Labour MP Frank Field and Cammell Laird director David Williams will be among the speakers at a manufacturing and engineering summit due to be held in Liverpool next week.
The free event on Friday 23 March is being organised by law firm Hill Dickinson and will be held at Liverpool Community College.
The afternoon conference will consider issues arising from UK and regional education, manufacturing, engineering, technology and maritime sectors to explore ways in which they can support each other in rebalancing the economy and help to drive exports.
A spokesman for Hill Dickinson said: "The UK, like many economies around the world, is going through a prolonged period of economic stagnation. In order to lift UK economy, the Government wants to educate a workforce which can offer the necessary range and levels of skill to enable manufacturing, engineering, technology and maritime businesses, large and small, to recruit – rebalancing the economy by extending manufacturing capacity and increasing exports.
"As well as our keynote speaker, Frank Field MP, we will also hear from key educators and local business leaders. There will be a lively panel debate, chaired by Hill Dickinson, and a question and answers session."
Also on the programme are David Rawlinson, partner at Hill Dickinson; Jim Teasdale, chief executive of Mersey Maritime; Elaine Bowker, principal of Liverpool Community College and panel members Stephen Kenny, pro-vice chancellor of Liverpool John Moores University, Ian Higby, managing director of Atlantic Container Line and Mark Rodaway, head teacher of The Mosslands School, Wallasey.
The event begins at 1.30pm and is due to finish at 5pm. The venue is the atrium at Liverpool Community College, Roscoe Street, Liverpool, L1 9DW. To request a place please contact Kerri McKeown by Friday 16 March 2012. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Telephone: 0151 600 8752