The sixth annual Skills Conference took place at the East Midlands Conference Centre last week.
Up to 350 delegates attended the event hosted by bksb, which brought together some of the country’s most influential education professionals, and leading authorities and experts in learning and skills.
Bksb is the UK’s most popular online Functional Skills solution and is a subsidiary company of Vision West Nottinghamshire College.
With keynote addresses, a question and answer session and a wide range of networking opportunities and education workshops, attendees were able to get up-to-date knowledge on best practice and policy, while accessing the latest educational resources.
The opening address was delivered by West Nottinghamshire College Principal and Chief Executive Dame Asha Khemka OBE, DBE, who emphasised the need to challenge the perception that young people aren’t adequately prepared for work.
Keynote speakers at the event included Julie Ashton, Senior HMI at Ofsted, Beej Kaczmarczyk, Director of Sector Training, and David Matthews, Regional Apprentice Manager at Virgin Media, who all highlighted the need for a change in attitudes towards maths and English.
In the afternoon, delegates attended pre-booked workshops, run by some of the sector’s most experienced professionals. Attendees were able to get hints and tips for successful delivery of Functional Skills, get best practice advice, and take part in product demonstrations.
Managing Director of bksb, Harvinder Atwal, said: “The Skills Conference is the culmination of our commitment to providing outstanding English, maths and ICT. The day brings together passionate, professional speakers and delegates who share the same vision of improvement and knowledge sharing.
“I can’t believe The Skills Conference is in its sixth year. I want to thank everyone for their support, and everyone who has been involved in the day. It really has been the best one yet.”