Work Post-COVID: Reskilling for Recovery | IPT
Chair: Flick Drummond MP, PPS to DWP Ministerial Team
Speaker: Emma Toulson, Head of Stakeholder, Ørsted
Speaker: Sally Scott, Head of Talent and Capability, Skanska
Speaker: Frank Desai, Commercial Head of Web, Netmatters
Virtual Event


Tuesday 02 March 2021


This is an online event

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COVID-19 has severely affected the British economy, creating an unprecedented rise in unemployment. The lasting consequences of the pandemic have highlighted the skills gap and regional inequality that was already prevalent in the UK. Participation in publicly funded adult skills training has declined by 37% since 2013 with Government funding down 39%. The Government have announced several schemes to ensure citizens who have lost their job are able to get back to work and retrain in new skills if necessary. The Lifetime Skills Guarantee, announced by the Prime Minister in September, will allow students attending Further Education colleges to access loans which will cover four years of education throughout their working life. The free online Skills Toolkit launched in early 2020 will be expanded to include 62 courses, helping people train in digital and numeracy skills. Extra funding has been promised for SMEs that take on apprenticeships alongside new training structures which permits greater flexibility for apprentices between employers. With a focus to ‘build back better’ and ensure there is a skilled workforce for the green industrial revolution, what further measures can be taken to protect livelihoods and assist in the recovery of the economy?  

This event will:

  • Explore the place-based inequality in skills and disparity in training levels and performance between regions in the UK.
  • Evaluate the importance of providing support to the most marginalised and socially excluded groups and ensuring new skills schemes are accessible to all parts of the UK.
  • Consider the development of a standardised national framework for skills training that has coordinated support provided by local networks.
  • Discuss the focus of retraining in sectors that are likely to see a high employment rate.