Education to employment: culture clash or innovation driver?

Monday 01 June 2015 -
09:00 to 10:15
Session 1.2. Queen Elizabeth II Centre, London.

This session will highlight the challenges of young people moving from education into the workplace in terms of the working practices and expectations, peer relationships and the value placed on different competencies. It will argue that these can be used to drive innovation within the workplace, to the benefit of employers and employees, education and industry, and in a range of sectors if the clash is recognised and managed.

An interactive discussion led by the chair will explore what competencies education needs to provide young people with in order to manage the transition into the workplace in a way that enables them to maintain their curiosity, drive for learning and creativity, and thereby contribute to innovation in any workplace.

The expert panel will then explore what organisations need to change in order to foster the traits of young people and the culture of education they bring with them. How can organisations capitalise on these to generate innovation? The session features two case study examples.

Hanadi Al Suwaidi
Institute Director, Sharjah Institute of Science and Technology, United Arab Emirates

Hanadi Al Suwaidi has been working in the field of vocational education more than 10 years and has participated as a speaker in 6th Conference on e-Learning Excellence in the Middle East (Leadership, Design and Technology for 21st Century Learning). She has a BC in Communication Management, a Masters in Communication and a Phd in process in e-Education (concentration Education Leadership). Session 1.2

Hanadi Al Suwadi

Professor Richard Davies
Vice-Chancellor, Swansea University, UK

Professor Davies has been the Vice-Chancellor of Swansea University since 2003. Under his leadership, the University has adopted a radical and ambitious agenda for change, building on strengths and attracting substantial external investment to accelerate the pace of development.  As an applied statistician, he has worked extensively with industry and has also undertaken contract research for government ministries. Session 1.2

Professor Richard Davies

Sally Dicketts
Chief Executive, Activate Learning, UK

Sally Dicketts has held senior posts in both secondary schools and further education. She became Principal at Milton Keynes College in 1996 and in October 2003 became the first Principal of Oxford & Cherwell Valley College. Sally is a tireless campaigner and advocate for the learning and skills sector. She is a member of the City & Guilds Learning and Assessment Policy Committee. She is a board member of AMiE and AoC. Session 1.2

Sally Dicketts

Caroline Waters OBE
Former Director, People & Policy, BT Group; Deputy Chair, Equalities and Human Rights Commission, UK

Caroline is Deputy Chair of the Equalities and Human Rights Commission, Vice President of Carers UK, a member of the Whole Education, Roffey Park and IncredIBull Boards, an Associate of Marylebone Executive Search and Founder of CW’s Consulting Box. Caroline has held a number of positions for the BT Group, where she was formerly Director, People & Policy. Session 1.2

Dame Caroline Waters OBE