The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Skills and Employment, chaired by Nic Dakin MP and Heidi Allen MP, is the leading forum informing debate and collaboration between parliamentarians, business leaders and the education and skills community.
Through its busy programme of research and parliamentary events, the group raises the profile of skills policy in Parliament and across the UK. With support from our member organisations we ensure that skills policy is recognised as a central means to economic and personal development.
The group works closely with both the Skills Commission and the Higher Education Commission, both of which are in-depth research bodies, conducting research inquiries into their respective areas of the skills and education agenda.
The APGSE is entirely committed to ensuring its activities, membership and funding are entirely transparent. The Group is an official 'All-Party Group' and regularly lobbies Government on key skills and employment issues, campaigning widely for improved policy making in key government departments. Under no circumstances does the APGSE endorse, support, lobby for or campaign on behalf of one organisation.
The Group operates according to a strict Code of Governance. The Group is funded through a combination of annual membership fees from its industry (non-parliamentary) members and project based sponsorship for specific research projects. The APGSE and its work is driven solely by its Parliamentary Officers and Members; as such, the Group's non-parliamentary members do not have voting rights within the Group and cannot dictate its activities. The Group's entry on the official Parliamentary Register of All-Party Groups can be viewed here.
The official Registration and Reconstitution Forms for 2015/2016 and 2016-17 can be found here along with the Group's Income and Expenditure statement for 2015-16:
The APGSE is administered by Policy Connect, a cross-party, non-profit think tank based in Southwark. Policy Connect is entirely committed to upholding the principle of transparency in UK parliamentary and public affairs and welcomes any questions you may have on its work and activities.
The Education and Skills Team at Policy Connect is supported by the Education Foundation, Edge, and OCR.