National Conference 2017

The Skills Academy is convening a national conference “Skills and Apprenticeships in Financial Services”, aimed at senior leaders in the financial services sector. Featuring a series of high-profile speakers discussing present skills gaps and future skills needs in financial services, the conference will investigate the opportunities and challenges posed by the ongoing developments of Fintech, the current Brexit negotiations, and the new apprenticeship levy that will generate over £250 million from the sector each year, and how financial services firms can adapt to meet them.

Speakers include:

  • Simon Kirby MP, Economic Secretary to the Treasury on how the apprenticeship levy provides an important opportunity for financial services firms
  • Alderman Dr Andrew Parmley, The Rt Hon the Lord Mayor of London on how greater diversity in the sector is crucial for the industry’s future development and how apprenticeships can support this
  • Guy Opperman MP, Lord Commissioner to the Treasury on how financial services firms can use the uncertainties of change to generate positive momentum
  • Sir Brendan Barber, Deputy Chairman to the Banking Standards Board on how firms need to change their skills priorities to meet business compliance targets
  • Anthony Thomson, Founder and Chairman of Atom Bank and co-founder of Metro Bank on why skills needs in financial services are changing and how firms can take control when facing change
  • Jacqueline Davies, Master of the Guild of HR Professionals and former HR Director of the Financial Conduct Authority on why the development of new talent streams is important in relation to meeting regulatory needs
  • Nicola Green, HR Director from AXA Insurance on how to use the levy to meet the needs of the insurance sector
  • Liz Moody, Senior Lecturer, Executive Education, The Open University on what skills the sector needs in reaction to the developments of Fintech
  • Mike Thompson, Director Early Careers, Barclays and member of the Government Apprenticeship Delivery Board representing Financial Services on what opportunities the apprenticeship levy provides for the banking sector
  • Amanda Gethin, EY EMEIA FSO Talent Leader, EY on how the apprenticeship levy can be used to advance diversity and promote business growth

The event will be held on Thursday 15th June 2017 at 10am to 4pm with a drinks reception to follow until 5.30pm at the BT Centre in the City of London.

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