Week of VocTech: UK skills

Thursday 17 November 4:00pm

UK skills: unprecedented crisis or unique opportunity?

In conversation with Andrew Haldane, CEO of the RSA, and Rebecca Garrod-Waters, CEO of Ufi VocTech Trust.

Join Andrew Haldane and Rebecca Garrod Waters to explore the UK skills landscape, the challenges and opportunities, and discuss how we can deliver a positive vision for systems change.

The event was immediately followed by the Ufi VocTech Showcase, where attendees were able to explore for themselves the technology transforming vocational education.

Andrew Haldane

Chief Executive Officer of the RSA

Andrew Haldane is the Chief Executive Officer of the Royal Society for arts, manufacturers and commerce (RSA). He was formerly Chief Economist at the Bank of England and a member of the Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee. Andrew was the Permanent Secretary for Levelling Up at the Cabinet Office from September 2021 to March 2022, and as of June 2022, chairs the Levelling Up Advisory Council.

Among other positions, Andrew is Honorary Professor at the Universities of Nottingham, Manchester and Exeter, Visiting Professor at King’s College, London, a Visiting Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford and a Fellow of the Royal Society and the Academy of Social Sciences. He has authored around 200 articles and 4 books.

Andrew is Founder and President of the charity Pro Bono Economics, Vice-Chair of the charity National Numeracy, Co-Chair of the City of London Task-Force on Social Mobility and Chair of the National Numeracy Leadership Council.

Rebecca Garrod-Waters

Chief Executive Officer of Ufi VocTech Trust

Rebecca Garrod-Waters is the Chief Executive Officer of Ufi VocTech Trust and a Trustee of the Edge Foundation. Rebecca has a background in technology and innovation policy and economic development.

Prior to Ufi, Rebecca held positions as the Director of Innovation for Advantage West Midlands and Head of Knowledge Exchange at the South West Regional Development Agency.

About the RSA

The royal society for arts, manufactures and commerce is a network of entrepreneurs, educators and innovators working to advance society, the economy and the environment.

Ufi VocTech Trust + RSA Strategic Partnership

Ufi VocTech Trust and the RSA are working together to unite people, places and ideas to show how tech can help tackle the UK skills crisis.

You can find out about our Strategic Partnership here: www.ufi.co.uk/strategic-partnerships/rsa.

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