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Employability and Skills Summit - 2019

Event Information:

Type: Information and Policy

Venue: West Park Teaching Hub, Loughborough University, Loughborough

Date: Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Time: 8:30am - 1:30pm

Available To: Members and Non Members

Member Price: £20.00+VAT

Non-Member Price: £75.00+VAT

Regional prosperity will rest on having access to a skilled, productive workforce, however, as identified through feedback from the Chamber Quarterly Economic Survey, it is clear that there is still a continued problem faced by employers in relation to the shortfall of available skilled labour.

In reflection of the Chamber’s Goal to “Support development of current and future workforce in the East Midlands” the 2019 Summit will explore, through a range of keynote speeches, panel discussion and workshops, how the region can address this challenge with the aim to develop an environment where there is a bright future for our local economies, communities, young people and those furthest away from the job market.




When we explore the data from the Chamber's Q4 2018 Quarterly Economic Survey we can see - as has been the case for the past five years’ data - around three-in-ten respondents saw their workforce increase over the three months before the survey. Six-in-ten businesses attempted to recruit in the quarter with a similar amount struggling to fill positions. In particular, there was an increase in businesses finding difficulties recruiting to professional and managerial type roles.

We also see an increase in intended investments in training, with a third of all businesses reporting enhanced intentions. The increase may be driven by necessity in terms of continued shortages of skilled labour and, particularly for those businesses in sectors heavily reliant on EU labour, an uncertainty around access to future workforce.

The Summit will explore issues and potential solutions, provide delegates with information and areas best practice that can be applied, to ensure they can build and develop a workforce for a prosperous future.

AGENDA (Full detail to follow)

  • Envisioning the Future of Education and Jobs:Trends, data and drawings - Dr Elnaz T. Kashefpakdel the Head of Education and Employer’s Research

In conjunction with the OECD, this landmark new report looks at how to prepare the leaders of the future for the challenges and opportunities presented by the fourth industrial revolution. It concludes that the skills mismatch observed in the labour market has its roots in primary school, and that giving all children, regardless of gender and social background, the same chance to meet professionals in a variety of fields is the key to widening their view of the world of work.


The Summit will include two sets of workshop options, with a choice of one of six options, workshops to date include:

  • Smart Working Revolution - a lively session on the experiences of how to implement felxible working in your business
  • Inspiring Governance - discover the business case for encouraging staff to bceom school governors 
  • RSM - Managing employees in a shrinking world, exploring how organisations achieve the right balance between meeting the needs of an increasingly agile workforce, where country boundaries no longer determine where employees work
  • LLEP - Launching of their new Employer Handbook to support work experience, industrial placements and internships 


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