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The Skills Crisis: is there a UK skills crisis, and if so, what can we do about it?

12th February 2018 at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Please note: booking closes for this event on Saturday 10th February at 4:30pm. If you would like to register after this point, please email info@lunarsociety.org.uk to check availability.

This landmark ‘Question Time’-style event brings together a significant panel with contributors from the national skills debate as well as local business leaders, educationalists and policy makers before a diverse audience including young people making career choices, parents, employers and skills agencies.

Whether your concern is the need to improve UK productivity, improve wages, prepare for a post-Brexit world, meet the challenge of the digital revolution, prepare for the impact of AI – or simply work out what training and education you personally need – then this event will give you the chance to pose your questions and propose your solutions to what is generally reckoned to be the biggest underlying issue facing the UK economy.

The Skills Crisis is intended to foster a more energetic debate in Birmingham and the West Midlands, address the fundamental issues and discuss whether Britain needs to re-think the solutions to what many believe is one of the greatest inhibitors to growth.

The panel will include:

Joel Blake OBE leads the Growing Business strategy for the GBSLEP, is the Chair of Diversity in Tech group for Silicon Canal and is a member of the WMCA Digital Board. His business interests include FinTech startup Feelyx and Cultiv8 Solutions.

Lizzie Crowley is Senior Skills Advisor for the Chartered Institute of Professional Development and leads the Institute’s policy and research on skills.

Karen Jones is Human Resources Director for Redrow Homes Ltd and a member of the CITB board.

Mushtaq Khan is a prominent member of Birmingham’s professional services community. He is a former President of the Birmingham Law Society and is a member of the Birmingham Education Partnership Board.

Rory Sutherland is Vice-Chairman of Ogilvy London and founder of Ogilvy Change and serves on the advisory board of The Evolution Institute.

Dawn Ward is Chief Executive & Principal of Burton and South Derbyshire College, a council member of Greater Birmingham Chamber, a past president of Burton Chamber and Vice Chair of the Chartered Institution for Further Education.

PLUS representatives from the community, young people, employers and influencers.

The event will be chaired by Sir Michael Lyons, Vice Chairman of The Lunar Society who has had a distinguished career including seven years as CEO of Birmingham City Council and four years as chairman of the BBC.

The Lunar Society is grateful for the support of Birmingham Metropolitan College and international law firm Pinsent Masons.

Refreshments will be available from 5.30pm.

Parking is available at Millennium Point multi-storey car park which is located on Howe Street, B4 7AP, and is a short walk from Matthew Boulton College.

Please book online following the instructions below. You can alternatively telephone The Lunar Society secretariat on 01564 82 1582. You can also e-mail your request to info@lunarsociety.org.uk. Please note, the office is open during normal working hours, Monday to Friday and is closed weekends and bank holidays.


12th February 2018
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


The Lunar Society


Matthew Boulton College
1 Jennens Road
Birmingham, B4 7PS United Kingdom
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