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Agenda

  • Main Plenary
  • Providers Stream (PM)
  • Employers Stream (PM)

Networking-Led Interactive Conference Features

Match making networking and live delegate meet ups

Replay functions so you never miss a session

Live chat, questioning and polling tools

Real time resources and presentations

Next generation conference engagement platform

9:00 am
Virtual Conference Login and Registration
9:20 am
Your Tour of the Online Conference Platform

Before proceedings get underway, this short explainer session will explore how you can get the most out of our new next generation Conference platform.

Our Apprenticeships Conference Team will run through how to make virtual connections, creating networking meet ups, accessing content on demand and how to use our new Q&A, chat functions and virtual polling tools.

9:30 am
Chair’s Welcome Address: The Impact of Covid 19 on Apprenticeship Delivery
Jo Maher
Jo Maher
Principal and Chief Executive
Loughborough College
Confirmed
9:40 am
Morning Keynote: Enhancing Apprenticeship Delivery Through Support for Employment and Learning Providers

Evaluating the ongoing challenges of apprenticeship funding and how to ensure sustainable funding that supports the needs of employers and learning providers

  • Sharing the success of the new ‘Good to Great’ programme which has supported good providers in becoming great across five core areas of operation
  • Understanding how to meet employer demand for apprenticeships despite non-levy funding allocation falling short of needs
  • Exploring the AELPs 10 point sustainable investment plan to help increase the impact apprenticeships and skills training has on workforce productivity and social mobility
Mark Dawe
Mark Dawe
Chief Executive
Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP)
Confirmed
10:00 am
An ESFA Update: The Future of Funding and the Apprenticeship Levy
  • Sharing insights on ESFA’s policy on apprenticeships funding, the Apprenticeship Levy and the future funding landscape
  • Outlining the latest funding rules in the transition to the apprenticeship service for employers and updates on the funding system and apprenticeship levy for training and assessing apprentices
  • Assessing the different funding rules and regulations which apply to employers, providers and employer-providers
  • Exploring how the ESFA works in engaging employers and employer groups through the National Apprenticeships Service to increase participation in apprenticeships
Peter Mucklow
Peter Mucklow
Director of Apprenticeships
Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA)
Confirmed
10:30 am
Meeting Industry Needs: Getting Apprenticeships Right
  • Sharing findings from the CBI’s report ‘Getting Apprenticeships Rights: Next Steps’
  • Exploring how to meet the needs of employers by delivering apprenticeships which support better quality technical qualifications to support new routes and progression in the workplace
  • Outlining the need for a second phase of apprenticeship reform which should include a fundamental review of the apprenticeship levy
  • Ensuring the delivery of 4 key priorities: improving quality provision, ensuring an efficient standards development process, ensuring transparency in funding decisions and assuming responsibility for T-Levels
Alissa Dhaliwal
Alissa Dhaliwal
Head of Education and Skills
Confederation of British Industry (CBI)
Confirmed
10:50 am
Interactive Questions and Ideas Session

Use our Conference platform to pose your live questions to speakers, share your ideas with fellow delegates via our chat function and participate in our new session polling.

11:20 am
Break, Virtual Networking and Live Delegate Meet Ups

Your opportunity to make the most of the virtual Conference, meet up with fellow delegates, make connections and tour our real-time resources and content.

Don’t forget if you’ve missed a session, you can use our replay functions, so you can watch all the content on demand at a time that suits you.

11:30 am
Special Keynote: The Future of Apprenticeship Standards, Quality and Delivery
  • Exploring the progress in the development of trailblazers and apprenticeships standards approval across the sector
  • Assessing the outcomes from the Institute’s consultation into External Quality Assurance reforms for end point assessments
  • Examining the impact of Covid-19 on the funding, assessment and delivery of apprenticeship programmes and how the sector can lead recovery
Jennifer Coupland
Jennifer Coupland
CEO
Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education
Confirmed
11:50 am
The Future Regulation of End Point Assessments for Apprenticeships
  • Outlining how Ofqual regulate and monitor the delivery of End Points Assessments through the life of the assessment
  • Discussing the role of Ofqual working in collaboration with trailblazers and providers to ensure they get what they want and expect from the assessments
  • Using lessons learned from the regulation of End Point Assessments to inform our regulatory strategy
  • Ensuring successful compliance with the end points assessment rules and guidance
Senior Representative
Senior Representative
Ofqual
Confirmed
12:10 pm
Sponsored Session: UCAS
12:30 pm
Interactive Questions and Ideas Session
12:50 pm
Break, Virtual Networking and Live Delegate Meet Ups

Your opportunity to make the most of the virtual Conference, meet up with fellow delegates, make connections and tour our real-time resources and content.

Don’t forget if you’ve missed a session, you can use our replay functions, so you can watch all the content on demand at a time that suits you.

1:50 pm
Afternoon Keynote: Delivering Value for Money and Impact through the Apprenticeship Levy
  • Sharing the findings of the Learning and Work Institutes recent report ‘Bridging the Gap: next steps for the apprenticeship levy’
  • Assessing the impact of the coronavirus crisis on apprenticeship recruitment, and the effectiveness of the hiring incentives put in place in response
  • Exploring the underlying challenges of the apprenticeship levy and how to prevent the over-spend of the levy in the future
  • Tackling the growing funding gap to ensure sufficient funding for employers and opportunities for young people
Joe Dromey
Joe Dromey
Deputy Director for Research and Development
Learning and Work Institute
Confirmed
2:10 pm
Panel Discussion: Building Effective Partnerships and Relationships Between Providers and Employers
  • Sharing practical insights for selecting the best providers to support the delivery of your apprenticeship
  • Outlining strategies for developing effective and long-lasting relationships with providers
  • Discussing the role of employers within the partnership and what their expectations should be and the type of support they should expect
  • Understanding the process of selecting a training provider and deciding on the cost and funding arrangements
Mark Hilton
Mark Hilton
Executive Director, Policy
London First
Confirmed
Sarah Cowan
Sarah Cowan
Policy and Programmes Manager
National Centre for Universities & Business
Confirmed
Bendy Ashfield
Bendy Ashfield
Apprenticeships Manager
Royal Opera House
Confirmed
Antony Carr
Antony Carr
Director of Apprenticeships,
Bournemouth and Poole College
Confirmed
2:50 pm
Break, Virtual Networking and Live Delegate Meet Ups

Your opportunity to make the most of the virtual Conference, meet up with fellow delegates, make connections and tour our real-time resources and content.

Don’t forget if you’ve missed a session, you can use our replay functions, so you can watch all the content on demand at a time that suits you.

3:10 pm
Workshop: Delivering High Quality Apprenticeships
  • Outlining how to design and deliver a higher quality apprenticeships programme, the challenges faced, lessons learnt, and solutions implemented
  • Exploring how providers can ensure training, content delivery and the formulation of a course meets the needs of employers
  • Understanding how to effectively support apprentices throughout their apprenticeship to ensure high quality mentoring, progress analysis and assessment
Matt Tudor
Matt Tudor
Director of Business Development & Marketing
Bridgwater & Taunton College
Confirmed
3:40 pm
Practical Insights: Meeting the 20% Off The Job Training Requirements
  • Understanding how to ensure you are providing off-the-job training in a compliant way in line with funding agreements
  • Sharing strategies for meeting the 20% off the job training requirement and how to work in partnership with employers to deliver this
  • Using off-the-job training to develop new knowledge, skills and behaviours of apprentices linked to their vocational occupation
Mike Blakeley
Mike Blakeley
Director of Apprenticeships and Employer Engagement
Exeter College
Confirmed
4:10 pm
Conference Close, Virtual Networking and Live Delegate Meet Ups

The Conference concludes at 4:10pm.

You will still have the opportunity to make the most of the virtual Conference, meet up with fellow delegates, make connections and tour our real-time resources and content.

Don’t forget if you’ve missed a session, you can use our replay functions, so you can watch all the content on demand at a time that suits you.

3:10 pm
Practical Insights: Becoming an Outstanding Apprenticeship Employer
  • Sharing insights on developing an outstanding apprenticeship programme the challenges faced and strategies used
  • Recruiting apprentices to create a diverse workforce which drives innovation and future thinking
  • Successfully employing 700 apprentices in 2019, a 30% increase on the previous year across 5 different degree level apprenticeships
  • Investing in talent to meet customers expectations and create a workforce for the future
  • Offering over 25 award-winning apprenticeships programmes in order to develop skill capabilities and create leaders for the future

Winner of the Macro Employer of the Year Award 2018 at National Apprenticeship Awards

Winner of Recruitment Excellence Award 2018 at National Apprenticeship Awards

Richard Hamer
Richard Hamer
Education and Skills Director
BAE Systems
Confirmed
3:40 pm
Workshop: Designing and Creating New Apprenticeships in Line with Trailblazer Standards
  • Sharing how to successfully propose, build, submit and launch a new apprenticeship standard as a trailblazer
  • Designing end point assessments which meet the Institute for Apprenticeships criteria
  • Understanding how to form a trailblazer group which is genuinely inclusive and independent
  • Learning how to effectively market apprenticeship standards once they are approved for delivery in order to attract and employ apprentices
Helen Davies
Helen Davies
Trailblazer Standards Manager
Science Industry Partnership
Confirmed
4:10 pm
Conference Close, Virtual Networking and Live Delegate Meet Ups

The Conference concludes at 4:10pm.

You will still have the opportunity to make the most of the virtual Conference, meet up with fellow delegates, make connections and tour our real-time resources and content.

Don’t forget if you’ve missed a session, you can use our replay functions, so you can watch all the content on demand at a time that suits you.