Westminster Employment Forum

Priorities for increasing UK productivity - skills, workforce planning and improving organisational performance

Morning, Tuesday, 6th November 2018

Central London


This seminar is bringing together policymakers and stakeholders to examine the way forward for increasing productivity in the UK economy.

Delegates will discuss priorities for policy, and practical steps for employers in the context of commitments in the Industrial Strategy to invest in people as one of the foundations for improving productivity and earning power across the country.

With a growing policy emphasis on technical education, attendees will also assess how the introduction of T-levels and the growth of apprenticeships might best address the UK’s skills shortages, as well as looking at further opportunities for upskilling the UK workforce in preparation for Brexit.

Further sessions focus on how developments in workplace and management practices might support employers in improving productivity - looking at the relationship between well-being and job performance, and how flexible working might be effectively utilised to enable employees to better balance the demands of work and life.

Guest of Honour

Ann Francke

Chief Executive, CMI

Guest of Honour

Ann Francke

Chief Executive, CMI


Matthew Percival

Head of Group, Employment Law and Employee Relations, CBI

Sue Ferns

Senior Deputy General Secretary, Prospect

Ben Willmott

Head of Public Policy, CIPD

Christine Hancock

Director, Oxford Health Alliance

Professor Philip McCann

Chair, Urban and Regional Economics, University of Sheffield and Director, Productivity Insights Network