Thursday 3 May 2018, 15.30 - 16.45


Listen to the entire session through the audio podcast.

Session slides

You can view Dr Mai Thi Quynh Lan's slides here.

You can view Professor Mohd Ismail Abd's Aziz slides here.

You can view David Corke's slides here.


Employers consistently report that they need entrants to the workforce with better core skills. However an absence of technical knowledge is also seen as a crucial barrier to employment across the world. We will discuss what types and levels of skills we need to give young people to thrive in an interconnected world and ask should employers and educators be more realistic about the level of skill that most young people will be able to attain.

Questions explroed include:

  • How do different classifications of skills (technical, academic, core etc) serve different purposes?
  • Do we expect too much of our learners and to what extent should education institutions consider broader responsibilities towards communities?

Participants will gather examples of good practice and be given space to consider some of the challenges and solutions associated with shaping curricula and courses. Particular consideration will be given to the impact of different types of learning on employers, learners and societies.


  • Professor John Latham, Vice-Chancellor, Coventry University, UK (Chair)
  • Professor Mohd Ismail Abd Aziz, Director General, Department of Polytechnic Education – Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia
  • David Corke, Director of Education and Skills Policy, Association of Colleges, UK
  • Dr Mai Thi Quynh Lan, Head of Department, Institute for Education Quality Assurance, Vietnam