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High Level Skills: Impact, Sustainability and the Key to Recovery

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The High Level Skills (HLS) consortium invites local education providers and strategic partners to learn about programme findings and data, new support available, and our plans for the future as we embark on a number of exciting new projects.

  • From: Thursday 30 September 2021, 8.50 am
  • To: Thursday 30 September 2021, 11 am
  • Registration: 8.50 am
  • Booking deadline: Tuesday 28 September 2021, 5.00 pm
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This support is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund

Please note: this is a virtual event that will be hosted on Microsoft Teams.

The HLS programme supports lifelong learning, supports local SMEs to grow their skills and talent, and improvement of the labour market relevance of education and training systems. We do this by putting SME voice at the heart of our support programme and course design.

We held a successful event in November 2020 at which we shared details of our impact and the data we have gathered from our participants, and how this has shaped the project. We now invite our strategic partners and local education and training providers to find out more as we come to the end of the first phase of the project and enter an exciting second phase.

The event will include:

  • keynote speech from an expert in sustainability
  • information on sustainability initiatives and support available in the local area
  • case studies, what the data is telling us so far and how we're using SME feedback
  • support available through our new projects

Looking forward, the HLS programme will continue through the delivery of a number of new projects focusing on the areas of leadership and management, sustainability, change management, digital marketing and support for employees of STEM businesses.


Keynote speaker: Sarah Mukherjee MBE, CEO of IEMA

Sarah Mukherjee, CEO of IEMA

We are delighted to confirm that Sarah Mukherjee MBE will be joining us a keynote speaker.

Sarah is the CEO of IEMA, the professional body for everyone working, studying, or interested in sustainability.

She was the BBC's Environment Correspondent for many years, presenting on national and international BBC radio and television news, working – and winning awards - across the world.   Since leaving the Corporation, she has had leadership roles in utilities and agriculture. She was a panel member for the National Parks Review and sits on the National Food Strategy Advisory Panel.  She is a Trustee of the Woodland Trust, a governor of Harper Adams University and is Co-Chair of the Oxford Farming Conference.

Sarah has been a Campaign for Real Ale beer judge and a rugby reporter in the past - two activities she still enjoys - and is a runner and yoga addict.

Sustainability and sustainability skills will be the key to recovery and Sarah will join us to share her knowledge on what difference this makes and how to ensure maximum quality and impact.


Time Agenda item
8.50 am Registration
9am Welcome from Jeremy Hague, Director of Knowledge Exchange at Nottingham Trent University
9.10 am

Keynote speaker: Sarah Mukherjee MBE, CEO of IEMA on the topic of sustainability plus a speaker Q&A slot

9.50 am High Level Skills programme update, including our impact, video case studies and new project support available
10.20 am Wider sustainability support for SMEs in the local area, including NTU's Sustainability in Enterprise project
10.35 am Panel Q&A session
11 am Close

Booking information

If you have multiple people attending from your organisation, please book individually to ensure we can be sure of numbers, and provide the latest updates directly.

If you have any queries about this event, please email

Please note: this is a virtual event that will be hosted on Microsoft Teams.

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