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Skills Minister and Shadow Minister to headline CSA’s Learning & Development Conference

Two senior politicians are set to headline and inspire an upcoming conference on Learning & Development (L&D) organised by the Credit Services Association (CSA), the voice of the UK debt collection and debt purchase sectors.

Gillian Keegan

Gillian Keegan, Minister for Apprenticeships and Skills, and Toby Perkins, Shadow Minister for Apprenticeships and Lifelong Learning, will update delegates about the critical importance of employer engagement for lifelong learning.

They will tackle the role of apprenticeships for the financial services sector (especially at a time when people may be looking to ‘retrain’ into new roles following the pandemic) and explore opportunities from the Government’s Kickstart Scheme which provides funding to create job opportunities for 16–24-year-olds.

Both MPs are in a unique position to speak about L&D and not just because of their current roles: Gillian Keegan is the only degree level apprentice in the House of Commons, having begun an apprenticeship at 16, working for Delco Electronics whilst also studying for a Business Degree. Toby Perkins, meanwhile, has championed improvements in the standard of apprenticeships, and has experience working with the Chesterfield College and private apprentice providers during his 10 years as MP for the constituency.

Toby Perkins

Fiona Macaskill, Director of Learning and Development at the CSA is looking forward to welcoming Mrs Keegan and Mr Perkins to the event: “At such a significant point in the country’s employment history, we are lucky to hear from two MPs sitting on opposite sides of the Commons Chamber, who are united in their awareness of the necessity to future-proof employment prospects.

“A key aim of the conference,” she continues, “is to provide insight into developments and changes to apprenticeships, and no one is better placed to do so than two MPs who are influencing the national further education strategy, the National Retraining Scheme, and working with the institutes of technology and national colleges, right in the heart of Westminster.”

The L&D Conference will take place virtually on 9 February.

Register for the conference here

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