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People and Skills Summit 2021: The Skills Landscape Beyond Recovery

Event Information:

Type: Information and Policy

Date: Wednesday, 16 June 2021

Time: 9:30am - 12:00pm

Available To: Members and Non Members

Member Price: FREE

Non-Member Price: FREE

In our most recent Quarterly Economic Survey 48% of businesses reported they were having difficulties recruiting people with the required skills. 

It's more important than ever that we bring together stakeholders so the skills within the workforce match the needs of the economy.

The centre-piece of the our People and Skills Week, the Summit will showcase key speakers from Business, Government and Education to discuss the changing needs of the labour market and the implications this has for all those involved.

The speakers will raise key issues and their experiences of overcoming skills issues and how by working together we can meet these challenges. Skills Week logos

People and Skills Summit Agenda  

Government Representation – update on Plans for Jobs, FE White Paper, and the Green Jobs Taskforce - Rt Hon Gillian Keegan, Minister for Apprenticeships and Skills  

Up-to-date findings of the Education and Employers Taskforce “Nothing in Common” research framed in the context of how we envisage the education/business engagement landscape needs to change and adapt as we move beyond the current pandemic - Nick Chambers, Founder and CEO of charity Education and Employers.    

Employer Case Study - How RDS Global have tackled the impact of the pandemic, their plans to grow post pandemic and how this aligns to attaining and retaining the skills they need for future growth - Andy Flinn, CEO 

Response from the Further Education Sector - Jo Maher - Chief Executive and Principal, Loughborough College

Perspective from the FE sector covering:

  • Overview of the current challenges and response of the FE Sector
  • What changes will be made post-pandemic in the offer provided by FE to business
  • Response to the Skills for the Future White Paper
  • Response to Industry 4.0 and the green agenda
  • Skills required and response to the rise in unemployment for young people

Panel Discussion chaired by Chris Hobson, Director of Policy and External Affairs, East Midlands Chamber: 

The panel will include:

Dr Nik Kotecha OBE, Chairman, Morningside Pharmaceuticals - Dr Nik Kotecha OBE is an award-winning entrepreneur, business leader, philanthropist and Chairman of Morningside Pharmaceuticals Ltd. He has previously been the Chair of the EMC’s Brexit Advisory Group and has a particular interest in preparing young individuals for the world of work and promoting skills, education and entrepreneurship. 

Nick Chambers, Founder and CEO of charity Education and Employers - Prior to setting up the charity in 2009 Nick was Director of Education at Business in the Community. During this time he oversaw the production of a report on school governance on behalf of the National Council of Education Excellence. The council, chaired by the Prime Minister considered how best to mobilise businesses and universities to work with schools and colleges. 

Andy Flinn, CEO of RDS Global - Andy started his career holding finance roles within the public and private sectors, then progressed on to attain senior operational management positions & financial directorship roles within the automotive sector. In 2012, Andy took over the role of CEO at RDS, where he had been acting in a Company Secretary capacity for the business since 1997. 

Eileen Richards MBE, Managing Director, Eileen Richards Recruitment  -  with over 25 years experience within the recruitment industry, Eileen is also Co-Chair of Enterprising Women, a Trustee for Hope Against Cancer, a committee member for Wooden Spoon Children's Charity and President of East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire) 

Corrina Hembury, Managing Director, Access Training - Access Training is a leading independent training provider of Apprenticeships and FE programmes in the East Midlands. Corrina has worked in Further Education for over 20 years, and currently serves as a Trustee of Access 2 Apprenticeships, a charity which promotes the benefits of education and training for young people and NOCN, one of the country’s largest Awarding Organisations. 

Jo Maher, Chief Executive and Principal, Loughborough College - Jo is Principal and Chief Executive at Loughborough College, a Youth Commissioner for the Learning and Work Institute, a Trustee of the Skills Education Group and FA Council member.

Jo is a qualified teacher, assessor, Chartered Scientist and internationally published academic  with 15 years’ experience working in education, including six years lecturing in higher education up to Masters level and spent seven years as a Practitioner Psychologist.

To register to for the People and Skills Summit on the 14 June please register your detail on the Goto Webinar Platform here