Free on 19th March? Why not come along to our 2020 Digital Skills Conference for adult educators, local authorities and employers and get the lowdown on the latest government skills reforms, market trends and insight, together with practical funding advice.

During the first part of the agenda we’ll facilitate discussion from influential bodies such as the AELP, Digital Skills Partnerships, The Good Things Foundation who will discuss the baseline digital skills for society, especially reaching those who are most vulnerable.

Lloyds Bank will share the outputs of their research and how this influenced the new essential digital skills qualification coming in 2020.

The second part of the agenda will look at the digital skills critical for employment, with contributions from employers. Our speakers will provide a lens for educating people of all ages to succeed in a world where digital technology is automating ever more complex tasks and what we should do collectively to make sure our country has the right educational infrastructure, capability and capacity to upskill the UK's workforce.

If you're committed to making the technology evolution work for everyone in society, then you need to be at this brand-new digital literacy conference from BCS who won an award for ‘Best New Conference 2019’

Join in the debate that's influencing digital literacy policy.


10:30 - Registration and refreshments

11:00 - Conference opens (Part 1)
Brian Runciman, Head of Content and Insight, BCS
Brian has been an IT journalist for nearly 20 years. During his time with BCS he has edited our member magazine ITNOW, the second oldest computing title in the world, and taken a particular interest in the societal impact of computing. He tweets @BrianRunciman

11:05 - Digital Access for all 
Jemma Waters, Head of Responsible Transformation, Lloyds Banking Group

11:20 - How to implement essential digital skills into your learning environment
Bernie Fishpool, Consultant
Bernie has worked in the computing/IT sector in FE for more than two decades as a teacher / lecturer, assessor, qualification developer and educational author. She led on the development of the AQA Tech-Levels for Computing in 2014 to 2016 and is passionate about enabling transferable skills.

11:35 - The role of training providers and funding to deliver learning of good digital skills
Simon Ashworth, Chief Policy Officer, AELP
As Chief Policy Officer, Simon represents AELP on a number of external panels including the Institute for Apprenticeships Stakeholder Reference Panel, the Education and Skills Funding Agency Provider Reference Group and Ofqual’s Vocational & Technical Qualifications Reference Group.

11:50 - Bringing about a digitally included nation
Adam Micklethwaite, Director of Digital Social Inclusion, Good Things Foundation
Adam is responsible for building ambitious and innovative partnerships with government, philanthropy and the private sector to address society’s biggest challenges. Prior to joining the Foundation, he held senior roles in the government, establishing the National Careers Service and the first system of student loans in UK FE.

12:05 - Widening access to digital skills training
Marika Beckford, Digital Skills Partnership

12:20 - Panel discussion and Q&A

13:00 - Lunch (complimentary deli lunch will be provided)

13:45 - The Fourth Industrial Revolution is here - are you prepared?
Dr Bill Mitchell OBE, Director of Policy, BCS
Bill leads policy and parliamentary engagement for BCS, focusing on creating a stable digital infrastructure in the UK. Prior to BCS, he spent 20 years in research into the mathematical foundations of computer science. In 2019, Bill was awarded an OBE for services to computing and artificial intelligence education.

14:00 - Building a Digital Ready Workforce: Capacity, Supply and Capability
Henrietta Mbeah-Bankas, Head of Blended Learning and Digital Literacy Project Manager, Health Education England

Henrietta is a Registered Mental Health Nurse, a Darzi Fellow Alumni and a second year NHS Clinical Entrepreneur. She was a visiting lecturer at City University, London and is currently a visiting lecturer at UCL on the MSc Clinical Mental Health Science course and the annual 3-day Early Intervention in Psychosis course.

14:20 - Session tbc

14:40 - Certifying Digital Skills Globally
Damien O'Sullivan, CEO, ICDL Foundation
Damien is CEO of the ICDL Foundation and its regional subsidiaries - ICDL Europe, ICDL Africa, ICDL Asia and ICDL Americas. He’s committed to raising digital competence standards in the workforce, education and society and is a Member of the Governing Board of the European Commission’s Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition.

14:55 - Panel discussion and Q&A
Annette Allmark - Head of Apprenticeships, BCS
Annette has over 20 years’ experience of setting industry standards, influencing and designing vocational learning and aligning employers’ skills needs with government policy. She joined BCS in 2018 to lead our digital apprenticeships strategy and is responsible for delivery of our end-point assessment.

15:25 - Closing summary
Lucy Ireland, Managing Director, BCS Learning and Development
Lucy Ireland is responsible for the delivery of world class standards in certification and education for the IT and digital industries. An astute, insightful and down-to-earth businesswoman, Lucy’s been a learning and development professional since the early 90s and brings clarity to the complexities of the training sector.

15:30 - Networking

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Skills for a Digital World 2020
Date and time
19 March, 10:30am - 4:15pm
Broad Street
B1 2EA