Employment and Skills Convention 2018
Get in, get on: services that work for everyone
We stand at a crossroads. Employment is at record levels. Employment and skills services, charities, councils and JobCentre Plus have all played their parts in transforming lives during changing times. But even with this progress, still too many groups face entrenched disadvantage and too many areas risk being left behind. Despite being one of the world’s wealthiest countries, living standards remain little changed in a decade.
We live in changing times. Looking ahead, political and economic uncertainty will continue to affect us all. Against a backdrop of lower growth and Brexit uncertainty, the employment and skills system will once again see extensive reform – including Universal Credit rollout, Work and Health, apprenticeships, the national retraining scheme, devolution and more besides. With investment in support continuing to fall in real terms, the next few years will likely be more challenging than the last.
This Convention is for everyone who wants to play a leading role in changing lives. We know that services, charities, councils and partners will continue to rise to these challenges. We share a commitment to building a country that works for everyone, and where all can achieve their potential. This convention will celebrate our successes, showcase what’s working, give expert insight on the latest developments, and debate the future.
This year’s convention
This is our inaugural Employment and Skills Convention, building on the fifteen year history of our IntoWork Conventions.
New at this year’s Convention are debates hosted by the Centre for Cities, Nesta, The Resolution Foundation and Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
We will also be tackling some big questions:
- How do we make a reality of ‘Improving Lives’? How will the Work and Health Programme, new Jobcentre Plus support, work and health trials and local services work together and with partners to support one million more disabled people to work?
- How do we place adult skills, apprenticeships and the national retraining scheme at the heart of what we do? How do we ensure that the apprenticeship levy, non-levy provision, local skills support and the emerging retraining scheme can help re-balance local economies, and support everyone to achieve their potential?
- What does the new landscape of combined authorities, metro mayors and local devolution hold? What does this mean for future commissioning and support, and how do we learn from the best in aligning, co-ordinating and integrating support?
- What are the implications of Universal Credit? What will the latest changes mean, where are the best examples in managing its impacts, and how do we ensure that it delivers dignity, security and opportunity?
- How do we build a system that works for everyone? For those out of work who want to prepare for work; for those in work who want better work; for those looking to upskill or retrain; for employers who want to do more or do it better; and for local areas to deliver inclusive growth?
We’ll have debates, contributions from politicians and leading thinkers, and masterclasses and presentations on best practice from around the country. Our convention will have some of the answers, and you will have more!
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The big questions being tackled at the convention are…
- How can we make sure everyone who can, is able to work?
- What is the role of apprenticeships and skills?
- How will changes to the benefit system affect people?
- What is the role of local authorities and metro mayors?
We’ll tackle these questions through a mix of debates, contributions from politicians and leading thinkers, and masterclasses and presentations on best practice from around the country.
Benefits of attending
- Hear from politicians, senior professionals and top leaders from public, private and third sector organisations.
- Learn what is working and how it is being funded from a range of practitioners.
- Stay up to date and informed about the latest developments and innovations in policy and delivery.
- Be part of the debate on the future of devolution, service integration and support.
- Network with individuals and organisations across sectors.
Who should attend?
Do you help people find work, keep work and progress in work? Are you dedicated to integrating services for improving employability and reducing worklessness? Do you want to create robust and sustainable policies? Are you in local or national government, charities, third sector and work in or with organisations across sectors including health, skills, and justice? This convention is for you!
The convention will be the place to forge new partnerships, share, innovate and participate across sectors dedicated to integrating services that improve employability and reduce worklessness from across the UK and beyond.
Fees and discounts
The early fee is available until 24 May 2018.
We are offering discounts for members of the AoC, AELP, ERSA, IEP, GUAC. £60 discount on bookings will be applicable for these members from 25 May 2018.
If you have submitted a proposal to run a workshop and it is accepted, you will be eligible for 1 free place. If further places are needed to run your session, and the participant is attending the ‘session only’ – there is no charge. For co-speakers wishing to attend the entire Convention, we can offer a discounted rate of £100*. Please note that ‘session only’ means that your access to the convention is restricted to just your session only. Those that are unsuccessful with their proposal will be able to register at the early booking rate of £150*.
All exhibition stand bookings include two tickets to the Convention. These includes access all areas and catering. Additional passes may be purchased for £100* per person.
We do not provide carers but carers attending to support a delegate may attend for free.
|Description (subject to VAT)||Fees|
|Public, education, voluntary, charity, NfrP sectors||£250|
|Membership AELP ERSA AoC GUAC IEP (discount applicable from 25 May)||– £60|
|5% Group booking discount for 5 or more bookings||5%|
*Fees subject to VAT at 20%.
Battersea Academy for Skills Excellence
DWP Access to Work
Learning and Work Institute
Policy in Practice
Spectra First/Care Leaver Covenant
The Digital College
Chief Executive Learning and Work Institute
Chief Executive RSA
Rt. Hon Lord David Willetts
Executive Chair, The Resolution Foundation
Head of Campaigns and Communications, TUC
Rt. Hon. Esther McVey
Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
Chief Executive, Gingerbread
Managing Director, Ingeus UK
Chief Executive, Disability Rights UK
Head of National Employer and Partnerships Team, Department for Work and Pensions
Labour Market and International Affairs Director, Department for Work and Pensions
Chief Executive ERSA
Director of Economy and Skills, Oldham Council