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The Progressive Policy Think Tank

The Plan for Britain: The role of skills in the modern Industrial Strategy

This major event organised by IPPR and OECD, in partnership with JPMorgan Chase Foundation, is on skills and the modern industrial strategy and will take place on Monday 20th November, 10.00-12.00noon at JPMorgan, 60 Victoria Embankment, London, EC4Y 0JP.

The government has set out some bold and radical reforms to the skills system, including the Apprenticeship Levy, T-Levels and Institutes of Technology, which aim to improve both the quantity and quality of vocational training. The government has also set out its ambition to develop an industrial strategy that will improve living standards across the UK by boosting productivity and growth in every region.

These reforms to the skills system will be crucial to the success of this industrial strategy. If we are to ensure that our industrial strategy works for all of the UK, we will need to address the deep skills gaps between London and the rest of the country and we will need to stimulate employer investment in skills. If improvements in skills are to deliver improvements in productivity and living standards, we need to ensure that the skills system is providing the skills that employers need, and that these skills are then effectively utilised in the workplace.

This event will examine the importance of skills to our modern industrial strategy. It will be the culmination of the IPPR’s New Skills at Work programme, a three-year partnership with JPMorgan Chase Foundation. The event will also launch the OECD’s Getting Skills Right country report on the UK, looking at the matching of supply and demand for skills, and showcasing their recently launched Skills for Jobs database.


10:00   Welcome: Hang Ho, Head of Europe, Middle East & Africa and Latin America, JPMorgan Chase Foundation

10:05   Joe Dromey, Senior Research Fellow, IPPR

10:15   Presentation: Katharine Mullock, Labour Market Economist, OECD and Mark Pearson, Deputy Director of Employment Labour and Social Affairs, OECD

10:30   Response: Bim Afolami MP

10:45   Response: Stephen Kinnock MP

11:00   Panel

  • Hal Bonella, Research Manager, Burning Glass Technologies
  • Joe Dromey, Senior Research Fellow, IPPR
  • David Hughes, Chief Executive, Association of Colleges
  • Katharine Mullock, Labour Market Economist, OECD
  • Chair: Hang Ho, Head of Europe, Middle East & Africa and Latin America, JPMorgan Chase Foundation

11:50   Closing remarks: Hang Ho, Head of EMEA, JPMorgan Chase Foundation

12.00   Close

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