Symposium 2017

Thriving in the workplace of the future

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Innovating work-based learning in Scotland

Thriving in the workplace of the future

The international symposium series is an annual event, now in its 4th year, that was created by Skills Development Scotland and is one of the ways in which we have been influencing thinking in Scotland around work-based learning. 

This year’s symposium has been designed to support and advance the work being undertaken within Skills Development Scotland in the area of future skills and the future of work. The programme featured presentations, discussion and debate with particular emphasis on high performing individuals and workplaces and a future-focused skills system.

Programme

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The Centre for Work-based Learning - David Coyne

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In this discussion

David introduces the Centre and what it is doing to establish the value of work-based learning in the Scottish education and training system.

The future of work is human - Peter Cheese

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In this discussion

Peter highlights that we are now in a time of unprecedented change and we need action to equip people for the future.  He focuses on how we can all thrive by becoming more human in a world of technological change.

The future of work is global - Jackie Killeen

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In this discussion

Jackie highlights the importance and benefits of cross cultural competence and considers internationalism in the context of Brexit and our global positioning.

The future of Higher Education? Minerva Schools case study - Robin Goldberg

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Robin shares how Minerva provides a future focused educational experience that is deliberately designed to provide students with the capabilities to thrive in the future.

Emotional Intelligence for success - case study - Professor Mushtak Al-Atabi

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In this discussion

Mushtak presents his pioneering university programme that develops emotional intelligence. 

High Performance Work Practices - Re-inventing organisations - Dr Anthony Mann

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In this discussion

Anthony provides an overview of the OECD’s research into what constitutes high performance work practices and why these are important for the future.

High Performing Workplaces - an open panel discussion

An open panel discussion featuring:

Stephen Warwick, Vice President, Hybrid Cloud and Head of R&D UK, IBM

Edel Harris, Chief Executive Officer, Cornerstone

Clive Webb, Senior Professional Insights Manager, ACCA 

Lucy-Rose Walker, Chief Executive Officer, Entrepreneurial Spark

Q&A Session

Your questions answered – a Q&A session featuring:

Peter Cheese, Jackie Killeen, Robin Goldberg, Professor Mushtak Al-Atabi and Dr Anthony Mann

Scotland at a crossroads - the path to prosperity - Damien Yeates

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In this discussion

Damien presents the drivers for change in the Scottish skills system.

A Human Future:

Scotland's Young Innovators

 

Five of Scotland's young innovators speak about their experience of work and what they believe the future of work will be like.

Speakers

David Coyne

Programme Director, Centre for Work-based Learning

 

David Coyne is Director of the recently created Centre for Work-based Learning in Scotland.  He also performs a role in SDS providing advice on Employability, Fair Work and Labour Market Strategy in the Chief Executive office.  He has held a number of leadership roles prior to joining SDS, including Head of City Deal and Head of Economic Development for Glasgow City Council.

David introduces the Centre and what it is doing to establish the value of work-based learning in the Scottish education and training system.

Peter Cheese

Chief Executive Officer, CIPD

 

Peter is chief executive of the CIPD, the professional body for more than 140,000 HR and people development professionals around the world.  He writes and speaks widely on the development of HR, the future of work and the key issues of leadership, culture and organisation, people and skills.

Peter highlights that we are now in a time of unprecedented change and we need action to equip people for the future. He focuses on how we can all thrive by becoming more human in a world of technological change.

 

Jackie Killeen

Director, Scotland, British Council

 

Jackie is Director, Scotland of the British Council, the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities.  Her remit is to develop opportunities, connections and relationships between Scotland and the wider world, primarily in the spheres of education, society and the arts. 

Jackie highlights the importance and benefits of cross cultural competence and considers internationalism in the context of Brexit and our global positioning.

 

 

Robin Goldberg

Chief Experience Officer, Minerva Schools, San Francisco

 

Robin is Chief Experience Officer of Minerva Schools, with responsibility for the full student life cycle. Based in San Francisco, Robin and her team work to ensure that students are placed in internships and jobs, which includes working directly with employers to ensure students are ready to contribute when they start work.

Robin shares how Minerva provides a future focused educational experience that is deliberately designed to provide students with the capabilities to thrive in the future. 

Professor Mushtak Al-Atabi

Provost and Chief Executive Officer, Heriot-Watt University, Malaysia

 

Mushtak is Provost and Chief Executive Officer at Heriot-Watt University, Malaysia.  An innovative educator, he speaks at international conferences and consults for national and multinational corporations in the areas of leadership, innovation, human development, performance and technology.

Mushtak presents his pioneering university programme that develops emotional intelligence.

Dr. Anthony Mann

Senior Policy Analyst, OECD

 

Anthony leads the Vocational Education and Training and Adult Learning team at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).  He is an experienced educational researcher and author of many works notably on the relationship between education and employment.

Anthony provides an overview of the OECD’s research into what constitutes high performance work practices and why these are important for the future

Stephen Warwick

Vice President - Hybrid Cloud and Head of R&D UK, IBM

 

Stephen is Vice President Cloud Integration Development and UK Lab Leader for IBM. Stephen is a results driven leader who is respected and known for creating a positive working climate.

Stephen joins a high performing workplaces employer panel, speaking about IBM’s use of agile practices for cultural benefits as well as development efficiencies that help people and the organisation thrive. He also covers the benefits of design thinking for all staff.

Edel Harris

Chief Executive Officer, Cornerstone

 

Edel is chief executive of Cornerstone, an organisation that provides care and support services for adults, children and young people with disabilities and other support needs.  Cornerstone operates a person centred approach, identifying goals for everyone they support based on four key areas – increased social inclusion, improved health, improved independence and improved well-being.

Edel was recently named EY Scotland Entrepreneur of the Year 2017.  She joins Stephen and others on the high performing workplaces employer panel.

Clive Webb

Senior Professional Insights Manager, ACCA

 

Clive is Senior Professional Insights Manager at the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).  He has a particular interest in the personal developmental aspects of an organisation and how the talent agenda in finance is influenced by the use of technology. 

Clive joins our high performing workplaces employer panel, speaking about ACCA’s programme of research into the future of the accounting profession and what they see changing in the future.

Lucy-Rose Walker

Chief Executive Officer, Entrepreneurial Spark

 

Lucy-Rose is co-founder and Chief Entrepreneuring Officer at Entrepreneurial Spark and is passionate about supporting people and getting the best out of teams to create a long term sustainable business.  She has been involved in a long list of business start-ups over the space of more than a decade, each with a strong Scottish streak.

Lucy-Rose also joins the high performing workplaces employer panel, contributing to the discussion on the growth of entrepreneurship, the skills required and how we can foster and value these within business.

Damien Yeates

Chief Executive Officer, Skills Development Scotland

 

Damien is Chief Executive of Skills Development Scotland.  His extensive international knowledge of, and advocacy for, work based learning has driven the creation of new opportunities for young people, including the introduction of foundation apprenticeships for senior school pupils. Passionate about skills development and its contribution to a prospering Scottish economy, Damien’s future ambitions for SDS include improving industry engagement in workforce development through foundation and graduate level apprenticeships, supporting inclusion and diversity in fair and productive workplaces.

Damien presents the drivers for change in the Scottish skills system.

Join the conversation: #AHumanFuture

 

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