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Northern Skills Network update - Oct 2022


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During this quarter we have delivered two successful conferences, the Green Skills for the North Conference and the Skills Across the North Conference. Both conferences, sponsored by our partner NCFE, brought together providers and key stakeholders from across the North together to discuss key themes, challenges skills across the North and potential solutions. The Northern Skills Network looks forward to progressing the actions and ideas from both conferences and further supporting the skills sector across the North.


Held on the 6th October in Manchester, the theme was ‘Skills Across the North’, specifically the role of skills delivery and development in the Levelling Up agenda. We welcomed c. 100 delegates from a wide range of organisations across the skills sector including Independent Training Providers, Further Education Colleges, Local Authorities, Employers and many more! A number of speakers from national and regional organisations contributed their professional perspectives covering policy as well as place-based initiatives. Speakers included:

  • Henri Murison | Director, Northern Powerhouse Partnership

  • Kirsty Evans | Post 16 Regions and FE Provider Oversight Director, DfE

  • John Myers | Head of Apprenticeship Funding Policy, DfE

  • Sharon Walpole | Director, Careermap

  • David Gallagher | Chief Executive Officer, NCFE

  • Jim Coleman | Head of Economic Advisory, WSP

  • Subrahmaniam Krishnan-Harihara | Head of Research, GM Chamber of Commerce

  • Geoff Mason | Policy Manager, North & Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce

  • Dan Fell | CEO, Doncaster Chamber of Commerce

  • Paul Cocker | Senior HMI, FE & Skills, Ofsted

  • Andy Burnham | Greate Manchester Mayor

The result was an informative and inspiring agenda highlighting the unique position that further education and skills have to secure a more equitable future for individuals and communities. As we aspire towards a Net Zero North the implications for a future labour market will be quite different from the present and it is vital that all have the opportunity to take advantage of this major transition … the further education sector will provide those opportunities by skilling, upskilling, reskilling



Held on 28th September the online conference focused on "Green Skills Across the North", specifically how providers can embed green and sustainability within curriculums. The online conference welcomed a range of speakers, the agenda was as follows:

  • Setting the National Scene - Charlotte Bonner | National Head of Education for Sustainable Development, ETF

  • Green Skills Ambition - Alex Miles | MD, Yorkshire Learning Providers

  • Training the Workforce of/for the Future - Ian Green | MD, Complete Skills Solutions & Complete Training Solutions and Paul Amann | Principal Officer Employment and Skills, LCRCA

  • Developing the Green Curriculum - Lesley McCormack | MD, MichaelJohn Training School

  • Showcasing a College Response - Danny Wild | Principal, Harrogate College

  • Supporting Apprentices - Jeannie Paschalis | Development Coach, BePro Professional Development

West Yorkshire Green Jobs Taskforce - Michelle Hunter | Programme Development Lead - Employment and Skills, West Yorkshire Combined Authority



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