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Home > News > May 2006 > 09-May-2006

Conference aims to tackle UK's future skills needs

Figures from the worlds of academia, research, education and skills are attending a conference this week to explore the opportunities and challenges to be faced in meeting the UK's future skill needs.

Organised by the Sector Skills Development Agency (SSDA), the conference is aiming to examine the trends and uncertainties in the demand and supply of skills and will feature films of future scenarios for employer-leadership of workplace learning and vocational education and training.

Professor Mike Campbell, director of strategy and research at the SSDA said: "Bringing together some of the foremost thought leaders and decision makers in the field of skills, training and productivity is going to be an extremely powerful meeting of minds.

"The conference will provide the appropriate forum to air and discuss some of the most pressing skills issues for businesses today. As well as looking at what opportunities and challenges we'll face in the future, we'll be able to think strategically about the actions needed to embed employer leadership and how to use the sector approach in the most effective way.

"The conference will be quite unique in the way we invite delegates to identify and tackle future skills challenges. We want delegates to step into the year 2020 and look back to see the things that needed to have been achieved. To help them to step into the future we have produced a film of four scenarios, each an equally plausible picture of the future, in which fictitious characters describe how they decide on their careers and develop their skills in the future."

The SSDA says the outcomes from the Conference will help shape the future policy responses by Sector Skills Councils, government and other key partners at national, regional and local level throughout the UK.

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