How does Plymouth grow from good to great with 300,000 people?

14 October 2019 | College News, Employers

Regional leaders will debate how employers need to adapt as Plymouth grows its population to 300,000 and undergoes an unprecedented period of investment and change.

A major Employer’s Conference at City College Plymouth will see a line-up of speakers tackle issues such as job creation, the skills gap facing the City and how it transitions from ‘good’ to ‘great’.

Projects such as the groundbreaking heritage attraction The Box, the digital creative hub, Devonport Market Hall and the Oceansgate development will spark growth that requires an influx of talent well versed in a variety of modern skillsets.

At the same time, the Plymouth Plan has outlined population growth to 300,000 by 2031 with a resident workforce who meet the demand for skills.

The event, on Friday 18 October, will cover how employers cope with this growth, and how we train the workforce of the future – including utilising the experience of Armed Forces veterans and bringing ex-offenders into the working world.

The keynote speaker is former MP and chair of the Education Select Committee, Neil Carmichael, who will talk about the crucial link education plays in supporting economic growth.

On the agenda will be:

  • what sectors need in terms of jobs and skills to fulfil the anticipated demand
  • how the College needs to change to provide the workforce for the future
  • how organisations can support the anticipated public sector growth
  • retraining Armed Forces veterans and ex-offenders
  • the potential impact of Brexit on recruitment of skilled positions.

College Principal, Jackie Grubb, will explain the College’s ambitions in working with all educational institutions in supporting such rapid growth while helping lobby for greater investment.

She said: “We need a workforce able to seize the opportunities the City has within its grasp. The College, together with Plymouth’s collective educational institutions, will be fundamental to achieving that.

“We must also see this as an opportunity to eliminate inequality and use this exciting time to provide opportunities to those living in our most deprived areas. The chance to raise aspirations, improve Plymouth’s social mobility and overall well-being is not one we can afford to pass up.”

The conference’s speakers also include:

  • Steve Cardew, Chair of Plymouth City Council’s Employment and Skills Board, who will give the Board’s view on where the skills gaps lie
  • Paul James, CFO and Deputy CEO of Delt Shared Services, on how keeping investment in the region is crucial to supporting sustainable growth
  • Peter Kelly, CEO of Imployable, on how we must engage with those on the margins of society to meet the challenge of growing inclusively.

To register your place at the conference e-mail employers@cityplym.ac.uk or call 01752 305026. There will be time for networking, a Q&A session to the panel and round table discussions.

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