Ms Philbin will be part of a panel which will take part in an
interactive discussion at the inaugural Sheffield City Region
Business Conference, hosted by the Chambers of Commerce with the
City Region, which will take place on Friday 24 February at
Formerly a presenter on the BBC science programme Tomorrow's
World, Ms Philbin founded 'TeenTech' which runs interactive science
and engineering events at which teenagers try experiments, design
prototypes and learn about career opportunities.
She will be joined on the panel by the National Apprenticeship
Service's Anthony Knowles, Mick Crossley from the skills debate
sponsor Brinsworth Academy of Engineering and Ian Greenaway of
Derbyshire & Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce.
The discussion will be chaired by Adam Marshall, Director of
Policy and External Affairs at the British Chambers of Commerce,
and attendees will hear the panel's views on issues around
demand-led skills and ensuring that the upskilling of the
employment market is aligned with industry demanded skills.
Other issues around the skills agenda include the debate around
employability skills, leadership and management, business
investment in training and the information, advice and guidance for
businesses to learn about the opportunities available to them.
Mick Crossley said: "The region must now shake its-self into
positive action because the focus is no longer on business
development but industry survival and, if we don't act quickly
enough, maybe national survival. Everyone needs to play their
part in getting our economy back on its feet, as a region we can
and must lead the way - we must embrace change, react quickly to it
and learn to anticipate it to succeed."
The conference will see the launch of a Statement of Business
Priorities including bullet point details on key themes - a
campaign picking up on the key issues raised by the manifesto will
be explored in more detail throughout 2012.