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 (NRS).


Timed to follow the first phase of the NRS and the planned national rollout in early 2020, this seminar will provide an opportunity to evaluate the first stages of implementation - currently underway in the Liverpool City Region, the West Midlands Combined Authority and the North East LEP.


Delegates will consider the approach to introducing the Scheme being adopted by the National Retraining Partnership - the group of government officials, and business and trade union representatives, overseeing the Scheme’s introduction.


They will assess the phasing and initial limited-scale roll out, and targeting older workers and those without a degree - as well as discuss how it can most effectively integrate into the existing skills, training and qualifications landscape.


The agenda includes keynote addresses from Ian Caplan, Programme Director, National Retraining Scheme, Department for Education and Patrick Craven, Director of Assessment Policy, Research and Compliance, City & Guilds, as well as Iain Murray, Senior Policy Officer, TUC; and Nic Trower, Senior Policy Advisor, CBI.


Further speakers include: Dr Fiona Aldridge, Learning and Work Institute; Simon Ashworth, Association of Employment and Learning Providers; Joe Billington, National Careers Service; Lesley Giles, Work Foundation; Dr Susan Pember, Holex; Stephen Radley, CITB; Patrick Spencer, Centre for Social Justice and Simon Tindall, The Open University.


The agenda

  • Developing the National Retraining Partnership - key priorities for implementation, collaborative working and adopting an agile approach;
  • 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 and user research, and next steps for implementation.

Case study

  • Learning from international approaches to lifelong learning.

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; Department for Education; Defra; DfT; DWP; HM Treasury; MoD; 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

Dr Fiona Aldridge

Director, Policy and Research, Learning and Work Institute

Nic Trower

Senior Policy Advisor, CBI

Simon Tindall

Head, New Business Unit, The Open University

Stephen Radley

Director of Policy, CITB

Joe Billington

Director, National Careers Service

Simon Ashworth

Chief Policy Officer, Association of Employment and Learning Providers

Dr Susan Pember

Director, Policy and External Relations, Holex

Patrick Spencer

Head of Work and Welfare Unit, Centre for Social Justice

Lesley Giles

Director, Work Foundation