Whether you’re a business, policy-maker or educator, our International Skills Summit will give you unique access to leaders in your field on issues affecting skills for growth. Hear how skills will be key for the recovery, pose questions to the speakers and learn how sectors such as clean tech and advanced manufacturing are developing the skills of the future.

We’re proud to be working with our headline partner, NCFE, on the International Skills Summit. NCFE is a registered charity which provides of a range of nationally recognised technical qualifications and educational services as part of its mission to ‘promote and advance learning’ for individuals, schools and colleges, employers and training providers.

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Who the Summit is for?

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If you’re a educator in a FE college or Independent Training Provider then the Summit provides unique access to international best practice in TVET development as well hearing from business leaders about the skills required in the future.

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If you in HR or Public/Corporate Affairs for an employer then the Summit will be an opportunity to hear and discuss how skills will be key for the economic recovery. You can also learn about how skills are being developed for key sectors such as clean tech and advanced manufacturing.

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If you work in a governmental role involving education, trade or skills then this is a great opportunity to hear from business and education leaders on issues affecting skills for growth.

Programme for 19 May, 2021


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Simon Lederman, broadcaster and host, will introduce the International Skills Summit.

Dr Neil Bentley-Gockmann OBE will then lead on the first session on why the UK’s skills system have some catching up to do.

David Gallagher, NCFE Chief Executive.


Guest speaker Mark Gregory, Chief Economist at EY. To include a Q&A with Simon Lederman.

11 - 11:20

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More information tbc.


Heng Guan Teck
Heng Guan Teck, Deputy CEO, Institute of Technical Education, Singapore


Dr Susan James Relly, Director, SKOPE, Oxford University.

Nazrene Mannie, Executive Director, Global Apprenticeship Network (GAN Global).

Aurélia Ruetsch, Director of International Relations, WorldSkills France.

Ben Blackledge, Deputy CEO at WorldSkills UK.

David Gallagher, NCFE Chief Executive.


Sarah Dhanda, Head of Strategic Partnerships, Enginuity.

Neil Thomas, Chief Executive and Principal, Dudley College of Technology.

Barry Liles OBE, Pro Vice Chancellor, University of Wales Trinity St David.


Kate Green MP

Kate Green OBE MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Education


Rhian Kelly, UK Corporate Affairs Director at National Grid.

Jim Brown, Director, Energy Skills Partnership.

Bhavina Bharkhada, Senior Campaigns and Skills Policy Manager, Make UK.

Philip Le Feuvre, NCFE Chief Strategy Officer.


Simon Lederman

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Register for the International Skills Summit

Sign up today for the International Skills Summit, taking place on 19 May, 2021. This is your chance to hear from business and education leaders on key issues affecting skills for growth

The event was an amazing eye-opener which exposed me to information about WorldSkills which I wasn’t privy to.
Attendee of the first International Skills Summit
Really found the event inspiring and so encouraging to see Team UK doing so well and making a difference to the skills agenda.
Attendee of the first International Skills Summit

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