Have you got ideas about how to train the workforce of tomorrow?

Alongside local partners, Winchester City Council has organised a skills conference called Investing in Tomorrow's Workforce Today, giving local business leaders, and education and training providers the chance to talk face-to-face about relevant issues.

The free event will take place on Thursday 15 February at the Wessex Conference Centre at Sparsholt College, from 9am-2pm.

Run in conjunction with Solent Skill Quest, Local Skills for Productivity Alliance, Test Valley Borough Council and Hampshire County Council, the aim of the conference is to bring business, education and training leaders together to discuss skills needs and how these can be met.

Leader of Winchester City Council and portfolio holder for Economy and Tourism, Cllr George Beckett, said: "There are encouraging changes in the education system which will require businesses to play a bigger role in training the future workforce.

"Winchester City Council is pleased to be able to support this conference, which is an excellent opportunity for leaders in local business and education sectors to work on common issues together."

The morning conference, to be chaired by Robert Hillier, will give delegates a chance to hear from various speakers - including John Cartwright of IBM UK Ltd and Jacqui Wells of Stannah Stairlifts Ltd - with opinions and experience of developing the skills of the workforce.

There will also be a workshop session to allow round-table discussions on the subject of skills for the workplace, and how groups can work together to ensure the future workforce is properly trained.

A Hampshire Fare lunch and an opportunity for informal networking will conclude the conference.

For more details, or to register an interest in attending this free event, email ecdev@winchester.gov.uk  or call (01962) 848 563.