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Giving Britain the skills it needs

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June 16, 2014

9:00 am

Institute of Directors, London SW1Y 5ED


Andrew Neil, chairman, The Spectator Magazine Group

Joe Billington, director, National Careers Service

Ann Brown, senior vice president of HR, Capgemini

Matthew Hancock, secretary of state for Health and Social Care

Jim Carrick-Birtwell, CEO, Plotr

Mark Feldman, head, Campion School

Lorna Fitzjohn, director, Further Education and Skills, Ofsted


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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.

Other speakers include:

Steve Holliday, chief executuive, National Grid plc, non executive director, Marks and Spencer plc

Lord Lucas, Good Careers Guide

Faye Ramsson, education director, Business in the Community