The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Skills and Employment and the All-Party Parliamentary Manufacturing Group have both long worked to foresee changes to the UK’s skills system and their impact on the UK’s industrial growth. Similarly, the British Chamber of Commerce in Germany is the first port of call for companies and professionals seeking advice in British-German business and trade- international trade a cornerstone of the British economy.
This work has taken on a renewed importance. On 23 June 2016, Britain voted to leave the European Union. One of the many consequences of the Brexit vote has been the renewed focus on the skills Britain will need to grow once Britain leaves the EU. In particular, there has been a focus on skills and manufacturing at the heart of a new industrial strategy. Who should the UK look to guarantee the future skills pipeline, and how can the UK guarantee its future manufacturing base through well skilled employees?
In this session, we will hear from representatives of the manufacturing and skills sectors, as well as from panellists with an in depth knowledge of both the German and UK systems of training and employment. We will discuss what Britain should seek to learn from the German system, how manufacturers and training providers interact, and what Britain might seek to emulate.
John Stevenson MP
Christian Kiock, Chairman of the UK Regional Committee of the British Chamber of Commerce in Germany (BCCG)
Robert Bischof, Director (Principal) of the European College of Business and Management
Richard Bills, Chairman of the German-British Forum