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The largest gathering of employers and school leaders in Cambridge will take place virtually on December 1.

Form the Future’s annual conference will feature keynote speeches, lightning talks and workshops focused on how we are preparing young people for the transition into the workplace.

Anne Bailey, of Form the Future, discusses apprenticeships last year with Cambridge Ahead’s Dan Thorp. Picture: Keith Heppell
Anne Bailey, of Form the Future, discusses apprenticeships last year with Cambridge Ahead’s Dan Thorp. Picture: Keith Heppell

Supported by the Cambridge Independent, the event will hear from Anna Vignoles, professor of education at the University of Cambridge, who studies how students’ academic achievements can be improved and how we can help them develop the skills they need in the labour market.

With her particular interest in inequalities and the gap in attainment across socio-economic groups, Prof Vignoles’ keynote will focus on how Covid-19 has impacted the labour market for school leavers.

The conference will also hear from Anthony Browne , who was elected as the MP for South Cambridgeshire at the last election.

And Jane Paterson-Todd, CEO of Cambridge Ahead, will summarise the findings and recommendations in a report the business membership organisation commissioned from Rand on careers guidance in schools in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

A representative of the Greater Cambridge Partnership, another sponsor of the Rand report and a major partner of Form the Future, will outline its focus on skills.

Cambridge Ahead CEO Jane Paterson-Todd will talk at the conference. Picture: Keith Heppell
Cambridge Ahead CEO Jane Paterson-Todd will talk at the conference. Picture: Keith Heppell

Form the Future CEO Anne Bailey said: “We hope the conference acts as a catalyst for new ways to come together as a community to prepare our young people for their futures.

“We will share how we’ve adapted to Covid-19 to continue our work to upskill Cambridge, futureproof employment in the area and improve social mobility.”

Sponsors will contribute to lightning talks and workshops on topics including STEM outreach, the Kickstart scheme and apprenticeships, and virtual work experience.

Everyone is welcome to join the event, which comes at a time of concern over both the widening attainment gap and the impact of Covid-19 on the prospects for school and college leavers.

Form the Future helps to connect young people with careers and acts as the apprenticeship hub for the Greater Cambridge Partnership.

Anthony Browne, Conservative MP for South Cambridgeshire. Picture: Keith Heppell
Anthony Browne, Conservative MP for South Cambridgeshire. Picture: Keith Heppell

The conference is also supported by Kameo Recruitment, Cambition, Lexington Communications, Athena Leaders, EIT Food Annual Food Agenda and Shifties.

Contact Sue Walden on swalden@formthefuture.org.uk to learn more about sponsoring the event.

Registration is open now at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/125513619615.

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