Education to work pathways: navigating the challenges

Monday 01 June 2015 -
16:45 to 18:00
Session 4.2. Queen Elizabeth II Centre, London.

‘Skills’ are becoming a global currency that determines not only economic prosperity and stability, but also increased opportunities for young people. However, views continue to differ on the most appropriate routes for developing skills. Navigating between different parts of the education system and making successful transition into work remain significant cultural challenges, which need to be addressed.

This interactive session features the perspectives of young people, industry, policymakers and educators who have been tackling these challenges. The audience will play a role in the discussions as well, helping the chair to test out key issues on the speakers.

Andrew Fowler
Quality Engineer, BAE systems, UK

I started my Advanced Apprenticeship in 2010, through this I gained multiple skills, experiences and qualifications; I also earned the chance to meet some truly inspirational people and influential figures. Completing my apprenticeship at BAE Systems is, by far, my biggest achievement and has led me to an amazing career – It’s made me who I am today! Session 4.2

Andrew Fowler

Sajjad Saleem Hotiana
Executive Director - National Vocational and Technical Training Commission, Federal Government, Islamabad, Pakistan

Mr Hotiana is currently Executive Director, National Vocational & Technical Training Commission, Federal Government, Islamabad. He has been Federal Secretary since 2012 and received several accolades throughout his career in the Government and private sectors. Session 4.2

Sajjad Saleem Hotiana

Tiana Locker
Youth Engagement Officer, City and Guilds, UK

Tiana joined the City & Guilds Group as an apprentice in July 2012 after being unemployed for over a year and a half. Tiana began working on Apprentice Connect, an initiative the would enable young people in schools to meet successful apprentices. Since putting forward this proposal Tiana has secured a full time role as Youth Engagement Officer at the City & Guilds Group managing the programme and their internal Work Experience Programme. Session 4.2

Tiana Locker

Alison Morris
Assistant Director, UK Commission for Employment & Skills, UK

Alison has worked in the learning and skills sector for the last fifteen years. She is currently Assistant Director at UKCES. Since joining UKCES in 2009, Alison has led work on a range of subjects including progression routes to higher level skills, employability skills, open data and career guidance. Session 4.2

Alison Morris

Melanie Relton
Regional Vocational Education Manager - Middle East and North Africa, British Council, UAE

Melanie is currently Regional Vocational Educational Manager for the British Council and is responsible for the Skills for Employability Global programme in the Middle East and North Africa. She has 20 years of experience working in the vocational education field. Prior to joining the British Council Melanie was the head of training and development assessment centre for a leading UK charity. Session 4.2

Melanie Relton

Professor Seung Ryul Jeong
Vice-President - Office of International Affairs, Kookmin University, South Korea

Dr Seung Ryul JEONG also currently serves as the President of KAFSA (Korean Association of Foreign Student Administrators). He has been actively promoting campus globalization and his efforts have resulted in a tripling in the number of foreign students at Kookmin University between 2009-2014. Dr. Jeong has been the recipient of numerous awards such as the Merit Award for National Informatization from the Prime Minister's Office of Korea. Session 4.2 Session 6.8

Professor Seung Ryul Jeong