“A skilled workforce is vital for our future prosperity”, John Cridland CBE, to explore at Bolland Lecture

Issue date: 09 June 2014

John Cridland

'The challenges and opportunities facing businesses in the run up to the 2015 General Election and beyond' is the theme of this year's Annual Bolland Lecture, delivered by CBI Director-General John Cridland, at UWE Bristol Exhibition and Conference Centre, on Wednesday 18 June 2014.

John Cridland will explore businesses' priorities in the run up to the 2015 General Election and beyond, outlining how political uncertainty remains a major risk to the economic recovery. He will also focus on the important relationship between business and education, and how a skilled workforce is vital for our future prosperity.

The Bolland Lecture 2014, is delivered as part of the Bristol Distinguished Executive Address Series (BDEAs).

John Cridland is Director-General of the CBI, the UK's leading business organisation that speaks on behalf of 190,000 businesses of all sizes and sectors which together employ nearly 7 million people, about one third of the private sector-employed workforce.

Mr Cridland is a Board member of Business in the Community and a UK Commissioner for Employment and Skills. He was Vice Chair of the National Learning and Skills Council between 2007-2010. He also spent 10 years on the Low Pay Commission and the ACAS Council, and was a member of the Council of Cranfield University and the Commission on Environmental Markets and Economic Performance.

Mr Cridland was educated at Boston Grammar School and has an MA in History from Christ's College Cambridge. He joined the CBI as a policy adviser in 1982, and was Deputy Director-General from 2000 to 2010. He was awarded a CBE for services to business in 2006.

UWE Bristol Vice-Chancellor, Professor Steve West, said, “I'm delighted that John Cridland will be delivering this year's annual Bolland lecture and look forward to hearing from him how Universities can contribute to the UK's future prosperity. At UWE Bristol, we recognise that Universities have a vital role to play in creating a skilled workforce. As set out in our 2020 strategy, we're committed to creating valuable opportunities for our students through strong and established partnerships and courses that are aligned with the current and future needs of employers.

“We're connecting and working with business to give our students access to real world experience from providing the largest university paid internship scheme, to excellent placement and volunteering opportunities, to help them realise their full potential as graduates and play their full part in the development of a sustainable global society and knowledge economy.”

An audience of over 200 is expected including over 100 leaders from the business community, as well as local government leaders, UWE Bristol academics and alumni.

The Bolland Lecture was established in 1976 to commemorate Dr Robert Bolland, who held the post of Director of Bristol Polytechnic from its foundation in 1969 to his death in 1974. The lecture will be followed by a buffet supper.

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The Bristol Distinguished Executive Address Series

The Bristol Distinguished Executive Address Series (BDEAs) is a unique opportunity to hear about the challenges, issues and decisions being made at the highest level of strategic leadership, directly from the leaders of organisations driving UK business performance. The series is delivered by the Bristol Business School in partnership with ACCA,Bristol City Council,Bristol Post,Business West,CBI,CMI,FSB,IoD, and the West of England LEP.

The series of talks continue throughout the year and will feature Chairmen, CEOs and institutional leaders representing a variety of sectors.

Bristol Distinguished Executive Address Series is free to attend and open to members of the business community.

To register for forthcoming talks visit: www.uwe.ac.uk/dea

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