TO BE PUBLISHED June 2020
This conference will discuss the latest thinking on tackling the skills gap affecting 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.
Stakeholders and policymakers will also 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 the need to create 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 - as well as addresses from Carmel Grant, Deputy Director, Technical Education Implementation & Delivery, Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education; and Joanne Murphy, Chief Operating Officer, Chartered Banker Institute.
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; Seema Farazi, EY; Pauline Hawkes-Bunyan, The Investment Association; Dr Gbenga Ibikunle, University of Edinburgh; Catherine Sezen, Association of Colleges and Johnny Timpson, Scottish Widows and DWP.
Harriett Baldwin MP has kindly agreed to chair part of this seminar.
- 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;
- Culture in financial services - improving diversity, workplace health and the image of the sector; and
- The future for the Women in Finance Charter - and priorities for strengthening the financial services workforce to support the sector maintain its competitiveness.
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; HMRC; HM Treasury and the MoJ.
Price: £95 PLUS VAT
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