Professor John Holford, Robert Peers Chair in Adult Education, University of Nottingham, Editor, International Journal of Lifelong Education
Paul Warner, Director of Research & Development, Association of Employment and Learning Providers
Alastair da Costa, Chair, Capital City College Group, Member, Social Mobility Commission Board
Charlotte Collyer, Regional Coordinator, Heart of the South West Local Digital Skills Partnership
Olivia Chapman, Senior Manager, Future of Work, Nesta
Nimmi Patel, Policy Manager, Tech UK
Westminster Insight’s half-day forum will bring together key figures to discuss the future of retraining adults, creating a multi-skilled workforce and offering inclusive and accessible opportunities across the country.
The negative effect of the pandemic on the labour market has made it clear that adult education will be crucial to economic and societal recovery. Coupled with the government estimate that around 7.4 per cent of jobs (equivalent to 1.5 million) in England could be automated or partly automated in the coming years, the need to retain, reskill and upskill the current workforce has become urgent.
The Government announcement of a new £2.5bn National Skills Fund, incorporating the National Retraining Scheme has been introduced as a response to the changing nature of jobs and new tasks that people will need to advance in the workplace. Plus £32 million has been allocated to the National Careers Service, to recruit careers advisers and provide bespoke advice and careers guidance for over a quarter of a million more people.
It is vital for employers, education and training providers and local authorities to work together to maximise the opportunities the new funding and focus on lifelong learning provides.
Delegates will discuss how post-18 training and education can be expanded to meet the Government’s Lifetime Skills Guarantee. Including how to cope with rising demand, provide more flexibility and support for learners, improve access and inclusion to a wider demographic of people and align with local business and economic needs.
Join us to engage with educators, learners and employers to gain expert knowledge and practical solutions for delivering future retraining for adults that will prepare the workforce for recovery and future economic growth.
*ONS - 25 March 2019