City Skills Summit

Our half-day summit with UKCES will look ahead at the policy priorities for cities to improve skills and employment.

Event starts at 9.30am – 1.30pm on 2 July 2015 at Leeds

In the wake of the general election, Centre for Cities and UKCES, with the support of Leeds City Council, are holding a City Skills Summit in Leeds on 2nd July. With the Chancellor’s restated commitment to a ‘Northern Powerhouse’ and conditional offer of greater devolution, including of skills policy to cities, this half-day summit will bring together local and national skills practitioners to look ahead at the policy priorities for cities to improve skills and employment figures, using the tools already at their disposal and those that they might gain.

The event marks the launch of an ongoing research collaboration between UKCES and Centre for Cities and will be an opportunity for participants to influence research priorities for the partnership over the next 12 months.

For more details on the summit, including how to register, please contact Simon Jeffrey on


9.30am Registration and coffee

10am Welcome from Cllr Judith Blake (@cllrjudithblake) Leader, Leeds City Council

10.10am – 10.45am: Key findings from City Growth through People – a new discussion paper by Centre for Cities and UKCES

  • Naomi Clayton (@Naomi_Cities) Analyst and report author, Centre for Cities
  • Cllr Judith Blake (@cllrjudithblake) Leader, Leeds City Council
  • Barbara Spicer CBE (@BarbaraSpicer15) UKCES Commissioner and Chief Executive, Plus Dane Group

10.45am – 12.15pm: Towards 2020 – what are the priorities and next steps for local partners, businesses and government?

  • Using Labour Market Intelligence to drive local strategy – Stephen Overell Principal – Employment and Skills, New Economy Manchester (@neweconomymcr)
  • Employer leadership and collaboration – Leona Seaton Programme Manager for Developing the Young Workforce, Glasgow Chamber of Commerce (@Glasgow_Chamber)
  • Outcome agreements – David Corke, Director of Education and Skills Policy, Association of Colleges, (@AoC_info), Alison Morris (@alimorris_ukces) Assistant Director, UKCES, Adam Powell (@adam_powell) Director of Skills, West of England Local Enterprise Partnership

12.15pm: Keynote speech – Jacqui Ward, Deputy Director, Cities and Local Growth Unit, Cabinet Office/BIS/DCLG (followed by Q&A)

1pm Lunch


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