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Fellows Dinner Review

Posted By Heather Ette, 16 May 2018

Fellows’ Dinner a Feast of Ideas

The IEP held its seventh Fellows' Dinner recently, returning to London after previous Dinners in Birmingham and Manchester. Kindly supported by Shaw Trust and hosted by Patrick Hughes FIEP. the event was once again lauded as a great success and an excellent opportunity for industry leaders to get together in an informal environment to debate the key issues facing the employability and skills sector today.

This is what some of the attendees said:

Kevin Browne FIEP said “Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the Fellows’ Dinner and thought the larger group and overall discussion was stronger than the previous one I attended in London. The subject matter was very relevant, and critical, to the sector at this time. I hope we can take some of the discussion points forward in moving the IEP and sector forward. Thanks again for your excellent hostmanship and I look forward to the next event.”

Liz Sewell FIEP said “It was a real pleasure to attend the latest Fellows’ Dinner, with people there from the big primes and the smaller specialist organisations.  We agreed that we need to have a stronger profession. it was so well hosted by Salient Works’ Patrick Hughes”.

David Imber BA Cantab PVRA FIEP said “This was my first Fellows’ Dinner and though I am not good at social events, I was immediately at ease, and happy to meet old and new friends. The discussions between neighbours at the table and ‘in the round’ were great: lots of different views combined with high professionalism. Plus of course good food and wine!  Thankyou Scott and Patrick for making it a super evening.”

Andy Milton MIEP said “This was my first Fellows dinner and it definitely exceeded my expectations. The setting and food were great and the conversation and discussion through the evening was enjoyable and thought provoking. We tackled some big issues for the sector and made full use of the substantial experience in the room. In short a big success and I left with much food for thought!” Richard Brooks FIEP said “Excellent range of experienced individuals who participated in an informed and lively debate, expertly led and conducted by Patrick. Excellent choice of venue also.”

VRA’s John Pilkington said “A combination of social interaction, business networking and debate, the evening was very worthwhile. Subjects discussed included ‘what makes a good (employability) adviser?’, ‘how do we improve standards in the adviser community’, and ‘what can we do to improve the take up of employability services when this extended period of austerity is over?’. I was keen to introduce the idea of our industry finding an evangelist who can command attention in the highest government circles. I made a comparison with Martin Luther King, who, like our own John Etherington, was cut down in his prime, but not before he had moved a nation.”

The next Fellows Dinner will be held on 24th September at Manchester Cathedral. More details to follow.


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