We are delighted that MyBigCareer Founder & Director Deborah Streatfield has been invited to speak at the Westminster Forum on 1st December 2016.
The forum, entitled ‘Apprenticeships, careers and London’s FE area reviews – priorities for skills policy in the Capital’, will focus on further education, skills development, careers guidance and apprenticeships in London, following the Mayoral election.
It is timed to bring out discussion on emerging priorities for policy at City Hall in the light of key manifesto pledges – such as the ‘Skills for Londoners taskforce’ and promoting the devolution of further education funding.
The conference will also be informed by Government’s four London area reviews of post-16 education and training institutions – with oversight from a steering group chaired by the Mayor – which will examine the needs of the local economy and their relation with further education, in a move towards larger, specialised institutions.
Delegates will examine competition and sustainability in the local job market; the future employability of London’s workforce; quantity and quality of apprenticeships and the creation of further career opportunities in the Capital.
This conference will bring together policymakers with frontline stakeholders from agencies, university and college leaders; academics and other higher education professionals; representatives from students’ unions; businesses and their advisors; interest groups and the voluntary sector and commentators and members of the national and trade press.
The event will be chaired by David Kurten AM, Member, Education Panel, London Assembly and Rt Hon Stephen Timms MP, Member, Sub-Committee on Education, Skills and the Economy, and other speakers include:
- Yolande Burgess, Senior Director, Young People’s Education and Skills, London Councils
- Gillian Econopouly, Head of Policy and Research, CITB
- Barbara Hamilton, Head of Adult Education, City of London Corporation
- Hema Marshall, Head of Country Digitisation and Skills, Cisco UK & Ireland
- Shakira Martin, Vice President (Further Education), NUS
- Marcella Phelan, Assistant Director, Children and Families, London Borough of Ealing;
- Mike Thompson, Head of Barclays Apprenticeship Programme, Barclays
- Mary Vine-Morris, London Regional Director, Association of Colleges
- Sharon Walpole, Chief Executive Officer, Walpole Media Group