Westminster Employment Forum

Next steps for skills devolution in England - funding, leadership and developing place-based industrial strategies

Morning, Tuesday, 9th October 2018

Central London

THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED



This seminar will consider next steps for skills devolution in England.                                                                


It will be an opportunity to assess how Metro Mayors, LEPs and combined authorities can best develop regional skills policies to improve local productivity and growth, ahead of the devolution of Adult Education Budget from 2019 and as areas across the country develop their own Local Industrial Strategies.


Delegates will also discuss what further devolution might be considered - following calls from Metro Mayors for the devolution of apprenticeship levy funding and further skills powers - as well as discussing what might be done to ensure employers and learners in regions yet to agree a deal do not lose out.


Further sessions will assess how regional actors might be affected by developments in skills policy - looking at how schools might be better supported to meet requirements outlined in the Careers Strategy to increase the number of encounters between students and employers, and the steps being taken to boost social mobility in Opportunity Area ‘cold spots’.



Guests of Honour

James Palmer

Mayor, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority

Stephen Jones

Director, Cities & Local Growth, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

Guests of Honour

James Palmer

Mayor, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority

Stephen Jones

Director, Cities & Local Growth, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

Keynote Speakers

Anna Round

Senior Research Fellow, IPPR North

Rashik Parmar

Board Member, Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnership and Chair, Employment and Skills Panel, West Yorkshire Combined Authority

Speakers

Naomi Clayton

Policy and Research Manager, Centre for Cities

Angela Foulkes

Principal and Acting Chief Executive Officer, The Sheffield College

Anna Gornall

Chief Executive, Greater Manchester Learning Provider Network

Craig Dean

Chief Executive Officer, Web Applications UK and Member, Oldham Opportunity Area Partnership Board

Michelle Rainbow

Skills Director, North East Local Enterprise Partnership

Senior speaker confirmed from Arup