Dods at Party Conference 2020

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Event Hosts

Chartered Insurance Institute

The Chartered Insurance Institute is the world's leading professional body for insurance and financial planning with over 125,000 members in 150 countries. Our Royal Charter remit is to secure and justify the confidence of the public in the insurance profession.



EngineeringUK is a not-for-profit organisation, which works in partnership with the engineering community to inspire tomorrow’s engineers and increase the number and diversity of young people choosing academic and vocational pathways into engineering.

Engineering is a varied, stimulating and valuable career and we need to work harder than ever to ensure that it is accessible for this generation of young people – for their own life chances and so that we have a diverse and insightful workforce that enables the UK to thrive.

EngineeringUK aims to grow the collective impact of work across the sector to help young people understand what engineering is, how to get into it, and be motivated and able to access the educational and training opportunities on the way.


Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)

The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) is a professional membership body that government and industry listen to while providing unrivalled support to our 95,000 civil engineer members.

We help the industry learn and share our knowledge, so we can maintain the natural and built environment. We also promote the essential contribution that civil engineers make to society worldwide.


Institution of Engineering and Technology

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) is one of the world’s largest engineering institutions with over 168,000 members in 150 countries. 

The IET works to engineer a better world by inspiring, informing and influencing its members, engineers and technicians, and all those who are touched by, or touch, the work of engineers.

The IET is a registered charity and part of this remit is to increase awareness of engineering. This includes accrediting degree courses and apprenticeships in a range of engineering and technology subjects. The IET also awards over £1,000,000 each year to students to support them in their engineering studies.

There is a well-documented skills shortage in engineering and the IET invests considerable time and resource in education programmes to show young people the exciting, creative and rewarding range of careers available and the range of entry routes.


London Councils

London Councils represents London’s 32 boroughs and the City of London. We are a cross-party organisation that works on behalf of all of our member authorities regardless of political persuasion. We make the case to government, the Mayor and others to get the best deal for Londoners and to ensure that our members have the resources, freedoms and powers to do the best possible job for their residents and local businesses.


OFTEC: Oil and Renewable Heating Technologies

OFTEC leads the way in the off-gas grid heating sector and our aim is to ensure that consumers have safe and efficient heating. We operate UKAS accredited registration schemes for heating technicians working in liquid fuels, heat pumps, solar thermal, biomass and solid fuel. Our trade association represents training providers and liquid fuel heating equipment manufacturers, promoting high standards and supporting the development of sustainable low carbon heating.


PD Ports

PD Ports is not just at the heart of the nation’s trade; we are at the heart of communities.  In many areas, these are communities that have long confronted major challenges.  On Teesside, the demise of steel making is one of the most recent examples.  But, by working together, we have risen to that challenge.  Today, PD Ports employs more people on Teesside than before the closure of the SSI Steel plant in 2015.  This has been achieved by investing and adapting to attract new business and to seize new opportunities, and by remaining committed to supporting young people.

We recognise that the next generation will pave the future for our business, and understand that it is vitally important that we continue to equip them with the skills and experience needed to do great things for our industry.

Since our apprenticeship programmes started back in 2001, we have kept our promise to nurturing young talent. Today we employ 31 apprentices across our business with the under 30s now accounting for 20% of our total workforce. 

We have continued to support the High Tide Foundation, which, co-founded by PD Ports in 2012, aims to raise aspirations and create employment opportunities for young people on Teesside.  High Tide, alongside our work with the Tees Valley Logistics Academy, delivers unique and meaningful work experience programmes and internships which focus on getting young people out of the classroom and into workplaces; providing unique opportunities for students to visit businesses, experience the world of work, understand the job roles and meet the people behind them. Our programmes build career knowledge, awareness and experience with a key focus life skills including confidence building, resilience and developing networks.

In 2020 we will launch our biggest recruitment drive ever to employ up to 50 new apprentices. But we’re determined to do more and to actively encourage other businesses to step up, get involved and back our country’s nation’s young people.  In these extraordinary times, it is a duty we must fulfil for our communities, for our region, and for the nation.  

We’re looking forward to working with valued partners to achieve our goal: overcoming the COVID crisis to give our young people the bright future they deserve.  



Royal Academy of Engineering

The Royal Academy of Engineering is a charity that harnesses the power of engineering to build a sustainable society and an inclusive economy that works for everyone.

In collaboration with our Fellows and partners, we’re growing talent and developing skills for the future, driving innovation and building global partnerships, and influencing policy and engaging the public. Together we’re working to tackle the greatest challenges of our age.


Smart Energy GB

Smart Energy GB is the campaign for a smarter Britain. It’s our task to help everyone in Great Britain understand smart meters, the national rollout and how to use their new meters to be cleaner and greener with their energy use.


The House magazine

The House is part of the fabric of Westminster. Founded in 1976 by a cross-party group of MPs, we have spent more than 40 years shining a light on events in Parliament.

Written primarily by Parliamentarians, with an MP as editor and a cross-party editorial board, The House is closer than any other publication to the most powerful people in UK politics.

Our print magazine – published weekly when Parliament is in session – is renowned as an impartial source of Westminster news and insight, featuring a mix of exclusive interviews, debates, intel and expert policy analysis.