Technology and learning for a society in transition

Faced with rapid social and economic change, what will vocational education look like for employers, learners and institutions in 2030? Led by the RSA.

Tuesday 16 November
11am – 12pm

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The Royal Society for Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) and the Ufi VocTech Trust are coming together to discuss how technology and vocational learning can be transformed by the year 2030.

With a focus on place, the economy and the environment, the session will feature a range of speakers representing organisations at the cutting edge of technology and vocational education to discuss what they think learning skills for work will look like in 2030.

Our panellists

Anthony Painter (Chair)

Chief Research and Impact Officer, The RSA

Anthony leads the RSA’s Research and Impact team, overseeing their research, policy, publications and practical innovation. Anthony is an award winning policy and social innovator. He leads the RSA’s social change work covering economic security, future of work, education, lifelong learning, local democracy and regenerative futures. He has been a leading voice, writer and presenter on the RSA’s platforms for almost a decade.

Rebecca Garrod-Waters

Chief Executive Officer, Ufi VocTech Trust

Rebecca leads the Ufi VocTech Trust to deliver their vision of a world where vocational skills are celebrated and valued by all and where development of those skills is made possible by the best technology solutions.

Aftab Hussain

Instructor-Led Training and Learning Resource Centre Manager, Bolton College

Aftab has over 25 years of experience of managing learning technology within the education sector. He currently serves as the ILT and LRC Manager at Bolton College. The College has a proven reputation in the use of learning analytics, adaptive learning and conversational services. Ada, the College’s digital assistant is representative of an emerging suite of cognitive services that are redefining how students, teachers and support teams access day-to-day services at Bolton College.

Polly Morgan

Programme Director, iDEA Foundation

Polly leads the Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award (iDEA). iDEA helps people to develop digital and enterprise skills, discover new talents and gain digital confidence, for free. Learners work through bite-sized, interactive modules to achieve digital badges and unlock industry-recognised awards. To date, iDEA has reached more than 1 million learners who have achieved 8.5 million digital badges and over 100,000 awards.

Joe Wilson

Head of Digital Skills, City of Glasgow College

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