» 24 February 2016, ICE, London

The SkillsPlanner project was formally launched on 24 February 2016 at the Institution of Civil Engineers in London. Over 130 guests listened as programme director Rebecca Lovelace introduced the project, followed by keynote speakers Andy Mitchell CBE, CEO of Tideway, and Sir Nigel Shadbolt, founding partner of Seme4 – both organisations are SkillsPlanner partners.

» Video

» Keynotes

SkillsPlanner launch title slideTideway Andy Mitchell at SkillsPlanner launchThe launch presentations (mainly comprising Sir Nigel Shadbolt’s slides) are available via Slideshare, or click the image (left) to open a PDF version (7.4MB) – this will open in a new tab.

Listen to our podcast of Tideway’s Andy Mitchell talking about the importance of investing in skills to support our major infrastructure projects (Click on image right – SoundCloud will open in a new tab).

» Panel discussion

Following the launch presentations and keynotes, an expert panel fielded questions from the audience.

  1. (Caroline Blackman Director, Laing O,Rourke): “How do we match the demands of industry with the ability of colleges to supply?”
  2. (Chris Dransfield Employability and Brokerage Manager, Crossrail): “How can industry make itself an attractive career prospect to young people?”
  3. (Caroline Blackman, Director, Laing O,Rourke): “How can SkillsPlanner engage with parents and teachers?”
  4. (Jacqui McDonnell, Bexley College): “How do we help schools and colleges sell construction?”
  5. (Mark Booth, Camden Council): “How can SkillsPlanner help local councils promote construction careers?”
  6. (Chris Dransfield, Employability and Brokerage Manager, Crossrail): “How can students be confident there will be a job at the end of their training?”

» Other content

  • Twitter stats SkillsPlanner 24 FebDuring the evening, #SkillsPlanner featured heavily on Twitter, with over 200 tweets from more than 50 contributors. Read our Storify stream from the evening.
  • Read our blog post about the event, and about the buzz it created.
  • See how some SkillsPlanner partners marked the event – like SERIO.