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    Baroness Maddock

    The team at Policy Connect is incredibly saddened to hear of the passing of Baroness Maddock. 

    She was a long-standing officer and important part of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Carbon Monoxide and Policy Connect, and was particularly influential in the introduction of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998, which guaranteed tenants in England and Wales the right to an annual gas safety check and certificate. She was respected across the house and was known for her kindness, warmth and concern for the welfare of others. We are grateful for the time she had dedicated to the group and the important contribution she made to raising awareness of and protecting people from CO poisoning, and advancing gas safety.

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    Disability Confident

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    Policy Connect becomes a Disability Confident employer

    In our latest blog, Policy Connect CEO Jonathan Shaw announces the company's status as a Disability Confident Employer, while reflecting on his experiences as a policymaker and employer.

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  • Darren Jones MP and Jonathan Shaw

    Darren Jones MP and Jonathan Shaw

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    In conversation with Darren Jones MP

    Policy Connect was delighted to host Darren Jones MP (Bristol North West) to speak to an audience of over eighty leading industry and academic figures about the work of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Select Committee.

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    COVID-19 Policy Connect Update

    With state of play continuously changing with COVID-19, we wanted to share how Policy Connect will work and engage with our members and parliamentarians during this period of uncertainty.  

    To ensure the health, wellbeing and safety of our employees and our stakeholders, Policy Connect staff have been working remotely and we are using a number of teleconferencing services to ensure we are staying in touch and continuing to operate as a team.

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    Level Up Industry

    The Manufacturing Commission's report, 'Level Up Industry' outlines the next steps government should take to ensure that British manufacturing is levelled up in the regions. 

    The report makes five key recommendations:

    1. A long-term national productivity target for industrial growth, supported by a strengthened Industrial Strategy Council, on a statutory footing.
    2. Strengthened support for cooperation between LEP areas to identify synergies and grow UK supply chains
    3. Better targeting of the increasing R&D spend to maximise return on investment in the regions of the UK outside of London and the South East
    4. Enable SMEs to access the technology to improve their productivity and prioritise skills that meet the demands of the sector
    5. Ensure UKSPF is flexible and can be allocated by local leaders to ensure local and regional demands are met

    The inquiry was chaired by Lord Bilimoria CBE. 

    This inquiry and report has been kindly supported by the ERA Foundation and the Manufacturing Technologies Association.

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    Skills Commission: England's Skills Puzzle: Piecing together further education, training and employment

    New report – England’s Skills Puzzle: Piecing together further education, training and employment

    The Skills Commission call on the Government to give skills and lifelong learning renewed attention through devolution and a new Productivity Board.

    The new report makes seven recommendations for creating a more coherent and responsive skills system to support small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and lifelong learning in England.

    It follows a 12-month inquiry led by former Skills Minister, Sir John Hayes CBE MP, and leading figures from across further education (FE), skills and industry. The inquiry, conducted over 2019 by Policy Connect and the Learning and Work Institute, saw the Commission hold inquiry sessions in Westminster, Lincolnshire, the Tees Valley and the West of England – receiving evidence from over 80 contributors in the process including: employers, providers, learners and representatives of local and national government.

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    How the data industry needs to work together to ensure this is a priority

    On Safer Internet Day, policy manager Jack Tindale discussed why the onus needs to be placed on data ethics to ensure a safer internet for all.

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    FETL Winter Symposium 2019 – ‘Setting up the Future: FE beyond 2020’

    The FETL Winter Symposium 2019 was held at the House of Commons on Wednesday 11th December 2019.

    With help from Policy Connect, the event brought together sector leaders, academics and practitioners to discuss how to set out an ambitious, long-term vision for the future of further education beyond 2020. The panel was made up of Baroness Alison Wolf of Dulwich, who was part of the Augar Review into Post-18 Education and Funding; James Kirkup, the Director of the Social Market Foundation; Lesley Davies OBE, principal and CEO of the Trafford College Group; and Kirstie Donnelly MBE, Group Managing Director at the City & Guilds Group. The event was chaired by Stephen Exley, Further Education Editor at Tes.

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