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Employability and Skills Summit - 2020 - postponed

Event Information:

Type: Information and Policy

Venue: Loughborough University - West Park Teaching Hub, Loughborough

Date: Thursday, 18 June 2020

Time: 8:30am - 1:30pm

Available To: Members and Non Members

Member Price: £25.00+VAT

Non-Member Price: £75.00+VAT

Please note this event has been postponed, if you have any queries on this please contact the Policy Team 


Employers continue to report a shortfall in skilled labour, with  prosperity resting on having access to a skilled, productive workforce this continues to be a perennial barrier to growth* - the annual Employability and Skills Summit will explore a range of solutions to support and improve your recruitment, retention and productivity challenges.

We are pleased to announce, for the second year, our headline sponsor:



Host venue sponsor: This event is kindly hosted by Chamber Strategic Partner:

Our Associate Sponsor for the Summit: 


Delivering against the Chamber goal to “Support the development of current and future workforce in the East Midlands” the 2020 Summit will show how the region can address the range of challenges business face and where we can ultimately create an environment where there is a bright future for our local economies, communities, young people and those furthest away from the job market.


On the day:

The Summit is aimed at business representatives - particularly those individuals responsible for the HR function within their organisation - business owners, representatives from the education sector, policy makers and business representation organisations.

Through a number of keynote presentations, panel discussions and workshops the Summit will explore the implications of the survey findings*, focusing on two key themes: Bridging the Gap: Improving the link between education and employers and How do we deliver the workforce employers in the East Midlands demand.

This year the Summit will have, as one of its key themes, a focus on how we align the skills provision, curriculum and careers advice and guidance to the realities and demands of the current and future workplace.

*Our Q1 2020 Economic Survey showed that  57% of respondents had looked to recruit in the previous 3 months, of those looking to recruit 59% experienced problems 

AGENDA OVERVIEW TO DATE(detail to be finalised)

  • Welcome from Scott Knowles, Chief Executive Officer, East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire)
  • Welcome from Charlie Wheeldon, Head of Enterprise Network and Employer Engagement, Loughborough University 

The strategic lead for student and graduate enterprise, Charlie is responsible for driving forward the programme of enterprise support in both Loughborough and London under the collective banner of the Loughborough Enterprise Network. In addtion to welcoming delegates we will hear about some of the business support available to develop your workforce 

  • Understanding young peoples concerns for the future and career aspirations - Martin Rogers, Senior Researcher and Dominic Judge, Director of Governance Programmes - Education and Employers

Taken from feedback of the responses to a recent survey, developed by Education and Employers, from circa 8,000 14-18 year olds, on the issues that matter most to them and their concerns for the future & career aspirations, this will be a fascinating insight into the future workforce and how this reflects and maps to the projected labour market demand.

The initial results will be published in Davos in January 2020, during the World Economic Forum, and subsequently there will be a report which is based on their “Nothing in Common” report, released in March 2013, which explored the career aspirations of young Britons mapped against projected labour market demand (2010-2020)

At the Summit we will be provided some of the preliminary findings to stimulate conversations based around the development of the “Nothing in Common II” report.

  • Career Development Institute  - Overview of the research which explores the findings and implications of Head Teachers attitudes to careers and in particular findings around preparing young people for work and the tension with preparing young people for life.

We hear about a qualitative study of head teachers’ perspectives on careers education, information and guidance provision. Findings from the study raise a series of interesting questions, relating to: education and social mobility; young people’s pathways post-16 and preparation for that transition; pedagogies within school subjects; and the link between motivation of students and career education

There will also be a range of workshops available to choose from on the day, which will include topics such as:

  • HS2 - developing provision to fulfil the supply chain skills requirements - aimed at training providers 
  • “T Levels” – what are they and how can they support your business to attract new talent
  • Using focussed marketing to make your business more attractive to potential candidates in a competitive market place 
  • Employment law update - current employment law changes that affect your business
  • Leadership and Productivity  - developing better business strategies to improve market competitiveness 
  • Explore how postgraduate talent can enhance your business
  • HR and Marketing:Made for Each Other -  From recruitment campaigns to induction films, training presentations and even internal signage – there are a number of marketing disciplines that need to be utilised. In this workshop Purpose Media will show you how marketing can help HR, and examples of how the world’s biggest brands do it best.

The cost of the event includes all workshops, refreshments and a buffet lunch.

Who attends:

HR Directors, HR managers, HR business partners, careers leads, training providers, directors of apprenticeships and employer engagement,  Local Enterprise Partnerships, DWP, careers advisors, policy makers, local authority skills leads, heads of talent, regeneration and worklessness teams, curriculum leads, Head Teachers and Principals, FE and HEI representatives, Sector Skills Leads, business representation organisations


For details please contact  and the detail will be emailed out for your consideration.

Confirmation of your booking

A full confirmation with parking and directions will be emailed to delegates approx. 5 working days prior to the event - an invoice for your delegate place(s), will be emailed to you once your booking has been processed. We ask that all invoices are paid prior to attending the Summit.