Conference Summary


Leicester Marriott
Grove Park
Smith Way
LE19 1SW

Awards Evening Date and Time

13 May 2020 (Time to be announced)

Conference Date and Time

14 May 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

Skills Forward

Skills Forward are one of the UK’s leading eLearning assessment solutions for Functional Skills and GCSE. We are the first company to introduce an online Functional Skills package in the UK.

We are a not-for-profit company and are part of the NCFE Group. Skills Forward believe everyone should have access to learning and the opportunity to develop new skills to progress into employment or further education and develop the skills needed for everyday life.

Our unique assessments, resources and summative assessments can transform how organisations approach Functional Skills, GCSE and the employability skills development of learners.

Last Year’s Conference Highlights

Key Speakers

Jaz Ampaw-Farr

Resilience Ninja

Jaz Ampaw-Farr

Paul Eeles

Chief Executive

Skills and Education Group

Phil Beech

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 13 May 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.