08.45 – 09.45



Chair’s welcome and address

Declan Swan, CEO, National Education Business Partnership Network (NEBPN)

10.00 – 10.40


‘Building Stronger Partnerships’: Developing a successful strategy for engaging employers in your school

John Edmunds, Employer Partnership Division, DCSF

10.40 – 11.20

Case Study

Enriching your curriculum and improving learning outcomes for your students through engaging with employers
Jill Douglass, Vocational Administration Assistant, Leiston High School

11.20 –11.50

Morning Refreshments

11.50 – 12.30

Panel Discussion

Understanding the employer perspective: Reducing and removing barriers for successful partnership working

 Michael Gray, General Manager, Hyatt Regency Hotel and Diploma Champion

Angela Wright, Former Chair National EBP Network and CEO, Solent Skill Quest, Queen’s Award winner for Enterprise Promotion

12.30 – 13.20

Streamed Sessions 1



Practical tips for successfully sustaining relationships with employers

Stephen Cook, Director of Community Development, Cecil Jones Business and Enterprise College

Coordinating employers’ involvement:identifying opportunities and securing effective partnerships

13.20 – 14.20


14.20 – 15.10

Streamed Sessions 2



Engaging local employers in your school to promote community cohesion

Peter Hayward, Head of Enterprise and Leisure, Dukeries Community College

Developing a strategy for employer engagement: Making a ‘menu’ for employers and securing buy in

Jacqui Hampton, Partnership Manager, Freebrough Specialist Engineering College

Winners of The RM award for Excellence in Employer Engagement

15:10 – 15:30

Afternoon Refreshments

15:30 – 16:20

Streamed Sessions 3



Matching employer engagement activities with the learning needs of your students

Achieving long-term relationships with your business partners
Carolyn Griffiths,14-19 Partnership Manager, Connexions West of England


Conference Close