Upskilling the UK workforce for the 21st century


As the UK recovers from the COVID-19 crisis, it will be important to ensure that workers are equipped with the skills necessary to get them back into meaningful employment as quickly as possible. This means empowering people to develop the skills and competencies that are essential for employment in the short term, but also understanding the changing requirements for jobs in the future, as the UK accelerates the transition towards a net zero emissions economy.

This event will launch the Aldersgate Group’s latest policy briefing, which will argue that addressing the skills challenge has to be a priority across government policy and must also be driven by much greater input and collaboration from business and educational institutions. Following an overview of the Aldersgate Group’s briefing and a political keynote, a multi-sector business panel will debate what they see as the most important policy priorities to invest in the skills of the future, boost productivity and create jobs right across the country.


  • Kwasi Kwarteng MP, Minister for Business, Energy and Clean Growth, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy


  • Nick Molho, Executive Director, Aldersgate Group


  • Joan Walley, Chair, Aldersgate Group


  • Iain Patton, CEO of the Alliance for Sustainability Leadership in Education (EAUC)
  • John Weir, Talent and Skills Lead, University of Hull
  • Justine Andrew, Market Director for KPMG’s Education and Skills team, KPMG UK
  • Dr. Adam Read, External Affairs Director, SUEZ UK
  • Will Goodhart, Chief Executive, CFA Society of the United Kingdom 
  • Andy Jeffcutt, Senior HR Business Partner, Ørsted