Addressing the Northern Ireland skills gap will top the agenda as business leaders gather for the IoD NI Leadership Lunch next month.
The final tables remain for the event, taking place on 2nd November at Belfast City Hall, which will feature a panel discussion including one of the UK’s best-known thinkers on how to address the skills shortage.
Dr Neil Bentley, originally from Belfast is Chief Executive of WorldSkills UK, a partnership between governments, employers and education which aims to help accelerate young people's career development.
He will be joined by Microsoft Ireland Commercial Director Aisling Curtis and Tony Danker, also from Belfast, who is Chief Executive of Be The Business, a new business-led organisation created to close the UK’s productivity gap.
IoD NI National Director Kirsty McManus said:
“A shortage of skills is consistently among the most prominent barriers to business growth raised by our members.
“Whether it is how to attract and retain talent in the post-Brexit era, how to manage the introduction and disruption of artificial intelligence or questions around local access to Apprenticeship Levy money, all these issues are key for businesses aiming to narrow the skills gap.
“That is why we have made skills the focus of next month’s Leadership Lunch where we look forward to hearing insights from our expert panel.”
As one of the most highly-anticipated events on the business social calendar, the Leadership Lunch presents an opportunity to network with new and existing contacts as well as a platform for learning key business lessons.
It will be hosted by BBC broadcaster Dr Wendy Austin MBE who will facilitate the panel session.
Dr Neil Bentley was previously Deputy Director-General and Chief Operating Officer at the CBI where he led public policy campaigns ranging from apprenticeships, skills and employment to public service reform and energy and climate change.
Tony Danker is considered among the premier minds concerned with closing the UK’s productivity gap and while Aisling Curtis is a leading voice on how technology can be utilised to improve productivity across all sectors.
Open to members or non-members, the event will also include an opportunity to win a prize from sponsors Selective Travel Management.