Key Points
  • You will review the key measures of the Skills and Post 16 Education Bill including Local Skills Improvement Plans (LSIP) and Strategic Development Fund Pilots
  • Explore innovative collaboration strategies with providers and industry to identify and plug local skills gaps and drive the local economy
  • Understanding new funding opportunities and investing in workforce development to improve learners' outcomes
  • Designing innovative and flexible curriculums that meet learners' expectations and employers' needs
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Overview
Expert speakers:

  • Lesley Davies OBE, Director of Strategy,The Chartered Institution for Further Education
  • Gillian Keegan MP, Minister for Apprenticeships and Skills
  • Jane Hickie, Chief Executive, Association of Employment and Learning Providers
  • Sally Dicketts, President, Association of Colleges
  • Clive Memmott OBE, Chief Executive, Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce
  • Lowell Williams, Chair, Colleges West Midlands
  • Ian Pryce CBE, Principal and Chief Executive, Bedford College
  • Bhavina Bharkhada, Senior Campaigns and Skills Policy Manager, Make UK
  • Chris Payne, Deputy Chief Executive, NCG
  • Grant Glendinning, Executive Principal North, NCG
  • Fiona Chalk, National Head of Governance Development, The Education and Training Foundation
  • Cerian Ayres, National Head of Technical Education, The Education and Training Foundation
  • Tracey Wood, Head of Business Development, Hopwood College
  • Anne Marie Spry, Group Vice Principal, Leeds City College
  • Lee Pryor, Director of Apprenticeships, Luminate Education Group
  • Sarah Marlow, Skills Hub Deputy Manager, OxLEP Skills, Oxfordshire LEP


Join Westminster Insights timely The Future of Further Education Digital Conference to explore the Skills and Post-16 Education Bill. You will review the key measures from the bill including accountability, governance and enhanced collaboration with employers to deliver qualifications to drive the post pandemic recovery and plug local skills gaps.

We will explore the Local Skills Improvement Plans framework and the Strategic Development Fund pilots, as well as how to enhance meaningful collaboration between providers and local industry to translate their needs into a curriculum that delivers local and highly specialised skills provision.

You will hear from industry bodies including the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce and best practice case studies from industry and further education providers. Colleges West Midlands will share how they have delivered a flexible curriculum and maximised resources to widen participation in response to skills needs in their locality.

Oxfordshire LEP will share how to utilise technology and artificial intelligence to match local employers’ needs with available training opportunities.

You will explore the workforce exchange programme, reviewing workforce development strategies, attracting and retaining highly skilled staff and training the next generation of technical experts.


Agenda
Start

09:15 - 09:30
Chair’s Opening Remarks

 

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Lesley Davies Director of Strategy, The Chartered Institution for Further Education (CIFE)

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09:30 - 10:00
Keynote Address: Skills and Post-16 Education Bill

 

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Gillian Keegan MP Minister for Apprenticeships and Skills

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10:00 - 10:30
Panel Session: Skills Accelerator Programme- Exploring Local Skill Improvement Plans to Optimise Regional Skills Provision

 
  • Building stronger partnerships between local employer groups, colleges and other providers 
  • Translating skills gaps into curriculum provision to enhance the post pandemic recovery  
  • Engaging with local stakeholders to gather and deliver provision that meets skills needs
  • Reviewing progress from the Strategic Development Funds Pilots



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Sally Dicketts President, Association of Colleges

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Jane Hickie Chief Executive, Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP)

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10:30 - 11:00
College Collaboration: Developing Partnerships to Ensure a Coordinated Local Skills Offering

 
  • Exploring pathways to deepen collaboration between colleges 
  • Implementing creative strategies to improve outreach and increase uptake of training opportunities 
  • Creating culture change from a competition to a collaboration approach
10:50 - 11:00 Questions and Discussion

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Ian Pryce CBE Principal & Chief Executive, Bedford College

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11:10 - 11:30
Break

 

11:30 - 12:00
Case Study: West Midlands Colleges - Strategic Collaboration with Local Employers

 
  • Supporting economic recovery in the West Midlands through strategic collaboration with local employers
  • Sharing best practice from the collaboration of 19 colleges 
  • Collaborating to achieve high level specialisation in technical skills provision 
11:50 - 12:00 Questions and Discussion

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Lowell Williams Chair, Colleges West Midlands

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12:00 - 12:40
Collaboration with Industry: Understanding Industry Trends and Employer Demand to Deliver Future Skills

 
  • Gathering data and intelligence to connect industry leads with specialised training providers 
  • Identifying local and sector skills gaps to improving capacity building
  • Facilitating the training offer for employers to identify the availability and of highly specialised provision
  • Developing and maintaining employer relationships – moving from transactional to transformational
12:30 -12:40 Questions and Discussion

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Clive Memmott OBE Chief Executive, Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce

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Bhavina Bharkhada Senior Campaigns and Skills Policy Manager, Make UK

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Tracey Wood Head of Business Development, Hopwood College

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12:40 - 13:30
Lunch Break

 

13:30 - 14:00
Case Study: College Business Centres- Approaches to Boost Industrial Engagement

 
  • Creating sector based gateways with industry leads 
  • Developing strong collaboration and industry based advisory boards to ensure curriculum provision meets employers’ needs  
  • Creating specialised sector based and regional opportunities 
13:50 -14:00 Questions and Discussion

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Chris Payne Deputy Chief Executive, NCG

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Grant Glendinning Executive Principal North, NCG

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14:00 - 14:30
Utilising Technology to Gather Local Intelligence and Assess Skills Needs

 
  • Developing smart tools that allow stakeholders to feed into the skills ecosystem 
  • Gathering local data and intelligence to understand local needs and future industry trends
  • Engaging different employers and providers to gather data on a wide range of needs
14:20 - 14:30 Questions and Discussion

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Sarah Marlow Skills Hub Deputy Manager, OxLEP Skills, Oxfordshire LEP

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14:30 - 15:00
Delivering an Innovative Curriculum to Widen Participation and Respond to Local Skills Gaps

 
  • Creating responsive and flexible courses that meet future skills needs  
  • Levelling up: Maximising opportunities through degree awarding powers for technical skills provision 
  • Achieving sector-based specialisation and embedding technical skills in the curriculum  
  • Reviewing flexible loans framework to widen access and ensure a flexible response to local upskilling needs
  • Modular courses and online provision: creating responsive and flexible courses 
14:50 - 15:00 Questions and Discussion


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Lee Pryor Director of Apprenticeships, Luminate Education Group

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Ann-Marie Spry Vice Principal, Leeds City College

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15:00 - 15:40
Workforce Development: Recruiting and Developing a High Quality FE Workforce

 
  • Investing in the professional development of the FE workforce to enhance the quality of teaching and training delivery 
  • Spotlighting the opportunities of workforce exchange programme: attracting prospective teaching staff to train the next generation of technical experts
15:30 - 15:40 Questions and Discussion

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Cerian Ayres National Head of Technical Education, Education and Training Foundation

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Fiona Chalk National Head of Governance Development, Education and Training Foundation

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15:40 - 15:50
Chair's Closing Remarks

 

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Lesley Davies Director of Strategy, The Chartered Institution for Further Education (CIFE)

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End

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Cerian Ayres National Head of Technical Education, Education and Training Foundation

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Bhavina Bharkhada Senior Campaigns and Skills Policy Manager, Make UK

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Fiona Chalk National Head of Governance Development, Education and Training Foundation

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Lesley Davies Director of Strategy, The Chartered Institution for Further Education (CIFE)

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Sally Dicketts President, Association of Colleges

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Grant Glendinning Executive Principal North, NCG

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Jane Hickie Chief Executive, Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP)

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Gillian Keegan MP Minister for Apprenticeships and Skills

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Sarah Marlow Skills Hub Deputy Manager, OxLEP Skills, Oxfordshire LEP

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Clive Memmott OBE Chief Executive, Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce

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Chris Payne Deputy Chief Executive, NCG

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Ian Pryce CBE Principal & Chief Executive, Bedford College

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Lee Pryor Director of Apprenticeships, Luminate Education Group

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Ann-Marie Spry Vice Principal, Leeds City College

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Lowell Williams Chair, Colleges West Midlands

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Tracey Wood Head of Business Development, Hopwood College

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