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The Leeds City Region Skills Network virtual conference has an exceptional speaker lineup, live Q&A sessions and networking opportunities.

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Skills for West Yorkshire

This year's annual Leeds City Region Skills Network conference includes presentations from a number of key regional figures and organisations including the newly-elected West Yorkshire Mayor Tracy Brabin and recently Knighted Sir Roger Marsh OBE DL.

This conference will feature live question and answer sessions, networking opportunities and discussion boards to engage with hundreds of delegates with an interest in skills development in the region.

The Leeds City Region Skills Network represents HE, FE, private and voluntary sector skills providers from across Leeds City Region. We work together to meet the needs of employers and the city region economy. This year we will be sharing our refreshed approach to skills and collaboration which aligns to both the Skills for Jobs white paper and the impact of our new West Yorkshire Mayor.

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Session 1 - Regional Priorities and Objectives

Tracy Brabin – Mayor of West Yorkshire

Mayor of West Yorkshire, Tracy Brabin will outline her key pledges for employment and skills in West Yorkshire, alongside the importance of inclusive growth and access to skills, training and good jobs. 

Sir Roger Marsh OBE DL - Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP)

Sir Roger Marsh OBE DL will discuss the importance of investing in skills and training in driving economic growth for West Yorkshire and the wider North. He will consider the levelling up agenda, the achievements of the growth deal, and the skills needed now and for the future.

Rashik Parmar MBE – Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP), IBM

Rashik Parmar MBE will launch the new West Yorkshire Employment and Skills Framework, exploring the changes and achievements since the publication of the Employment and Skills Plan 2016-2020. Rashik will outline the Framework’s vision, five priorities, and the importance of digital skills, inclusive growth and the transition to net zero carbon.

Q&A with: Sir Roger Marsh OBE DL and Rashik Parmar MBE, chaired by Nav Chohan

Session 2 - West Yorkshire Skills Partnership (formerly Leeds City Region Skills Network)

Professor Shirley Congdon - Yorkshire Universities

Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bradford and Chair of Yorkshire Universities, Professor Shirley Congdon, will reflect the challenges and opportunities the last year has presented to West Yorkshire and how the higher education sector is supporting the drive for recovery and renewal.

In particular, Shirley will focus on the importance of strengthening opportunity and social inclusion, supporting key sectors in West Yorkshire, such as the creative industries, and the importance of skills at all levels to drive increased innovation and improved productivity.

Shirley will draw on examples of joint commitment and collaborative working among colleagues at universities, colleges, local authorities, and business that will continue in the effort to achieve recovery for the region. You will hear more about plans for future collaboration and how to get involved with the work of Yorkshire Universities.

Louise Tearle, Brydie Lund, Bryony Cooper – West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges

Louise Tearle Partnership Director at WYCC, will discuss why collaboration in FE is crucial and how far the West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges (WYCC) has come in 20 years. Louise will address key points and commitments from the Skills for Jobs White Paper and how the WYCC model aligns to the government's proposed future model for post 16 education. Louise will then introduce the Let’s Talk Real Skills project, which has been making significant improvements in skills provision through collaboration between businesses and education.

Skills Associates, Brydie Lund and Bryony Cooper will delve into more detail about Let’s Talk Real Skills with examples of work that’s taken place with employers, challenges faced and key investments in pilot training projects across the region.

Alex Miles - West Yorkshire Learning Providers

Alex Miles, Managing Director at West Yorkshire Learning Providers (WYLP) is showcasing the excellent work completed by members during the pandemic, highlighting provider and learner resilience, collaboration and progress. WYLP will also provide an overview of the future skills plans, projects and partnership work for the year ahead that will support members and address key themes including inclusion, sustainability and employer engagement.

Q&A with: Professor Shirley Congdon, Louise Tearle, Joanne Patrickson (Project Director WYCC) and Alex Miles, chaired by Nav Chohan.

Session 3 - Skills For The Future

Professor Andy Gouldson - Yorkshire and Humber Climate Commission

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Mandy Ridyard - Space Hub Yorkshire

“What's the point in space?” - Mandy Ridyard will be exploring the importance of space on the ground and within UK businesses. Science and technology from space innovation is important to all sectors, particularly when it comes to data and digital adoption. By 2035, businesses will be rushing to adopt these technologies and this could lead to a huge skills shortage. The skills industry needs to act and work with employers to deliver on these requirements. This movement needs to start now as we envisage the future, rather than when the skills shortage has already grown. Mandy explores ways the skills industry can work together to meet demand and build aspiration.

Q&A with: Mandy Ridyard and Andy Gouldson, chaired by Nav Chohan

Please register by 10am Wednesday 30 June in order to receive access details for this online event.

This event is funded through the Let's Talk Real Skills project. Let's Talk Real Skills is managed by the West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges and funded by the European Social Fund. The project aims to make significant improvements in skills provision through collaboration between businesses and education.


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The Leeds City Region Skills Network represents HE, FE, private and voluntary sector skills providers from across Leeds City Region. We work together to meet the needs of employers and the city region economy.

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