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    Youth Employment Webinar

    Policy Connect and the Youth Employment Group hold a Parliamentary webinar on the response to COVID-19

    Local government leaders and Shadow Employment Minister Seema Malhotra MP discuss the challenges around youth emploument and how to best to respond. 

    Find out more and join the campaign to introduce an Opportunity Guarantee to ensure young people have access to a choice of an education place, apprenticeship or job. 

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    New Select Committee Chair sets out his ambitions

    Darren Jones MP (Bristol North West), the newly elected chair of the BIES Select Committee, spoke to Policy Connect about his hopes for the Committee over this Parliament.

    Acknowledging the scale of the challenges facing Government and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Darren outlined the issues he was keen to look at and how the Committee would work with others.


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    New Project: Future Workforce Inquiry

    The Skills Commission is scoping for a new inquiry into career transitions.

    Chaired by Nicola Richards MP and Lord Jim Knight this inquiry will explore transitions from learning to earning and the frameworks and policy initiatives required to ensure we have a careers system suited which can address the challenges of the COVID-19 recovery and the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

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    Programme 2020

    Skills for recovery and inclusive growth

    The global pandemic has impacted the economy and labour market on an unprecended scale.

    Developing the themes from Group's previous policy work and research our 2020 programme will focus on how FE and skills can play a key role in the post-COVID-19 recovery.

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    Nicola Richards MP chairs meeting on skills mapping

    APPG for Skills & Employment discuss skills mapping for local growth with UCL

    The post-COVID-19 economic recovery will require policymakers to develop intelligent solutions to boost productivity and support inclusive economic growth.

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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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    The Augar Review: What next?

    On July 9th Policy Connect hosted a session of the APPG for Skills and Employment on the Augar Review into Post-18 Education, attended by Philip Augar and Baroness Wolf. 

    Amidst the Conservative Leadership contest the event considered how the Post-18 Education and Funding Review, commissioned by Theresa May in 2017 would fare under a new Conservative Prime Mininister. 


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    Lords Intergenerational Fairness Committee. Skills Commission. Simon Kelleher. Policy Connect.
    Skills Commission: Lords Intergenerational Fairness Committee

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    Skills Commission Policy Win

    Lords Committee call for increased investment in FE following Policy Connects evidence

    The House of Lords Committee on Intergernational Fairness and Provision has included increased investment for lifelong learning amongst its recommendations for overcoming generational inequalities. 

    Read more about the report and the evidence we presented to the Committee here.

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The APGSE serves to raise the profile and status of skills and employment policy in the UK.

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