Employability for Scotland
29 Oct 2009
3rd Annual Conference. Held at Radisson SAS, Edinburgh

This event looked at the long term challenges of skills development within an increasingly competitive global economy and considered responses to the needs of employers and individuals.

Programme
10:00
Ruth Wishart, Broadcaster and Journalist
Welcome and introduction by Conference Chair

10:10
Jacqui Hepburn, Director, Alliance of Sector Skills Councils Scotland
Investing in skills for the future

10:30
Dave Moxham, Deputy General Secretary, STUC
Using skills productively

10:50
Dr Janet Lowe CBE, Chair, Scottish Funding Council Skills Committee and Member, Skills Utilisation Leadership Group
"Learning to Work: the way forward"

11:10
Questions and Discussion: Session 1
11:30
Refreshments
11:50
Dr Ray Harris, Chief Executive, Scotland's Colleges
Responding to the needs of employers and learners, and developing new services

12:05
Ian Macpherson MBE, Chair, South Lanarkshire College
Developing practical solutions to skills development - a college perspective

12:20
Willy Roe, Chair, Skills Development Scotland and Commissioner, UK Commission for Employment and Skills
Keynote address

12:40
Questions and discussion: Session 2
13:00
Buffet lunch
13:50
Pete Cannell, Deputy Director (Learning, Teaching and Curriculum), Open University
Innovating our way out of the recession

14:10
Bob Thust, Head of Community, Deloitte
Case study: The Deloitte Employability Initiative

14:20
Lesley Giles, Deputy Director of Research & Policy, Head of Research, UK Commission for Employment and Skills
Improving skills utilisation

14:40
Mark Batho, Chief Executive Scottish Funding Council
New approaches to the effective use of skills in Scotland

15:00
Questions and discussion: Session 3
Followed by refreshments

15:30
Key issues seminars: Session 4