Attracting and Retaining Talent Conference

30 June 2017
09:15 for 10:00 -14:00
Devonport Lecture Theatre Plymouth University Drake Circus Plymouth PL4 8AA

Attracting and retaining talent is critical for boosting business productivity and growth.

In 2016, the UK Commission for Employment and Skills found that there were over 70,000 job openings in the South West region and around 17,000 of them difficult to fill because of a lack of skilled recruits. The number of job vacancies going unfilled is reported to be linked to candidates lacking appropriate skills, and the FSB (2015) found that this is the third biggest barrier to growth.

Devon and Cornwall Business Council, working collaboratively with Gradsouthwest and other businesses across the region, are therefore developing a campaign to promote the South West as an excellent place to build a career, with the aim of attracting and retaining highly skilled people.

With unfilled vacancies and untapped potential, business growth and our continued prosperity will require employers to retain and upgrade the skills they already have and to attract more highly skilled people to work within the region.

Aligned with the South West Growth Charter’s commitment to “invest in productive people and retain talent within our region”, our first job is to develop a strong and inclusive partnership of employers, educators and regional champions.

At this conference you will hear from businesses and training providers from across the region, outlining the opportunities and challenges they face with attracting and retaining talent in the South West. Our key note speaker is Charlie Ball, Head of Higher Education Intelligence at Prospects who will give an overview of talent migration from a national perspective


Agenda is as follows:

Tea and Coffee will be available from 09.15 and a buffet lunch will be available from 12.30
Welcome - Tim Jones, Chairman, DCBC

Introduction - Ben Rhodes, Chief Executive, DCBC

10.25 - 10:55
Talent migration: the national picture - Charlie Ball, Head of Higher Education Intelligence at Prospects

10:55 - 11:15
Q and A Session

11:15 - 11:45

11:45 - 12:05
Talent retention through training - Sharron Robbie, Managing Director at Devon & Cornwall Training Provider Network Ltd

12:05 - 12:25
Recruitment is like Fishing - Nicky Luke, Recruitment and Talent Manager at Unlocking Potential

12:25 - 12:45
Building Plymouth - Julian Phillips, Business Development Manager, Midas (Mi-Space UK Ltd.)

12:45 - 13:00
Q and A: What are the real issues and how can we solve them?

13.00 - 14.00
Networking & Buffet Lunch

Date of Next Conference: Friday 8th September 2017

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Getting to the Event

Full details about how to get to the campus, including parking, can be found here:

Parking is unfortunately rather limited on campus itself but a number of car parks are available nearby including Mayflower House Court, Mayflower East and Regent Street. More details are available at the link above.

Delivery Organisation: 
Devon and Cornwall Business Council
How to Register: 

By invitation only

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