This conference focused on new, emerging, innovative and flexible ways higher education and further education can work collaboratively with industry, business, public and private sectors. The conference examined the impact of current public spending cuts and the economic recession, whilst responding to the need for planned growth, and the demand for employment and skills development.
Emphasis was placed on how, in collaboration with; employers, further and higher education, we can develop and deliver adaptively and innovatively, the skills to meet the demands of the changing environment. The conference examined new and existing partnerships to identify and forge new approaches to learning and training, that often have as prerequisite, to be focused on and in the workplace.
Delegates had the opportunity to discuss the growing emphasis on Apprenticeships, the importance of understanding and meeting the needs of business and considering the practical implications of the recent political reforms of the coalition Government.
The emphasis was on practical approaches to support and strengthen business and education partnerships.