Skills Hub

Day One - CPD Training Workshops

10am - 10.50am

Apprenticeship Levy - Maximising Potential 


11am - 11.50am 

How to Build a Stronger Property and Construction Brand


12pm - 12.50pm

Contracts - Writing, Negotiating & Winning

  • Going back to basics - why was the company established?
  • Do you have strong values that form the basis of your activities - do all employees know what they are?
  • What's your mission? If you wish to accept it, do all your employees too?
  • What value are you adding above your competitors?
  • Don't take that tone with me: the importance of your brand's tone of voice
  • Can you hear me now?? Getting your message heard in the busy market place


Jennifer Evans, Director/Owner, Vivacity London


1pm - 1.50pm

Building Your Network, Winning Contracts & Closing Deals 


2pm - 2.50pm

Marketing Tools - Developing a Winning Marketing Campaign


3pm - 3.50pm

PR & Brand Development for Success

Day Two - Conference & CPD Workshops

10am Skills & Apprenticeship Development

  • Increasing engagement

  • Apprenticeship landscape

  • Pathway to construction

  • Supply chain

  • Engagement support for SME's


Martyn Price MBE, Chairman, Cross Industry Construction Apprenticeship Task Force


10.30am Panel Discussion: Skills Development in UK Construction 

  • Apprenticeship opportunities

  • Steps to bridge the skills gab


Tony Ellender, Emerging Talent Manager, Balfour Beatty

Phil Wade, Operations Director, First Base

Michelle Sawson, Skills Programme Director, Lendlease

Cllr Kim Caddy, Cabinet Member (Employment, Skills and Business Development), London Borough of Wandsworth

Scott Young, Head of Skills and Employment, Tideway


11.30am Increasing Employability

  • Employability Skills

  • Skillsets desired by employers

  • Skillsets provided to students

  • Methodology

  • Contextualisation - case studies


Christine Gausden, Programme Lead, University of Greenwich


12pm Panel Discussion: Construction Opportunities within Colleges

  • What are the job opportunities available in the industry?

  • Training and development


Lee Boresta, Head of Construction Dept, Barnet and Southgate College

Perry Paraskeva, Senior Business Consultant, Barking and Dagenham College


12.30pm Construction in Schools

  • How to get schoolchildren involved in construction

  • Plans for giving schoolchildren the opportunity to gain work experience on a construction site

  • Looking at apprenticeships in construction and ensuring schools are providing the correct information to their pupils


Jeremy Rabinovitch, Workplace Co-ordinator, Tolent Construction Ltd


1pm Workshop: Improving Schools Outreach to Solve the Skills Gap

  • MOOC's Module


Kathryn Lennon Johnson, Director, Built Environment Skills in Schools


2pm Workshop: Adopting a Strong Apprentice Scheme


3pm Workshop: Employers Engaging with Education