We are pleased to announce that we have confirmed the participation of three speakers for the Emsi 2017 Conference. As you will see (see below), the speakers are drawn from very different sectors — an awarding body, an economic developer, and a university. However, you will also notice that their topics all contain a strong emphasis on partnerships, which is basically the underlying theme for everything we will be looking at during the event: “How data can connect education, economic development and employment to foster economic growth”.
This event promises to be of huge benefit for those in these three sectors, or connected to them, who are looking for ways of working more effectively in partnership with the other sectors to build a better economy. We will be announcing more speakers to add to this exciting line-up shortly. To register, go to our dedicated page here.
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
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.