CHANGE OF DATE: Now 11th – 15th November 2019


CHANGE OF DATE: Now 11th – 15th November 2019


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People Summit

People Summit…. Building for tomorrow's workforce today!

Date: 15th Nov 2018, 9:00 to 12:30

Theme: Skills and Talent

Venue: National Centre for Early Music

The world of work is changing. From making sure your company can recruit the skills it needs to preparing for technological change we will explore how to build your talent pipeline and prepare for the future workplace.

This half-day summit, brought to you in partnership with the Federation of Small Business (FSB), will explore the employment and skills challenges facing the city today and into the future, what the future of the workplace might look like, and how we can build the right talent pipeline now to create a highly trained and relevant skilled workforce equipped to meet the challenges in the short, medium and long-term future of our city.

The Summit will provide a platform for businesses to discuss and collectively agree what actions need to be taken to ensure York continues to offer opportunities and remains a great place to work.

Concentrating upon the theme of building for tomorrow's workforce today, the event will bring together a range of fascinating speeches, thought provoking commentary, and panel debate on topics such as: predicting future skills needs; the changing shape of the workforce; inspiring tomorrow’s employees; developing soft skills in young employees; maintaining engaged employees helping first-time and young managers; and combining energy with experience - using the multi-generational workforce.

Hosted by Annabel Jelley, Head of Skills York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Enterprise Partnership our speakers will include:

Andrew Ferguson, Careers and Placements, Student and Academic Services, University of York

Chinara Rustamova, National Education & Skills Policy Advisor FSB

Dominic Colenso, Founder & Head Performance Coach, InFlowTraining

Julia Massey, Learning City Partnership Manager, the City of York Council

Lindsay Cameron, Director, The Next Steps

Michelle Mook, Owner & Director, Pro Development

Pete Quinn, Independent Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Consultant, Pete Quinn Consulting

Susan Binnersley, Managing Director, h2h Limited

Students from York College

Panel discussion with participants so far from Pavers Shoes, Portakabin and IQ Engineering

In additional to the speeches and discussions the event provides opportunities to network with key stakeholders and utilise information delivered on the day to better address the city’s skills and employability challenges.

A buffet lunch will be provided.

Booking is available now and we expect interest in this event to be high so early booking is advisable.

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Principal Sponsors

benenden health

Business Switch Gas and Electric

Garbutt and Elliott


Inclusion Housing

Incremental Solutions

Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnership

Penlife Associates Chartered Financial Planners

Rollits LLP

Sparq (part of the Saville Group)

University of York

XPS Solutions Ltd

York Business Improvement District


York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Enterprise Partnership

Langleys Solicitors

Autohorn Fleet Services Ltd



Ison Harrison Solicitors

Event Partners


Ian Walker & Co Chartered Accountants

FSB Experts in Business

Make It York For Business

York Bid

York & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce


Beetroot Box Video Content Creation

Crombie Wilkinson Solicitors

City of York Council

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