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Our third dinner discussion brought Neil Carberry, formerly Managing Director of the CBI, together with leaders from London’s largest further education colleges. The group met to discuss how better collaboration between industry and colleges can be enabled.

Central to the concerns of both business and colleges are having qualifications that give the people who will make up tomorrow’s workforce progression and the ability to move between jobs. Partnership and reform, local solutions rather than top-down policy and presenting a united front to government all prompted impassioned debate. College leaders explained they felt excluded from discussions about training, apprenticeships and T-levels.

Topics on the table generally pivoted around two central themes: the role employers should play in designing a skills system and how colleges and business can come together in a united front to influence policy.

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