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Association of Learning Providers’ Annual Conference
Speakers from government and business will be fronting this year’s annual conference of the Association of Learning Providers (ALP) in London.
Skills minister John Hayes and employment minister Chris Grayling will be speaking at the event which takes place on 21-22 June 2011 at the Hilton London Metropole Hotel.
The business and trade union voice will be represented by David Frost, director general of the British Chambers of Commerce and Tom Wilson, director of unionlearn.
The third sector will be represented by Jane Stacey, director of children’s services at Barnardo’s, who will be offering a frontline perspective on how we can reduce the number of young people not in employment, education or training (NEET).
Martin Dunford, the chairman of the Association of Learning Providers, will give his views on developments in the employment and training sector following last year’s change in government.
Graham Hoyle, ALP chief executive, said: "The last twelve months have seen major reforms to the welfare-to-work and vocational skills sectors and ALP members have demonstrated their usual capacity to respond flexibly to the challenges. Meeting the government’s 50,000 extra apprenticeships target is ample evidence of this but unemployment and the increased number of NEETs means that we have a big task ahead.
"This conference is about how providers can work with government, employers and other partners to make a difference and develop a truly joined-up single employment and skills agenda."
The conference, which will feature a programme of workshops as well as the main plenary sessions, will be facilitated by Samira Ahmed, Channel 4 News presenter.
Other speakers at the conference include:
Nigel Snook, chief executive of EDI who are the lead sponsors of the ALP annual conference, said: "I am delighted that for a second year EDI will be supporting this highlight event in the employment and skills calendar.
"When pressures on the public finances are so tight, providers and their partner organisations should maintain a first-rate service for customers as a number one priority and the agenda of the ALP conference reflects this strongly."
Mr Snook will also be speaking about the challenges for vocational qualification awarding bodies on the first morning of the event.
The full speaker line-up and programme for the conference can be found at: http://tinyurl.com/6dc7ae8
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