Progression in Employment

29th November 2019

09:30 – 13:00
Broadway House,
 Tothill St,

London, SW1H 9NQ

How can employers and policymakers support the development and progression of low-skilled workers?

You are invited to a half-day conference to discuss the culmination of a two-year study, conducted across six European countries, focused on confronting the urgent issue of improving the employment progression of low-skilled workers.

IES will present new research supported by the JPMorgan Chase Foundation New Skills at Work Programme and unveil a practical, evidence-based toolkit for employers to support progression of low-skilled workers.

Improving opportunities for progression can mean higher productivity, engagement, wellbeing and social mobility. Tackling low pay and supporting the progression of low-skilled workers has grown in importance across Europe in recent years, and is a topic of increasing concern for businesses, HR professionals and policymakers.

You will get to hear from a leading panel of experts including:

  • Matthew Taylor CBE and CEO of the RSA, and Interim Director of Labour Market Enforcement
  • Emma Stewart MBE Co-founder and CEO, Timewise Foundation
  • Andrea Broughton Associate Director, Policy and Research, Ecorys
  • Anna Ambrose Director, London Progression Collaboration
  • Jonny Gifford Senior Advisor, Organisational Behaviour, CIPD
  • Ninoska Leppard Director of Personnel and Development, Corbin & King

The event will be moderated by Dr Duncan Brown, Head of HR Consultancy at IES and formerly Assistant Director General at CIPD.

The event is aimed at: senior HR professionals, senior policy and research advisors, multi-sector large and small employers, government policymakers and trade union representatives. 

The event will cover:

  • The views of thought leaders and influencers on how businesses can reshape work to improve the quality of work, engagement, productivity, wellbeing and performance.
  • Case studies showcasing what businesses are doing to promote and enable progression in work, the benefits achieved and tips on how to implement in practice.
  • Opportunity to debate some of the issues, challenges, and solutions with leading practitioners and thinkers.
  • An evidence-based toolkit and guidance to support individuals, HR professionals, line managers, senior leaders and others take steps to support progression at work.

Event Outline:
Date: Friday, November 29th, 2019

09.30 - Refreshments and registration
10.00 - Opening comments and scene setting
10.15 - Panel discussion and audience Q&A
11.30 - Break, coffee and refreshments
11.45 - Latest evidence, toolkit and examples of progression in practice
12.30 - Audience Q&A
12.45 - Closing comments
13:00 - Lunch