5th International Conference on Employer Engagement in Education and Training: 2018 – Videos from the conference

Videos and short interviews from our 5th International Conference on Employer Engagement in Education and Training 2018.


Day One

Russell Hobby (Teach First)

Carl Ward (Association of School and College Leaders)

Professor Kevin Orr (University of Huddersfield)

‘Putting skills to work: It’s not so much the what, or even the why, but how?’

Panel discussion organised by the Commercial Education Trust (CET).

Chaired by: John Hiller (CET) Panellists: Trisha Fettes and Prof. Karen Evans (UCL Institute of Education), Jessica Mellor-Park (Be Onsite/Lendlease), Tom Ravenscroft (Enabling Enterprise).


Day Two

Dr Anthony Mann (OECD)

David Laws (Education Policy Institute)

Sherry Coutu OBE (Founders4Schools)

‘Breaking down barriers: Increasing opportunities for social mobility’

Panel discussion organised by EuroFound.

Chaired by: Robert Anderson (Eurofound). Panellists: Martin Sandbu (Financial Times), Dr Louise Ashley (Royal Holloway), Helen Brand OBE (ACCA)

‘Career dialogue: School to work transitions’

Chaired by: Dr Deirdre Hughes OBE (University of Warwick).

Panellists: Dr Anthony Mann (OECD), Sue Gale (Adviza), Professor Tristram Hooley (The Careers and Enterprise Company), Dr Elnaz Kashefpakdel (Education and Employers).


One-minute summaries

A number of speakers also provided a short 1-minute overview of their research:

Alex Warner (Activate Learning)

Alister Bould (Inspiring Governance)

Bethany Fovargue (CILT)

Professor Bill Lucas (University of Winchester)

Dave Knapton (University of Sunderland)

Diane Gomery (PhD candidate, UCL Institute of Education)

Dr Anthony Mann (OECD)

Dr Deirdre Hughes OBE (University of Warwick)

Dr Jenifer Ruiz Valenzuela (CVER)

Dr Louise Ashley (Royal Holloway)

Olly Newton (The Edge Foundation)

Professor Sandra McNally (CVER)

Vanessa Dodd (University of Derby)


Stakeholder interviews

Speakers, chairs and delegates with an interest in employer engagement also shared their views on the benefits for young people when schools and employers connect:

Alice Barnard (The Edge Foundation)

Helen Brand OBE (ACCA)

Ian Duffy (BP)

John Hillier (Commercial Education Trust)






The conference was made possible through the kind support of: