Supporting SMEs to develop workforce skills and maximise potential for growth

9:30 - 12:30, 14 January 2021, virtual workshop via Zoom

The interactive, practical workshop will explore how business schools can help small businesses develop the workforce skills that they need to improve productivity and thrive in today's challenging market conditions. By the end of the session participants will have an improved understanding about:

  • The development of skills and good work with a particular focus on the foundational and hi tech sectors
  • The relationship between workforce skills and productivity/performance; and the role of people in driving performance
  • How regional infrastructure/projects are supporting skills development
  • The opportunities and challenges in nascent SME markets and challenges

This workshop is part of the Regional Liaison Network's series of events and is co-hosted by the Small Business Charter and Manchester Metropolitan University Business School.

Speakers include:

Professor Carol Atkinson
Faculty Head: Research and Knowledge Exchange, Manchester Metropolitan University Business School

Jennie Shorley
Head of Engaged Scholarship, Faculty Head of Accreditations, Manchester Metropolitan University Business School

Professor Ben Lupton
Professor of Employment, Manchester Metropolitan University Business School

Roxy Lawton
Enterprise Fellow, Manchester Metropolitan University Business School

Dr Carl Diver
Academic Lead Industry 4.0 | Reader, Manchester Metropolitan University Business School

9:30   Chair's Welcome

Professor Carol Atkinson, Faculty Head: Research and Knowledge Exchange, Manchester Metropolitan University Business School

 

Section 1: Skills Utilisation and Good Jobs

9:40   Presentation on recent CIPD project on skills utilisation/job design in SMEs, and the new Good Employment Learning Lab

Professor Ben Lupton, Professor of Employment, Manchester Metropolitan University Business School

9:55   Manchester Growth Hub on their HR support for SMEs – particularly during COVID

Speaker to be announced

10:10   Breakout Group Discussions

10:40   Feedback Session

 

10:50   Break

 

Section 2: Industry 4.0 and SME Growth

11:00 Introduction

Jennie Shorley, Head of Engaged Scholarship, Faculty Head of Accreditations, Manchester Metropolitan University Business School

11:10   The 4th Industrial Revolution: implications for skills and growth

Dr Carl Diver, Academic Lead Industry 4.0 | Reader, Manchester Metropolitan University Business School

11:25   The Cyber and AI Foundries: implications for skills and growth

Roxy Lawton, Enterprise Fellow, Manchester Metropolitan University Business School

11:40   Breakout Group Discussions: Challenges in creating SME growth in new and disruptive markets

12:10   Feedback Session

12:20   Closing remarks

Professor Carol Atkinson

Professor Carol Atkinson
Faculty Head: Research and Knowledge Exchange, Manchester Metropolitan University Business School

Professor Ben Lupton
Professor of Employment, Manchester Metropolitan University Business School

Jennie Shorley
Head of Engaged Scholarship, Faculty Head of Accreditations, Manchester Metropolitan University Business School

Dr Carl Diver
Academic Lead Industry 4.0 | Reader, Manchester Metropolitan University Business School

Roxy Lawton
Enterprise Fellow, Manchester Metropolitan University Business School

This workshop is part of the Regional Liaison Network's series of events and is co-hosted by the Small Business Charter and Manchester Metropolitan University Business School.

The workshop will be of particular value to organisations (business schools, small businesses and policymakers) working in and for Greater Manchester and the broader North West region.

In order to make Regional Liaison Network events practicable we charge a fee of £30 per person.

For each event we can offer a small number of complementary passes and these will normally be allocated to representatives of small businesses. If you would like to apply for a complementary pass please contact Meenal Datar meenal.datar@charteredabs.org.

The Regional Liaison Network is comprised of representatives of Small Business Charter Award holding schools.

Launched in November 2020 the primary purpose of the Network is to develop and host a series of events across the UK that facilitate knowledge exchange between SBC schools, and provide opportunities for SBC schools to connect with small businesses and other stakeholders.

Events hosted by the Regional Liaison Network are open to all members of the Chartered ABS and representatives of small businesses. Each event has a strong regional dimension and is designed to reflect the particular needs and areas of interest of local and regional business communities.

Currently there are 18 members of the Regional Liaison Network. Click here for further details.

Delivered as part of the Regional Liaison Network

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