E-scooters at a crossroads
E-scooters at a crossroads

What does the future for apprenticeships, skills and FE look like?

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July 22, 2020

WA Communications were delighted to host this panel discussion on what the future looks like for skills and training and how a strong approach to upskilling will need to underpin the government’s plans for recovery from Covid-19.

The Chancellor’s announcements in the Summer Statement and the recent speech from the Education Secretary show that skills is on the government’s agenda – but what is needed to truly support the sector and ensure both young people and working-age adults are given the opportunities to train to meet the skills gaps businesses need to be filled?

We were delighted to be joined by a panel including:


  • Toby Perkins MP, Shadow Apprenticeships and Lifelong Learning Minister, was on the panel to set out Labour’s position on how skills and training should feed into the economic recovery programme, as well as the party’s wider position on the longer term outlook for apprenticeships and skills.
  • Tom Bewick, CEO of the Federation of Awarding Bodies, who offered a sector perspective on the impact of the pandemic, reflect on the Chancellor’s and Education Secretary’s announcements and give his take on what is still needed from the government to support longer term skills development.
  • Patrick Craven, the Director of Strategic Partnerships, Policy and Stakeholder Engagement at City & Guilds UK, who provided a perspective from the global leader in skills development & apprenticeship schemes.


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