Makerspaces, fablabs, coworking spaces and hackspaces are valuable contributors to employability and skills training. ‘Petri dishes’ for the future of work, these spaces play an increasingly important role by supporting small business and self-employed people and acting as hotbeds of innovation, thanks to the potential for flexible collaboration, and diversity among their membership.
We are delighted to host InnovatiVET, an EU funded research project exploring the future of vocational training and aiming to address the gap in innovation in the vocational teaching sector, and identify tools to promote learners’ employability.
This event will introduce the key findings of the InnovatiVET research, before moving on to a facilitated discussion of how these kinds of spaces can position themselves well for the future, without compromising their values and strengths. Key voices in the sector from across the country, both new and experienced, are joining us to take part in this discussion which aims to produce useful, actionable outcomes that can be shared and implemented by participants.
12.00 Arrive and Register – tea/ coffee
12.30 Short welcome and presentation by InnovatiVET UK team – Sam Roots and Tony Fish
13.00 Panel discussion with Josie King – Machine Rooms (London), Ruth Claxton – STEAMhouse (Birmingham) and Eddie Kirkby – Making Rooms (Blackburn)
14.15 Small group discussions
15.30 Group report findings from their discussions