At this year’s Liberal Democrats Party Conference, the Education Policy Institute has partnered with Core Cities UK to co-host a fringe event discussing the need to address the skills gap in cities and regions across the United Kingdom.
The UK’s productivity puzzle of the last decade has been compounded by Brexit as large companies scale back, or relocate, their UK operations, and productivity continues to stagnate. So how then, can we speed up economic growth and fulfil the ambitions of the Industrial Strategy? Supplying our cities labour markets with skilled workers is crucial for economic growth and raising living standards nationwide. We must then ensure that closing the skills gap remains as key priority for our cities and regions as the Local Industrial Strategies are rolled out across the UK.
The event will take place between 13:00-14:00 on Sunday 15th September 2019.
The panel will be chaired by the Rt Hon. David Laws, Executive Chair, Education Policy Institute. He will be joined by panellists: Councillor Vikki Slade (Leader, Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council); Jonn Elledge (Editor, CityMetric and Assistant Editor, New Statesman); Catherine McGuinness (Policy Chair, City of London); Chris Murray (Director, Core Cities UK); and Baroness Pinnock.
** Note: This event will take place in the conference secure zone. To access the secure zone you will need to obtain a pass directly from the Liberal Democrat Party.**