Key Points
  • Government priorities for lifelong learning and delivering the National Skills Fund
  • Analysing the impact of COVID-19 on the labour market and future skills needs
  • Progress to date with implementing the National Retraining Scheme and the Get Help to Retrain digital service
  • Scaling up post-18 education and training to meet the Government's Lifetime Skills Guarantee
  • Ensuring adult education is accessible, flexible and inclusive
  • Improving the digital skills of the workforce through the Adult Learning Technology Innovation Fund
  • Enhancing careers advice and guidance through the National Careers Service
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Overview
Speakers Include:

  • 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

    Agenda
    Start

    09:00 - 09:10
    Chair's Opening Remarks

     

    Speakers

    Lord Clement-Jones CBE Co Chair, AI APPG

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    09:10 - 09:40
    Keynote Address: Government Priorities to Improve Adult Education and Lifelong Learning

     
    • Adapting to a changing labour market following the pandemic
    • The National Skills Fund – What it encompasses, development and delivery
    • Progress with implementing the National Retraining Scheme 
      Expanding the Digital Boot camps
    • Expanding the Digital Boot camps
    • Delivering the Lifetime Skills Guarantee 
    • Future proofing the workforce by retraining adults whose jobs might change due to advances in technology and implementing progression pathways to ensure retention
    9:30 -9:40 Questions and Discussion

    09:40 - 10:20
    Panel Discussion: The National Retraining Scheme (NRS)

     
    • Exploring the strategic development and rollout of the NRS scheme following the COVID-19 pandemic
    • Working in partnership with employers, training providers and service users to develop high-quality needs-based training
    • Adapting to future economy changes in order to successfully progress all workers
    • Reflecting on the lessons learned from the ‘Get Help to Retrain’ digital service to make improvements in future roll out
    10:10 - 10:20 Question and Discussion 

    10:20 - 10:50
    Scaling Up Careers Support and Guidance

     
    • Delivering quality services against the new level of demand
    • Implementing the new DfE Careers Strategy
    • Supporting workers facing redundancy and unemployment to change career or retrail
    • Recruiting, training and developing staff
    • Building inclusive careers support services
    10:40 -10:50 Questions and Discussion 

    10:50 - 11:00
    Intermission

     

    11:00 - 11:40
    Panel Discussion: Expanding Adult Education and Training Provision

     
    • Responding to the Government’s Lifetime Skills Guarantee and expansion of post-18 education and training
    • Upgrading FE colleges with capital investment and easier access to funding 
      Working in partnership with employers to align curriculums and qualifications with local and regional industry needs
    • Working in partnership with employers to align curriculums and qualifications with local and regional industry needs
    • Responding to the impact COVID-19 has had on teaching, learning and student support
    • Enhancing the accessibility and uptake of adult learning, including flexibility of study options and financing
    • Improving careers advice and guidance
    11:30 -11:40 Questions and Discussion 

    Speakers

    Paul Warner Director of Policy and Strategy, Association of Employment and Learning Providers

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    John Holford Robert Peers Chair in Adult Education, University of Nottingham, Editor, International Journal of Lifelong Education

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    11:40 - 12:10
    Capitalising on the Adult Learning Technology Innovation Fund and Developing Digital Technologies to Help Support Online Training for Adults

     
    • Encouraging adults to upskill and retrain to progress in their careers or find new employment
    • Developing cutting edge solutions to improve the quality of online learning for adults
    • Accessing personalised information, advice and guidance to support progression
    • Exploring the importance of gaining insight into local labour markets in a time of rapidly changing skill-needs
    12:00 -12:10 Questions and Discussion 

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    Nimmi Patel Policy Manager, Tech UK

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    Olivia Chapman Senior Manager, Future of Work, Nesta

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    12:10 - 12:40
    Panel Discussion: Ensuring Adult Education is Accessible to All

     
    • Understanding the motivations and barriers to adults engaging with learning
    • Making learning more inclusive, accessible and attractive to adults
    • Securing the involvement of hard-to-reach groups
    • Countering digital exclusion by supporting the development of digital skills
    12:30 - 12:40 Questions and Discussion

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    Alastair da Costa Chair, Capital City College Group, Member, Social Mobility Commission Board

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    Charlotte Collyer Regional Coordinator, Heart of the South West Local Digital Skills Partnership

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    12:40 - 12:50
    Chair’s Closing Remarks

     

    Speakers

    Lord Clement-Jones CBE Co Chair, AI APPG

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    End

    Speakers

    Olivia Chapman Senior Manager, Future of Work, Nesta

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    Lord Clement-Jones CBE Co Chair, AI APPG

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    Charlotte Collyer Regional Coordinator, Heart of the South West Local Digital Skills Partnership

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    Alastair da Costa Chair, Capital City College Group, Member, Social Mobility Commission Board

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    John Holford Robert Peers Chair in Adult Education, University of Nottingham, Editor, International Journal of Lifelong Education

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    Nimmi Patel Policy Manager, Tech UK

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    Paul Warner Director of Policy and Strategy, Association of Employment and Learning Providers

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