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Workforce Planning Post-Brexit Conference: Future-Proofing Your Recruitment, Retention and Policy

Novotel London West , Hammersmith, London W6 8DR

Nobody really knows how the immigration system and employment law landscape will look post-Brexit. Smart companies are getting a head-start by planning.

Registration fee: £395 plus VAT per delegate

This sell-out conference, updated and back by popular demand following four hugely successful Brexit events, is invaluable in ensuring that employers can learn how to plan in a timely and thorough way.

The recruitment pipeline remains stubbornly unclear and the only certainty is that UK businesses need to start being proactive and creative. Employer attraction, recruitment and retention strategies need to reflect this new approach. This information-packed day will share expert guidance and practical solutions. Importing highly-skilled workers in the future may not be an option for UK employers, and the skills gap is already being felt. Learn how others are approaching this challenge; your competitors are already examining innovative recruitment streams. Thinking outside the box can give you real advantage and ensure you recruit and retain the best of the talent available.

Why attend this crucial event?

  • Clarify your understanding of key legal issues, potential visa systems, and the impact to employers
  • Hear how to formulate robust post-Brexit contingency plans
  • Learn how to mitigate against skills shortages in the worst hit industries with future proof succession planning and a strong talent pipeline
  • Establish internal solutions with immediate action plans
  • Maximise the potential of external talent solutions
  • Discover unique strategies from fellow practitioners with crucial case studies

Previous editions featured speakers from: CIPD, Arcadis, United Utilities, Barclays, M&S, Fragomen, Mercer, UCL, Laura Devine Solicitors, REC, Thomson Reuters, Thales, AECOM, SIG Plc.

Recent feedback

“Crammed with useful and relevant information and guidance” – University of Kent

“Excellent one-day event, lots of valuable information and guidance” – Office of the Independent Adjudicator

“Difficult topic as so many unknowns, but all speakers contributed greatly to my knowledge” – Lloyd’s Register

Which functions will benefit from attending

  • HR, Resourcing and Recruitment professionals, Legal, Policy, Line Management, Employee Relations, Employment Policy, Operations, Finance, Strategy, Training and those with oversight, involvement and responsibilities within this area

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Schedule

Coffee and registration

Chair’s welcome and opening remarks

Julia Onslow-Cole

Julia Onslow-Cole

Partner and Head of Global Immigration
PwC LLP

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Julia Onslow-Cole

Partner and Head of Global Immigration , PwC LLP

Julia Onslow-Cole is a partner and Head of Global Immigration for PwC - a legal network consisting of more than 1500 immigration specialists in 154 countries. With over 20 years' experience in providing specialist immigration advice, Julia is at the forefront of immigration policy development, working with governments on issues of concern to both employers and universities. She is ranked in the highest bands in the legal directories and has been voted the UK's 'experts' expert' by Legal Business. In addition to regularly commenting in the media and speaking at conferences around the world, Julia is contributing co-editor to several leading textbooks on immigration law. She currently represents the International Bar Association as a core stakeholder to the UK Border Agency. In 2005 Julia was appointed a member of the Advisory Board to the UK Minister on Naturalisation and Immigration.

OPENING ADDRESS: DATA AND FACTS

Julia Onslow-Cole

Julia Onslow-Cole

Partner and Head of Global Immigration
PwC LLP

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Julia Onslow-Cole

Partner and Head of Global Immigration , PwC LLP

Julia Onslow-Cole is a partner and Head of Global Immigration for PwC - a legal network consisting of more than 1500 immigration specialists in 154 countries. With over 20 years' experience in providing specialist immigration advice, Julia is at the forefront of immigration policy development, working with governments on issues of concern to both employers and universities. She is ranked in the highest bands in the legal directories and has been voted the UK's 'experts' expert' by Legal Business. In addition to regularly commenting in the media and speaking at conferences around the world, Julia is contributing co-editor to several leading textbooks on immigration law. She currently represents the International Bar Association as a core stakeholder to the UK Border Agency. In 2005 Julia was appointed a member of the Advisory Board to the UK Minister on Naturalisation and Immigration.

PLANNING FOR AN UNCERTAIN FUTURE: PLANNING AND PROTECTING AGAINST LOSING EU CITIZEN EMPLOYEES

Sophie Barrett-Brown

Sophie Barrett-Brown

Senior Partner and Head of UK Practice
Laura Devine Solicitors

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Sophie Barrett-Brown

Senior Partner and Head of UK Practice , Laura Devine Solicitors

With over 20 years’ experience in UK immigration and nationality law as well as EU free movement law, she has been recognised for many years by legal directories (including Chambers & Partners, Legal 500, Who's Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers, Super Lawyers, Spears 500 and Citywealth Power Women) as one of the foremost UK immigration experts globally and has been described as: 'a brilliant lawyer noted for her pragmatism and technical skills'; ‘in a class of her own’.

  • Employment law update: working time, TUPE, discrimination law – what will change post-Brexit
  • Status of current EU employees during and after transition
  • Internal bureaucracy restrictions: where can you find flexibility?
  • RTW checks and registering for settled status
  • Settlement scheme: what does it mean to existing and future employees
  • Communicating deadlines and how to register
  • Brexit clauses: mitigating against relationship breakdowns

CONDUCTING A SKILLS GAP ANALYSIS: SCOPE, TIMING AND WAYS TO CLOSE IT

Duncan Brown

Duncan Brown

Head of HR Consulting
IES

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Duncan Brown

Head of HR Consulting , IES

Duncan leads the HR and reward work at IES, a leading independent research-based charity which supports improvement in HR and employment practice. He has more than 25 years' experience in reward and HR consulting, research and policy work with Aon Hewitt, PwC and Towers Perrin. He spent 5 years as Assistant Director General at CIPD. His clients have included companies such as National Grid, and Lloyds Banking Group, as well as public sector bodies such as the Cabinet Office, NHS Employers and EHRC; and third sector employers such as the UN and Cancer Research UK. His work at the moment is focused on gender pay, employee financial wellbeing and working in the gig economy. Duncan is a leading commentator on HR, publishing many articles and books. He has participated on Government taskforces concerned with fair pay, engagement, pensions, equal pay and human capital reporting. He advises various remuneration and HR committees as an independent and trustee including Christian Aid & the Pensions Policy Institute. Human Resources magazine placed him in its listing of the top 5 most influential thinkers in UK HR. Duncan has an MA from Cambridge University, an MBA from the London Business School and is a Fellow of the CIPD. He recently obtained his PhD at Kingston University.

  • Focussing on strategic issues
  • Diversifying for the right talent pools with ROI
  • Lack of skilled technical talent – alternative solutions to consider
  • Low-skilled workers: issues and answers
  • Which industries are likely to be worst hit and how should you be preparing?

Morning coffee and networking

INTERNAL SOLUTIONS: CREATING A SUCCESSFUL INTERNAL RECRUITMENT PROCESS

Amelia Bishop

Amelia Bishop

Brexit Change Specialist
Amelia Bishop Consulting

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Amelia Bishop

Brexit Change Specialist , Amelia Bishop Consulting

Amelia Bishop leads the company in providing the capability or adding capacity to businesses that are struggling with recruitment and retention, supply chain assessment, customer review, competitor analysis and increased costs caused by the uncertainty or require assistance with understanding and managing the Brexit related changes successfully.

  • Understanding the advantages and drawbacks
  • Business expectations versus ability to deliver – bridging the gap
  • Apprenticeship schemes: how to get the most out of your hires
  • Exploiting existing resources: developing managers into leaders and coaches
  • Upskilling existing staff and implementing staff recommendations: key programme stages
  • Promoting the scheme and using feedback to improve your programme

CASE STUDY: HOSPITALITY

John Guthrie

John Guthrie

Employment Policy Adviser
UK Hospitality

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John Guthrie

Employment Policy Adviser , UK Hospitality

Lunch and networking

WIDENING THE TALENT POOL: CULTURE CHANGE TO REACH NEW TALENT STREAMS

Linda Kennedy

Linda Kennedy

Former Group HR Director
SIG plc.

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Linda Kennedy

Former Group HR Director , SIG plc.

Linda is the Former Group HR Director for SIG who are a major supplier to the construction industry of exterior and interior products across the UK, Europe and UAE. Previously she was Vice President of People for Orange UK and then Chief Change Officer at EE, the UK’s largest mobile operator, where she was successful in delivering Orange UK into the Sunday Times Best Companies and in leading the merger and integration of Orange and T-Mobile. Prior to EE, Linda was Group HR Director at international service company Serco, where she was responsible for the development of their people strategy and the implementation of a new leadership and talent management framework Linda has over 22 years of significant HR experience across a range of industries and has worked for large global organisations including the roles of Global HR Director at Williams Lea, the corporate information solutions business, global HR Director at waste management business Cleanaway and VP Human Resources at oil and mining company BHP Billiton, amongst others. Linda has worked internationally across various geographies including South Africa, South America, Australia, the Former Soviet Union and Europe during her career. She is fluent in several languages including French, German and Spanish and is an Associate of the Institute of Linguists. Although a generalist in HR, she specializes in Organisation Design, Change Management and Engagement and takes a metric driven approach to demonstrate value added HR. Linda has had extensive experience in company turnarounds, business mergers and re-organisations. Having originally studied at Napier University, Linda is now a Fellow of the CIPD.

  • What are the alternative recruitment streams and what is the best for your organisation?
  • Becoming agile and fluid on a budget
  • Committing to your D&I programme and getting company-wide buy-in to explore new recruitment areas
  • Non-EU recruitment

STANDING OUT AMONG THE COMPETITION: CREATIVE RECRUITMENT AND ATTRACTION STRATEGIES

Rebecca Siciliano

Rebecca Siciliano

Managing Director
Tiger Recruitment

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Rebecca Siciliano

Managing Director , Tiger Recruitment

With over fifteen years’ experience recruiting support staff, Rebecca’s expertise and naturally engaging character make her an invaluable and leading member of the Tiger team. As both Managing Director and Head of the Temporary Team in the West End, she is known for her diligent and agile working style. Her intuition plays a key role in aligning cultural fit and comes from many years’ experience placing a variety of support roles in an even wider range of different business environments. Today, Rebecca is the trusted recruitment partner to some of London’s premium blue-chip companies. From private equity firms through to creative companies, tech firms to professional services – Rebecca’s consistency, professionalism and sparky sense of humour ensures a smooth and successful recruitment process with minimum fuss.

  • Remuneration and reward: are your packages comprehensive?
  • Going above and beyond what’s enshrined in law
  • The role of unions: ensuring workplaces are safe for everyone
  • Streamlining your hiring process: is it putting off candidates?
  • Work-life balance and flexible working: how do you measure against the competition?
  • Working initiatives and career progression – sending positive messages to candidates

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