11 May 2021
Edge and Envision recently hosted an interactive seminar on the topic "Rethinking Employability - Preparing young people for the future of work". Chaired by broadcaster and educational change advocate, Steph McGovern, welcomed over 300 attendees and a panel of speakers from across the educational spectrum.
Olly Newton from Edge and Jo Clarke from Envision offered insights from inside the education system. Also bringing their expertise were Neil Weller MBE (Chair of the London Apprenticeship Ambassador Network); Kirsty Green-Mann (Head of Corporate Responsibility, Burges Salmon LLP); and Mark Smith (CEO and Founder of Ada, the National College for Digital Skills).
Reflections on the future struck a cautiously optimistic tone. Pre-pandemic, things were moving in the right direction, but now change is coming hard and fast. Kirsty said that businesses of all sizes must do their part – whether through apprenticeship programmes, light touch outreach or just advocacy work. Neil said that Covid has spurred employers to embrace opportunities to connect with young people digitally. And Mark felt that degree apprenticeships are an increasingly attractive alternative to traditional degrees.