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Productivity Lab Learnings: Raising the status of technical education in the UK

On 26th February 2020, NOCN Group sponsored a WorldSkills UK Productivity Lab round-up event to discuss what the UK can learn from other countries when it comes to raising the status of technical education.

The event was attended by key representatives from the FE sector, including speakers Graham Hasting-Evans, NOCN Group’s Managing Director; Ben Blackledge, WorldSkills UK Deputy Chief Executive Officer; Laura-Jane Rawlings, Youth Employment UK Chief Executive and chaired by Suzanne Duncan, East Durham College Chief Executive and Principal.

Using insights gathered at the WorldSkills International competition in 2019, Graham Hasting-Evans spoke at the event about how technical education can have a big impact on productivity and the economy. Using best practice examples from other countries, Graham highlighted how we need to better train our young people in technical education, and also upskill the current workforce, if we are to compete on the world stage.

NOCN Group and WorldSkills UK joined forces last year for the Productivity Lab; a programme designed to mainstream international skills excellence by using the latest insights to help boost productivity and economic competitiveness and NOCN Group subsequently released a ‘Constructing Smarter’ report on improving UK construction’s productivity.

NOCN was delighted to partner WorldSkills UK, as both organisations have objectives and aspirations in common, including a dynamic drive to gain knowledge from overseas and build on the advances the construction sector has already made.

Read the Productivity Lab report here.

Read the Constructing Smarter report here