Time: 11:40 - 12:40
In Conversation: "Digital Inclusion"
Chris Jones is Group Chief Executive of the City & Guilds Group. The Group – which includes City & Guilds, ILM, Kineo, The Oxford Group, Digitalme, e3Learning and Gen2– exists to help people, organisations and economies develop their skills
for growth, and sets the standards for corporate learning, on-the-job development and skills recognition.
Chris plays a prominent role in driving the national and international skills agenda – something he has personal experience of as he followed the vocational education path himself. He is a member of the Business in the Community Employment and Skills Leadership team and Chairman at the Activate Learning Group.
Before joining the City & Guilds Group, Chris held several senior management positions in Pearson and Reed Elsevier.
The digital transformation of the UK economy is a significant opportunity to drive growth and prosperity for the betterment of both business and citizens. It also offers the chance to reduce poverty and inequalities, improve livelihoods
and enable us to better manage growth on a finite planet.
However, this digital transformation also presents challenges to society. Some forecasts suggest that as many as ten million jobs (35 per cent of today’s UK workforce) could be lost due to automation by 2035 alone. And the negative impacts of reduced face-to-face interactions and hyper-connectivity are only just starting to be understood.
In order to understand and define the role of responsible business in this digital era, Business in the Community has launched a new programme that will combine thought with action and set a new agenda for UK businesses. This call to action for all UK businesses, NGOs and policymakers, is based upon the belief that only through collaborative and innovative approaches will we benefit fully from the opportunities provided by digital transformation. Business in the Community is committed to leading action on this agenda and to drive businesses towards ensuring an inclusive digital revolution.