Association of Colleges Annual Conference & Exhibition 2023

Working with you to create a future for every learner

Pearson returned to the AoC Annual Conference and Exhibition in 2023 as the headline partner at the International Convention Centre (ICC), Birmingham on 14th-15th November 2023.


Supporting learners to progress and succeed in the workplace of the future


  • Michael Howells, President Workforce Skills, Pearson
  • Sadhana Bhide, Strategic Workforce Planning SME, Faethm by Pearson
  • Clare Boden-Hatton, Director of Operations -Employment and Skills at West Midlands Combined Authority
  • Dr Nikos Savvas, Chief Executive Officer, Eastern Education Group, Principal, Abbeygate Sixth Form College

Socio-economic and technology trends are reshaping the workplace of the future. 

AI is helping us to understand these trends and the implications for the skills needs of the future – the emerging and transferable skills, and higher level skills – that will be needed by the employees of the future. 

The session will explore how the sector can work together to ensure we can support every learner to flourish and progress, including into Higher Technical Education, and what needs to be in place to support lifelong learning.

Breakout Session 1

How future skills needs are transforming qualification design and development to provide a future for every learner


  • Donna Ford-Clarke, Products & Services Director, Vocational Qualifications & Training, Pearson
  • Rebecca Mameli, Senior Strategic Lead, Higher Education Research and Product Solutions, Pearson
  • Alex Mountain, Vice President for Faethm By Pearson 
  • David Abrahams, ACMI MIET, Cloud & Service Partners – Key Client Manager Global Operations, Schneider Electric IT UK Ltd
  • Keith Smith, Chief Executive Harrow, Richmond and Uxbridge Colleges Group

Join our panel of experts as we explore how the understanding of future skills needs is reshaping the development of qualifications. 

Gain practical insights into how Pearson is using AI data and analysis to understand future skills needs, and embedding these into qualifications to ensure that learners get the skills employers really want and need. 

The session will explore the changing landscape, and how we need to meet the diverse needs of learners, educators, and employers to bridge the skills gap and boost social mobility. 

Breakout Session 2

Building local skills for the future: local power, national framework, data driven


  • Freya Thomas Monk, Managing Director, Vocational Qualifications & Training
  • Corin Crane, CEO, Coventry and Warks Chamber of Commerce
  • Dr Alison Arnaud, Principal: Hackney and Tower Hamlets Colleges, New City College Group

Pearson’s Skills Outlook provides vital insight into the immediate needs of the modern workforce, helping employers and employees stay relevant. Our first Skills Map of England identifies the shifts regional workforces will experience now and in the future. 

With increased devolution of skills policies, participants will explore why local power is necessary to drive targeted initiatives, the best ways to engage employers, and what centralised frameworks needed to maintain national cohesion.  

Data analysis can help anticipate supply and demand of future skills. Participants will consider data most useful to them, and how we can best benchmark progress made.

The Pearson Drinks reception

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