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On the road again – join us at upcoming events

We’re delighted to be back on the road and attending several exciting events in the coming weeks, including hosting a panel debate on Levelling Up at the Conservative Party Conference, speaking at the Institute of Employability (IEP) Summit and much more. Find out where we’ll be.  

Conservative Party Conference  

We’re heading to the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester where we will be hosting a panel discussion - ‘Skills, Technical and Vocational Education: The Key to Levelling Up’ - from 3-4pm on Monday 4 October in the PLMR Business Lounge in the secure zone.  

Chaired by Julia Belgutay (who spent many years at the helm of the Times Education Supplement’s FE Team), the debate will feature expert voices including Rt Hon Robert Halfon MP (Chair of the Education Select Committee), Carl Ward (Chair of the Federation of Education Development), Dr Ann Limb (British educationalist, business leader and philanthropist), Dr Neil Bentley-Gockmann (CEO at WorldSkills UK), and Zoe Lewis (Principal at Middlesbrough College).  

The discussion will focus on how skills should fit into the UK’s rapidly changing labour market and look at how vocational and technical education must be used to combat the pandemic’s effect on people’s education and future career prospects. The debate will also explore what comes next to enhance lifelong learning for all, ensuring we meet dynamic skills needs through an agile system, supporting thriving communities, and British prosperity.   

At NCFE, we welcome the Government’s ambitious plan for skills, and its recognition of the need to promote a technical education system which encourages levelling up and prosperity across the country. We would like to collaborate with stakeholders who also want to challenge the status quo, to make a difference and to look at what this means in action. If you’re attending the conference, we’d love to speak with you. Email [email protected] to get in touch and arrange a meeting with our Chief Executive Officer, David Gallagher, or one of our other senior colleagues in attendance. 

Next steps for early years education and the EYFS 

On Wednesday 13 October, NCFE Sector Specialist for Education and Childcare, Janet King, will be speaking at the Westminster Education Forum Conference: Next steps for early years education and the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). This conference focuses on priorities for early years education following the statutory introduction of the updated EYFS, as well as examining the roll-out of the new framework so far. This event will take place online and you can register here.  

IEP Summit 2021  

Our Chief Executive Officer, David Gallagher, will be speaking at the Institute of Employability Professionals IEP Summit on Thursday 21 October. Presenting an opportunity for networking, discussion and sharing of good practice, this is an exciting industry event for IEP members and senior colleagues from the employment and skills sector that will be held at the historic and culturally significant RSA House. Find out more here.  

The Apprenticeships Conference 2021 

This event will explore the full apprenticeships landscape in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic and will be a great opportunity to meet face-to-face at one of the first apprenticeship events in the 2021-22 session. Join NCFE’s Operations Director of Learning for Work, Dan Howard, who will be delivering a session on recognising prior learning in apprenticeships. If you can’t wait to hear from Dan, you can read a blog from him on this topic here. Book your tickets for the event here.