IntoWork Convention 2017

5th July 2017 - 6th July 2017

The Kia Oval, London

Thank you to our sponsors, exhibitors and supporters. Presentations coming soon.

Transforming Lives in Changing Times

As the dust settles on the election result, the priorities for the next Parliament are becoming clear.
IntoWork 2017 will be the first big opportunity to hear first hand what the future may hold; and to learn how local commissioners, providers and the wider sector are gearing up to meet them. With new lines being drawn on employment, skills and welfare reform, at the Convention this year we will be sharing insights and practice on work and health, apprenticeships, devolution and social justice.
We’ll hear from the new Director of the Work and Health Unit and Combined Authorities, industry leaders and sector bodies. We’ll be discussing and debating the government’s plans for a major retraining programme; their proposed reforms of the Apprenticeship Levy; the future of Jobcentre Plus and the Dynamic Purchasing System; and of course the Work and Health Programme, Universal Credit and welfare reform. Transforming lives in changing times. For anyone who wants to play a leading role in changing lives in the next five years, this event can’t be missed.
This Year’s Convention
The theme for this year’s Convention is ‘Transforming Lives in Changing Times’. We’ll be addressing head-on how we respond to the changing funding and delivery landscape we face, but also focusing on what we need to do to achieve the step change in employment opportunity, skills, social justice and growth that we want to see. 
The Convention delivers four key themes:
1. Work, Health and Disability
How we can improve the employment prospects of disabled people, the roles of the Work and Health Programme, transforming how services work together acres health, employment and local government, what is working and how we do more.
2. Apprenticeships and skills
Growth in apprenticeships and reforms to technical education should create opportunities for the sector and the people we work with. We’ll explore how to nurture successful partnerships with employers, skills and employment support providers to increase and improve access to high quality training, apprenticeships and traineeships.
3. Devolution
We will bring together Combined Authorities, local and national government and those delivering services to share practice, learn what is working, and discuss the next steps for devolution. 
4. Social Justice
The Convention will share insights on how to ensure everyone can share in prosperity. This will include looking at the rollout of Universal Credit, delivery of Troubled Families and other local services.
Benefits of attending
  • Hear from politicians, senior professionals and top leaders from public, private and third sector organisations
  • Learn what is working and how it is being funded from a range of practitioners and areaseep up to date and informed about the latest developments and innovations in policy and delivery
  • Be part of the debate on the future of devolution, service integration and support
  • Network with individuals and organisations across sectors
Who should attend?
Do you help people find work, keep work and progress in work? Are you dedicated to integrating services for improving employability and reducing worklessness? Do you want to create robust and sustainable policies? Are you in local or national government, charities, third sector and work in or with organisations across sectors including health, skills, and justice? This Convention is for you!
Have your say on…
  • What works? What is the evidence for that? What are the practical lessons?
  • How do we spread this good practice to make a sustained difference?
  • How can different sectors, groups and localities work better together?

Confirmed Speakers

Debbie Abrahams MP
Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
Tabitha Jay
Director, Work and Health Unit, Department for Work and Pensions
  • Prof Dame Carol Black, Principal, Newnham College, Special advisor, DoH & PHE
  • Sir Vince Cable, Former Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills
  • Prof Gina Radford, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health
  • Mark Dawe, Chief Executive, Association of Employment and Learning Providers
  • Ben Dobson, Researcher and co-author of the reforming disability benefits and support, Reform
  • Naomi Clayton, Policy and Research Manager, Centre for Cities;
  • Stephen Evans, Chief Executive, Learning and Work Institute
  • Dr Rachel Garside-Jones, Acting Deputy Director, Skills, Employability and EU Funding, Welsh Government
  • Gemma Hope, Head of Policy, Research and Communication, Shaw Trust
  • David Hughes, Chief Executive, Association of Colleges
  • Chris Kane, Principal Officer, Contracted Public Employment Services, Department of Social Protection
  • Raisa Matadar, National Society of Apprentices (NSoA)
  • Mike McElhinney, Director, Employability and Skills Unit, Scottish Government
  • Kirsty McHugh, Chief Executive, Employment Related Services Association
  • Gill Morris, Chief Executive, Devo Connect
  • Jules Pipe CBE, Deputy Mayor of London, Planning, Regeneration and Skills
  • Tom Richmond, Former DfE advisor on apprenticeships
  • Pat Russell, AMP; New, Chief Executive, Disability Rights UK
  • Sharron Russell, Deputy Director, Employability, Health and Benefits Policy, Department for Communities Northern Ireland
  • Liz Sayce, Independent Commentator on Disability Rights and Equality
  • Roy O’Shaughnessy, Chief Executive, Shaw Trust
  • Katie Schmeucker, Head of Policy, Joseph Rowntree Foundation
  • Dave Simmonds OBE, Emeritus Senior Research Fellow, Learning and Work Institute
  • Sam Thomas, Policy Manager, Making Every Adult Matter
  • Iain Walsh, Labour Market and International Affairs Director, Department for Work and Pensions
  • Andy Wilson, Chief Executive, Capital City College Group
  • Tony Wilson, Director of Policy and Research, Learning and Work Institute
  • Dr Wanda Wyporska, Executive Director, The Equality Trust

Confirmed Exhibitors

  • Clarion Housing Group (stand 6)
  • CogniSoft (stand 10)
  • Disability Rights UK (stand 11)
  • entitledto (stand 9)
  • ERSA (stand 5)
  • Learning and Work Institute (stand 1)
  • Policy in Practice (stand 4)
  • Royal British Legion Industries (stand 18)

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