Re-Skilling for Recovery in your Region
15 Oct 2009
Working to put the right skills in the right place in preparing for economic upturn. Held at Cavendish Conference Centre, London

This conference brought together representatives from across the learning and skills, local authority and regional development sectors to set out how regional partnerships must work together to lift the UK’s regions out of recession.

Programme
10:00
Mark Corney, Director, MC Consultancy
Welcome and introduction from Chair

10:10
Chris Humphries, Chief Executive, UK Commission for Employment and Skills
Ambition 2020: World Class Skills and Jobs for the UK – the role for the regions?

10:25
Chris Humphries, Chief Executive, UK Commission for Employment and Skills
Question and answer

10:30
Philip Whiteman, Chief Executive, Semta
At risk companies - why it’s vital that employers in the regions invest in up-skilling their staff and the help available for them to do so

10:35
Philip Whiteman, Chief Executive, Semta
Question and answer

10:40
John Stone, Chief Executive, Learning and Skills Network
The Skills Funding Agency - how does it fit into the new skills framework?

11:20
Questions and discussion: Session 1
11:30
Refreshments, networking and exhibition
12:00
Alan Clarke, Catalyst Sector Engagement Manager, Lifelong Learning UK
Economic Climate - opportunities and challenges for workforce development

12:15
Dr Faiza Shaheen, Analyst, Centre for Cities
Leading the upturn on the skills and employment agenda at the local and regional level

12:30
Dr Jane Ward, Senior Programme Director, National Institute of Adult Continuing Education
The wider role of learning in a recession: regional responses

12:45
Geoffrey Piper, Chief Executive, North West Business Leadership Team
Changes to the skills funding agencies - how businesses in the regions are responding

13:00
Questions and discussion: Session 2
13:10
Buffet Lunch, networking and exhibition
14:00
Vic Grimes, Regional Director for Apprenticeships in London, National Apprenticeships Service
The role of apprenticeships in preparing businesses for the upturn

14:20
Paul Simpson, Deputy Principal, University College Birmingham
FE & HE working with employers and others to build skills

14:40
David Coates, Head of Knowledge Exchange, Technology Strategy Board
Going forward - tying up the innovation agenda with the skills agenda

15:00
Questions and discussion: Session 3
15:10
Refreshments, networking and exhibition
15:30
Seminar 3: Making welfare work for rural England
Roger Turner, Head of Rural Economies, Commission for Rural Communities

15:30
Seminar 1: Re-skilling for all aspects of a recession: what NIACE research says
Dr Helen Plant, Senior Research Officer, National Institute of Adult Continuing Education