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Dr Jo Ingold to present at the IEP Summit 2020

22 January 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Heather Ette
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Dr Jo Ingold to present at the IEP Summit 2020

The IEP are delighted to confirm that Dr Jo Ingold MIEP will be speaking at the upcoming IEP Summit on 5th March at RSA House in London.

An Associate Professor of Human Resource Management and Public Policy at Leeds University Business School, Jo’s academic specialisms are at the intersection of human resource management and public policy and her research and publications cover employability programmes; employer engagement; disadvantaged labour market groups; recruitment and selection; and evidence and policy-making.

The IEP Summit is a unique event for the sector, providing an opportunity for thought-provoking and open discussion, networking and the sharing of best practice.  Commenting on the content of her seminar at the Summit Jo said “The UK has the highest ever recorded employment rate and lowest unemployment rate but many people still struggle to get into – and stay in – work that has decent pay and conditions. There is no doubt that employers are key to the success of employability programmes. Yet, policy design, commissioning and delivery of programmes still fails on good employer/business engagement. In particular:

  • There are too many confusing ‘products’ (e.g. apprenticeships, traineeships, work placements, different programmes aimed at niche demographic groups) and this confusing landscape is entirely overlooked by current policy and programme design;
  • The competitive landscape of programmes reduces cooperation between providers, undermining services for both unemployed people and employers;
  • There are no minimum standards of service for employers and there is a wide and varying spectrum of quality in the services provided to them.


As we enter the 2020s there is an urgent need for the employability sector, along with commissioners and policymakers, to address this significant gap, including through co-opetitive (collaboration amidst competition) models of delivery.”

Jo previously worked in the voluntary sector and in policy, research and people development in central government. She has published a range of top-ranked academic journals and has won the Ken Young Prize for the best article in Policy & Politics. She was awarded an ESRC Future Research Leaders Fellowship to study employer engagement in the UK and Denmark and has a new project focused on improving employer engagement in employability programmes for providers, commissioners and businesses. Jo is a member of the Editorial Board of the journal Work, Employment and Society, a Fellow of the IEP, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and an Academic Member of the CIPD.

If you would like to be part of the discussion, book your ticket to the IEP Summit here