Gathering to focus on future workforce

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Preston’s College and the North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce have teamed up to provide a special conference focussing on the future needs of the county’s workforce.

The Future Skills Conference will take place from 10am to 2pm on Thursday, May 15, at the college’s Fulwood campus .

The focus of the conference is on business in Lancashire, its evolution, and the skills it will need in the future.

The aim is to inspire employers, college staff and learners about the training challenges of the future and how Preston’s College will be best placed to provide the skilled staff to serve these industries.

The event will be introduced by College Principal Dr Lis Smith.

She will reflect on the evolutions the college has made and outline future plans for the new STEM building.

The conference will then feature a series of speakers who will talk about industry in Lancashire and give their thoughts on what is required in the future.

The speakers include: Jonathan Greening of Alstom; Norman Tenray of Obas UK; Jeremy Coates of Magma Digital; Stephen Gregson of Moore and Smalley; Andy Walker of Lancashire County Council and Sa’ad Medkat of NEF: The Innovation Institute

Once the speakers have completed their sessions there will be a break for lunch before returning for a plenary session.

The event will conclude with a reception in Vincent’s to allow for informal discussions and questions.

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