Skills World Live Radio Show special XMAS, co-presented with UK Employment Secretary Mims Davies and Tom Bewick – FE News


Check out our special Christmas schedule (!) When Tom Bewick first shared the presenter’s mic with UK Employment Minister Mims Davies MP.

Prior to entering Parliament, Mims was previously a DJ on local BBC radio. So the Skills World Live production team was honored to record an episode with Mims, which focused on how the Department of Work and Pensions worked to prevent a public health crisis from turning into jobs crisis during the pandemic.

With better than expected employment figures (4.2% unemployment), including a record number of vacancies (1.2 million) in the UK economy, Mims and Tom interviewed guests who were first line to deliver these awesome results:

Segment 1 – The response to the pandemic

Lwsi Morgan, work coach at Newtown Jobcentre, Wales
Hugh Edwards, Youth Work Coach at Newcastle City Youth Hub

Segment 2 – Offer to young people

Maddi Sweetman, Kickstarter and now Assistant Community Coach at AFC Wimbledon Foundation
Fiona Sutherland, Community Development Manager and Maddi Employer, AFC Wimbledon Foundation

Segment 3 – Helping people change careers

Claire Morley, bus driver for Stagecoach in Grimsby
Stuart, DWP work coach

Segment 4 – The role of entrepreneurs

Susanna Lawson, Founder / Ambassador of OneFile

Segment 5 – How the Rewards and Skills Ecosystem Supports Learners and Employers

David Gallagher, Member of the Board of Directors of FAB and Managing Director of NCFE
Paul Eeles, Director General, Skills and Education Group

Throughout the show, Mims and Tom shared their passion for music, playing a mix of classic Christmas songs and tracks that reminded them of the seasons past. Check out the show’s Spotify playlist on SkillsWorld Live to listen to all the tracks on the show.

This episode features tracks from:

  • DECO – Bitter Sweet Symphony (version 2021)
  • Whitney Houston – I want to dance with someone
  • Wilson Philips – Hold on
  • Shakin ‘Stevens – Merry Christmas everyone
  • A-Ha – The sun always shines on TV
  • Pan! – last Christmas

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