Member Consultation

Member Consultation Member Consultation

24 June 2021


14:00 - 15:00



Member consultation on business engagement in local skills infrastructure

Following the launch of the Skills for Jobs White Paper and planned legislation on Skills and Post-16 Education, join us at this roundtable with the Department for Education to develop proposals on employer engagement in local skills strategies.

This session will focus on how providers can collaborate with firms to ensure local courses and training is supporting the economy and responding to labour market needs. It will also analyse how government can help strengthen engagement between colleges and employers and provide a framework for effective Local Skills Improvement Plans.

The Skills and Post-16 Bill represents an opportunity to build on good practice across the FE sector and ensure local provision supports opportunities for skilled employment for people of all ages.

We will be keen to explore, in a Chatham House B2B environment, the following questions:

  • How effectively are colleges partnering with firms and responding to their skills needs?
  • What barriers are preventing firms from navigating, understanding and utilising support from colleges locally?
  • What greater support would firms value from colleges across business change and future workforce planning?
  • What role do you believe that business member organisations should play in supporting local skills strategies?
  • How effective have LEPs or local government been in supporting your organisation to understand and access support on skills?

Department for Education participants:

  • Kirsty Evans, Director - Further Education, Education and Skills Funding Agency
  • Alan Krikorian, Head of Local Skills Improvement Plans, Department for Education
  • Adrian Hallett, Policy lead, Department for Education

CBI participants:

  • Matthew Percival, Director, People and Skills, CBI
  • Alissa Dhaliwal, Head of Education and Skills, CBI
  • Aaron Revel, Senior Policy Adviser, CBI


We are aiming this session specifically at members who have expressed an interest in skills reform and have a working understanding of the government’s objectives in the Skills for Jobs White Paper. Places are limited.

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Colette Cunningham

Colette Cunningham

Events & Sponsorship Manager - Scotland