People and Skills Network (LDN/SE/TV)

People and Skills Network (LDN/SE/TV) People and Skills Network (LDN/SE/TV)

10 June 2021


15:00 - 16:00



People and Skills Network (LDN/SE/TV) on Reskilling for the Green Economy

Research conducted by the CBI before the pandemic found that 90% of the UK’s workforce will need to learn new skills by 2030. COVID-19 has created an even more challenging labour market, putting reskilling high on the political agenda. Running in tandem, the road to net-zero is going to incur changes across nearly all sectors and industries. Whilst there will be new technical skills needed in the green economy, skill demands will also match the wider economy, such as for digital, management, and people skills.

Both business and government need to increase investment in training to level-up opportunity across the country and boost our international competitiveness. Employers have a major role to play in preparing their workforce for change, meaning significant amounts of upskilling, whilst government will need to support those with the most acute retraining needs. The government has made a start through the new ‘Skills for Jobs’ white paper and National Skills Fund, which both include interventions to make adult learning more flexible and affordable. Whilst this is a positive start, much more is needed.

The aim of this session is to understand how UK businesses and education providers are planning for and building strategies for reskilling in their organisations and local areas to meet future needs.

In this session we would like to explore the following questions with members:

  • How do we increase awareness around new opportunities that come from a greener economy?
  • What do you consider to be your current employee skills gaps?
  • Are you planning for or do you already have a reskilling strategy, whether this is to fill current skills gaps or to provide training for your employees to meet future changes and challenges?
  • How do you think existing policy interventions are helping or hindering reskilling efforts in the transition to net-zero?
  • What kind of training courses and content will the UK need to reskill the nation?

Preliminary agenda

15:00 Welcome address
Rob Irvine, Senior Associate Director, CBI

15:05 CBI Policy update on reskilling
Nic Trower, Senior Policy Adviser, Education and Skills, CBI

15:15 Case study with City & Guilds
Martin Hottass, Managing Director for Technical Training, City & Guilds Group

15:25 Audience discussion
Chaired by Rob Irvine, Senior Associate Director, CBI

15:55 Closing remarks
Rob Irvine, Senior Associate Director, CBI

You’ll particularly benefit from this event if you are:

  • Chief of People
  • Head of HR
  • HR Director
  • Director of People / Talent
  • Diversity and Inclusion Lead
  • Reskilling or green economy skills lead

Do you have a colleague who would benefit from this event? Send the event link to them as the event is free to attend for CBI members. We just ask that those joining the call have an overview of the company’s thinking in this space.

In partnership with

  • City & Guilds


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