An event looking at the need to adopt a joined up approach to skills development has taken place.

The TTE Technical Institute, which has a facility in Peterlee, has hosted a skills roundtable discussion event together with Policy Connect and the Learning and Work Institute.

The event was attended by leading local industry and skills and training professionals, with the joint task of exploring the development of a responsive national skills system, which understands local needs as well as national economic priorities. The intention of the discussion was to build a successful and resilient skills system that joins up fragmented policies under a common vision.

Evidence was collected from the participants to inform the inquiry Future of the Skills System, undertaken jointly by Learning and Work Institute and Policy Connect and funded by the Further Education Trust for Leadership.

The discussion was chaired by Fiona Aldridge, Director of Policy and Research, Learning and Work Institute. The discussion covered themes including the desired skills systems and the efficacy of the current system.

The participants also discussed future opportunities and challenges in the delivery of an effective skills system.

Firstly, the discussions framed the key features of a successful skills ecosystem and the interaction of different organisations, outlining the role of employers, digital infrastructure and how to mitigate social inequality in response to individual needs.

Further questions explored the delivery performance of the existing systems and if the national provider base functions in a way to support a future robust skill system that can support local requirements at a national economic level.

Steve Grant, CEO of TTE Technical Institute, said: “It was really positive to welcome participants from across industry and education to TTE for this discussion.  I hope it will have a positive impact on the Learning and Work Institute and Policy Connect’s important report.

“Roundtable events are important to share ideas, knowledge and best practice to ensure people across all industries have the right skills and competencies to help companies remain competitive in a global economy.”