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Posted: 26/10/09

College to host high-profile skills conference

Representatives from education, training and employment providers across the UK will be debating the latest educational hot topics and hearing from expert speakers at a major conference being hosted by bksb, the business arm of West Nottinghamshire College.

The Skills Conference, to be held on November 3, will bring together over 150 practitioners and decision-makers for a special one-day event at the East Midlands Conference Centre in Nottingham.

Delegates and college representatives will be discussing issues including the functional skills pilot and embedding functional skills into curriculum areas, 14-19 vocational learning support, the new Diploma, Skills for Life and how to meet the skills needs of employers in the current economic climate.

The conference will be opened by West Nottinghamshire College principal and chief executive, Asha Khemka OBE, and guest speakers include Maureen Emmett, functional skills strategy manager at the Qualifications and Curriculum Development Agency (QCDA), Phil Beadle, award-winning teacher and star of Channel 4 documentary Unteachables, and Beej Kaczmarczyk, education funding expert and director of Sector Training Ltd.

Harvinder Atwal, bksb director, said: “The conference will be an excellent opportunity for us to provide delegates with an overview of the national skills landscape and findings from the functional skills pilot.  We will also address what the future holds in relation to education providers’ practice, key implementation dates and funding.

“Delegates will hear from several high-profile guest speakers including Phil Beadle from Independent Thinking Ltd, who will deliver thought-provoking ideas about creative teaching designed to engage learners and motivate them towards achievement.”

bksb is the UK’s leading developer of assessment software for mathematics, English and ICT skills.

It is the brand name of educational products that were developed at West Nottinghamshire College 15 years ago to meet an internal skills need.  These products, which include interactive literacy and numeracy assessment tools and learning resources, are now sold to over 1,500 customers including 70% of FE colleges in the UK as well as many overseas organisations.