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, with the second wave recently selected.


Following the first skills deal between the Government and West Midlands Combined Authority, delegates will discuss what further devolution might be considered - as well as calls from Metro Mayors for the devolution of apprenticeship levy funding and further skills powers. They will also assess what might be done to ensure employers and learners in regions yet to agree a deal do not lose out.


Further sessions focus on how a range of regional stakeholders might be affected by developments in skills policy - including 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 Unit, 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 Unit, 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

Professor John Shutt

Professor of Employment and Regional Economic Development, Leeds Beckett University

Chair

Karin Smyth MP

Speakers

Naomi Clayton

Policy and Research Manager, Centre for Cities

Anna Gornall

Chief Executive, Greater Manchester Learning Provider Network

Melanie Lenehan

Principal and Chief Executive Officer, Fircroft College of Adult Education

Craig Dean

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

Michelle Rainbow

Skills Director, North East Local Enterprise Partnership

Tom Bridges

Leeds Office Leader and Director, Cities Advisory, Arup