After a busy year of growth, it’s time for the Skills and Education Group Conference which takes place in Leicester on May 14.


The annual event is a highlight in the further education and skills calendar; providing the opportunity for attendees to be inspired by keynote speakers, learn from experts in the field, and network with colleagues old and new.


Here’s an insight into what you can expect from the conference this year:

Discover the key issues shaping the future of education:


The theme for this year is A Vision for the Future. With elections, in the UK and abroad, and in recognition of ongoing global challenges and rapidly developing technologies, we invite you to consider how educators in further education can best meet the demands of 21st-century Global Britain.


Insights from thought-provoking speakers:


Another key benefit of attending is that the conference brings together leaders, decision-makers and government officials to discuss the latest issues facing the sector in the UK. So, join us to gain insights and develop skills around the key challenges and opportunities affecting you and your learners.


We have an impressive line-up of speakers – you can read more about all speakers on the conference website.


Our Annual Impact Report will be launched:


Our latest impact report will be launched to delegates at the upcoming Annual Conference. The Impact Report celebrates the achievements and impact of our organisation in the last academic year. It includes interactive elements such as a playlist, statistics, stories, case studies and videos, which showcase all aspects of the Group, including Skills and Education Group AwardsSkills and Education Group Access and BIIAB.


Our Special Guest is Ian Dunt, Political Analyst and Commentator.


Ian is an author and former editor of, one of the most widely read specialist political websites by MPs and members of the public. He is a columnist for New European and the i newspaper. On TV and radio, Ian has appeared on Any Questions, Newsnight, and Sky’s Newspaper Review. He was part of the team that launched Remainiacs, a political podcast about Britain’s departure from the European Union, which was renamed Oh God, What Now? With Dorian Lynskey, Ian is also the host of the podcast Origin Story.


Join us to hear Ian discuss our theme Is Change on the Horizon?

Explore the benefits of international collaboration.


Chaired by FE Week Editor Shane Chowen, this session with Jonathan Ledger, Dr Reshu Sanan, Ms Shreshtha Gupta, and Professor Melvyn Lees will dive into all the incredible opportunities that come from working together globally.

Learn new things and make new connections.


Across the day, our panels, exhibitions and workshops will:

  • provide ideas and solutions.

  • the chance to share practice with international colleagues.

  • the opportunity to hear from the next generation of policymakers and political commentators.

  • empower providers so that they can adapt to the uncertainties of the future and best prepare their learners for success.

  • Provide networking opportunities.


You can view all workshops, sponsors and exhibitors on the conference webpage.


After a sold-out event in 2023, our conference is proving to be popular again. Don’t miss your opportunity to hear from key figures in the sector, learn new things, and make connections with peers.



Listen to our Let’s Go Further Podcast for engaging stories from across the education sector, as we delve deeper into the stories that help transform lives.



The Skills and Education Group Conference takes place at the Leicester Marriott hotel on Tuesday 14 May. Visit our conference website for all the details and to book your place. We look forward to seeing you there!

We look forward to seeing you!