February 27th 2019 | Central London


The UK is sleepwalking into a low paid, low skills and low productivity economy. Productivity levels are behind G7 nations and still below the levels of the financial crash.

The Government has recognised the severity of the problem and responded by releasing the UK Industry Strategy and additional consultations. These changes will deliver a new world-class technical education system, boost the number of those choosing apprenticeships and have a greater focus on the needs of employers.

Learn more about these fundamental changes and discuss the next steps for UK skills with over 150 policymakers and practitioners at the 8th annual Skills Summit.

The leading event for engagement between educators, employers & government, Skills Summit 2019 will feature two streams specifically tailored to the needs of 1. Education, Skills & Training Providers & 2. Employers. With plenary sessions covering issues of interest to all, attendees will be able to adapt the programme to suit their requirements. Sessions at the event include:

Key topics will include:

  • Closing the skills gap, driving forwards apprenticeships schemes 
  • Teenage apprenticeships: awareness deficit
  • The Industrial Strategy and skills after Brexit?
  • Understanding regional employer needs
  • Creating degree based apprenticeships
  • T-Levels, a new career pathway
  • Recruiting more apprentices
  • Improving workplace skills
  • National Retraining Scheme

Attend Skills Summit 2019 to:

  • Receive an up to date brief on Government plans for UK skills
  • Better understand the direction of travel
  • Learn more about current initiatives and how they will impact your organisation
  • Network with and engage colleagues from across the skills sector

Speakers confirmed for 2019:

  • Professor Steven McIntosh, Centre for Vocational Education Research, University of Sheffield 
  • Mark Dawe, Chief Executive, Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP)
  • Senior Representative, National Retraining Scheme Division, Department for Education
  • Philip Cox, Chief Executive, Cheshire & Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership
  • Keith Smith, Director of Apprenticeships, Education and Skills Funding Agency
  • Dr Elnaz Kashefpakdel, Head of Research, Education and Employers
  • Julian Roberts, Head of Employability, Truro and Penwith College
  • Lucy Sydney, Director of Strategic Relationships for VTQ, Ofqual
  • Sonali Parekh, Head of Policy, FSB

Who attends:

FE colleges - Independent skills & training providers - Employers (including HR, L&D and Workforce Development) - LEPs & local authority skills teams - Higher Education Institutions - Awarding bodies & regulators - Learning & training solution providers - Policy makers


Public Sector & Registered Charities | 1 place: £295 | 2+ places: £245 each
Private Sector | 1 place: £395 | 2+ Places | £345 each

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