2nd February 2018 Bruntwood Space Platform, New Station Street, Leeds

Investing in education and skills in the North has never been more important

The  Northern Powerhouse Conference 2018: Education and Skills brought together employers, teachers, work and skills providers, business and political leaders to debate how the North can deliver world-class education, skills and employment. The conference built consensus on how to bridge the productivity gap and deliver world-class education and job opportunities.

Thank you to all the speakers, chairs and presenters that made the day such a success. Special thanks go to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Working Links and Falmouth University for generously supporting the conference. Thanks also to the Northern Powerhouse Partnership, the Northern Powerhouse All Party Parliamentary Group, Association of Employment and Learning Providers, Association of Colleges, ERSA, Learning & Work Institute and Bruntwood for their advice and support in making this conference a reality.

In recent years, we have seen the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy, reforms in technical education, the launch of the Industrial Strategy, city deals and skills devolution packages and area-based reviews of further education institutions. The Northern Powerhouse Conference 2018: Education and Skills not only examined these advances but looked ahead to how we can promote new thinking, improve life chances and achieve greater social mobility in the North. In doing so we discussed how we can make the case for further devolution of powers and funding over education and skills, allowing the North to meet the challenges and opportunities of today and tomorrow.

We hope to host a similar event in 2019, please do get in touch via [email protected] if you are interested in contributing to or becoming a partner with this initiative.

Kind regards



Gill Morris

Chief Executive
The Northern Powerhouse 2018 Conference Producers