In today’s society, the world of work is constantly changing. To keep up to speed with the trajectory of change, organisations need to instil agility and adapt to new ways of working. Inevitably, organisations will need to think about how to align learning and development to fit the needs of the skills agenda. The people profession must consider how we can proactively shape future workforces!

The CIPD Scotland Annual Conference 2024 will explore how the people profession can develop forward thinking workforces that can adapt and overcome future challenges. Through a series of keynote presentations, panel discussions and interactive sessions you will be able to hear the latest insights from leading practitioners and discover how to develop workforces for the future.

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Agenda


09:30 - 09:35

Welcome address

09:35 - 09:55

The role of the people profession in developing future-facing workforces and workplaces

Understanding how the world of work is changing and the role and...

  • Understanding how the world of work is changing and the role and opportunities for the people profession.
  • How can the people profession adapt and what capabilities will we need, and how we meet future challenges.
  • How we continue to build and develop inclusive workplaces to create and embed fairer work for all.
  • Embedding wellbeing into organisational culture to create positive working environments.
  • Focusing on skills and how we build learning and development as a strategic capability and response to changing job needs.

Pentland Auditorium | Level 3

09:55 - 10:40

Fireside chat: ​Exploring the role of the people profession in building and developing a thriving workforce

​Hear from Roisin Currie on her journey from Group People Director to...

​Hear from Roisin Currie on her journey from Group People Director to Chief Executive of Greggs, as well as the challenges she has faced along the way. The session will explore how to place inclusion at the centre of your organisation and how Roisin has implemented this within Greggs through the 'Fresh Start' employability programme. Further discussion will include:

  • Exploring the role of the people profession in creating an organisational culture where employees can grow and succeed
  • Engaging with underrepresented groups and removing barriers to work to support employees to reach their full potentia​l
  • ​Focusing on untapped talent groups, such as ex-offenders, and the benefits this can have for your organisation.

Pentland Auditorium | Level 3

10:40 - 11:10

Slowing down to power up - rethinking pace in the modern world

The modern workplace is built for speed. In his counterintuitive keynote, Carl...

    The modern workplace is built for speed. In his counterintuitive keynote, Carl will show how the best way to thrive in a fast world is to slow down. 
      The session will explore:


      • How the people professions can help set the right pace at work
      • How to find a work-life balance that boosts health, happiness and a sense of purpose 
      • How to harness the power of slow to supercharge productivity, creativity and decision making. 

      Pentland Auditorium | Level 3

      11:10 - 11:40

      Morning break and exhibition

      Cromdale Hall | Level -2

      11:40 - 12:30

      A1 Panel discussion: Strengthening inclusion th​r​ough an age-inclusive lens

      Considering the benefits of age-inclusive workforces in boosting diversity in Scotland.Supporting older...

      • Considering the benefits of age-inclusive workforces in boosting diversity in Scotland.
      • Supporting older workers when returning to work ​and developing learning and development strategies to bridge skills gaps.
      • Cultivating a multi-generational approach to workplace culture that is built upon mutual respect and trust to enable employees to flourish​.
      • ​The role of flexible working in promoting age inclusive practices across the workforce. 

      Tinto | Level 0

      11:40 - 12:30

      A2 Lightning talks: AI - what does this mean for HR?

      Understanding how AI can enhance HRs functionality.Discover how AI can streamline and...

      • Understanding how AI can enhance HRs functionality.
      • Discover how AI can streamline and improve employee experience throughout the employee lifecycle.
      • Exploring how AI can enhance employee performance and provide tailored approaches to learning.
      • Developing responsible approaches to AI to instil fairness and transparency.

      Pentland Auditorium | Level 3

      11:40 - 12:30

      A3 Masterclass: Staying connected – storytelling to enhance wellbeing in a hybrid workplace

      Interactive

      Creating connections through personal stories to foster a sense of belonging amongst...

      • Creating connections through personal stories to foster a sense of belonging amongst employees.
      • Understanding how stories can build workplace cultures where people actively listen in a digital world.
      • Scheduling storytelling sessions as regular check-ins where employees feel safe to share their emotions. 
      • Storytelling as a way for leaders and those they lead to be authentic and to promote a humanised workplace.

      Kilsyth & Moorfoot | Level 0

      12:30 - 13:30

      Lunch break and exhibition

      Cromdale Hall | Level -2

      13:30 - 14:20

      B1 Case studies: Enhancing employee experience through employee voice

      Creating an open dialogue with employees to learn what matters most to...

      • Creating an open dialogue with employees to learn what matters most to them.
      • Aligning the needs of employees with workplace practices to create meaningful work.
      • Utilising employee listening to enhance the employee experience and increase innovation and productivity.
      • Demonstrating senior buy-in to create a culture where employees feel listened to.

      Pentland Auditorium | Level 3

      13:30 - 14:20

      B2 Panel discussion: Skills focus - what does digital transformation mean for skills?

      Understanding how the world of work has developed through digital transformation.Explore what...

      • Understanding how the world of work has developed through digital transformation.
      • Explore what skills are needed to develop an agile and dynamic workforce that can thrive in the digital age.
      • Embracing upskilling and reskilling across your workforce to enhance tech skills.
      • Aligning workforce training with strategic goals to enhance business performance.

      Tinto | Level 0

      13:30 - 14:20

      B3 World Cafe: Enabling women to thrive - supporting women’s health in the workplace

      Interactive

      Topic 1 - Breaking taboos on women’s health and creating cultures rooted...

      Topic 1 - Breaking taboos on women’s health and creating cultures rooted in open conversation

      Topic 2 - Embedding women’s health into health and wellbeing strategies to ensure women are adequately supported

      Topic 3 - Supporting women with menstrual health and the menopause transition

      Topic 4 - Ensuring that line managers are trained and supported to provide reasonable adjustments to aid women’s health

      Kilsyth & Moorfoot | Level 0

      14:20 - 14:50

      Afternoon break and exhibition

      Cromdale Hall | Level -2

      14:50 - 15:40

      Plenary panel: What does it mean to be a future focused leader?

      What are the key issues facing the HR leaders across Scotland?How can...

      • What are the key issues facing the HR leaders across Scotland?
      • How can HR leaders embed agility into the workforce and oversee change management?
      • Future thought for how technology will shape the world of work moving forward and what this will mean for HR
      • Considering how developing inclusive workplace cultures can encourage and support people in the face of uncertainty

      Pentland Auditorium | Level 3

      15:40 - 16:30

      Closing keynote: Louise Minchin: Pushing boundaries, embracing challenges, and redefining wellness

      Louise will close the conference with an inspiring keynote address. She shares...

      Louise will close the conference with an inspiring keynote address. She shares her own journey of embracing extreme sports and enduring adventures with remarkable women. Louise explores the courage, resilience, and determination that drive these extraordinary individuals. This session will also touch on women's health, menopause, and the connection between physical activity and well-being.

      Pentland Auditorium | Level 3

      16:30 - 16:35

      Chair’s closing remarks

      16:35 - 17:35

      Drinks reception

      Strathblane Hall | Level 0

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      Location


      Venue: Edinburgh International Conference Centre, EH3 8EE, Scotland


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