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

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