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FETL Summer Symposium: Rising to the Challenge 2017

FETL Summer Symposium: Rising to the Challenge 2017

17th July 2017

The next five years will be a crucial time for the FE and skills sector, particularly in light of the UK’s vote to leave the European Union. James Kirkup has written that “Further Education is essential to the story of Brexit Britain”. The Conservative Party Manifesto promised a “National Productivity Investment Fund” with £250 million for skills. David Hughes, chief executive of the Association of Colleges (AoC), has said: “Post-Brexit Britain will need more self-sufficiency in developing skills.”

In the 2017 FETL summer symposium, we shall meet to reflect upon the considerable changes that the 2015-2017 Parliament has implemented. More importantly, we shall consider what these changes may mean for the life of the next Parliament.

We shall examine what leadership needs will be required by the sector, as the new Government and Parliament takes on the considerable challenges of Brexit, the Industrial Strategy and devolution.

  • James Kirkup is the Director of the Social Market Foundation and the former Executive Editor - Politics for The Telegraph. He was a lobby journalist for 16 years and before joining the Telegraph he was Political Editor of the Scotsman, covered European politics and economics for Bloomberg, and reported from countries including Iran, Zimbabwe and the USA.
  • Sally Hunt is the General Secretary of the University and College Union - the world's largest post-16 education trade union. She has two decades' experience as a senior trade union official has been general secretary of the University and College Union (UCU), since 2007. Sally represents UCU on the general council of the Trades Union Congress (TUC).
  • Seamus Nevin is Head of Employment and Skills Policy at the Institute of Directors. He is a member of a number of Government panels and advisory groups including the government's National Living Wage advisory group, the Department for Education's Teaching Excellence Framework advisory group, the Business Enterprise Reference Group at Ofsted and the Stakeholder Reference Panel at the Institute for Apprenticeships.

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