Morning, Thursday, 21st May 2020
THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED
This conference will examine the next steps for developing skills and the talent pipeline for financial services - particularly in the context of heightened scrutiny of cultures and diversity in the sector.
Areas for discussion include:
- Policy under the new government affecting the sector - including the Employment Bill, and immigration and visa rule changes;
- Securing the future international talent pipeline - as the UK negotiates international trading arrangements following Brexit;
- Priorities for education and skill development - as the sector competes internationally and adapts to digitisation and new technologies; and
- Culture and diversity in the financial workplace.
It will also be an opportunity to consider findings and proposals in the final report from the Financial Services Skills Taskforce - including:
- The introduction of a new Skills Commission aimed at providing a collective voice for the sector; and
- Creating a unified skills framework to reskill people and attract and retain new talent.
The agenda includes a keynote contribution from the chair of the Financial Services Skills Taskforce, Mark Hoban, Chair, Flood Re.
There will also be addresses from:
- Carmel Grant, Deputy Director, Technical Education Implementation & Delivery, Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education;
- Joanne Murphy, Chief Operating Officer, Chartered Banker Institute; and
- Yasmine Chinwala, Partner, New Financial.
Further confirmed speakers include: Vivienne Artz, Women in Banking and Finance and Refinitiv; Susanne Chishti, FINTECH Circle; Simon Culhane, Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment; James Daley, Fairer Finance; Seema Farazi, EY; Pauline Hawkes-Bunyan, The Investment Association; Dr Gbenga Ibikunle, University of Edinburgh; Catherine Sezen, Association of Colleges; Johnny Timpson, Scottish Widows and DWP and Alison Unsted, City Mental Health Alliance.
Harriett Baldwin MP has kindly agreed to chair part of this seminar.
Engagement with policy officials at this conference
Westminster Business Forum conferences typically attract strong interest from policymakers. This seminar will be an opportunity for stakeholders to engage with officials who have reserved places representing: BEIS; HM Treasury; HMRC and the MoJ.
- Ensuring financial services has the skills to maintain its position as a world leading financial centre;
- Implementing the financial services T Level - and supporting business and the education system to produce the workforce of the future;
- Closing the skills gap - upskilling the existing workforce, adapting to new technologies and securing the pipeline of talent post-Brexit;
- Building healthy cultures in financial services - an industry perspective; and
- Culture in financial services - improving diversity, workplace health and the image of the sector.
The future for the Women in Finance Charter - and strengthening the financial services workforce to support the sector maintain its competitiveness.