ERA Foundation Roundtable Series: Retaining skills throughout Covid-19 downturn

14:00 - 15:30

The ITI team are hosting the third in a series of roundtables conducted by Policy Connect and the ERA Foundation as part of our “Supporting UK Manufacturing and Skills in a post Covid-19 world” programme.

To ensure post-pandemic growth and that we are able to take advantage of the opportunities afforded by the Fourth Industrial Revolution, our skills system will need to become more attuned to the changing needs of industry and agile in its delivery. Skills and training interventions must be provided for individuals at various points of their working lives rather than front loading education at the beginning.

Speakers include 

Jack Dromey MP - Co-Chair of the APMG and Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office) 

Dr Hayaatun Sillem CBE - CEO of The Royal Academy of Engineering 

Scott Wilkins - Industry Manager at City & Guilds

David Nash - Director Strategy and Policy at Engineering Construction Industry training Board 


Building such a skills system will depend upon strong employer and provider partnerships based around sector and geography. With educational reform on the agenda and Covid-19 presenting questions over the viability of some university provision, this is the ideal time to explore how such partnerships could move us towards a new model of tertiary education, less rooted in an unhelpful academic and vocational divide.

Discussion topics will cover 

  1. What should be the priority for a Skills Retention plan in the UK?
  2. How can organisations use changing work life satisfaction to drive regional development? 
  3. How can both public and private sectors invest for the public good whilst supporting their business interests? 
  4. For those in their mid to late career stages, what are best practices that employers can emulate to provide better upskilling opportunities? 
  5. Where are the opportunities for STEM professionals to upskill themselves? Are there any tertiary education models in other sectors we can take inspiration from? (ie Finance sector: CIMA; ACCA; CIPS accreditations )

You can register for this event here.

If you have any questions or queries please do not hesitate to contact Floriane Fidegnon, Head of Industry, Technology and Innovation, floriane.fidegnon [at] (floriane[dot]fidegnon[at]policyconnect[dot]org[dot]uk)