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Building a robust technical education system through employer-provider partnerships

07 February 2018, 10:00 am–3:10 pm

Brathay Apprenticeship Challenge 2017. Image: National Apprenticeship Service (CC BY 2.0)

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Location

Main Boardroom, Leeds City College Printworks campus, Hunslet Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 1JY

This conference will consider how to close the skills gap, through improving technical and vocational education and building better partnership working between employers and educators.

Regional and national employer-provider partnerships can play a key role in promoting progression to and through higher level learning into skilled work and so contribute to wider economic growth and sustainability.

The conference will draw on recent initiatives from the Education and Training Foundation (ETF), and on research by the UCL Institute of Education (IOE) about the development of regional skills systems.

Employers, senior leaders from education, academics and policy makers will come together to explore possibilities for the establishment of more regionally-located and systematic approaches in provider-based technical and professional education.

The conference is in joint partnership with the IOE Centre for Post-14 Education and Work, the ETF, the East Midlands Further Education Council (EMFEC), and the West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges.

Aims
  • Exploring partnerships: their role in functional and dysfunctional regional systems,
  • sharing knowledge to meet local skills requirements for regional, national and international employers and markets,
  • building a high skills system,
  • developing a framework for developing occupational expertise,
  • employers and employees teaching their technical and vocational work in the Further Education and Training sector,
  • supporting progress towards outstanding, teaching, learning and assessment,
  • exploring possibilities for the establishment of more regionally-located and systematic approaches to strengthen provision at levels 4 and 5.
Conference programme
Time Session
10:00am Welcome
Colin Booth (Principal, Leeds City College)
10:05am
Chair's remarks
Martin Doel
(FETL Professor of Leadership in Further Education and Skills, IOE)
10:10am
Welcome from the West Yorkshire College Consortium
Ian Billyard (Principal, Leeds College of Building
10:20am
Learning in the factory
Jenny Holloway (CEO of Fashion Enter)
10:40am Engagement with the regional skills agenda
Adam Beaumont (aql CEO and founder)
11:05am
Coffee
11:20am
A framework for occupational expertise
Neil Bates (Associate Director - Technical Education Reforms and T Levels, ETF)
11:40am
Outstanding teaching and learning
Julie Gibbings (Head of Teaching Learning and Assessment, ETF)
12:00pm
Relating regional to national skills
Pauline Tambling (CEO of Creative & Cultural Skill)
12:20pm
Panel and discussion: Crossing boundaries, working and teaching
Ken Spours
(Professor of Post Compulsory Education, IOE)
1:00pm
Lunch
1:40pm
Case studies from Manchester and Liverpool
Neil Fletcher and Jo Sadler (UCL)
2:20pm
Building local partnerships Cllr Sean Anstee (Leader of Trafford Council and nominated by Andy Burnham as the Skills Lead for Manchester Combined Authority)
2:45pm
Panel and discussion - Shared knowledge: building high skill systems
Ken Spours
(Professor of Post Compulsory Education, IOE)
3:10pm
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Registration

To reserve a place please email Paul Grainger at p.grainger@ucl.ac.uk.

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    Paul Grainger

    Image: National Apprenticeship Service (CC BY 2.0)