work together more effectively to deliver the skills required for economic growth in the East Midlands.

* Data taken from our Quarter 1 Economic Survey shows that, in the previous 3 months, 30% of respondents were looking to increase their workforce, mainly due to growth in their business. 61% of respondents attempted to recruit in the previous three months and of these 60% experienced difficulties, the main job types which were problematic to fill are as follows:

Recruitment Issues

The summit will include a series of workshops, panel discussions, exhibitions and guest speakers, with an emphasis on practical takeaways.


  • Registration, networking and exhibitors
  • Welcome and introduction to the Summit - Scott Knowles, Chief Executive, East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire)
  • Welcome from Helen Smith, Head of Careers, Employability and Employer Engagement, Careers Network, Loughborough University
  • High-level summary of the work of the Institute for Apprenticeships, and the role played by the Institute in delivering the Government's apprenticeship reforms - Jonathan Mitchell, Deputy Director, Standards Development, Institute of Apprenticeships
  • Overview of the Careers and Enterprise Implementation Plan and how it relates to the Governments Careers Strategy - Clare Hutchinson, Area Manager North, Careers and Enterprise Company
  • David Hughes, Head of the Uniper Engineering Academy & Chair of the East Midlands Apprenticeship Ambassador Network (EMAAN)- supporting apprenticeship delivery in the East Midlands, David will be joing by Simeon Powell, Chair of the East Midlands Young Apprenticeship Ambassador Network (EMYAAN)
  • Break and Exhibitors
  • Workshop Session one - choice of 1 out of 5
  • Change over
  • Workshop Session two - choice of 1 out of 5
  • Using technology to improve productivity - Mike Grogan, Head of East & East Midlands Region, Vodafone
  • Panel Discussion led by Chris Hobson, Director of Policy and External Affairs, East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire)
  • Department of Education's progress towards the delivery of T levels - Sue Lovelock, Deputy Director, Technical Education, Implementation Division, Department for Education
  • Close for buffet lunch, networking and exhibitors


  • Jonathan Mitchell: Deputy Director, Standards Development, Institute for Apprenticeships - Jonathan will provide a high-level summary of the work of the Institute for Apprenticeships, and the role played by the Institute in delivering the Government’s apprenticeship reforms. He will touch on a number of challenges faced in these reforms and outline how the Institute is addressing these. He will also provide some suggestions about how employers can engage in the Institute’s work, and how the Institute is aiming to strengthen the success of its work with employers. Jonathan is also hopeful that delegates will share ways in which the Institute can strengthen its engagement with smaller employers, both within the Standards Development process and also more broadly, and to get feedback on where there remains room for the Institute to communicate and collaborate with employers more effectively in the future.
  • Sue Lovelock, Deputy Director, Technical Education, Implementation Division, Department for Education - Department of Education’s progress towards the delivery of T levels. ‘T levels’ are new technical study programmes that will sit alongside Apprenticeships within a reformed skills training system. The reforms are at the heart of a skills partnership between government, business and education and training providers – a partnership that will create the skills revolution needed to meet the needs of our economy. Sue has the responsibility for development of T level content by employer led T level panels, working with colleges to ensure they’re ready to deliver, leading on work placements, communications and stakeholder engagement. These technical options aim to prepare individuals for skilled employment which requires technical knowledge and practical skills valued by industry. Just as A levels are demanded by universities, in time the Department for Education hope that T levels will be demanded by employers for entry into skilled employment. We will hear about the development and delivery of T levels, and how they sit alongside apprenticeships, offering two different, but equally valid routes to skilled employment. The T Levels will be introduced from September 2020.
  • Mike Grogan, Head of East & East Midlands Region, Vodafone will explore research from the London School of Economics, commissioned by Vodafone, to discuss how, by optimising the 3 keys of ICT, flexible working and management practices, organisations can attract and retain employees whilst unlocking up to 20% extra productivity.
  • Angela Joyce, Chair of the Midlands Engine Skills Programme - detail to be confirmed
  • Clare Hutchinson, Area Manager North, Careers and Enterprise Company - detail to be confirmed


  • Access Generation - Becoming the employer of chioce for future generations
  • Inspiring Governance - Benefits to your organisation of being involved in school goverance and the support available
  • Institute of Engineering and Technology - Why its hard to talk about skills
  • Leicester Employment Hub - Support for recruitment and training and supporting the disadvantaged into employment
  • Recart - Why contingency recruitment is dying
  • LLEP - Employer engagement in schools and colleges

Further detail on addtional workshops to follow in due course, detail of workshops to date can be viewed here.


Click here for detail of current exhibtiors

Detail on sponsorship opportunity and application for exhibtion stands click HERE

Please contact inbtsecdlc.ka.ae@m-n.ou for further detail

With thanks to:

Institute for Apprenticeships
Department for Education
Career and Enterprise Company

And our Strategic Partner:

Loughborough University

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