Enhancing Employer Engagement workshop - presentations

WORKSHOP PROGRAMME
Tuesday, 8 September
13.30

Welcome
May Abuhamdia, Deputy Director, British Council Jordan 

13.45

Introductions and Context
Richard Beamish, Education and Skills Consultant

14.00

Presentations
UK Sector Skills Councils – background, principles and effectiveness

Richard Beamish, Education and Skills Consultant

14.20

The UK Commission for Employment and Skills – background and initiatives

Katherine Chapman, Assistant Director, UK Commission for Employment and Skills 

15.05

Case Studies Part One
Skills Challenges and Solutions in the Region

Q&A session with Walid Draou, Training Programme Manager, Aggreko UK Ltd.

16.00

Research and Understanding – the need for evidence of skills gaps and shortages, and empirical evidence that the skills system delivers economic benefits

Reg D’Souza, Research Manager, SEMTA

16.30

Summary and Close

Wednesday, 9 September
09.30

Review of yesterday’s sessions and discussions
Post-it exercise to identify biggest challenges

Richard Beamish, Education and Skills Consultant

09.45     Case Studies Part Two 

Employer-Led Innovative Projects 

Robert Woodhead Ltd, Ceramic Skills Academy, Construction Group Training Association, Black Country Consortium & Crossrail

10.15

Developing Skills as a Partnership
How employers working together on skills can achieve lasting results

Jane Rexworthy, Executive Director, People 1st

11.00

Discussion 2

12.00

Apprenticeships – Apprenticeship Reform
Employer-led standards, ensuring quality assessment, managing the system

Ana Cavilla, Director of Policy, Federation of Industry Sector Skills and Standards

12.30

Sustainable Delivery Models
A debate to consider how employer-led skills support can be enabled over time

Richard Beamish, Education and Skills Consultant

 13.45

Employability Skills
The importance of literacy, numeracy and soft skills. Helping students and employees with poor skills. 14-19 Learning Pathways

Richard Beamish, Education and Skills Consultant

14.15 Discussion 3
15.15 Discussion, Conclusions and Next Steps
16.15 Review of Programme
16.30 Close