Monday 23 February 2015 - 00:00 to Friday 27 February 2015 - 00:00

Employers and business have an essential role to play in setting the standards for training and education so that young people leaving education are ready for work. Many employers, however, do not consider education and training to be their responsibility and look to education institutions and government to develop the recruits they need for business growth, and where employers are involved in education, they are often influenced by government policy rather than setting the agenda themselves.

This Seminar looks at how employers, government and the education sector can work towards a successful, shared agenda, and focusses on the employer’s contribution to the UK’s national skills strategy through initiatives such as apprenticeships. It will explore the contribution that apprentices make to their businesses, how employers balance the need of apprentices as learners and as employees who need to contribute to the long-term success of companies, and the support needed to encourage the growth and the success of apprenticeship programmes.

Each day will focus on a different industry sector and employers will share their personal experience of working with apprentices, and of being an active partner in the UK’s skills strategy.

The Seminars will benefit senior government officials, policy and decision makers, employers and employer organisations, donor agency, representatives and senior education staff. Delegates will be able take part in facilitated discussion on how UK models could be applied to their own national strategies, and network with decision and policy makers from around the world who share an interest in apprenticeships and employer engagement.

The objectives:

  • To identify best practice examples of employers working in partnership to develop work-ready skills.
  • To review the UK’s approach to engaging employers through sector skills organisations and industry groups.
  • To review the different elements of employer engagement in skills development, including creating academies and skills strategies based on demand supported by research.
  • To explore how approaches to employer engagement and apprenticeships could provide useful models for delegates’ national reform plans.

Partners for this seminar are UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) and Apprenticeships.

If you are from Serbia and you are interested to take part in this event, please contact Aleksandar Borisavljevic from our Belgrade office.