Skills & Productivity Roundtable

Launching CPP's Data Deficit report

21 March 2018
North House, 27 Great Peter Street, London SW1P 3LN

This event presents new data analysis uncovering the current skills shortages in England and overturning the myth that a university education is the only route to higher earnings. CPP welcomes recent announcements by government to enhance the quality of information in HE, but argues that – if the skills systems is to be a driver of productivity and shared prosperity – more and better data needs also to be available to learners and policy makers in FE.

The event will bring together a select group of policy-makers, business, data & skills experts, academics and charity leaders to discuss how to move forward with the findings of the report.



Welcome from Charlotte Alldritt, Director of Centre for Progressive Policy (CPP)


Presentation by Andy Norman, Research Analyst at CPP


Charlotte introduces respondents


Response from Roger Taylor, Chair at Ofqual


Response from Alison Wolf, Prof. at King’s College London & Member of the House of Lords


Seamus Nevin, Head of Policy Research at the Institute of Directors


Charlotte prompts responses re: place-based driven skill policies


Comments from around the table: ways of improving data, transparency and information deficit


Comments from around the table: how to move forward with implementing data-driven and place-based skills policies that tackle the shortage of technical skills?


Comments from around the table and discussion: how can businesses maximise the productivity impact when addressing skills shortage?


Further discussion and final deliberations


Final conclusions from Charlotte and wrap up


Roger Taylor

Chair of Ofqual

Roger was appointed as Chair of Ofqual in December 2016. Before his appointment as Chair, he was a member of Ofqual’s Audit and Risk Assurance Committee. His other board-level appointments include membership of the advisory group for HM Inspectorate of Probation and as an independent member of the Nuffield Health Board Quality and Safety Committee. He cofounded Dr Foster, the healthcare information business that has pioneered transparency in healthcare and was one of the UK’s fastest growing start-ups. He has worked with governments, NGOs and leading media organisations globally on the use of open data and public reporting. Roger started his career as a journalist working as a correspondent for the Financial Times in the UK and the US and, before that, as a researcher for the Consumers’ Association. His first book God Bless the NHS was a Guardian best-seller.

Professor Alison Wolf

Professor of Public Sector Management at King’s College London

Alison Wolf is the Sir Roy Griffiths Professor of Public Sector Management at King’s College London, and she sits as a cross-bench peer in the House of Lords. She specialises in the relationship between education and the labour market. She has a particular interest in training and skills policy, universities, and the medical workforce. The latter is particularly appropriate to the Chair she holds, established in memory of an influential government adviser on medical management.
Alison's latest book is The XX Factor: How Working Women Are Creating A New Society (Profile Books 2013). Professor Wolf is the director of the MSc in Public Services Policy and Management, which recruits students who are either already working in or planning a career in the public services (including the voluntary sector). She is also highly involved in policy debate, both in this country and more widely. She has been a specialist adviser to the House of Commons select committee on education and skills; writes widely for the national press and is a presenter for Analysis on BBC Radio 4; and in March 2011 completed the Wolf Review of Vocational Education for the Secretary of State for Education.

Seamus Nevin

Head of Policy Research at the Institute of Directors

Seamus is Head of Policy Research at the Institute of Directors. He is a member of the government's National Living Wage advisory group, the Home Office Brexit Employers Representative Group, the Department for Education's Teaching Excellence Framework advisory group, the Business Enterprise Reference Group at Ofsted, the Vocational and Technical Qualifications Stakeholder Group at Ofqual, the government's Careers and Enterprise Company Employer Group, the High-level Strategic Advisory Group in Statistical and Data Literacy at the Royal Statistical Society, the Migration and Brexit Advisory Group at the University of Surrey and the University of Sussex, the Micro-Social Change (MiSoC) Policy Advisory Group at the Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER), the LSE/ESRC Making In Europe project Steering Group, the EY-British Future immigration policy strategy group, and the Stakeholder Reference Panel at the Institute for Apprenticeships. Prior to joining the IoD, he worked in the policy unit of a party in the Northern Ireland Assembly and for an economic policy research institute operated jointly between the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and the University of Oxford. Seamus is a regular commentator across radio, print, online and television media.