Conference programme

Building a Creative Nation: The Future Workforce. Supporting innovation for skills, recruitment and apprenticeships.

(c) James Fletcher
(c) James Fletcher

17 April 2018 

The Lowry, Pier 8, The Quays, Salford M50 3AZ

Timings and speakers subject to change.


Julia Fawcett OBE, The Lowry

Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Rebecca Long-Bailey, MP

Arts Council England’s Goal 4: workforce development and diversity
Mags Patten, Arts Council England

Opportunities and challenges with entry-level recruitment
Tina Lewis, National Trust

Panel Discussion: Supporting innovation for skills, recruitment and apprenticeships
Seetha Kumar, chief executive of Creative Skillset, leads a discussion on skills chaired by Diane Lees, CBE, Imperial War Museum.

Apprenticeships reform: an update from the CEO of the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education
Sir Gerry Berragan, Institute for Apprenticeships

What do we need from future leaders in the creative industries?
Hilary Carty, Clore Leadership Programme


Breakout Sessions – Round 1
Book from one of six breakout sessions (see below for more details).

  • Processes and Apps for Productivity
  • Break-out with CLOCK!
  • Britain’s got talent - so why don’t we use it?
  • Influencing Governments: how can the creative industries make their case to ministers and politicians?
  • National Skills Academy: everyone's a winner
  • Future skills needs and challenges in the music industry


Breakout Sessions – Round 2
Book from one of five breakout sessions (see below for more details).

  • Creative talent pipeline
  • Britain’s got talent - so why don’t we use it?
  • Tour of Salford Quays
  • Building a future workforce from the ground up
  • Managing apprentices: a best practice approach


Skills for the creative industries, a view from Greater Manchester
Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester

An update from the Department for Education on the proposals for the new 'T' level qualifications
Michael Davies, Department for Education

Taking forward the skills agenda for The Lowry
Lynsey O’Sullivan, The Lowry

Creating opportunities for young people
Paul Dennett, City Mayor Salford City Council

Apprentice debate: Building a Creative Nation
Chaired by Yvonne Kelly, Barking & Dagenham College. Panel of apprentices and young creatives.

Closing remarks and drinks reception
Pauline Tambling, Creative & Cultural Skills

18:00 - CLOSE