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Chesterfield & North Derbyshire Employability & Skills Conference

Delegates from the business and education community are invited to the increasingly popular Chesterfield & North Derbyshire Skills and Employability Conference, as it enters into its fourth year.

With more than 14,000 students in North Derbyshire set to gain their GCSE and A level qualifications in the next five years, the conference aims to continue to strengthen links between education providers and local businesses to ensure that school leavers are work ready.

The conference brings together leaders from the local education and business community to develop solutions that will ensure a strong pipeline of talent is being developed across Chesterfield and North Derbyshire providing a future workforce with the skills required by employers.

Organisers are delighted to welcome Baasit Siddiqui, star of Goggle Box and expert on Education and Social Mobility, as key note speaker at the event.

Speakers and panelists include:

Baasit Siddiqui, Siddiqui Education

Mind the Gap: Raising Aspirations of Future Generations 

Baasit Siddiqui is the managing director of Siddiqui Education Ltd. He has combined his ten years teaching experiences with his unique journey and television connections as one of the “Siddiqui’s” on the BAFTA and NTA winning television show “Gogglebox”, to educate, motivate and build aspirations of disadvantaged school children across the nation.

As a former head of department and having witnessed the changes and challenges facing state schools over the last decade, Baasit is committed to give students a unique and inspiring education. An education which helps develop a whole host of transferable skills which can be used to support students as they progress through their educational and employability journey.

Rachel Quinn, Head of People and Skills, D2N2 LEP

Skills & Knowledge for the Future

Rachel leads on D2N2’s careers and employability strategy and programmes and policy relating to social inclusion and inclusive growth.  Rachel also facilitates strategic engagement of the voluntary and community sector (VCS).

Rachel’s career to date has spanned three sectors, including the financial sector and local authority Environmental Health. Prior to joining D2N2 she had senior roles within the VCS, in both urban and rural settings. Rachel’s professional interests include health, housing, inclusive growth, multi-agency working and sectoral leadership.

Other confirmed speakers for Chesterfield & North Derbyshire Employability & Skills Conference 2020 include:

  • Building a Talent Pipeline:  Michael Timmins, Director of Water, Ports and Power North, AECOM
  • North Derbyshire Careers Hub: The Careers Enterprise Company and Cornerstone Business

There will also be a welcome from Student Council members at Whittington Green School and an activity that incorporates ‘Careers in the Curriculum’

The Chesterfield & North Derbyshire Employability & Skills Conference is organised by Chesterfield Borough Council, D2N2 Enterprise Advisor Network, CEC and Destination Chesterfield.

Further information

There is designated parking for guests with disabilities and disabled toilets on the ground floor. Organisers are keen to ensure you have the best possible experience at the event, if you have any accessibility, dietary or other specific requirements, please tick the accessibility box when booking and a member of the team will be in touch as soon as possible. Alternatively, if you would like to speak to a member of the team before booking, please either email or call 01246 207207 and ask to speak to Lydia.

By booking on to this event, you are granting the event organisers all rights to photographs and recordings that may be taken of you or your associates at the event.  This includes (but is not limited to), the right to use them in their printed and online publicity, social media, press releases and funding applications.   However, rest assured that if you would prefer not to be photographed or recorded, contact the event organisers prior to the event or if not possible on the day before the start of the event.

The event is open to businesses, schools and education providers in North Derbyshire. To book your free place please register using the button below. Please note this event is open to a maximum of 2 delegates per organisation. If you would like to book additional tickets or for further information please contact

By booking, you give consent for Destination Chesterfield to contact you regarding this event and to your details being stored within our records as per our privacy policy.

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