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IEP Summit 2020

The IEP Summit 2020 - a unique event for the employability sector

Our inaugural IEP Summit, an entirely new event for the employability sector, took place on Thursday 5th March at London's RSA House and sponsored by NCFE.

The Summit brought together over 70 senior professionals from the major providers and opinion-formers across the industry for networking, discussion and the sharing of good practice.  Attendees learned from and debated with senior and key figures in the industry who offered their perceptions, insights and solutions to some of the challenges and priorities facing the employability sector now and over the next few years.

At the heart of the event our four keynote speakers challenged the audience and prompted debate, looking at the issues affecting our society and addressing the emerging labour market and delivery challenges we face.

      - Tony Wilson FIEP, Director of the Institute for Employment Studies launched the event with his latest analysis of the UK labour market with particular emphasis on bringing economically “inactive” people back into the labour market. Ayden Sims MIEP, Business Development Director of Maximus responded;

       - Tony’s opening session was then complemented by global expert on health and well-being in the workplace, Dr Kylie Henderson FIEP, Managing Director of The Better Health Generation Group bringing her in-depth perspective of developing disability services and assessment techniques from Australia. Chris Blackwell MIEP, CEO of Purpose Led Performance responded;

       - Professor Dan Finn MIEP, Professor of Social Inclusion at Portsmouth University drew on his work with the World Bank, developing the international theme pointing out the global labour market challenges we face and examined how as a sector we might rise to them.  David Gallagher MIEP, CEO of NCFE responded;

       - Dr Jo Ingold FIEP, Associate Professor from Leeds University Business School then turns the debate towards the crucial role of employers, and how we can serve them better learning from best practice across the OECD.   Liz Sewell, Director of GRoW and former CEO of Gingerbread responded.

Scott Parkin FIEP, IEP Chief Executive said “It has long been an ambition of the IEP to create an event for senior professionals to come together for thought-provoking discussion and debate and to learn and share best practice with fellow colleagues.  The Summit provided a unique environment for conversation between leaders, practitioners and influencers as well as strategic partners, government and public policy makers. It was an opportunity for anyone who is passionate about employability and what it means not just for our sector but to the wider world, to deliver real social value. We are thoroughly looking forwards to the next IEP Summit which will take place on 4th March, again at RSA House."

Sian Wilson MIEP, Executive Director for Customer and Commercial Strategy from sponsors NCFE said: “Our focus has always been on ensuring that relevant skills are being developed to support the future workforce. With the current economic climate and uncertainty on the post-Brexit labour and skills landscape, it is the employability sector at the coal face, helping businesses find the right people and developing the right skills for the future needs of our economy. We were pleased to sponsor the inaugural IEP Summit to address some of these key issues.”


IEP Corporate Affiliate Partners Renaisi have published a blog from Business Development Lead Rebecca Read who attended the Summit. You can read Rebecca's blog here