Westminster Employment Forum

The future for higher technical education in England - delivery, simplifying pathways and establishing Institutes of Technology

Morning, Tuesday, 4th December 2018

Central London


This seminar will consider the further steps that can be taken by Government, education providers and employers to improve England’s technical education offering at Levels 4 and 5.

With the Government conducting a review into how higher technical education can better address the needs of learners and employers, sessions will assess key issues for delivery. This includes looking at what more should be done to achieve parity of esteem between technical and higher education, the work being done by the Office for Students to support the growth of technical routes available to students, and next steps for promoting STEM subjects as outlined in the Industrial Strategy.

It will also be an opportunity for delegates to discuss progress on the establishment of Institutes of Technology (IoTs) to develop skills in areas such as advanced manufacturing, infrastructure and digital, with the first ones expected to open in September 2019.

The conference will bring together policymakers and key stakeholders including employers and trade unions, the further education sector, training providers, awarding bodies, universities, community groups, local authorities, academics, and reporters from the national and trade media.

Guests of Honour

Carmel Grant

Deputy Director, Technical Education, Institute for Apprenticeships

Nicola Turner

Head of Skills, Office for Students

Guests of Honour

Nicola Turner

Head of Skills, Office for Students

Carmel Grant

Deputy Director, Technical Education, Institute for Apprenticeships

Keynote Speakers

Professor Brian Norton

President, Dublin Institute of Technology

Lucy Sydney

Director of Strategic Relationships for VTQ, Ofqual


Mark Titterington

Chief Executive, EngineeringUK

Vicky Knight

President, University and College Union

Charles Ewen

Director of Technology and Chief Information Officer, Met Office

Dr Julie Mills

Principle and Chief Executive, Milton Keynes College

Professor Sandra McNally

Director, Centre for Vocational Education and Research, London School of Economics and Political Science