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Next steps for adult education and lifelong learning in England - policy developments, implementation and impact, information, support and inclusion, and alignment with skills needed in the economy

Morning, Tuesday, 7th June 2022


This conference is examining priorities and next steps for adult education and lifelong learning in England.


It will be an opportunity to examine:

  • a Lifelong Loan Entitlement (LLE), expected to be introduced as part of the Government’s Higher Education Bill
  • a Lifetime Skills Guarantee, introduced in the Skills and Post-16 Education Act

Those attending will look at the proposed design of the LLE, how the system will need to change to facilitate its introduction, implications for implementation, and its likely overall impact.


There will also be discussion on whether the Lifetime Skills Guarantee should be extended to include qualifications below level 3, and how to support adults without GCSE passes in maths and English to improve proficiency.


The agenda also looks at how to align lifelong learning provision with the needs of the labour market, including the way forward for upskilling the workforce, improving on-the-job training, identifying skills needs, addressing regional variation and creating local skills ecosystems.


Overall, sessions in the agenda will bring out latest thinking on:

  • demand - the capacity of the skills & training system to provide upskilling & retraining for those who need it ◦ implications for providers & adult learners
  • implementation - creating a joined-up approach to lifelong learning provision ◦ providing clarity for students over qualification choice
  • employment - the role of retraining in the aim of future-proofing the labour market ◦ creation of local skills ecosystems to address regional variation
  • social mobility - facilitating career change & progression to employment ◦ the role of careers guidance & jobs centres ◦ support for hard-to-reach groups
  • best practice - case studies from key sectors in improving skills provision
  • next steps - the implementation of the Lifelong Loan Entitlement & the Lifetime Skills Guarantee

We are pleased to be able to include keynote sessions with: Matt Hassan, Head of Policy, Lifelong Loan Entitlement, Department for Education as well as Professor Liz Barnes, Commissioner, Lifelong Education Commission; Dr Joe Marshall, Chief Executive, National Centre for Universities and Business; and Commissioner, Lifelong Education Commission; and Rajay Naik, Chief Executive Officer, Skilled Education; and Chairman, UK Commission on Lifelong Learning.


The conference will be an opportunity for stakeholders to consider the issues alongside key policy officials who are due to attend from the DfE; BEIS; Department for the Economy, NI; Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Ireland; DWP; Education Scotland; IPO; Ofsted; Tertiary Education Review; The Scottish Government; and the Welsh Government.



Keynote Speakers

Dr Joe Marshall

Chief Executive, National Centre for Universities and Business; and, Commissioner, Lifelong Education Commission

Professor Liz Barnes

Commissioner, Lifelong Education Commission

Rajay Naik

Chief Executive Officer, Skilled Education; and Chairman, UK Commission on Lifelong Learning

Keynote Speakers

Professor Liz Barnes

Commissioner, Lifelong Education Commission

Rajay Naik

Chief Executive Officer, Skilled Education; and Chairman, UK Commission on Lifelong Learning

Matt Hassan

Head of Policy, Lifelong Loan Entitlement, Department for Education

Dr Joe Marshall

Chief Executive, National Centre for Universities and Business; and, Commissioner, Lifelong Education Commission

Chair

Peter Aldous MP

Chair, All Party Parliamentary Group for Further Education and Lifelong Learning

Speakers

Mark Wakeford

Chair, Major Contractors Group, National Federation of Builders; and, Governor, Moulton College

Stephen Evans

Chief Executive, Learning and Work Institute

Stephen Mariadas

Chief Executive, South West Institute of Technology

Julie Hyde

Director of External and Regulatory Affairs, NCFE

Mark Dawe

Chief Executive Officer, The Skills Network

Councillor Janine Bridges

Cabinet Member for Education and Economy, Stoke-on-Trent Council

Ann Marie Spry

Group Vice Principal Curriculum and Adults, Leeds City College, Luminate Education Group

Senior speaker confirmed from UCAS

Alexandra Hall-Chen

Senior Policy Advisor, Institute of Directors

Lucy Standing

Co-Founder, Brave Starts