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Skills and Employability Summit: NOCN set to launch ‘Close the Gap’ report with City & Guilds

NOCN is proud to be a sponsor of this year’s Skills and Employability Summit taking place in London on 26 September 2019.

The Summit will bring together solution-orientated experts to explore the importance of consistent, high quality careers guidance and skills training in nurturing the next generation of workers. Delegates including HR Directors, L&D Managers and Principals, will get expert insights throughout the day on how to successfully navigate the changing world of work, with in-depth debates and advice.

The government’s priorities covering crucial issues such as the prospects of apprenticeship reform, the implementation of T-levels, the burgeoning digital skills gap, social mobility and routes for in-work progression, and life- long learning, will all be discussed.
As well as sponsoring the event, NOCN Group’s Managing Director Graham Hasting-Evans will be joining other speakers including Sir Gerry Berragan, CEO Institute for Apprenticeships and Mark Dawe, CEO Association of Employment and Learning Providers in the high profile line-up.

As part of his workshop, Graham will be launching a new report published in partnership with City & Guilds titled ‘Close the Gap’. The report provides a roadmap for UK Technical & Skills Education to 2024 and beyond, ensuring that the risk in the ‘missing middle’ of skilled workers is mitigated by putting in place robust policies and practices. The report authored by Graham Hasting -Evans, in partnership with Patrick Craven, Policy Director at City & Guilds explores the scale of the UK’s current ‘gap’ and offers some proposals on how a fully integrated TVET system might drive improvements in the performance of the country.

Graham says: “As a progressive educational charity with a social rather than just commercial purpose, NOCN is focused on productivity and social mobility with our work in these areas being realised across the world. I’m looking forward to sharing insights covered in our Close the Gap report with HR professionals at the Skills and Employability Summit, with it being the first report of its kind launched in partnership with City & Guilds that provides a route through for Technical and Skills Education that supports a workforce that is fit for the future.”

Co-author, City & Guilds Policy Director, Patrick Craven, added: “UK plc must ‘Close the Gap’ urgently to lessen the dangers of changing economic and workforce profile demands. To do so, we need to raise the skill levels of around three to four million in the current UK workforce, as well as increase and better align the skills and aspirations of all young people emerging from our schools system. Never has it been more important to be clear about the intended outcomes of TVET reform and judge providers and suppliers by the impact and contributions they make to this common aim. The report highlights well the beneficial and social purpose of vocational awarding organisations and how aligned we are in developing clear, flexible and equitable development pathways for all learners. This makes accessible education, learning and training for everyone absolutely paramount – and an all-embracing TVET system will ensure this is delivered, for the economic stability and sustainable, inclusive growth that must follow.”

For more information about the Skills and Employability Summit 2019 and to book your place, visit the website here