Let’s Talk Skills

16th April 2019 @ 08:00, Pacific Road

With the skills gap high on the agenda of local and national government, Progress to Excellence Ltd, in partnership with Wirral Chamber of Commerce, will be holding an interactive panel style discussion which will focus on the skills agenda and the practical ways that businesses can access incentive payments and support each other to help plug the skills gap. The event will coincide with the two year anniversary of the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy, which also marks the start of the ‘claw back’ of unspent levy funds by the government.

The breakfast event will follow on from the recent InBusiness event where Damian Burdin joined a line-up of aspirational speakers who highlighted the challenges facing local businesses and young people. Let’s Talk Skills will answer the questions that several businesses have, as well as sharing best practice and the practical ways that businesses can look to plug skills gaps within their own organisation.

Hear from employers who are already supporting others by gifting Apprenticeship Levy funds, and learn more about the various incentive payments available to employers who choose to train individuals aged 16-24 (T&Cs apply) via apprenticeships. There will also be representation from the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority will also be on hand to share the sectors which have been identified as having a skills shortage in the city region, and the strategy for addressing these.

The audience will have the opportunity to shape the discussion by submitting questions for the panel ahead of the day and questions will also be taken on the day.

Running order

8:00am – 8:30am – Arrival and networking (refreshments available)

8:30am – Call to take seats

8:35am – Welcome to Progress to Excellence Ltd and the day by DB

8:40am – 9:40am – Interactive discussion using pre-submitted questions

9:40am-9:55am – Questions / discussion points from the audience

9:55am – Closing remarks from DB


Damian Burdin – Progress to Excellence Ltd CEO – Talk from the perspective of a large training provider who knows about the skills gap and how apprenticeships and the various incentives can help plug this gap across multiple sectors

(TBC) Patsy Crocker –Wirral Chamber of Commerce – Talk from the perspective of the regional themes, what employers are looking for and how many have signed up to the use it or lose it initiative

(TBC) The Hive – Talk from the perspective of YP who are the future generation and from the perspective of an employer who is training staff via apprenticeships

(TBC) Russell Taylor – Levy paying employer who is also transferring some of their pot to another business to support training

(TBC) Rob Tabb – LCR strategy and agenda relating to the skills gap

(TBC) Mark Basnett- Chair the panel

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