Employment and skills summit: closing the skills gap

June 16, 2017 10:51 am

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Closing the skills gap between education and the world of work is the thrust of this  conference on 20 June.  Over a hundred businesses are expected to attend the East Midlands Chamber’s Employment and Skills for the Future summit.   This major conference will be hosted at Loughborough University.

The summit will focus on developing the skills necessary to underpin the Government’s Industrial Strategy, launched and consulted on earlier this year.  Indeed, this will include skills for digital-era jobs that don’t exist yet.  During the Industrial Strategy’s consultation period, the Chamber spoke with many local businesses.  In conclusion, they found the gap between the needs of employers and those leaving education remained the single biggest concern.

Who’s involved and what’s included?

In summary, the summit will bring together education providers, businesses and policy makers.  This is in order to discuss how business and education can work together more effectively to deliver the skills required for economic growth in the East Midlands.  Furthermore, the event will include key note speakers, a range of exhibitors and a series of workshops.

Agenda

The full agenda and workshop will include:

  • “Re-imagining Education at the JCB Academy” – David Bell, Director, Chair of Governors: The JCB Academy
  • Providing the skills needed to deliver large scale infrastructure projects and the role of the supply-chain – Rebecca Young, Skills and Employment Strategy Manager, HS2
  • Digital Skills for a Digital Economy – Bernard Szczech, Leader of IBM’s Client Innovation Centres in the UK
  • Assessing the skills needs in a post Brexit economy – Growing your own (potential impact of Brexit on skills) – using original data from the Chamber’s Quarterly Economic Survey
  • Tomorrow’s Engineers – an overview of East Midlands figures compared with the national picture on skills shortages in STEM
  • National Apprenticeship Service – support available from the service
  • Institute of Engineering and Technology – iSTEM
  • Cascaid – 21st Century Careers.

Why is this needed?

Ian Bates is the Chamber’s Sector Forum and Representation Manager.  He also shared his thoughts: “For many years we have been striving for closer integration between employers and education.  The lack of skills amongst young people looking for their first job is a recurrent issue for employers.  Equally, so is the paucity of available workers with enhanced and specialist skills, particularly in the engineering sector.

“Furthermore, we are faced with possibly no longer being able to recruit from a pan-European pool of trained workers post Brexit.  Therefore, now more than ever, it’s essential young people leaving education here have the skills to fill this void.

“And it’s not just basic English and maths that we’re talking about.  It’s also soft skills such as communication, collaboration and problem-solving which are missing from the skills base of many education leavers.”

Building on previous years’ events, the 2017 Employment and Skills Summit will continue to deliver against the Chamber’s manifesto aim to ensure the best business environment possible.  At the same time, with a relentless drive to improve the skill set of tomorrow’s workforce, strengthening the link between education and the world of work.  Thereby creating an environment to improve competitiveness, innovation and productivity levels.

More information and registration

More details on this event are available on our events calendar.  Find out more and register for this event.

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