Jobs and prosperity: The case for the skills economy

As a convenor of government, education, and industry, WorldSkills UK is hosting key stakeholders at Conservative Party Conference to explore how young people can be equipped with skills the UK needs to succeed.

Date and time: 4 October 2022, 10.00 – 11.15

Location: Hall 10B, ICC Birmingham (secure zone)

Attendees will discuss how the development of world-class skills can help the UK reduce carbon emissions and become more competitive for international investment.  The event will also allow for policy discussion on how technical education and apprenticeships can unlock and underpin skilled jobs and prosperity across all nations and regions of the UK.

By attending our fringe event, you will:

  • Gain insight from WorldSkills UK’s latest research and reports
  • Understand how the new Conservative government plans to create opportunities for young people through technical education and apprenticeships
  • Hear diverse perspectives on the role of skills in economic development
  • Benefit from the opportunity to network and build partnerships with relevant stakeholders

Meet the speakers:

  • James Kirkup, Director, Social Market Foundation
  • Paul Swinney, Director of Policy and Research, Centre for Cities
  • Jo Maher, Principal & CEO, Loughborough College
  • Dr Neil Bentley-Gockmann OBE, CEO, WorldSkills UK
  • Kate Shoesmith, Deputy CEO, The Recruitment and Employment Confederation
  • Naomi Phillips, Deputy Chief Executive & Director of Policy and Research, Learning and Work Institute

If you have any queries, please contact Aaron at

To attend our fringe event, you will need to be registered to attend the Conservative Party Conference. We will also be hosting an event at Labour Party Conference in September.

Read more about our Labour party conference event

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