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Solace Masterclass - How to tackle the skills crisis and enable sustainable local growth



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The purpose of the Masterclass:

As the ability to sustain local growth becomes increasingly crucial to local government funding, the skills gap has been identified as one of the biggest challenges facing our sector. Tackling this issue will be of vital importance.

This masterclass will explore how local authorities can collectively ensure citizens are adequately equipped with the skills needed to meet the demands of modern local and regional economies and the industries of the future not the past.

From case studies, to academic research, to private sector perspectives, we will provide you with a detailed masterclass taking on this vital issue.


09:45 - Arrivals, Registration and Refreshments


10:00 - Welcome and Introduction to the Masterclass

Chair: Tom Stannard, Director of Economy and Skills, Oldham Council

Welcome from host: Nick Bell, Chief Executive, Prospects

  • Overview and scene setting – skills crisis & funding crisis

  • Latest academic research/findings

  • The Oldham perspective


10:30 - Session 1: Business Employer Perspective– skill shortages

Speaker: Dr Richard Smith, Group Managing Director, Surfachem Group IOD Yorkshire - Chartered Director Regional Ambassador


11:00 - Session 2: A whole system approach to using the skills and employment agenda to bring about inclusive growth

Speaker: Nick Bell, Chief Executive, Prospects


11:45 - Refreshment Break


12:00 - Session 3: CASE STUDY ONE: Whole systems education and skills interventions in local government

Speaker: Jenny Holmes, Head of Skills and Enterprise, Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council


12:30 - Session 4: CASE STUDY TWO: Skills devolution – opportunities, benefits and risks

Speakers: Ruth Adams, Deputy Executive Director, Sheffield City Regeneration and Richard Caulfield, Regional Director, Association of Colleges


13:00 - Speaker Panel


13:20 - Chair’s Summary


13:25 - Masterclass Ends with lunch and networking

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