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    “In Conversation with... Ofsted”

    On Tuesday 11th of July, the APGSE met to examine the role of Ofsted in the new educational landscape, and to hear more about the new Chief Inspector's priorities for skills and employment. In particular, we debated and discussed how Ofsted will work within an emerging landscape of employer based provision, FE group structures and new providers.

    Read full summary here.

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    Metro Mayors Skills Forum

    Travelling the length and breadth of England, the APGSE was delighted to welcome a cross section of Mayoral candidates, representing an array of regions and political parties.

    On March 21st, the APGSE was joined by a three Metro-Mayor Candidates, representing both rural and urban areas of England. The panel was chaired by Baroness Sue Garden and hosted by Barry Sheerman MP.

    For full event summary, please click here.

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    Creating Institutes of Technology

    The APGSE welcomed an expert panel, chaired by Nic Dakin MP, to discuss the creation of Institutes of Technology (IoT).

    During the 2015 general election campaign the need for ‘Institutes of Technology’ or ‘Technical Institutes’ were recognised across the political spectrum as a structural answer to meeting higher level skills demand in local areas.

    Since then, and with a new Government and Education Department led by Theresa May and Justine Greening respectively, more announcements have been made in the last year around IoTs- most recently and specifically on the funding that will be allocated to them (£170 million).

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    Britain's Future Workforce: APGSE and APMG co-host panel on skills and the industrial strategy

    On Tuesday 21st February, the All-Party Parliamentary Groups for Manufacturing and Skills & Employment were proud to host a panel discussion with leading parliamentarians on skills and the industrial strategy.

    Neil Carmichael MP, Chair of the Education Select Committee, and Iain Wright MP, Chair of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee, debated and examined the role of skills in the new industrial strategy with special guest Peggy Hollinger, Industry Editor of the Financial Times.

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    In Conversation with Sue Husband and Warwick Sharp: System Reform - The Post-16 Skills Plan and Apprenticeships

    The APGSE welcomed Sue Husband and Warwick Sharp to the second event in our "In conversation..." series, which was chaired by Baroness Garden.

    Sue Husband is the Director of Apprenticeships and Delivery Service at the Skills Funding Agency, the body responsible for just under £4 billion of funding each year, supporting skills training through contracts with employers and over 1,000 colleges and private training organisations in England.

    Warwick Sharp is the Head of Vocational Education and 16-19 Strategy at the Department for Education, where he works directly with Ministers, senior officials, and other stakeholders on a series of programmes designed to raise standards.

    To read the event summary, click below.

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    In Conversation with Lord Jim Knight event

    The APGSE welcomed Lord Jim Knight in our very first "In conversation..." event. 

    Lord Knight is the Chair of the Tinder foundation, an organization who focus on digital inclusion, community learning, and tackling social challenges through digital solutions. He was a Labour MP from 2001-2010 and is a former Schools and Employment Minister. He became a Life Peer in 2010.  

    To read the event summary, click below.

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    Our Events Programme

    The APGSE is currently planning its next events programme, launching in the Autumn. We will be focussing work on skills and employment issues, alongside Brexit funding dialogues and key parliamentarian conversations with our annual dinners, and regular roundtable lunches.

    To find out more about becoming a member click here.

    To see our events page click here.

    To keep up to date with us, follow our team on Twitter @EduSkillsHE.

Following the General Election Parliament is back along with our event programme.

The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Skills and Employment  (APGSE) is a coalition of UK Parliamentarians from all parties, devoted to raising the profile and status of skills and employment policy in the UK. We bring together Parliament, employers, and the skills sector to promote and develop effective skills policy as a central means of personal and economic development for the 21st Century.

For further information regarding our events up to the Summer Recess please contact Aaron.bowater@policyconnect.org.uk.