Key Points
  • Discuss how the National Retraining Scheme can help deliver effective retraining and opportunities to support a multi-skilled workforce
  • Reflect on the lessons learned from the 'Get Help to Retrain' digital service in order to make improvements in future rollouts
  • Embedding a culture of continuous learning, encouraging mentorship and coaching, and fostering career development
  • Capitalising on the Adult Learning Technology Innovation Fund and developing digital technologies to help support online training for adults
  • Supporting hard to reach groups and creating a resilient and inclusive workforce by ensuring there are different routes into learning and retraining
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Overview
Expert speakers:
  • Michael Carney, Policy Engagement Lead, National Retraining Scheme Division, Department for Education
  • Priya Ramdas, Head of Digital Skills and Inclusion Team Leader, Department for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport
  • Lord Clement-Jones CBE, Spokesperson for Digital Economy, House of Lords
  • Iain Murray, Senior Policy Officer, Trades Union Congress
  • Nic Trower, Policy Advisor - Education and Skills, CBI
  • Nimmi Patel, Policy Manager, Tech UK
  • John Fisher, Chief Executive, Citizens Online
  • Ruth Francis, Head of Organisational Development, Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
  • Charlotte Collyer, Regional Coordinator, Heart of the South West Local Digital Skills Partnership
  • Nesta Representative
The Government recently announced a range of new measures and investment to boost the nations skills and create an agile multi-skilled workforce that drives productivity and is fit for future purpose.

Westminster Insight’s half-day forum will bring together key professionals to explore the progress of the National Retraining Scheme and next steps for implementation. We will also explore the Technology Innovation Fund and strategies to improve the digital literacy of the workforce to ensuring your people have the necessary skills to adapot future working and drive economic growth.

Featuring the Department for Education, the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, the TUC, CBI, NESTA and local digital skills partnerships, this forum will explore the funding, uptake and engagement of the scheme and explore how to futureproof your workforce.

Hear from the Department for Education and gain an insight into government plans to support a resilient labour market that can adapt to changes in skills demand through collaborations and lifelong learning.

Our forum will spotlight developing technologies to improve the quality of online learning for adults, and how increasing digital inclusion can provide all adults with better access to training and education.

Join us to engage with educators, learners and employers to gain expert knowledge and practical solutions to delivering future retraining for adults that will equip your workforce with the agility to embrace new technologies and ways of working.

Agenda
Start

08:30 - 09:00
Registration, Tea and Coffee

 

09:00 - 09:10
Chair and Westminster Insight Opening Remarks

 

Speakers

Lord Clement-Jones CBE Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Digital Economy, House of Lords

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09:10 - 09:40
Keynote Address: How the National Retraining Scheme can help prepare Adults to Create a More Inclusive and Resilient Workforce

 
  • Delivering effective retraining and opportunities nationally by developing schemes with the people and businesses that will use it
  • Retraining adults whose jobs might change due to advances in technology and implementing progression pathways to ensure retention
  • Building a resilient labour market that can adapt to changes in skills demand through collaborations and lifelong learning

    Questions and Discussion: 09:30 – 09:40

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Michael Carney Policy Engagement Lead, National Retraining Scheme Division, Department for Education

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09:40 - 10:30
The National Retraining Scheme: Exploring the Strategic Development and Rollout of the Scheme

 
  • Helping businesses and workers to provide feedback to develop the National Retraining Scheme and meet the needs of adults in the process
  • Adapting to future economy changes in order to successfully progress all workers
  • Reflecting on the lessons learned from the ‘Get Help to Retrain’ digital service in order to make improvements in future roll outs

    Questions and Discussion: 10:15 – 10:30

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Michael Carney Policy Engagement Lead, National Retraining Scheme Division, Department for Education

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Nic Trower Policy Advisor - Education and Skills, CBI

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Iain Murray Senior Policy Officer, Trades Union Congress

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10:30 - 11:15
Encouraging People Explore the Different Pathways into The Workplace and See the Value of Lifelong Learning

 
  • Update on the Apprenticeship Levy Transfer Fund
  • Making apprenticeships more accessible to adults and current employees who would like to gain further qualifications
  • Embedding a culture of continuous learning, encouraging mentorship and coaching, and fostering career development
  • Discussing the importance of continued professional development for senior management 
  • Understanding the value of long-term investment in your workforce and organisation

    Questions and Discussion: 11:00– 11:15

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Ruth Francis Head of Organisational Development, Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust

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11:15 - 11:50
Networking Tea and Coffee Break

 

11:50 - 12:20
Increasing Digital Inclusion by Providing All Adults with Access to Digital Training and Education

 
  • Exploring the role of the Digital Skills Partnership, bringing together public, private and voluntary organisations to upskill the workforce
  • Sharing insight from the Digital Skills Innovation Fund: encouraging people to engage with digital upskilling
  • Tackling exclusions by supporting all groups and ages to create an efficient work environment

    Questions and Discussion: 12:10 – 12:20


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Priya Ramdas Head of Digital Skills and Inclusion Team Leader, Department for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport

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Charlotte Collyer Regional Coordinator, Heart of the South West Local Digital Skills Partnership

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12:20 - 13:00
Capitalising on the Adult Learning Technology Innovation Fund and Developing Digital Technologies to Help Support Online Training for Adults

 
  • Encouraging adults to upskill and retrain to progress in their careers or find new employment
  • Developing cutting edge solutions to improve the quality of online learning for adults
  • Accessing personalised information, advice and guidance to support progression
  • Exploring the importance of gaining insight into local labour markets in a time of rapidly changing skill-needs

    Questions and Discussion: 12:50 – 13:00

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Representative Nesta

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Nimmi Patel Policy Manager, Tech UK

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13:00 - 13:30
Case Study: Countering Digital Exclusion by Supporting Older Adults to Develop Basic Digital Skills

 
  • Analysing inclusion schemes that have contributed to tackling digital shortages and exclusion 
  • Supporting hard to reach groups and creating a resilient workforce by ensuring there are different routes into learning and retraining 

    Questions and Discussion: 13:20 – 13:30


Speakers

John Fisher Chief Executive, Citizens Online

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13:30 - 13:40
Chair’s and Westminster Insight’s Closing Remarks

 

End

Speakers

Representative Nesta

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Michael Carney Policy Engagement Lead, National Retraining Scheme Division, Department for Education

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Lord Clement-Jones CBE Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Digital Economy, House of Lords

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Charlotte Collyer Regional Coordinator, Heart of the South West Local Digital Skills Partnership

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John Fisher Chief Executive, Citizens Online

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Ruth Francis Head of Organisational Development, Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust

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Iain Murray Senior Policy Officer, Trades Union Congress

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Nimmi Patel Policy Manager, Tech UK

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Priya Ramdas Head of Digital Skills and Inclusion Team Leader, Department for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport

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Nic Trower Policy Advisor - Education and Skills, CBI

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