Skills, Jobs, Growth
08 Feb 2010
UK Commission for Employment and Skills Convention.

This invitation only conference brought together national and international skills experts and leading thinkers to focus on the UK's future strategy for skills, jobs and growth.

Programme

Day 1 - 08 Feb 2010

09:10
Introductory video
09:45
Willy Roe, Chairman, Skills Development Scotland
Welcome and introduction from Conference Chair

10:00
Chris Humphries, Chief Executive, UK Commission for Employment and Skills
Setting the scene for UK skills Please note that Chris Humphries stood in for Professor Mike Campbell, Director of Research and Policy, UK Commission for Employment and Skills whose slides were used in this presentation

10:20
Richard Lambert, Director General, CBI
Global skills challenges

10:40
Robin Shreeve, Chief Executive, Skills Australia
An Australian perspective on skills

11:00
Virginia Hamilton, Executive Director, California Workforce Association
The US response to the global skills challenge

11:20
Questions and discussion: Session 1
11:30
Refreshments, networking and exhibition
12:00
Key policy and learning seminars stream B: Employer Ambition
Workforce development – understanding and meeting employers’ skills needs Richard Brown, Former Chief Executive, Council for Industry and Higher Education (CIHE) Olga Strietska-Ilina, Specialist in Skills Development Policies and Systems, ILO Chaired by: Carol Stanfield, Senior Research Manager, UK Commission for Employment and Skills

12:00
Key policy and learning seminars stream C: Individual Opportunity
Skills and migration Elizabeth Collett, European Policy Fellow, Senior Advisor, Transatlantic Council on Migration, Migration Policy Institute Mark Franks, Head of Secretariat, Migration Advisory Committee Chaired by: Katerina Rudiger, Policy Analyst, UK Commission for Employment and Skills

12:00
Key policy and learning seminars stream B: Employer Ambition
Employer investment and returns - why invest in skills? Marita Aho, Senior Adviser, Confederation of Finnish Industries Professor Lorna Unwin, Department of Lifelong and Comparative Education, Institute of Education Chaired by: Richard Garrett, Research Manager, UK Commission for Employment and Skills

12:00
Key policy and learning seminars stream A: Agile Systems
Meeting China’s employment and skills challenge in the current economic downturn and preparing for recovery Dr Ma Liang, Senior Advisor to Ministry of Labor, People’s Republic of China Chaired by: Moira McKerracher, Assistant Director of Strategy and Performance, UK Commission for Employment and Skills

12:00
Key policy and learning seminars stream A: Agile Systems
Tackling New Zealand’s skills shortages: tertiary education and regional strategies Janice Shiner, Former Chair, Tertiary Education Commission (New Zealand) Chaired by: Paul Drake, Senior Policy Analyst, UK Commission for Employment and Skills

13:00
Buffet lunch, networking and exhibition
14:00
Key policy and learning seminars stream B: Employer Ambition
Improving job quality – a contribution to productivity Professor Francis Green, School of Economics, University of Kent Radoslaw Owczarzak, Research Manager, European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions Chaired by: Katerina Rudiger, Policy Analyst, UK Commission for Employment and Skills

14:00
Key policy and learning seminars stream A: Agile Systems
Different approaches to the skills and employment system: learning from the Singapore experience Dr Gary Willmott, Founding Executive Director, Institute for Adult Learning, Singapore Joyce Tan, Principal Manager Research, Institute for Adult Learning, Singapore Chaired by: Lesley Giles, Deputy Director of Research and Policy, UK Commission for Employment and Skills

14:00
Key policy and learning seminars stream C: Individual Opportunity
Encouraging a culture of lifelong learning Tom Schuller, Director, NIACE Tricia Hartley, Chief Executive, Campaign for Learning Chaired by: Susannah Constable, Research Manager, UK Commission for Employment and Skills

14:00
Key policy and learning seminars stream A: Agile Systems
International best practice John D Baker, President, Strategies for the Future, Austin, Texas Francesca Froy, Policy Analyst, OECD LEED Programme Chaired by: Mark Spilsbury, Chief Economist, UK Commission for Employment and Skills

15:00
Refreshments, networking and exhibition
15:30
Robert Strauss, Local Development and Corporate Social Responsibility, Director General, Employment and Social Affairs Directorate, European Commission
New skills for new jobs

15:50
Panel discussion: Session 4
Robert Strauss to be joined by: Chris Humphries, Chief Executive, UK Commission for Employment and Skills Olaf Cramme, Director, Policy Network Goran Hultin, Chairman and CEO, Caden Corporation Simon Field, Directorate for Education, OECD

16:30
Sir Michael Rake, Chairman of the UK Commission for Employment and Skills and of BT Group plc
Closing address

16:45
Robin Shreeve, Chief Executive, Skills Australia
Signing of the Memorandum of Understanding with Skills Australia

19:00
Professor David Finegold, Dean, School of Management and Labor Relations, Rutgers State University, New Jersey
Gala dinner speech

Day 2 - 09 Feb 2010

09:30
Willy Roe, Chairman, Skills Development Scotland
Welcome and introduction from Conference Chair

09:40
Short film overview of Day One
09:50
Michael Davis, Director of Strategy and Performance, UK Commission for Employment and Skills
Opening address - Towards “Ambition 2020”

10:10
Charlie Mayfield, Chairman, John Lewis Partnership
The UK skills challenge

10:30
Panel discussion: Session 5
Brendan Barber, General Secretary, TUC Lynne Sedgemore, Executive Director, 157 Group Michael Davis, Director of Strategy and Performance, UK Commission for Employment and Skills

11:10
Refreshments, networking and exhibition
11:40
Key policy and learning seminars stream C: Individual Opportunity
Breaking cycles of poverty - what role for employment and skills? Dr Tracy Shildrick, Lecturer in Sociology/Youth Studies, Teeside University Dr Mark Tomlinson, Senior Research Officer, University of Oxford Dr Kathryn Ray, Senior Research Fellow, Policy Studies Institute Professor Ron McQuaid, Director, Edinburgh Napier University Hilary Metcalf, Senior Research Fellow, National Institute for Economic & Social Research Chris Goulden, Policy and Research Manager, Joseph Rowntree Foundation Chaired by: Abigail Gibson, Senior Policy Analyst, UK Commission for Employment and Skills

11:40
Key policy and learning seminars stream B: Employer Ambition
Integrating employment and skills Jim Hillage, Director of Research, Institute for Employment Studies Kate Still, Director of Development, The Wise Group Andy Wilson, Principal, Westminster Kingsway College Chaired by: Alison Richardson, Assistant Director of Strategy and Performance, UK Commission for Employment and Skills

11:40
Key policy and learning seminars stream A: Agile Systems
Skills Activism - towards an active UK skills strategy Professor Ewart Keep, Deputy Director, SKOPE Dinah Caine, Chief Executive, Skillset Chaired by: Mark Spilsbury, Chief Economist, UK Commission for Employment and Skills

11:40
Key policy and learning seminars stream B: Employer Ambition
Increasing employer investment – collective action on skills Anna Fazackerly, Head of Education, Policy Exchange Annette Cox, Associate Director, Institute for Employment Studies Nigel Whitehead, Group Managing Director - Programmes and Support, BAE Systems Chaired by: Carol Stanfield, Senior Research Manager, UK Commission for Employment and Skills

11:40
Key policy and learning seminars stream B: Employer Ambition Skills utilisation & high performance working – maximising the value of skills
Dr Janet Lowe, Chair, Scottish Funding Council / Skills Development Scotland Skills Committee Professor David Ashton, Emeritus Professor, Leicester University; Honorary Professor, Cardiff University Ian Brinkley, Knowledge Economy Programme Director, The Work Foundation Chaired by: Lesley Giles, Deputy Director of Research and Policy, UK Commission for Employment and Skills

12:40
Buffet lunch, networking and exhibition
13:40
Policy and way forward seminars stream A: Agile Systems
Achieving transformation - creating a system fit for the challenges ahead Simon Duffy, Centre for Welfare Reform Geoff Mulgan, Director, The Young Foundation John Stone, Chief Executive, Learning and Skills Network Chaired by: Ian Kinder, Assistant Director of Strategy and Performance, UK Commission for Employment and Skills

13:40
Policy and way forward seminars stream B: Employer Ambition
Building a high value workforce Dr Laurie Bassi, Chief Executive, McBassi & Company Professor John Philpott, Chief Economist, CIPD Chaired by: Paul Drake, Senior Policy Analyst, UK Commission for Employment and Skills

13:40
Policy and way forward seminars stream C: Individual Opportunity
Increasing individual ambition Dr Colin Lindsay, Senior Research Fellow, Employment Research Institute, Edinburgh Napier University Iain Murray, Senior Policy Officer, TUC Chaired by: Carol Stanfield, Senior Research Manager, UK Commission for Employment and Skills

13:40
Policy and way forward seminars - stream A: Agile system
Higher education and skills - learner choice and returns on learning Professor Kate Purcell, Institute of Employment Research Alan Felstead, Research Professor at Cardiff School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University Chaired by: Gillian Brewin, Programme Manager, UK Commission for Employment and Skills

14:40
Panel discussion: Session 8
Chris Humphries, Chief Executive, UK Commission for Employment & Skills to be joined by: Professor David Finegold, Dean, School of Management and Labor Relations, Rutgers State University, New Jersey Dr Laurie Bassi, Chief Executive, McBassi & Company Professor Kate Purcell, Institute for Employment Research

15:10
Short film overview of Day Two