Conference Summary


Leicester Marriott
Grove Park
Smith Way
LE19 1SW

Awards Evening Date and Time

1 December 2020 (Time to be announced)

Conference Date and Time

2 December 2020 (Registration open at 08:30)

We are delighted to welcome you to the Skills and Education Group Annual Conference and Awards 2020.

The focus of this year’s conference is a look at the current landscape of further education, and as delegates, you will have the opportunity to hear from leading voices within the sector, and participate in a range of interactive workshops.

Our first conference of the new decade is also the first to feature our new Awards evening. The day will provide an opportunity to recognise the achievements of organisations, staff and learners in the further education and skills sector.

There is much to celebrate within this sector. The work that you do truly transforms the lives of individuals, providing benefits for learners, communities and the wider economy. We hope you will join us for what will be an inspiring and thought-provoking conference and awards evening.

Second Tier Sponsor

Peridot Education Recruitment

Placing purpose and quality before profit, Peridot Partners is a values-led executive recruitment agency transforming leadership and inspiring change with organisations who have social purpose.

We’re a close-knit team of 22 exceptional people and we’re proud of developing an ultra-flexible, empowering and fun culture.

Without a KPI in sight, we focus on long-term, deep rooted relationships that bring added value.

We challenge the status quo about what makes good leadership, and this is reflected in our exceptional clients, candidates and close community of change-makers.

With over 10 years’ experience across public, third and private sector, we work with organisations that want to grow and who appreciate and value good leadership.

This means we spend our time recruiting people for leadership roles, executive and non-executive, and working with boards to become more effective.

Last Year’s Conference Highlights


Key Speakers

Jaz Ampaw-Farr

Resilience Ninja

Jaz Ampaw-Farr

Paul Eeles

Chief Executive

Skills and Education Group

Phil Beach CBE

Executive Director


Charlotte Bosworth

Managing Director

Innovate Awarding

David Gallagher

Chief Executive



08:30 - 09:30

Registration and exhibition


Conference welcome 


Keynote address 

Gillian Keegan MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Apprenticeships and Skills (invited)


Panel 1 - Building the Nations Skills




Keynote address

Senior Director Ofsted (invited)


Panel 2 - ‘Getting to Grips’ with Technical Education


Morning sessions close 




Workshops - session 1

Topics to be confirmed.




Workshops - session 2

Topics to be confirmed.



Awards Dinner

Join us for our inaugural Awards Evening on 1 December 2020 at the Leicester Marriott.

The work of further education organisations, staff and learners in improving social mobility deserves recognition. These awards will celebrate the achievements of our members, centres and providers, and in particular the success stories of their staff and learners.

Categories for this year’s awards are now open! Find our awards categories and application forms here. 

To secure a place at our Awards Evening, please specify that you wish to attend when booking your place at the conference. The cost for dinner is £45.