Join us for the first webinar in a four part webinar series examining the crucial role that adult education will play in the rebuild of society.

The webinar

The world of work is changing. Machine learning, robotics and other technological changes are replacing swathes of jobs in the ‘old economy’ – unskilled jobs and skilled. And new technologies are also creating platforms for service provision in the ‘gig economy’. These changes can create opportunities for entrepreneurship.

And with the great challenges facing society, increasing numbers are attracted to social entrepreneurship – enterprises with a business model to make them sustainable, but whose purpose is to deliver beneficial social outcomes, such as tackling the climate crisis, homelessness, or poverty.

To move in and out of this economy – whether through the gig economy, or by creating an enterprise or
social enterprise – requires education in a range of skills and capabilities. The need for adult education and lifelong learning is increasing, and the costs to any society that fails to provide such education will be large.


  • Dame Helen Ghosh, Master of Balliol College, Oxford (Chair)
  • Dr Cilla Ross, Principal and CEO, The Co-operative College (facilitator)
  • Lord Bilimoria, President-elect of the Confederation of British Industry
  • Roger McKenzie, Assistant General Secretary, Unison

Book your place

To help us with numbers, we're asking everyone to book their free place below. After booking you'll be sent a zoom link to join the meeting. Places are limited, so book now to avoid disappointment!

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