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Skills, Collaboration, Futures – Highlights from this year’s annual conference

Published 6 September 2017

Over 150 delegates from across the city region’s education and skills arena gathered to be part of Leeds City Region Skills Network’s Annual Conference, hosted at Bradford College’s Advanced Technology Centre.

Led by Ian Billyard, Chair of Leeds City Region Skills Network and WYCC and Leeds College of Building Principal, the conference marked the sixth of its kind with topical presentations from Roger Marsh OBE and Stephanie Burras CBE from the LEP.

Speaking about the LEP’s commitment to working with the Network to meet the objectives of the Employment & Skills Plan:Skilled People, Better Jobs, both Roger and Stephanie highlighted the focus of collaboration in order to ensure that the city region’s workforce has more and higher level skills to meet the demand of the jobs of the future as well as addressing the inclusive growth agenda.

The Rt Hon, the Lord Andrew Adonis of Camden Town also delivered a thought provoking key note speech on the influential role of skills providers amidst a challenging climate of change and uncertainty.

Raising the bar on skills

The conference concluded with the launch of West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges (WYCC) two funded projects, More Skills, Better Jobs and Reach Higher along with an insight into future opportunities.

Closing the conference, Ian Billyard added:“Through this collaborative partnership we continue to maximise growth through the vital role we play in supporting learners and communities.The recent funding secured marks the next phase of partnership working, led by the Consortium, which will provide sustainable, long-term solutions to the local economy.”

Click on the links below to access the presentations from the Annual Skills Conference 2017:

Leeds City Region: Impact & Ambitions - Roger Marsh OBE, Chair, Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership

Leeds City Region: Employment & Skills - Achievements & Plans, Stephanie Burras CBE, LEP Employment & Skills Plan Chair

WYCC Project Launch: Skills, Collaborations, Futures - Joanne Patrickson & Louise Tearle, WYCC

Skills Network Annual Conference 2017 Event Report

If you attended the event and would like to submit feedback please click here.


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