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The future of the FE sector and priorities for the Skills and Post-16 Education Bill

October 2021


Price: £95 PLUS VAT
Format: DOWNLOADABLE PDF


When it happened…


Tuesday, 21 September 2021


What delegates came to discuss…


This conference will be an opportunity to discuss the Skills and Post-16 Education Bill, which will legislate for policies announced in the Skills for Jobs white paper outlining priorities for the FE sector and its role in national economic recovery.


It coincides with a range of further developments, such as the recent publication of the Workplace Training and Development Commission Report, commissioned by the British Chambers of Commerce, which calls for the national skills system to be overhauled, as well as the recent changes to post-16 qualifications following the Government’s review of qualifications at level 3 and below in England.


We are pleased to be able to include keynote contributions from:


  • Beth Chaudhary, Director of Strategy, Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education
  • Lewis Cooper, Director, Independent Commission on the College of the Future (Pre-recorded presentation)
  • Sally Dicketts, President, Association of Colleges, on the next steps for developing the FE sector

Who attended…


Officials from the Cabinet Office; the College of Agriculture, Food & Rural Enterprise; the Department for Education; the Department for the Economy, NI; Department for International Trade; the Department of Work and Pensions; the Ministry of Justice; Ofsted; The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education; the Valuation Office Agency; and the Welsh Government.


Representatives from the AAT; Academy of Contemporary Music; Ascentis; Babcock Training; Barnet and Southgate College; Barrier Breakers Foundation; Bath Spa University; Blackburne House; Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council; Brighter Futures for Children; Brightside; Cambridge Partnership for Education; Copyright Licensing Agency; Doncaster Council; Education and Training Foundation; Essex County Council; Galliford Try Construction; Higher Education Funding Council for Wales; Institution of Mechanical Engineers; Jisc; Leeds Beckett University; Lifetime Training; Mansfield District Council; National Education Union; Newcastle College; NextGen Skills Academy; Norfolk County Council; Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust; OCR; Pathway CTM; Plymouth College of Art; RSM; School of Education University of Bristol; SENse Learning; Shaping Futures; Sheffield Hallam University; SLQ Sports Leaders; Somerset County Council; Staffordshire University; Stone King; The Bromley by Bow Centre; The Council for Licensed Conveyancers; The Hammersmith Society; UNISON; University of Central Lancashire; University of Derby; University of Plymouth; and University of the Arts London.


Press: The Education Publishing Company.



This pack includes

  • Dropbox video recording of the conference
  • PDF transcript of the discussion, including all speaker remarks and Q&A
  • PDFs of speakers' slide material (subject to permission)
  • PDFs of the delegate pack, including speaker biographies and attendee list
  • PDFs of delegate articles