The international symposium series is an annual event, now in its 4th year, that was created by Skills Development Scotland and is one of the ways in which we have been influencing thinking in Scotland around work-based learning.
This year’s symposium has been designed to support and advance the work being undertaken within Skills Development Scotland in the area of future skills and the future of work. The programme featured presentations, discussion and debate with particular emphasis on high performing individuals and workplaces and a future-focused skills system.
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Five of Scotland's young innovators speak about their experience of work and what they believe the future of work will be like.
Programme Director, Centre for Work-based Learning
David Coyne is Director of the recently created Centre for Work-based Learning in Scotland. He also performs a role in SDS providing advice on Employability, Fair Work and Labour Market Strategy in the Chief Executive office. He has held a number of leadership roles prior to joining SDS, including Head of City Deal and Head of Economic Development for Glasgow City Council.
David introduces the Centre and what it is doing to establish the value of work-based learning in the Scottish education and training system.
Chief Executive Officer, CIPD
Peter is chief executive of the CIPD, the professional body for more than 140,000 HR and people development professionals around the world. He writes and speaks widely on the development of HR, the future of work and the key issues of leadership, culture and organisation, people and skills.
Peter highlights that we are now in a time of unprecedented change and we need action to equip people for the future. He focuses on how we can all thrive by becoming more human in a world of technological change.
Director, Scotland, British Council
Jackie is Director, Scotland of the British Council, the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. Her remit is to develop opportunities, connections and relationships between Scotland and the wider world, primarily in the spheres of education, society and the arts.
Jackie highlights the importance and benefits of cross cultural competence and considers internationalism in the context of Brexit and our global positioning.
Chief Experience Officer, Minerva Schools, San Francisco
Robin is Chief Experience Officer of Minerva Schools, with responsibility for the full student life cycle. Based in San Francisco, Robin and her team work to ensure that students are placed in internships and jobs, which includes working directly with employers to ensure students are ready to contribute when they start work.
Robin shares how Minerva provides a future focused educational experience that is deliberately designed to provide students with the capabilities to thrive in the future.
Provost and Chief Executive Officer, Heriot-Watt University, Malaysia
Mushtak is Provost and Chief Executive Officer at Heriot-Watt University, Malaysia. An innovative educator, he speaks at international conferences and consults for national and multinational corporations in the areas of leadership, innovation, human development, performance and technology.
Mushtak presents his pioneering university programme that develops emotional intelligence.
Senior Policy Analyst, OECD
Anthony leads the Vocational Education and Training and Adult Learning team at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). He is an experienced educational researcher and author of many works notably on the relationship between education and employment.
Anthony provides an overview of the OECD’s research into what constitutes high performance work practices and why these are important for the future
Vice President - Hybrid Cloud and Head of R&D UK, IBM
Stephen is Vice President Cloud Integration Development and UK Lab Leader for IBM. Stephen is a results driven leader who is respected and known for creating a positive working climate.
Stephen joins a high performing workplaces employer panel, speaking about IBM’s use of agile practices for cultural benefits as well as development efficiencies that help people and the organisation thrive. He also covers the benefits of design thinking for all staff.
Chief Executive Officer, Cornerstone
Edel is chief executive of Cornerstone, an organisation that provides care and support services for adults, children and young people with disabilities and other support needs. Cornerstone operates a person centred approach, identifying goals for everyone they support based on four key areas – increased social inclusion, improved health, improved independence and improved well-being.
Edel was recently named EY Scotland Entrepreneur of the Year 2017. She joins Stephen and others on the high performing workplaces employer panel.
Senior Professional Insights Manager, ACCA
Clive is Senior Professional Insights Manager at the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). He has a particular interest in the personal developmental aspects of an organisation and how the talent agenda in finance is influenced by the use of technology.
Clive joins our high performing workplaces employer panel, speaking about ACCA’s programme of research into the future of the accounting profession and what they see changing in the future.
Chief Executive Officer, Entrepreneurial Spark
Lucy-Rose is co-founder and Chief Entrepreneuring Officer at Entrepreneurial Spark and is passionate about supporting people and getting the best out of teams to create a long term sustainable business. She has been involved in a long list of business start-ups over the space of more than a decade, each with a strong Scottish streak.
Lucy-Rose also joins the high performing workplaces employer panel, contributing to the discussion on the growth of entrepreneurship, the skills required and how we can foster and value these within business.
Chief Executive Officer, Skills Development Scotland
Damien is Chief Executive of Skills Development Scotland. His extensive international knowledge of, and advocacy for, work based learning has driven the creation of new opportunities for young people, including the introduction of foundation apprenticeships for senior school pupils. Passionate about skills development and its contribution to a prospering Scottish economy, Damien’s future ambitions for SDS include improving industry engagement in workforce development through foundation and graduate level apprenticeships, supporting inclusion and diversity in fair and productive workplaces.
Damien presents the drivers for change in the Scottish skills system.