Morning, Tuesday, 30th April 2024
This conference will discuss key emerging issues relating to the impact of AI on employment and workplaces in the UK, implications for employers and the workforce, and options for legislation and regulation.
Discussion will bring out latest thinking on challenges and opportunities for jobs markets across a range of sectors, as well as for recruitment and employment practices.
It will be an opportunity to assess issues emerging from The impact of AI on UK jobs and training report published by the Department for Education in November, alongside the AI Safety Summit 2023 organised by the UK Government. Delegates will also examine the TUC AI taskforce’s proposed AI and Employment Bill, due for publication early in 2024, which will put forward measures for legislation and regulation to protect workforces and employers as the use of AI in businesses grows.
Key stakeholders and policymakers will assess options for policy, education and industry practice to address concerns relating to job security, and to ensure that the greater use of automation does not distort employment and sector markets.
Further sessions look at priorities for education and training providers in helping prepare those in learning, entering the jobs market, and whose employment might be affected by automation to develop the skills needed for careers in the future.
Delegates will also look at how AI can best be integrated into business strategies to smooth the transition for the workforce and maximise productivity, efficiency and growth, as well as next steps for innovation to enable the UK to become a global leader in responsible use of AI in the workplace.
We are pleased to be able to include keynote sessions with: Stuart Morrison, Chief Researcher, British Chambers of Commerce; Professor Gina Neff, Executive Director, Minderoo Centre for Technology & Democracy, University of Cambridge; and Nimmi Patel, Head of Skills, Talent and Diversity, techUK.
Overall, areas for discussion include:
- AI and Employment Bill: assessing policy priorities for regulating use of AI for both employers and workers
- Regulation: approaches for responsive, reactive and proactive policies and regulation to keep pace with the rapidly evolving technology
- AI utilisation and impact: considering the issues of efficiency versus human experience - understanding implications for workplaces, employees and job markets - best practice for utilisation as ‘co-pilot’
- Worker rights: minimising risks and anxieties for workers - establishing protection of job roles - ensuring AI technology does not widen inequalities in the workplace
- Skills and innovation: strategic priorities for skills provision in the tech industry - upskilling for AI integration in wider sectors - enabling innovation in the UK and positioning as a global leader
- The future UK workforce: the role of automation in the workplace and strategies for improving processes and efficiencies - next steps for employment practices in the UK - assessing the impact and perspectives of different sectors
The conference will be an opportunity for stakeholders to consider the issues alongside key policy officials who are due to attend from DBT; Defra; Department for the Economy, NI; Department of Education, NI; Department of Public Expenditure, NDP Delivery and Reform, ROI; DESNZ; DfE; DFHERIS, ROI; DfT; DHSC; DLUHC; DSIT; Dstl; DWP; FSA; GLD; GO-Science; HMRC; Home Office; House of Commons Library; HSE; ICO; IPO; MOD; NAO; Ofcom; ONS; Transport Scotland; The Scottish Government; and the Welsh Government.