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This one day conference will examine the future for the Further Education sector.
It will be an opportunity to discuss the Skills and Post-16 Education Bill, which will legislate for policies announced in the Skills for Jobs white paper on priorities for the FE sector and its role in the national economic recovery.
It also coincides with a range of further developments such as the recent publication of the Workplace Training and Development Commission Report, commissioned by the British Chambers of Commerce which calls for the national skills system to be overhauled, as well as the ongoing government review of post-16 qualifications at level 3 and below in England.
The agenda will bring out latest thinking on:
• developing the FE sector, and its role in post-pandemic recovery
• improving governance and standards
• the future for funding
• supporting flexibility - looking at modular provision, online learning, widening access, and supporting upskilling and retraining
• priorities for the Skills and Post-16 Education Bill.
The conference will be an opportunity for stakeholders to consider the issues alongside key policy officials who are due to attend from the DfE, DWP, the Department for the Economy, NI, the Ministry of Justice, and the Valuation Office Agency.
The agenda will include:
• Next steps for developing the FE sector
• Improving governance and standards in the FE sector - accountability, the future for funding, and developing a responsive approach
• Supporting flexibility in further education - the future for modular provision, facilitating online learning, funding support and widening access, and supporting upskilling and retraining
• Ensuring high standards within the FE sector
• The FE sector and post-pandemic recovery - opportunities in the White Paper, meeting employer needs, plugging skills deficits, and driving local growth
• Implementing the Skills and Post-16 Education Bill - policy priorities.
The event is a full-scale conference taking place online, and will feature:
• full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks with a full recording and transcript to refer back to
• information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
• conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
• speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides
• opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
• a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials, is made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
• delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
• networking too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact.
Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference.