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IEP Networking Event Manchester Review

20 November 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Heather Ette
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Links Between Employability and Skills

IEP Networking Event Manchester Review

Over 65 industry professionals gathered at the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce for the latest in our series of IEP Networking Events, hosted by Seetec.

Our expert speakers came from all over the region and discussed some of the big labour market challenges for the next 10-20 years such as the EU exit and automation that is predicted could replace up to 35% of UK jobs. 

The theme of the event was ‘The Links between Employability and Skills’ and guests heard from the event host Greg Bate MIEP, Claire Illingworth MIEP and Ian Tully from Seetec, Andy Fawcett from the Greater Manchester Learning Provider Network (GMLPN) and Matt Ainsworth from the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA).


IEP Executive Chairman Scott Parkin FIEP said “These networking events are what the IEP does best, bringing people together to share knowledge and understanding for the benefit of their own delivery practice, impacting on service users in a very positive way. The employability sector is full of professionals supporting the development of people, often with challenging issues that impact their independence and their ability to enter or remain in employment, and this is no easy job. By sharing and supporting each other we are building a profession of choice that is recognised by employers, government and the general public as a valued occupation and one that really makes a difference on a daily basis to people lives. The IEP has a series of networking events taking place across the UK throughout 2018 /19 so get involved in your local area”.


Here’s feedback from some of the attendees:

“I found the event very interesting and informative. The Apprenticeship information I found very useful. I thought the event throughout was very well put together.” 

Gary Beasley, Integration Coordinator Manchester, The Growth Company


“I really enjoyed the event. The speakers were excellent and I gained insight during all the presentations. It was good to have the opportunity to talk and network with similar professionals and the food was also fantastic.”

Leo Clifton, Head of Widening Participation, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust


Watch the videos from the event:

Claire Illingworth MIEP - People Development Consultant at Seetec provides an overview on the new Employability Practitioner Standard


Andy Fawcett - Director of GMLPN talks about skills needs, the disparity between academic and vocational route ways and the subsequent opportunites for work and progression


Matt Ainsworth, Assistant Director of Employment (Policy, Strategy and Delivery) at GMCA presents what the Greater Manchester area are working to achieve around the work and skills agenda to support their Good Work Charter


Ian Tully - Head of Employability at Seetec offers his thoughts and reflections on the current state of the profession and what needs to be done to bring work and skills together

You can view more of our event videos and watch the event vox pops at our YouTube channel here