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Learning for life – in lockdown and beyond

May 22nd 2020 - Presented by: Victoria Winckler - chair Louise Casella Louise Wilford Milly Blenkin Jane Roberts

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This webinar was hosted in conjunction with our partner The Open University in Wales during #LearningatWork week 2020 and takes the form of a panel discussion.

In it we explore how organisations are providing opportunities to learn during lockdown, how lockdown has changed the way we think about learning, and what the Bevan Foundation and The Open University in Wales are doing to ensure more people have the ability to learn flexibly and at distance.

Some of the key topics covered include:

  • the changing nature of the Welsh economy, skills challenges and lifelong learning landscapes, and the demographic makeup of Welsh communities
  • the inherent value of learning at work, beyond employability
  • how organisations can address the challenges of learning at work during lockdown
  • how learning improves other life outcomes, such as reducing poverty and improving health
  • why learning is crucial to the future prosperity of Wales

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The Presenters:

Victoria Winckler - chair

Dr Victoria Winckler has been the Director of the Bevan Foundation since 2002, establishing it as Wales’ most exciting and innovative think-tank. Victoria is also currently Wales adviser to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

Victoria is a leading contributor to public policy in Wales. In the 1990s she developed the proposals that secured EU Objective 1 status for West Wales and the Valleys, in the early 2000s she galvanised the Welsh Government’s actions to tackle poverty and most recently generated robust proposals for new Welsh taxes which are now being taken forward by the Welsh Government.

Victoria frequently gives expert evidence to Assembly Committees, comments in online articles and speaks at a wide range of events. She is currently a member of the Ministerial Tax Advisory Group, and a board member of Traveline Cymru.

Victoria previously held roles at the Welsh Local Government Association, Mid Glamorgan County Council and Cardiff University and has served in public appointments and as a board member of several organisations.

Victoria holds a BA (Hons) in geography, MSc in Town Planning and a PhD.

Louise Casella

Louise is Director of The Open University in Wales. Prior to joining The Open University in Wales, Louise served as Pro Vice-Chancellor of Wrexham Glyndwr University. She built her career at Cardiff University, where she led a range of professional services, and was Director of Strategic Development for over eight years. She was a member of the Welsh Assembly Government Review of Higher Education in 2008 and has twice served as an elected member of the CBI Wales Council.

Louise Wilford

Louise is 23 and is about to enter the third year of her Open University law degree and is in her fourth year with the Open University overall. She has recently completed a placement with her local Citizens Advice through our achieve through work experience programme, Go Wales. She is a mother to a 4-year-old daughter.

Milly Blenkin

Milly is a Talent Programme Manager at GoCo Group, the Group behind Newport based price comparison website GoCompare.com. Milly heads up the GoFurther Academy, which largely focuses on apprenticeships, internships, work experience and placement, graduate schemes, career changers and GoCo’s STEM Ambassadors programme.

Jane Roberts

Jane is Acting Head of OpenLearn, looking after a team of around 20 people responsible for the production of all content on OpenLearn, The Open University’s home of free learning. Jane has been with the OpenLearn team for almost five years, but her relationship with The Open University is significantly longer.

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