Employment and Skills Convention 2019

  10/07/2019 09:00   Event ID :13666

Beyond Brexit: A future that works for all
10 July 2019 | 30 Euston Square, London

Special discount available for L&W supporters and members of AELP, ERSA, AoC, GUAC, IEP, LGA and HOLEX.

The convention will welcome Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Rt Hon Amber Rudd MP and Shadow Secretary of State for Education, Angela Rayner MP who will be delivering keynote speeches at the event.

When it comes to employment and skills, there are many reasons to be cheerful. The employment rate stands at a record high, and unemployment is at it’s lowest in nearly 50 years.

Yet we face profound challenges too. While employment has risen, far too many people remain stuck in low pay, unable to make ends meet. While unemployment has fallen, there remains a stubbornly persistent disability employment gap, with millions locked out of the labour market. While changes in the world of work mean lifelong learning is more important than ever, 9 million adults lack basic literacy or numeracy, and it is these adults who are least likely to have an employer willing to invest in their skills.

The country faces unparalleled levels of uncertainty, and the twists and turns of Brexit seem to be sucking up much attention and generating a great deal of frustration and fury. At this event will look beyond Brexit at the crucial employment and skills challenges – now and in the future.

We will be asking and seeking to answer the big questions:

Where next for Universal Credit? The government’s flagship reform of the welfare system has been beset both by delays and growing concerns over its impact. We will discuss where we should go from here and how we can build a flexible safety net that meets people’s needs and supports those who can to work.

How can we build a technical education system that is fit for the future? With the government’s three million apprenticeship starts target slipping out of reach, concern over value for money and an ongoing review of the levy, we will examine the future of the system, and how we can deliver high quality apprenticeships accessible to all. With the launch of T-Levels just months away, we will explore how we can build a world-class system that helps all young people reach their potential.

How do we help in-work progression? With one in four workers earning below the real living wage, and with a large number stuck in low pay, we will examine the evidence of what works in terms of helping low-paid and low-skilled workers to move on and move up.

How do we promote lifelong learning for all? Rapidly advancing technology will transform the world of work in the coming years. This will bring both huge opportunities and profound challenges too, so we will explore what the National Retraining Scheme needs to do to help people to adapt and thrive.

What is the future for devolution? After some positive steps towards devolution around employment and skills, and with a month to go until mayoral elections across our major cities, we will consider what should be the next steps, and what powers and levers local areas need to build inclusive economies.

How do we close the disability employment gap? While employment stands at a record high, just half of those with disabilities or a long-term health or mental health condition are in work. A year on from the launch of the Work and Health Programme, we will examine good practice in welfare to work, and explore what else the government could do to deliver on its target of helping 1 million disabled people into work.

Join us in July to blueprint A future that works for all.

Who should attend?

Delegates at the convention are drawn from across the full range of stakeholders leading experts and policymakers in employment, skills, health and welfare to examine how to tackle the challenges we face and bring reform to the UK’s employment services.

Why you should attend?

The Employment and Skills Convention will:

  • explore how to grow successful partnerships with skills and employment support providers and employers to increase and improve access to high quality training, traineeships, apprenticeships and T levels
  • provide a platform for politicians and senior professionals from public, private and third sector organisations to present the latest developments in policy and delivery
  • present cutting-edge research on employment and skills policy.

I’m already a L&W supporter, what benefits do I get?

When L&W supporters sign up as a delegate, you receive first access to session bookings, latest news and announcements.

Receive your special discount off tickets when you book your place online. Further opportunities are available for supporters to get involved with our events and their promotion. Contact Mintra Sadler for more details.

Sign up as a supporter here.

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Draft times

Our timings are subject to change. Full programme available soon.


08:30 – 09:40 Arrival, registration, refreshments and exhibition viewing
08:45 – 09:30 Breakfast meeting (TBC)
09:30 – 09:40 Transition to opening session
09:40 – 09:50 Welcome
09:50 – 10:40 Plenary: Full employment: how do we make our economy work for all?
10:40 – 11:15 Keynote: Minister
11:15 – 11:45 Exhibition viewing and refreshments.
11:45 – 12:30 Plenary: Where next for employment and skills devolution?
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch, networking and exhibition viewing
13:15 – 13:30 Transition from lunch and session to the keynote
13:30 – 14:15 Keynote: Minister
14:15 – 15:15 Breakout sessions
15:15 – 16:00 Breakout sessions
16:00 – 16:45 Plenary: Top of the Policies
16:45 – 16:50 Conclusion
16:50 – 17:45 Convention exhibition reception and networking
17:45 Close


Increase your reach and impact by joining our convention as a sponsor or exhibitor. We can help create a package to meet your needs. Get in touch to discuss the available options.

L&W would like to thank our current list of sponsors whose support and involvement is essential to help us deliver this convention and create space to reflect on and facilitate change.

Bookings and discounts

We offer subsidized rates for education, voluntary, charity, not-for-profit (NfrP) and public sectors.

All bookings are entitled to 5% group booking discount for five or more delegates registered at the same time.

L&W are also pleased to offer a special discount to members of AELP, ERSA, AoC, GUAC, IEP, LGA and HOLEX. Note that when making your bookings, we will check your membership with the association.

Description (subject to VAT)   Fees from 24/05/19
Private sector £330
Public, education, voluntary, charity, NfrP sectors £250
L&W supporter, membership  AELP  ERSA   AoC   GUAC  IEP  HOLEX

Discount applicable on registration fee only.

– £60
Exhibitor place £100
5% group booking discount for five or more delegates 5%

Sponsors and supporters


Employment and Skills Convention 2019

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