How data can connect education, economic development and employment to foster economic growth
With issues such as poor productivity, devolution, industrial strategy, apprenticeships, and of course post-Brexit uncertainty, 2017 is clearly a year of huge economic challenges.
One of the keys to successfully dealing with these issues is better communication, connectivity and collaboration between the three crucial sectors that have a hand in fostering growth: education, economic development and employment. However, examples of really joined up approaches is unfortunately still a rarity. But what happens if organisations in these sectors really do start working more effectively together to tackle these sorts of problems?
This conference will look at how better insight - the "common language" of data - can bring these sectors together, and the effects this closer collaboration can have on regional economies. With thought leaders from each of these sectors set to speak, this conference is a must for anyone looking for ideas on how their organisation can work more effectively with other sectors to build a better economy.
We'll be updating this page to include speakers and themes over the next few weeks. To register for the conference, click fill out the form below.
Policy and Research Manager, NCFE
Policy, Practice and Partnerships: Setting the scene for today's economic challenges
Michael has a wealth of experience, gained through working in a number of varied roles in education. After serving as Deputy President of Northumbria Students Union, he moved on to work for Newcastle Council in a role supporting community adult education. He spent a year working for a university in Sierra Leone, gaining experience of developing policy at a senior level in one of the world’s poorest countries, before returning to the UK to work in Early Years, providing advice and training to providers. As Policy and Research Manager at NCFE, Michael leads a team whose focus is on emerging government policy and the implications of any changes. Michael provides a real understanding of the education sector and is constantly looking for ways to improve the experience of providers and learners.
Inward Investment, Partnerships and Growth: Making things happen with regional insight
As VP of the Minneapolis Saint Paul Regional Economic Development Partnership (Greater MSP), David is responsible for strategic development of industry targets; managing a team of project managers that assist businesses considering expanding or relocating into the Greater MSP region; the creation and development of a regional business retention and expansion program; and developing an International Trade and Investment strategy including the establishment of four foreign offices. In addition to Business Investment activities, he also manages the Research Department which facilitates regional data collection and regional studies for the Greater MSP region.
Vice President of Business Investment and Research for Greater MSP
Degree Apprenticeships Development Manager, Sheffield Hallam University
The role of partnership in delivering higher level skills and supporting economic growth - The University Perspective
Mark’s current role is to support the development of degree apprenticeship provision at Sheffield Hallam University. This includes working with a wide range of partners, such as the local LEP and FE colleges, to help ensure future provision meets projected employer job growth and skills demand within the region, and enabling the development of progression pathways for apprenticeships from levels 2-7 within key sectors. Mark was previously a Senior Manager at the UK Commission for Employment and Skills managing the UK National Occupational Standards programme and a portfolio of Employer Leadership Pilot projects. Prior to that Mark has worked in both public and private training organisations, including the Sector Skills Development Agency, Sheffield Chamber of Commerce, Community Training Services and Sheffield Training and Enterprise Council.
The role of partnership in delivering higher level skills and supporting economic growth - The LEP Perspective
Lisa works in the Sheffield City Region Executive Team as a Senior Economic Policy Officer, undertaking econometric analysis and research for regional policy. Lisa is an experienced data analyst, having 18 years’ experience within public admin, academic and industrial settings. She originally trained as a theoretical physicist, specialising in cosmology, later becoming an expert in energy systems. Her expertise lies in mathematical and computational analysis of large and complex data sets.
Lisa Clark, Economic Policy Officer, Sheffield City Region LEP
Director of Business Development, Remploy
Finding localised solutions in a devolved world
Ayden is leading the growth of Remploy and MAXIMUS in the UK, through developing and securing new business and identifying expansion opportunities in emerging markets. Having worked in the sector for nearly a decade, Ayden has a wealth of experience across operational delivery and in senior management positions. During his time, Ayden has worked with disabled and disadvantaged individuals directly to support their movement into employment, as well as engaging with multi-national corporations, such as Marks & Spencer, the John Lewis Partnership and Ernst & Young, to broker UK wide relationships to secure preferred and exclusive recruitment arrangements. Now the Executive Director of Business Development covering Remploy and MAXIMUS, Ayden leads a national team of Business Development professionals and has executive responsibility for the growth strategies across England, Scotland and Wales linked to Welfare and Disability services.
Rising to the challenge in a devolution era
Since joining Leeds City College in 2015 as part of the Senior Leadership Team, Palvinder has implemented a complete overhaul of the College’s business planning process. This has involved the successful development of detailed departmental performance trends resulting in 11% increase in 16-18 year olds, within a declining and competitive demographic. Palvinder is passionate about learning, skills and qualifications and the part that these play in building secure communities. Having worked as a senior manager in a number of colleges, including Barnsley, Tameside and Bradford, Palvinder has experience of working with diverse groups of students and managing the structures to support these. He is a Chartered Marketer and studied MSc in Marketing at the University of Huddersfield and BA. Hons in Business Management at the University of Birmingham.
Palvinder Singh, Vice Principal, Growth and External Relations, Leeds City College
Partnership Director, West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges (WYCC)
Rising to the challenge in a devolution era
Louise has worked in Further Education for over 25 years. A graduate of University College London and member of the British Psychological Society, Louise taught in both FE colleges and Universities. She first took up the role with the WYCC in 2002 and in the last 14 years has seen the consortium develop into a strong partnership which, through collaboration, has secured funding contracts totalling more than £150 million for the partner colleges, delivering skills training to employers across the North of England. More recently Louise has led the Consortium through a Joint Venture Agreement – a significant milestone for the Consortium - and one which recognises its collective strength as a vital contributor to economic growth. Louise has also been instrumental in working with colleges, universities, private providers and the voluntary community sector in the extended geography of the Leeds City Region to form the Leeds City Region Skills Network.