Employment & Skills Convention 2020: Getting Britain back to work - online Thursday 9 July

The coronavirus pandemic has triggered an unprecedented economic crisis. Despite the government’s measures to protect businesses and jobs, we have seen a dramatic spike in unemployment. While the economy is gradually unlocking, it is increasingly clear that the legacy of the crisis will be with us for years to come.

Over 1,200 people joined this online Employment and Skills Convention 2020 which focused on how we can get Britain back to work.

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Our keynote speakers included: 

  • Andy Burnham, mayor of Greater Manchester 
  • Mims Davies MP, minister for employment 
  • Gillian Keegan MP, minister for apprenticeships and skills
  • David Hughes, chief executive of the Association of Colleges
  • Laura Gardiner, research director of the Resolution Foundation
  • Councillor Abi Brown, leader of Stoke on Trent City Council, and lead member of the Local Government Association City Regions Board
  • Kate Bell, head of rights, International, Social and Economics, the TUC
  • Alan Lockey, head of the RSA future work centre and associate director, the RSA
  • Charlie Pickles, Director, Reform

This interactive online event will be free to join. The audience will include policymakers from central and local government and devolved authorities; employment and skills providers; employers, charities and trade unions; policy experts and other stakeholders.


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The online Convention agenda:

09.45 Welcome
09.50 Ministerial address Mims Davies MP, minister for employment, and Gillian Keegan MP, minister for apprenticeships and skills.
10.25 Keynote: 'Build back better' Andy Burnham, mayor of Greater Manchester, will set out his ambition to ‘build back better’ after the crisis, and answer questions from participants.
10.55 Plenary: Getting Britain Back to Work Plenary session discussing the impact of the crisis, and the role of employment and skills support can play in reversing the rise in unemployment.
11.25 Top of the Policies Five original and innovative ideas to tackle the crisis go head to head.
11.45 Close
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