Harlow College: Levelling Up with skills

We hosted a seminar at Harlow College, on behalf of Willmott Dixon, in November. It looked at the connections between public procurement, planning gain, social value, and skills and training. Speakers included The Rt Hon Robert Halfon MP, minister for skills and apprenticeships, Ruth Gilbert, head of employability and skills at Essex County Council, Cllr Chris Hossack the leader of Brentwood Borough Council, and Natalie Evans, the responsible procurement manager at Westminster City Council. The summit was chaired by Richard Davidson, a director of Willmott Dixon and also a governor of Chelmsford College.

The Minister talked about the “ladder of opportunity” and how skills and training are one of the biggest tools to enable younger generations to rise up the ladder and achieve more in their careers: levelling up the opportunity.

The Summit heard from John Heylett, a young man who is a living example of what providing opportunity can achieve. It set the scene for the summit: this is what we must aim to achieve. He came from the most deprived area in Essex, Jaywick near Clacton, and through pursuing the opportunities made available to him is now a building surveyor at Atkins. John spoke about his career to date and the doors that have been opened for him.

Click here for a full summary of the summit.