Report Launch – Skills 2030: Building A World-Class Skills System


Policy Connect and the Skills Commission are hosting a parliamentary event to launch the report ‘Skills 2030: Building A World-Class Skills System’. The launch event will showcase the findings of an inquiry that has examined the challenges facing the skills system and explored how reform can build the world-class skills system England needs.

Through research and public consultation, Skills 2030 sets out a vision for reform that is holistic and wide-ranging, covering five key areas: improving skills policy decision-making structures, securing sustainable investment in further education, removing barriers for young learners, maximising employer investment in skills, and making lifelong learning a reality for all.

The launch will feature the unveiling of recommendations related to these topics and serve as a platform for dialogue, collaboration, and advocacy for delivering an ambitious reform agenda for the skills system in England over the next parliament.

It will be held in the House of Commons and be chaired by the Rt. Hon Sir John Hayes CBE MP. The launch will feature contributions from:

  • Hayley Pells - Policy and Public Affairs Lead, Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI)
  • Robin Ghurbhurun - Managing director, further education, skills, and FE/HE advice and training, Jisc
  • Dr Benjamin Silverstone - Director of the Warwick Manufacturing Group Skills Centre at the University of Warwick
  • Michelle Burton - Head of Employment and Skills, West Yorkshire Combined Authority
  • Lucy McLeod - Deputy Chief Executive Officer, East Kent Colleges Group
  • Keith McLay - Provost of Learning and Teaching, University of Derby
  • Dr Peter Wilson - Senior Researcher, Policy Connect

This event will include a period of activities/networking that will enable participants to engage with parliamentarians, policymakers, government officials, business leaders, industry professionals, further education representatives, and other stakeholders interested in the future of the skills system.

For further information about the event or registration process, please contact Robert.McLaren [at] (Robert[dot]McLaren[at]policyconnect[dot]org[dot]uk)

With thanks to our inquiry sponsors the Insitute of the Motor Industry (IMI), Jisc, and the University of Derby, and our report launch sponsors Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG).