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



With the devolution of the Adult Education Budget set for 2019, this seminar will consider what more can be done to support regional economies to meet their local skills needs and drive local productivity and growth.


Delegates will assess how Metro Mayors, LEPs and combined authorities can best develop regional skills policies - looking at how the transfer of responsibility can be achieved in time for devolution and what it means for enabling Metro Mayors to enact local initiatives to upskill and reskill residents.


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


Further sessions will assess how regional actors might best take advantage of national developments in skills policy - looking at the Careers Strategy, the shift in focus towards technical education and T-levels, and the steps being taken to boost social mobility in the 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

Michelle Rainbow

Skills Director, North East Local Enterprise Partnership