Andy Forbes at the Tottenham Regeneration ConferenceCONEL Principal Andy Forbes at the Tottenham Regeneration Conference
CONEL Principal and Chief Executive, Andy Forbes addressed the panel discussion “21st Century Careers” at the Tottenham Regeneration Conference held at Tottenham Old Town Hall in July bringing together local businesses, local government and community organisations, ranging from Haringey Council to the Metropolitan Police and Transport for London, Tottenham residents had an opportunity to give their views on regeneration projects.

Alongside Andy, on the panel were Chevy Nichols, SABA UK Unsigned; Councillor Joe Goldberg, Haringey Council; Mark Smith, Chief Executive Officer of ADA the National College for Digital Skills and Nikki Kelly, Employment and Skills Manager at the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation.

The panel discussed apprenticeships, volunteering, specialist colleges, higher education and how to make the right career decisions. Andy discussed the value of university degrees against work based training, and he emphasised that apprenticeships are an excellent way to begin a career. Whatever path you take Andy advised: “Seek professional advice to help you make the right decision, you can always change your mind on your career.”

Conference delegate Maxine Smith, currently studying the Professional Diploma in Digital Marketing Level 5 at CONEL asked: “Why is the focus in education and studying on young people? What about those who are not so young?”

The CONEL Principal agreed: “There should be more focus in Adult learning as it’s important to retrain. The government is putting funding into under 19s, but it’s key to think of Education and funding as an investment in yourself and your future.”

Conference delegates also raised concerns following the vote to leave the European Union and the impact it may have on employment.

Cllr Goldberg said: “Even though we are living in uncertain times, we are equally living in a time of unlimited opportunities! Pursue your passions and if you have a unique idea, run with it.”

CONEL staff promoting Apprenticeships
L – R Thomas and Paul on hand at the conference to talk about the wide range of apprenticeships offered by the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London (CONEL)

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