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East Midlands People and Skills Summit 2024

People & Skills, HR

12/06/2024 9:00 am

12/06/2024 1:30 pm

Nottingham Trent Univeristy, Nottinghamshire, NG1 4BU


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For further information on this event, please contact: The Policy Team on 0333 320 0333 or email


Through a range of keynote speakers, workshops and panel discussions the 2024 Summit will focus on the Chamber’s “A Manifesto for Growth 2024- Business policy priorities ahead of the next General Election”.

On the day we will focus on the key areas that will enable economic growth, through the targeting skills reform and interventions to support better business engagement with educators. We will also explore the shift in workplace expectations, post pandemic, to understand how to shape your business for the realities of today’s workforce.

This is set against a backdrop of data taken from our Quarterly Economic Survey that shows recruiting and retaining employees remains one of the major challenges for businesses, with roughly two-thirds of respondents consistently reporting difficulties in filling vacancies. This is compounded by a flatlining of investment in capital equipment and training, all elements that are stifling economic growth.

As the Chamber evolves policy asks for Government the Summit will focus on how we develop a skills base fit for 21st century industry.


AGENDA (to date)

Part 1: Bridging the Gap – Supporting better business engagement with educators

– Local Skills Improvement Plans: impact one year on and future of locally-led skills planning – Melanie Collins, Head of LSIP Improvement Policy, Department for Education.

Overview on the wider plans for continuing the work to support greater employer engagement with educators and lessons from the work LSIPs have done to date.

– How to assess effective educator-business engagement – Julie Ashton, Senior HMI for the East Midlands, Ofsted

Part 2: Shaping your business for the realities of today’s workforce

– What Workers Want – Emma Kwiatkowski, Director Hays

Find out what workers want in 2024 from their employers to ensure you hire the best fit for your organisation.

– Nottingham Trent University – benefits of engaging with Higher Education

– Meeting the challenge of a candidate short market – business case study from Samworth Brothers.

Exploring the ways in which Samworth Brothers is facing into the challenge of finding the best talent to fill opportunities in a candidate short market.


– How can we support businesses to better engage with educators?

– How can business get the best out of today’s workforce?

WORKSHOPS (to date)
– Employment Law Update – Exploring the ever-changing employment landscape, harnessing opportunities to maximise productivity and growth – Freeths

– Building Organsational Capability through Apprenticeships – NTU

– Navigating the New Statutory Right to Carers Leave and Support for Unpaid Carers in the Workplace – Nottinghamshire Carers Assoc.

– Hidden Talents in your Current & Future Workforce: The Defence Community and to upskill your pre-existing staff – East Midlands Cadets & Reserves Assoc.

– Lifelong learning strategies to aid recruitment and retention – MTC

– Untangling Apprenticeship and Adult Skills Funding For Your Business – Access Training

Additional Information

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