From education to employment

Skills World Live Radio Show XMAS special, co-presented with UK Employment Minister, Mims Davies MP and Tom Bewick

Check out our Christmas special of the programme (!) When Tom Bewick shared the presenter mic for the first time with the UK’s employment minister, Mims Davies MP. 

Before entering Parliament, Mims was previously a local BBC radio DJ. So, the Skills World Live production team were honoured to record an episode with Mims, which was all about how the Department for Work and Pensions has been working to prevent a public health crisis from turning into a employment crisis during the pandemic. 

On the back of better than expected employment figures (unemployment at 4.2%), including a record number of vacancies (1.2 million) in the British economy, Mims and Tom, interviewed guests who have been at the front line of delivering these impressive results:

Segment 1 – The pandemic response 

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

Segment 2 – Delivering for young people 

Maddi Sweetman, Kickstarter & now Assistant Community Coach at AFC Wimbledon Foundation
Fiona Sutherland, Community Development Manager & Maddi’s employer, AFC Wimbledon Foundation

Segment 3 – Helping career changers 

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 awarding and skills eco-system supports learners and employers 

David Gallagher, FAB board member & Chief Executive Officer at NCFE
Paul Eeles, Chief Executive, Skills and Education Group
Throughout the show, Mims and Tom shared their passion for music, playing a mixture of classic Xmas songs and those tracks that reminded them of the seasons’ past. Check out the show’s Spotify playlist at SkillsWorld Live to listen to all the tunes on the show. 
This episode features tracks from: 

  • DECO — Bitter Sweet Symphony (2021 cover version)
  • Whitney Houston — I Wanna Dance With Somebody
  • Wilson Philips — Hold On
  • Shakin’ Stevens — Merry Christmas Everyone 
  • A-Ha —  The Sun Always Shines On T.V.
  • Wham! — Last Christmas 

The #SkillsWorldLive Radio Show is aired live every Friday at 10:30am on the Skills World Live Productions website.

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