Parliamentary Symposium - Creating a more commercially minded FE & Skills sector

Parliamentary Symposium - Creating a more commercially minded FE & Skills sector

10th March 2016, 8:30-11 am
Portcullis House, London, United Kingdom

Parliamentary Symposium will take place on Thursday 10th March,
8:30-11 am at Portcullis House, Bridge Street, London, SW1A 2LW.

The UK FE and skills sector is undergoing dramatic change with cuts to public funding, demographic shifts, and increased competition from schools and universities all contributing. The sector needs to overcome these challenges in order to thrive, but progress is hampered by gaps in our collective knowledge of FE and skills which, in comparison to other parts of the education system, is under-conceptualised, under-researched, under-theorised, and as a result, is often under-understood. 

Through this symposium, FETL hopes to explore how the FE and Skills sector, by adopting a more commercially minded approach, can stimulate new ways of working to achieve greater performance, as well as a greater enterprising/entrepreneurial spirit within institutions and organisations that operate within the system

This event will look at:

  • the benefit of providers adopting the very best behaviors and practices of commercial business and enterprise in order to raise skills levels and productivity;
  • treat learners both as recipients and customers, and;
  • the role of leaders in terms of Principal vs CEO

Hosted by Barry Sheerman MP, this event will be chaired by Dame Ruth Silver with the following speakers:

  • Mike Smith, Chair of FETL and CEO of Gen 2 one of the largest engineering and technology training providers in the UK.
  • Ian Pretty, CEO 157 Group, a membership body representing leading UK colleges and college groups.
  • Jan Atkinson, Talent and Development Director, Kier Group PLC. A leading property, residential, construction and services company operating across a range of sectors including defence, education, housing, industrials, power, transport and utilities.

To secure a place please contact enquiries@fetl.org.uk


Portcullis House, London, United Kingdom

30th November 2018

The project’s aim is to look at what a 21st century skills system will need to look like, in light of the challenges we face now and in the future. The project aims to compare Northern Ireland and Scotland as two devolved parts of the UK, with some similarities when it comes to the skills system, and big differences in terms of social, political and economic context.

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05th December 2018

On behalf of Dame Ruth Silver and Baroness Sue Garden of Frognal, you are invited to the Further Education Trust for Leadership’s 2018 Winter Symposium in Parliament.

This year’s theme is lifelong learning, and accompanying the discussion will be a networking lunch and keynote address from former Skills Minister the Rt Hon. John Hayes CBE MP.  

In addition to asking what lifelong learning should look like in a changing society and labour market, this will be a great opportunity to network with college and sector leaders, parliamentarians, employers and other sector stakeholders.

We would be delighted if you could join us at this event. Please find further details below and by following this link to RSVP. We will be in touch shortly to provide an update on the guest speakers. You can also find out more about our work supporting the leadership of thinking in FE here.

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