IntoWork Convention 2016

11th July 2016 - 12th July 2016

International Convention Centre (ICC) Birmingham

About the Convention

The IntoWork Convention 2016 convenes against a complex backdrop. The Government will commission a single Work and Health Programme and the sector is faced with challenges of delivering as public expenditure is ever more tightly controlled.

In the coming months, the employability sector will operate in an increasingly devolved context with new accountabilities going to city regions and combined authorities alongside growing demand for labour and a desire to reduce welfare costs.

IntoWork 2016 will have a strong focus on ‘what works’ and on understanding the evidence base about the UK labour market context and delivering in it. The Convention will set out real world best practice from across the UK and beyond and focus on three key themes: 

What works for the economy

Bringing jobs and skills together to meet employers' recruitment needs and promoting progression up the employment ladder:
  • Boosting in-work progression through expert advice and skills development, in a new conditionality context: do we really know what works?
  • Putting employability at the heart of employment and skills provision in a job outcome - funding regime: are we equipped to deliver?
  • Jobs and skills sit at the heart of the new devolution and decentralisation agenda: what needs to change? And do we understand and deploy best practice? 

What works for people

Rising to the health disability and employment challenge and supporting transitions into work for the most vulnerable:
  • Employer attitudes to disability: the key to positive change?
  • The growing challenge around mental health: do we need a new approach to helping people into work?
  • Does the real challenge lie in our disability benefit system: a need for further reform?
  • How should the new DWP approach of "work and health" innovation wrapped around a programme and Jobcentre "core" work?

What works for delivery

Hear more about the new DWP programme; how it will be commissioned across the UK; and understand the changing welfare scene as Universal Credit and digital delivery begin to take centre stage:
  • DWP's new Work & Health Programme: what should the key features be?
  • Devolution across the nation's of the U.K. and within England to city regions: what's the background thinking and how will approaches differ?
  • What's the role of the health, housing and skills sectors in employment? And what is the key to collaborative working?

Benefits of attending

  • Hear from politicians, senior professionals and top leaders from public, private and third sector organisations
  • Keep up to date and informed about the latest developments and innovations in policy and delivery
  • Share learning and innovations
  • Be part of the debate on integrating services for workless people
  • Network with individuals and organisations across sectors


We welcome APM as our lead sponsor for the 2016 IntoWork Convention:

"APM is proud to be the lead sponsor of this year’s IntoWork Convention. As a global leader in human services, our business is built on a desire to enable better lives for unemployed people. Consistently recognised as the leading disability employment services provider in Australia, we bring a genuine health context to the task of placing people into work, providing holistic and individual solutions. Strongly driven by performance, we deliver quality, sustainable outcomes for our customers, commissioners and partners from more than 35 sites across the UK."


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Confirmed Speakers

The Rt Hon. the Lord Freud
Minister of State for Welfare Reform
Kirsty Mchugh
Chief Executive, ERSA
  • Jeremy Moore, Director General, Strategy, Policy and Analysis Group, DWP
  • Alan Cave, Chief Executive, APM UK
  • Mark Dawe, Chief Executive, AELP
  • Matthew Poole, Head of Funding (Investment) England Directorate, Big Lottery Fund
  • Mark Rogers, Chief Executive, Birmingham City Council
  • Iain Walsh, Labour Market Strategy and International Affairs Director, Department for Work and Pensions

Confirmed Exhibitors

  • AELP (Stand 17)
  • APM (Stand 20)
  • Cognisoft (Stand 15)
  • Emsi (Stand 12)
  • entitledto (Stand 11)
  • ERSA (Stand 21)
  • Hive Tec (Stand 18)
  • IEP (Stand 22)
  • Learning and Work Institute (Stand 1)
  • MyWorkSearch (Stand 19)
  • Parkhouse Bell (Stand 14)
  • Pellcomp Software (Stand 7)
  • Policy in Practice (Stand 13)
  • PublicCo (Stand 23)
  • Stanger Kirkwood (Stand 6)
  • The Work Company (Stand 4)
  • RI World Congress hosted by Shaw Trust (Stand 8)
  • RBLI (Stand 16)

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