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’.