"The FE and skills sector has long been responsive to change.
But 'innovation' is not only responding to challenges, it is thriving in meeting them."
The Skills Commission, chaired by Barry Sheerman MP and Dame Ruth Silver, is a long-standing group of leading experts and opinion formers from the education and skills sector that works across party lines to carry-out research inquiries and make recommendations for skills policy reform.
The LIFES inquiry, chaired by Neil Bates Principal and CE of PROCAT, has been grant funded by FETL (Further Education Trust for Leadership) and focuses on how further education and skills providers might be more innovative in the future when it comes to their business models, specialisms and income streams. The Inquiry Steering Group, supported by a full-time secretariat at Policy Connect, has considered the potential for greater innovation across the sector and produce a series of recommendations designed to lead the sector’s thinking in this area, and to highlight barriers to creating a more responsive skills system.
The report focuses on how the sector can innovate to best:
- Serve learners, local employers, and regional economies
- Deliver higher level skills and improved employment outcomes in a changing labour market
- Operate effectively in the digital world
- Create sustainable institutions and a thriving system
We are delighted to be welcoming a wide array of figures from across the education and skills agenda, and the UK, and we would be thrilled if you too would join us for the launch of this timely and important report.
Please do join us at 12:00 for lunch and a discussion of the findings from the inquiry.
For more information, please contact Aaron Bowater (firstname.lastname@example.org/ 0207 202 8576) at Policy Connect.