Skills for Life
07 Jul 2010
7th annual conference. Enhancing employability; towards functional skills. Held at Inmarsat Conference Centre, London

This conference provided a key opportunity for all those tasked with strategic planning and implementation to get right up to date with the pilot and research projects already undertaken and prepare with confidence for full implementation.

Programme
10:05
Mark Corney, Director, MC Consultancy
Welcome and introduction from Conference Chair

10:15
Dr Ursula Howard, Visiting Professorial Fellow, NRDC at the Institute of Education
Setting the scene

10:25
Mick Fletcher, Education Consultant and specialist in funding and planning post 14 learning
Functional skills – lessons learnt and next steps for adult learning

10:40
Helen Casey, Executive Director, NRDC at the Institute of Education
Workforce development

11:00
Questions and discussion: Session 1
11:30
Refreshments, networking and exhibition
12:00
Chris James, Director of Research and Development, Asset Skills and chair of all-sector language, literacy and numeracy board
Employer engagement strategies

12:20
Tim Hutchings, Chief Executive, Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce
Making the case for investment in training

12:40
Questions and discussion: Session 2
13:00
Buffet Lunch, networking and exhibition
14:00
Angela O’Donoghue, Principal, City of Sunderland College
Why leadership matters now more than ever

14:20
Mick Fletcher, Education Consultant and specialist in funding and planning post 14 learning
The funding challenge – looking across aggregate funding

14:30
Norma Honey, Post-16 Stem Director, National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics
The numeracy challenge

14:50
Questions and discussion: Session 3
15:00
Refreshments, networking and exhibition
15:30
Seminar 1: Workforce development
Anne McKeown, Professional Development Manager, NRDC at the Institute of Education

15:30
Seminar 2: Employability
Sandra Peters, Regional Co-ordinator, WEA West Midlands Region

15:30
Seminar 3: Blended and e-learning
Jonathan Wells, Founder and Managing Director of Guroo Ltd