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Beyond Covid-19: Averting Trouble in the Skills & Employability Sector

9th June | 11am - 12pm



According to the Bank of England the UK unemployment rate is set to double this year and the economy is set to shrink by 14%.

As we prepare to move from acute crisis to business as unusual, we ask our panel how the world of business is responding and how the current pandemic has affected the future of skills and employability.

Join techUK, Network Rail, British Film Institute and MakeUK as we analyse what needs to be done to support the skills sector at an unprecedented time of disruption and change.

We will discuss:   

  • The current and future appetite for apprenticeships and the implications of distance learning on the future of apprenticeship provision.
  • What impact physical distancing will have on the future of funding.
  • New and innovative ways in which colleges, employers and training providers are providing training as a result of Covid-19.
  • How employers will fill the mounting skills gap – could opportunity lay in uncharted sectors?
  • Mitigating the impact of an ageing workforce and the ever-looming prospect of Brexit.
G20SKILLS Tim Thomas, MakeUK

Chair: Tim Thomas

Director of Research and Development, MakeUK

G20SKILLS Chris Shirley, Network Rail

Chris Shirley

Employment Development, Network Rail

GE webinars -  Nimmi Patel, techUK

Nimmi Patel

Policy Manager, techUK

G20SKILLS Leigh Adams, British Film Institute

Leigh Adams

Director of Education and Skills, British Film Institute

Continue the Debate

This webinar is just a part of what the GovNet Education series has to offer.

Join us in October for the Skills & Employability conference, to meet our speakers, network with peers and continue the discussion around skills funding, education-employer collaboration, workplace upskilling, and The Universal Skills Framework.