Three-day Festival of Skills announced for staff in FE

An exciting new continuing professional development (CPD) event has been announced today by the organisers of The Telegraph Festival of Education for the FE and skills sector.

The Festival of Skills will take place at Capel Manor College’s 74-acre site in North London from July 7 to 9 later this year.

Hosted by Summerhouse Events, organisers predict that the festival will bring together the best of the sector’s most forward thinking advocates, practitioners of change, policy makers and educators.

It will be developed with headline partner, City and Guilds, and lead strategic partner, the Education and Training Foundation (ETF), with premier media partner FE Week, and will be known as the FE Week Festival of Skills.

Shane Mann managing director of Lsect (publisher of FE Week) and Summerhouse Events said: “In recent years there has been a growing need and appetite specifically for the FE and skills sector.

“This three-day event at the glorious Capel Manor College will provide vital CPD for professionals working in the further education sector. It’s going to be a knowledgeable and fun-filled spectacle.”

Kirstie Donnelly, City & Guilds managing director, said: “City & Guilds is delighted to sponsor the first FE Week Festival of Skills. This three day festival will provide FE and skills professionals with the inspiration, ideas and the skills they need to succeed.

“Bringing together some of the sector’s brightest lights, this will be the event of the year for thought leadership, CPD and debate in the FE and skills sector. We hope to see all of you there.”

The ETF chief executive David Russell said: “I’m delighted that the ETF is the lead strategic partner for this exciting new event, the Festival of Skills.

“Everything the ETF does is to support excellence in teaching and training. We look forward to this event that will showcase innovation and quality from across our sector and beyond.”

Tailored to suit all levels of interests and expertise, the festival will feature more than 200 workshops for teachers, business support staff, managers and governors in the sector.

Festival goers will also have the opportunity to explore Capel Manor College’s 34-acres of landscaped gardens, which include a walled garden, with pyracantha covering the library wall, a rock garden, a woodland walk with an ilex collection, a lake garden and a zoo.

Visit for further information and to book your place at the festival.

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  1. FE Lecturer

    I think very few FE lecturers will be released and have available college funding to attend this event. I imagine the event will be full of managers, principals, vice principals, NGO leaders and policy makers – all enjoying themselves on expenses accounts and adding CPD to their CVs.