West Notts College Principal, Andrew Cropley is inviting employers and business leaders to attend their third annual Skills Conference, which will take place online from 13:00 until 16:30 on Friday 3rd March 2023.

This year’s conference seeks to build upon the government’s strong agenda around employer-led skills. Guests will hear how that is manifesting itself formally through the Local Skills Improvement Plan and also how it is coming to life on the ground through two different case studies, which will hopefully provide considerable food for thought. The conference is unashamedly aimed at employers so that we can help you understand the emerging opportunities and so that we can learn from you how our college and its partners can better meet your short- and long-term skills needs.

The event will include three short presentations, with opportunities after each of them to respond and have your say.

  • Natalie Gasson-McKinley MBE (Federation of Small Businesses) will describe the progress with the Local Skills Improvement Plan, its emerging findings, and its impact.
  • Cllr Matt Relf (Ashfield District Council), Martin Rigley MBE (Lindhurst Engineering) and Sam Handley (SPE Swiftool Precision Engineering Ltd) will describe the development of the Automated Distribution and Manufacturing Centre and how this will support local businesses of all sizes in adopting new technologies in support of improved productivity and growth.
  • Spencer Moore, director of strategy at the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity, will describe how the institute has worked with its members and West Nottinghamshire College to develop a truly employer-led curriculum in sport.

There will be opportunities to explore how employers can really influence the curriculum at every level and how they can engage in its delivery to ensure that students emerge with the skills they value. There has never been a better time for employers to shape and engage in the skills offer, and it is hoped that you will join on the day to explore how this might benefit you and your organisation.

Please email [email protected], and she will ensure you are on the list to receive the MS Teams link(s) and any further information that we circulate.

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