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Posted: 31/10/11

Education 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 2011’ on Tuesday 8 November will bring together up to 200 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 fourth 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 Rob Wye, chief executive of the Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS); Nick Linford, managing director of Learning and Skills Events, Consultants and Training (Lsect); and Matthew Coffey, director of development, learning and skills at Ofsted.

The college's principal and chief executive, Asha Khemka OBE, who will give the welcome address, said: “The Skills Conference is now one of the major events in the UK’s educational calendar, bringing together a range of high-class speakers and delegates who share the same vision for the future of learning and skills.

“This year’s conference will provide a national perspective on the future of skills provision for apprenticeships and the need to raise skill levels of young people, and delegates will be able to share examples of expertise and outstanding practice.”

bksb director Harvinder Atwal 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.”

More about bksb

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 17 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 2,000 organisations including 75% of FE colleges in the UK as well as many overseas organisations.