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Agenda

5th JulyJuly 5, 2022
8:30 am - 9:15 am
Registration and Breakfast
9:00 am - 9:15 am
Exhibition and Networking
9:15 am - 9:20 am
Chair’s Opening Address

Speakers

Bethan Staton
Public Policy Reporter
The Financial Times
Confirmed
9:20 am - 9:40 am
Opening Keynote Address from the Minister for Industry
  • Advancing Britain’s business with a focus on skills and employability
  • The impact of the levelling up agenda and its impact on regional growth
  • The intersection of Net Zero and the current skills market

Speakers

Lee Rowley MP
Minister for Industry
Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
Confirmed
9:40 am - 10:00 am
Opening Keynote Address from the Minister for Employment
  • The vision for transforming access to the labour market through skills
  • Adult training and reskilling opportunities to support access to employment
  • Integrating green skills for the workforce of today and the future

Speakers

Mims Davies MP
Minister for Employment
Department for Work and Pensions
Confirmed
10:00 am - 10:20 am
Championing Digital Leadership in FE
  • Putting skills and digital leadership at the centre of FE
  • Transforming and bringing innovation into the FE sector

Speakers

Robin Ghurbhurun
Managing Director - Further Education and Skills
Jisc
Confirmed
10:20 am - 11:00 am
Mind the Gap! The Scale of the Skills Shortage and How We Can Tackle It
  • Assessing the UK’s largest skills gaps
  • How HE, FE, employers, local and central government can collaborate to close the skills gap
  • Priorities for addressing the skills shortage- looking at apprenticeships, T-Levels, adult skills investment and the Lifelong Loan Entitlement

Chair

Bethan Staton
Public Policy Reporter
The Financial Times
Confirmed

Speakers

Craig Myers
Deputy Director - Higher Technical Education
Department for Education
Confirmed
Rachel Hewitt
Chief Executive
MillionPlus
Confirmed
Matthew Percival
Programme Director - Skills & Inclusion
CBI
Confirmed
Lewis Cooper
Director
Independent Commission on the College of the Future
Confirmed
Councillor Emily Smith
Leader of Council, Vale of White Horse District Council in Oxfordshire &
Vice-Chair, LGA People and Places Board
Confirmed
11:00 am - 11:30 am
Exhibition and networking
11:30 am - 12:00 pm
SPOTLIGHT on England: Responding to England’s Skills Gaps
  • Creating effective initiatives that respond to market needs and consider context
  • Employability and skills gaps specific to England’s labour market and the north/south divide
  • Looking at Lancashire’s local response with their skills pledge and potential solutions such as digital skills partnerships, the Escalate programme, and bootcamps

Speakers

Elena Magrini
Head of Global Research
Lightcast (formerly Emsi Burning Glass)
Confirmed
Lisa Moizer
Manager and Co-ordinator
Lancashire Skills & Employment Hub
Confirmed
11:30 am - 12:00 pm
A Cultural Transformation: Overcoming Obstacles to Promote Recruitment and Retention for People with Disability and Neurodiversity
  • Identifying and removing the barriers
  • Developing a culture of openness around difference in the workplace
  • Applying this culture to recruitment

Speakers

Chris Jay
Managing Director
Bascule Disability Training
Confirmed
11:30 am - 12:00 pm
SPOTLIGHT on Northern Ireland: Assessing and Responding to Northern Ireland’s Needs
  • Assessing Northern Ireland’s skills and employability requirements
  • Interventions to support the labour market’s needs and their effectiveness
  • Looking forward to the future skills landscape

Speakers

Graeme Wilkinson
Director of Skills Strategy and Policy
Department for the Economy NI
Confirmed
Gareth Hetherington
Director of the Ulster University Economic Policy Centre (NICEP)
Ulster University
Confirmed
12:05 pm - 12:45 pm
SPOTLIGHT on Wales: Connecting Qualifications and Employability
  • Education institutions coming together to manage the skills and learner journey
  • Reimagining the relationship between qualifications and employability
  • Embedding skills at all parts of the education journey

Chair

Yusuf Ibrahim
Assistant Principal
Cardiff and Vale College
Confirmed

Speakers

Prof. Jacqui Boddington
Pro Vice-Chancellor Student Engagement
Cardiff Metropolitan University
Confirmed
Louise Harris
Chief Executive Officer
Tramshed Tech
Confirmed
12:10 pm - 12:40 pm
Sustainability and Clean Energy: Building the Skills of Tomorrow Today
  • The impact of the skills gap on the workforce’s sustainability and clean energy skills
  • Futureproofing skills and developing clear career pathways into green jobs
  • Building partnerships between industry, education and local authorities to make net zero a reality

Speakers

Helena Tinker
Assistant Director - Environment and Sustainability
Manchester Metropolitan University
Confirmed
Megan Thomas
Education and Outreach Lead
Hinkley Point C Project, EDF
Confirmed
12:10 pm - 12:40 pm
SPOTLIGHT on Scotland: The Digital Skills Landscape
  • Emerging market opportunities
  • Focusing on tackling a digital skills shortage
  • Training for women, ethnic minority groups and others underrepresented across Scotland

Speakers

Phil Ford
Head of Digital Technologies and Financial Services Skills
Skills Development Scotland
Confirmed
Dr Bill Mitchell OBE
Director of Policy
BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT
Confirmed
12:40 pm - 1:40 pm
Lunch, Exhibition, Networking
1:40 pm - 2:10 pm
Interview with Ilyas Khan: From Sci-Fi to Reality – The Possibility of Quantum Computing
  • The mission of Cambridge Quantum and how quantum technology is reshaping sectors
  • Opportunities for growth in a transformative industry and the skills required to access them
  • The impact of quantum computing in addressing climate science and clean energy

Speakers

Ilyas Khan
Founder & CEO, Cambridge Computing
CEO, Quantinuum
Confirmed
Dr Araceli Venegas-Gomez
Director
QURECA
Confirmed
2:10 pm - 2:50 pm
Viva la Fourth Industrial Revolution? The Adoption of Automation and Its Impact on Skills
  • How AI and automation have revolutionised the workplace in the medical, legal, defence and telecoms sectors
  • The impact of automation on the workforce’s skills
  • Plugging the skills gap with automation and the issue of bias and ethics in adopting AI and automation

Chair

Prof Phillip Brown
Distinguished Research Professor - School of Social Sciences
Cardiff University
Confirmed

Speakers

Dr Annabelle Painter
Clinical Fellow for AI and Workforce
Health Education England
Confirmed
Dr Ann Thanaraj
Assistant Academic Registrar (Digital Transformation), Teesside University
Founder and Host, Digital Lawyering
Confirmed
Dr Dan Warren
Director - Advanced Research Network
Samsung
Confirmed
Ian Vickers
CEO
Metcloud
Confirmed
2:50 pm - 3:30 pm
Qualified for the Future? Approaches to Learning and Measuring Skills
  • Assessing whether traditional degrees and diplomas in higher education provide the skills required in a modern workplace
  • Bringing together higher education, further education and employers to give workers recognised qualifications
  • Considering how the education sector approaches employability and careers advice including T-levels and apprenticeships to teach vocational skills

Chair

Cerian Ayres
National Head of Technical Education
Education & Training Foundation
Confirmed

Speakers

Caroline Henbery
Operations Director for Technical Education
NCFE
Confirmed
John Cope
Director of Strategy, Policy and Public Affairs
UCAS
Confirmed
Louise Rowland
Deputy CEO
Ufi VocTech Trust
Confirmed
Greg Wade
Policy Manager
Universities UK
Confirmed
James Wilmot
Director of Careers, Employability, Advice & Guidance
The Priory Learning Trust
Confirmed
3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Exhibition and networking
4:00 pm - 4:40 pm
Looking Forward and Outward: Opportunities for the UK Labour Market
  • Creating an international benchmark for skills
  • Opportunities for a global Britain
  • in recent years and the impact on the skills market

Chair

Bethan Staton
Public Policy Reporter
The Financial Times
Confirmed

Speakers

Dr Susan James Relly
Director - SKOPE
University of Oxford
Confirmed
Peter Ashby
Deputy Director in Strategy, Environment, Planning and Policy
Department for International Trade
Confirmed
Chris Cooper
Global Technical Lead for Skill Systems
British Council
Confirmed
Sandra Kelly
Skills Director
UK Hospitality
Confirmed
4:40 pm - 4:45 pm
Chair’s Closing Remarks

Speakers

Bethan Staton
Public Policy Reporter
The Financial Times
Confirmed