Conference

Giving Britain the skills it needs

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Britain faces a skills crisis that will prevent economic growth and limit the prospects of young people.

The government believes that much of the blame must be laid at the door of an education system that has been ‘divorced from the reality of real work’ for far too long. The introduction of a more careers-focused curriculum into schools may help to avoid such a crisis, but what is the best way to implement it?

Industry and educationalists alike have concerns that any change should be both consistent and coordinated. But are their views on its implementation clear and future proof? What role can business play in enhancing the classroom experience? Most importantly, how do we encourage young people to appreciate the need for better planning when considering their future working life?

Brought to you by The Spectator, National Grid and Careers Lab this half-day forum was an ideal opportunity to discuss how we ensure we educate the young to give Britain the skills it needs.

Speakers

Joe Billington

Joe Billington

Director, National Careers Service

Ann Brown

Ann Brown

Senior vice president of HR, Capgemini

Matthew Hancock

Matthew Hancock

Minister for skills and enterprise, MP for West Suffolk

Jim Carrick-Birtwell

Jim Carrick-Birtwell

CEO, Plotr

Mark Feldman

Mark Feldman

Head, Campion School

Lorna Fitzjohn

Lorna Fitzjohn

Director, Further Education and Skills, Ofsted

Steve Holliday

Steve Holliday

Chief Executive, National Grid plc, Non Executive Director of Marks & Spencer plc

Lord Lucas

Lord Lucas

Good Careers Guide

Andrew Neil

Andrew Neil

Chair

Chairman of The Spectator Magazine Group

Faye Ramsson

Faye Ramsson

Education Director, Business in the Community

More Information

Programme*

09:00
Coffee and registration

09:30
Chairman's welcome
Andrew Neil

09:35
The Careers Lab experiment, did it work?
Steve Holliday, Chief Executive, National Grid

09:55
Keynote speech
Matthew Hancock, Minister for Skills and Enterprise

10:15
Q&A with Matthew Hancock and Steve Holliday

10:25
Coffee

10:55
Schools are from Mars, business are from Venus - can they work together?
Ann Anderson, Head Teacher, Hodge Hill Sports and Enterprise College
Ann Brown, Senior Vice President of HR, Cap Gemini
Mark Feldman, Head, Campion School

11:15
Presentation
Lorna Fitzjohn, Director, Further Education and Skills, Ofsted

11:45
Careers Initiatives - is there a danger of too many cooks spoiling the broth?
Joe Billington, National Careers Service
Jim Carrick-Birtwell, CEO, Plotr
Lord Lucas, Good Careers Guide
Faye Ramsson, Education Director, Business in the Community

12:10
Closing speech
Steve Holliday, Chief Executive, National Grid

12:25
Chairman's close

* It may be necessary, for reasons outside the control of the organisers to change the venue, speakers or timing of the event.

Venue

Institute of Directors, London SW1Y 5ED