Westminster Employment Forum

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

October 2018

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’.

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

Shortly after every Westminster Employment Forum seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes


Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval

Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda


Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates