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East Midlands Chamber News

400 attend skills conference

Interest in the skills gap between academia and employment led to 400 educational professionals attending The Skills Conference 2015 in Leicester yesterday.

The conference discussed ideas to improve English, maths and IT skills.

It is one of the UK’s premier education events and has grown significantly since it was first held in 2009.

The conference focuses on how English, maths and IT skills are fundamental in all aspects of life – in education, employment, and day-to-day living.

Hosted by bksb, an eLearning supplier and a wholly-owned subsidiary of West Nottinghamshire College in Mansfield, The Skills Conference attracted a line-up of experts and speakers including Dame Asha Khemka, Principal of West Nottinghamshire College, and Vic Goddard, Head Teacher of Passmores Academy and star of ‘Educating Essex’.

bksb’s Managing Director, Harvinder Atwal, said: “English, maths and IT skills are so fundamental to all individuals, shaping their confidence, educational success and career prospects.

"We believe passionately that their importance should be at the top of the national education agenda and this is a view shared by Government, regulatory bodies and practitioners themselves.

"The incredible turnout [to the conference] reflects this, and we are delighted that The Skills Conference continues to act as such a wonderful catalyst for debate and knowledge-sharing between education providers form around the country.”