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Engaging Employers for the Learning Sector

A National Conference

Monday, 27th September 2010 – Lakeside Centre, Birmingham

Conference Overview

Working with Employers to Supplement Funded Revenue, Achieve Targets,
Improve Skills and Productivity and Increase Employment.

The post election landscape in 2010 has already started to define the future volume and direction of funding for educational sectors. Although it has been indicated that there will not be substantial overall reductions of funding in the short term for schools or the wider FE sectors, it is highly probable that WBL providers, FE colleges and universities will be under ever increasing pressure to increase their revenue fron non funded business.

At a time when Train to Gain funding has been re-allocated and most businesses are themselves under financial pressure, the learning sector and its stakeholders will need to work hard to develop smarter, deeper and more durable relationships with Employers if they are to grow, or even maintain their existing levels of activity.

However, there are ways in which close working relationships with employers can benefit both sides of the arrangement. The need for a better mutual understanding of skill shortages, staff development requirements, technology changes and the benefits of new qualifications, the QCF and incremental learning processes will necessitate a more prominent role in forging new ties with employers. This is relevant to informing them of the relevant changes to legislation and arrangements in the post 14 learning sectors whilst formulating workable solutions in the post recessional world of skills development.

Finding new employers, creating the business relationship, managing the account and jointly developing the relationship will be the only long-term solution to supplementing funding streams which will be reducing. Who is going to pay for what and how the cost and value of training and vocational education can be leveraged will be the new challenge.

This conference will endeavour to bring employers and purchasers of Vocational Education and Training to the audience to express their expectations and values in the delivery of this learning.


This one day conference brings together three groups of speakers from:

  • Keynote speakers outlining policy for and expectation of employer involvement in the sector.
  • Employers, SSCs and employer representatives, who provide the ultimate checks and balances about their expectations of service and skills development beneficial to future employment.
  • Highly focused professionals covering a wide range of aspects of how educational institutions and learning providers can react to Government policy the actual needs of employers and benefit the performance of their organisation.
  • Training providers and colleges who have developed successful strategies for employer engagement and non-funded revenue streams.

What does Employer Engagement mean to each stakeholder?

Who should attend?

Relevant staff from: Learning Providers, FE Colleges, Universities, Schools, Connexions, Careers Advisors, Employer Recruiters and staff from all related Government departments and agencies.

Delegate Fees

£239.00 + VAT for each delegate - this includes a comprehensive delegate pack containing relevant support information for future reference, refreshments and a full luncheon.  Second and subsequent delegates from the same organisation may attend at the reduced rate of £209.00 + VAT.  Charitable and Voluntary organisations rate @ £209.00 + VAT.