Westminster Employment Forum

Establishing the National Retraining Scheme - take-up, delivery and adapting to a changing labour market

Morning, Tuesday, 31st March 2020

Central London

THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED



This conference will focus on the development of the new National Retraining Scheme.


Timed as the scheme is initially rolled out, the seminar will provide an opportunity to evaluate the first stages ahead of it being implemented nationally in early 2020.


It takes place with the Scheme broadening to include the Leeds City Region, the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority, and the Heart of the South West - following the initial stages in Liverpool City Region, the West Midlands Combined Authority and the North East LEP.


Delegates will also consider the approach being adopted by the National Retraining Partnership - using a phased method of implementation, initially rolling out on a limited scale, and targeting older workers and those without a degree - and how it can most effectively integrate into the existing skills, training and qualifications landscape.


The agenda includes a keynote address from Ian Caplan, National Retraining Scheme, DfE.


Further speakers include: John Cope, CBI and Iain Murray, TUC - who together form the National Retraining Partnership, along with senior ministers and further representatives from government, industry and the trade union movement, who have been tasked with responsibility for designing and implementing the scheme.


The agenda


  • Developing the National Retraining Partnership;
  • Funding, scope and engagement with industry and the workforce to create an effective national retraining offering;
  • The role of qualifications in the post-National Retraining Scheme skills landscape;
  • Careers advice and guidance, retraining and the impact on labour mobility; and
  • Lessons from the pilots, collaborative working and adopting an agile approach.

Case study


  • Learning from international approaches to lifelong learning - with Dr Muriel Dunbar, Skills Development Consultant, who worked on international literature reviews of systems and programmes that provide entitlement to lifelong learning, on behalf of the International Labour Organisation and UNESCO.

Engagement with policy officials at this conference


This Westminster Employment Forum conference has attracted strong interest from policymakers. It will be an opportunity for stakeholders to engage with officials who have reserved places representing: BEIS; Cabinet Office; DCMS; Defra; Department for Education; Department for the Economy NI; DfT; DWP; ESFA; HM Treasury; MOJ; MoD; Office for Artificial Intelligence; Ofsted; The Scottish Government and the Welsh Government.



Keynote Speakers

Ian Caplan

Programme Director, National Retraining Scheme, Department for Education

Patrick Craven

Director of Assessment Policy, Research and Compliance, City & Guilds

Keynote Speakers

Ian Caplan

Programme Director, National Retraining Scheme, Department for Education

Patrick Craven

Director of Assessment Policy, Research and Compliance, City & Guilds

Speakers

Iain Murray

Senior Policy Officer, TUC

Simon Ashworth

Chief Policy Officer, Association of Employment and Learning Providers

Dr Susan Pember

Director, Policy and External Relations, Holex

Lesley Giles

Director, Work Foundation