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Posted: 25/10/10

Learning and skills chiefs to address major conference

Education, training and employment providers across the UK will debate current and emerging issues at a national conference hosted by bksb, a business arm of West Nottinghamshire College.

‘The Skills Conference 2010’ on Tuesday November 2 will bring together more than 175 practitioners and decision-makers from schools, colleges, training providers, prison services, councils and employers for a special one-day event at the East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham.

Now in its third year, the conference will cover a range of topics delivered by education experts, with a key focus on functional skills and delivering outstanding teaching and learning.

It will feature high-profile speakers including Peter Lauener, chief executive of the Young People’s Learning Agency (YPLA), Geoff Russell, chief executive of the Skills Funding Agency (SFA), and Phil Beadle, award-winning teacher, broadcaster and star of the Channel 4 documentary The Unteachables.

West Nottinghamshire College principal and chief executive, Asha Khemka OBE, who will give the welcome address, said: “The Skills Conference has become a major event in the UK’s educational calendar and brings together a field of high-class speakers and delegates who share the same vision for the future of learning and skills.

“The conference will provide a national perspective on the future of skills provision under the coalition government and the effect on funding, which is especially timely in the wake of the Comprehensive Spending Review.

“It will also give delegates an insight into key issues such as the importance of functional skills and preparing for a successful Ofsted inspection.”

Harvinder Atwal, bksb director, said: “The event offers practitioners a unique opportunity to hear from influential figures across the further education sector and share knowledge with colleagues across the country."

bksb, a subsidiary of West Nottinghamshire College, is the UK’s leading developer of assessment software for maths, English and ICT skills.  It is also the brand name of educational products developed at the college more than 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 organisations including 70% of FE colleges in the UK as well as many overseas organisations.