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Future Skills 2020: Preparing for a Changing Market

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Sheffield Hallam University- Careers & Employability Centre Campus

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It has been another turbulent year in skills policy and funding. Adult learning and apprenticeship budgets are undergoing their most significant reform for a generation, including new registers for providers. The past 12 months have seen growing numbers of college mergers, new market entrants, as well as providers exiting the market.

Outside of the sector, Brexit and Article 50 will bring further, as-yet-unknown changes to funding and delivery. Government launched its Industrial Strategy in January, promising focused action to drive growth and productivity. Meanwhile within Sheffield City Region, work has continued to implement the city region’s devolution deal, including the devolution of Adult Education Budget.

This special session will see a line-up of high profile speakers discuss what these and other developments mean for colleges and training providers, specifically:

  • What steps should providers and colleges take now within their organisations to respond to these changes in the market over the short term?

  • What kind of long term plan do providers need to have in place to prepare for the next few years?

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Time/date: 9.30am (9am registration) to 11.30am, Thursday 4th May

Venue: TBC – Sheffield City Centre

Who should attend?

Chief Executives, Principals, Senior Managers, Governors, Board members, City Region leads, Local Authority Directors

Speakers

Paul Holme (chair) is the chair of the North West Training Provider Network. Paul is best known for his many years at the Skills Funding Agency and its predecessor the Learning and Skills Council, where his roles included National Director for Skills, Regional Skills Director (NW) and Divisional Director for Provider Services (North).


Prior to joining the LSC Paul worked in the Department for Education and Skills as Divisional Manager with responsibility for Training and Enterprise Councils and Careers Service policy. After retiring from the SFA in 2010, his roles have included Governor at Liverpool John Moores University, Skills Advisor to Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce and member of the Lancashire Skills Board.

Mark Dawe is Chief Executive of the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP). Mark is a board member of WorldSkills UK and the UfI Trust, and represents AELP on a range of government boards such as the SFA / EFA advisory board and the DfE’s Apprenticeship Stakeholder Board. Prior to joining AELP in early 2016, Mark was chief executive of OCR for five years; Principal of Oaklands FE College; Deputy Director and AELP Board Director (FE Strategy) at DfES: and Deputy Director, Adult Basic Skills Strategy Unit, after joining the department in 2003.

David Brennan is Interim Head of Skills and Employment at Sheffield City Region Executive. David has over 25 years’ experience in FE, skills, employment, business support and regeneration. His recent work includes establishing and leading LEP skills functions in Lancashire and Cumbria; prior to that David was Vice Principal at City of Liverpool College, Director of Skills and Employment (New Economy), Sub-regional Director/Head of Employment and Skills (Liverpool City Council), Regional Director of Skills (NW LSC), Associate Director (Ekosgen Consulting), and Director (Sheffield SRB Joint Unit).

Andy Westwood is Chair of the OECD Forum on Social Innovation, Associate Vice President Public Affairs at the University of Manchester and Director of University Observatory at the University of Wolverhampton. He previously worked as Chief Executive of higher education representative body GuildHE and spent five years in Whitehall as a special advisor to ministers, most notably at DIUS, HM Treasury and DCLG. Andy is a former head of policy at The Work Foundation and director of the Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion. A member of the Leitch Review team, Andy writes extensively on vocational education and training, welfare to work, politics and urban policy.

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