Higher Education/Further Education Network - NW/YH/NE

Higher Education/Further Education Network - NW/YH/NE Higher Education/Further Education Network - NW/YH/NE

22 October 2020


10:00 - 11:00



The role for further and higher education in future reskilling

The further and higher education network provides a platform to discuss and promote the contribution of universities, colleges, and independent training providers to prosperity. The forum provides regular opportunities for members to feed into wide-ranging CBI policy, aimed at championing the role for both HE and FE in supporting the UK economy to thrive, as well as a peer network for the sectors to discuss issues of value.

This session will focus on the state of adult education and lifelong learning and explore the latest CBI report on the UK’s reskilling challenge. This report, set for publication on 14 October, reveals fresh evidence on future economic demand, concluding that the UK will need to invest an additional £130bn over the next decade to prevent skills gaps and job shortages. Without bold action technological change and automation could deepen inequality and result in an ‘unjust transition’ to new ways of working.

Our report sets out a 2030 vision for a revolution in reskilling, with further and higher education providers at its heart. We are now looking to CBI membership to help us shape how we deliver upon this ambition.

The benefits of attending include:

  • Influence CBI thinking on reskilling and the role for providers within this
  • Gain fresh data and insight from the latest CBI research to help to plan for future skills demand, as well as have any questions answered by CBI policy colleagues
  • Engage and share ideas with fellow experts within the higher education and further education sectors

Preliminary agenda:
10.00 Welcome address
• Emily Moncuit, Associate Director, CBI Yorkshire and Humber

10.05 Overview of CBI Reskilling Report
• Nic Trower, Senior Policy Adviser, Education and Skills, CBI

10.15 Overview of FE and HE policy context and the implications for reskilling
• Alissa Dhaliwal, Head of Education and Skills Policy, CBI

10.20 Roundtable discussion on the reskilling challenge, and the role of providers
• Chaired by Emily Moncuit, Associate Director, CBI Yorkshire and Humber

10.55 Final questions and closing remarks

Who should attend?
This event is open to anyone working in providers of further and higher education or training in CBI membership, including:

• Vice Chancellors, Provosts, and Principals
• Policy leads
• Business and external engagement colleagues
• HR professionals
• Financial directors


Emily Moncuit, Associate Director, CBI Yorkshire and Humber
Emily Moncuit is Associate Regional Director of the Yorkshire and Humber region. Her role involves working with a portfolio of companies, supporting them influence policy, access valuable insight from a wealth of cross sector expertise, and network with senior, political, and new customer contacts. Before working for the CBI, her career involved working within the tender, bid writing and procurement sector, government regeneration, charity and community engagement industries, as well as running her own event management and communications business.


Alissa Dhaliwal, Head of Education and Skills, CBI
Alissa currently leads the CBI’s education and skills policy work engaging across business, the education sector, and government to meet the needs of an ever-changing world of work and ensure firms have the skills they need to succeed. This includes responsibility for the CBI’s campaigns on early years through to lifelong learning and retraining. During her five years at the CBI Alissa has covered several policy areas including innovation, public services reform and procurement.

Nic Trower, Senior Policy Adviser, Education and Skills, CBI
Nic is a Senior Policy Adviser in the Education and Skills policy team, covering issues related to adult skills, lifelong learning, and reskilling. Since the launch of the CBI’s latest reskilling report with McKinsey, he is leading further work into delivering the 2030 reskilling vision, notably with the CBI’s business, university, college, and other provider members.

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Roger Justin

Roger Justin

Events & Sponsorship Manager - North West/Yorkshire & Humber