Matt Hassan, National Retraining Scheme and National Skills Fund Programme Director, Department for Education Iain Murray, Senior Policy Officer, TUC Nic Trower, Senior Policy Advisor, CBI Juliet Stuttard, Director, PwC UK Patrick Craven, Director of Assessment Policy, Research and Compliance, City & Guilds Dr Fiona Aldridge, Director, Policy and Research, Learning and Work Institute and Kenny Barron, Unite the Union; Joe Billington, National Careers Service; Stephen Cole, CITB; Lesley Giles, Work Advance; Jack Orlik, Nesta; Dr Susan Pember, Holex; Patrick Spencer, Centre for Social Justice;Simon Tindall, The Open University and Paul Warner, Association of Employment and Learning Providers
Chaired by: Baroness Garden of Frognal, Deputy Speaker, House of Lords Lord Watson of Invergowrie, Shadow Spokesperson for Education
the shape that the National Skills Fund should take to support long term skills needs following COVID-19 - including how:
the Fund can complement existing support which is available
support employers - particularly SMEs
how the Government can ensure the best possible return on investment.
Broader economic impacts
With the National Retraining Scheme and National Skill Funds widely considered as a response to work automation, we also expect discussion on:
how the programmes can be designed to combat macro-economic challenges, such as skill shortages, productivity issues, and labour mobility
examples of how retraining is being approached outside the UK.
Developments that are relevant to the discussion:
The first phase of the NRS - in the Liverpool City Region, the West Midlands Combined Authority, the Leeds City Region LEP, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough combined authority area, the Heart of the South West LEP and the North East LEP.
The announcement by Government of reforms to Higher Technical qualifications to improve support adults seeking to retrain and upskill, including new qualifications from September 2022 with a Government quality mark.
Launch of the new digital service ‘Get Help to Retrain’ last year and the recent issuing by Government of a tender as part of the NRS for groups of employers, providers and local authorities to deliver a new training model in the digital sectorwith the partnership providing 12 week courses.