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John Cope

Head of Education and Skills
Confederation of British Industry (confirmed)

John Cope is the CBI’s Head of Education & Skills, leading the CBI’s work across education, from the early years through to lifelong learning and retraining. Alongside this, John chairs the CBI’s LGBT+ Network. Originally from the Midlands, most of John’s career prior to the CBI was spent in policy and communications, including advising three past education ministers and being a founding director of an education and mental health research institute. Outside of work, John is a governor of an SEND school and sits on the Education Policy Institute’s Advisory Board.

  • Encouraging on-going and meaningful dialogue around skills policy between enterprise, education providers and government
  • Understanding the impact of traineeships, adult re- and upskilling, new technology and the delivery of T-levels on employers
  • Reducing government bureaucracy and ensuring that there is enough flexibility in the skills and employment system
  • Reviewing the impact of apprenticeships on micro businesses and SMES’s and best practice for balancing the off the job training requirement for apprentices