Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi confirmed to speak at AoC Annual Conference

15 Oct 2021

We are pleased to announce the new Education Secretary, Nadhim Zahawi has been added to the line-up for the Association of Colleges’ Annual Conference taking place between 16 – 17 November. 

This will be the first speech from the new Secretary of State to the further education sector and we anticipate that the Skills for Jobs White Paper and Skills Bill going through Parliament, with all the associated reforms will be a major feature.

The Secretary of State for Education joins a line-up including Amanda Spielman, HM Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills and Eniola Aluko, former international footballer, pundit and lawyer.

Nadhim Zahawi has been a Conservative member of Parliament for Stratford-upon-Avon since 2010. He has been Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business and Industry from 2019 to 2021 and Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for COVID-19 Vaccine Deployment from 2020 to 2021 before taking up his role as Education Secretary in September 2021. 

Annual Conference will be AoC’s first in-person conference since the pandemic, featuring some of the biggest names in further education, business, government and beyond. Sessions will be focused on colleges in a post-pandemic landscape and offer insight into the biggest issues facing the further education sector, including equality, diversity and inclusion, qualification reforms, T levels and tackling the climate emergency through education. It will provide space to learn and share knowledge, ideas and best practice through interactive breakout sessions and networking opportunities.

David Hughes, Chief Executive of the Association of Colleges said:

"This year’s conference will be the first chance to come together after an unforgiving and isolating 18 months. Coming straight off the back of the Comprehensive Spending Review, and the Skills and Post-16 Education Bill making its way through Parliament, we won’t be short of things to discuss. The Secretary of State was quick to reassure us that skills and colleges will be a priority in his plans, and we look forward to hearing how he intends to set those plans in motion in November.”

You can find out more about Annual Conference, access the full programme and register for a place here.