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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
AELP Guidance Update: Enhancing Apprenticeship Delivery Through Support for Employment and Learning Providers
  • Tackling the ongoing legacy of Covid-19 to ensure no apprentices get left behind.
  • Ensuring the long-term financial sustainability of the apprenticeship system for all employers and apprentices in the long term, overall funding for apprenticeship needs to match employers’ demand.
  • Addressing key deficiencies within the current apprenticeship system through additional targeted incentives to support young people, create entry-level programmes and routes into key industries, and help SME employers.
  • The need for true equality between academic and technical education in regards to English & maths functional skills qualifications
Jane Hickie
Jane Hickie
Managing Director
Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP)
Confirmed
10:00 am
ESFA Funding Guidance 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
  • Assessing the impact of Covid-19 on future funding plans and what this means for the future delivery of apprenticeships
  • 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 Adapting Industry Needs in the Covid-19 Era: 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
  • What are the next steps for businesses with regards to apprenticeships and how has Covid-19 impacted future plans?
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
Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education Update: 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 outlining how the sector can lead recovery
Jennifer Coupland
Jennifer Coupland
CEO
Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education
Confirmed
11:50 am
Ofqual:  External Quality Assurance of Apprenticeship End Point Assessments
  • How we are transitioning the EQA of Apprenticeship end-point assessments to Ofqual
  • Our approach to the EQA of end-point assessments in line with the EQA Framework
  • Exploring how we will work with the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education to deliver EQA and maintain the employer voice in Apprenticeships
Dame Glenys Stacey
Dame Glenys Stacey
Chief Executive and Chief Regulator
Ofqual
Confirmed
12:10 pm
UCAS update: Personalising choice: How to Transform the way Students make Post-18 Choice
  • The need to personalise the information and advice that supports students in their next step in life, whether that’s university, college, technical education, or an apprenticeship.
  • UCAS’ ambition to expand its apprenticeships services for both students and employers
  • The need to transform the information and advice students receive and create parity across all the post-18 options
John Cope
John Cope
Strategy and Policy Director
UCAS
Confirmed
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
Learning and Work Institute Update: How To Deliver 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 Covid-19 on apprenticeship recruitment, and the effectiveness of the hiring incentives put in place in response to the pandemic
  • 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 and understanding how this has changed as a result of Covid-19
  • 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
Chris Russell
Chris Russell
Policy Lead for Talent and Skills
National Centre for Universities & Business (NCUB)
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 in the Context of Covid-19
  • Outlining how to design and deliver an effective apprenticeship programme, the challenges faced, lessons learnt, and solutions implemented
  • Exploring how providers can ensure effective online training, content delivery and the formulation of a course that meets the changing needs of employers
  • Outlining how Covid-19 has changed the way the college delivers apprenticeships and ensuring students are provided with ongoing support
  • Understanding how to effectively support apprentices throughout their apprenticeship to ensure high quality mentoring, progress analysis and assessment
Matt Tudor
Matt Tudor
Director of Commercial Development, Strategy and Partnerships
Bridgwater & Taunton College
Confirmed
3:40 pm
Practical Insights: How to Meet 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
  • Understanding the impact of Covid-19 on off-the-job training and assessing how this will operate moving forward
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: Learning How to Become 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
  • Adapting to customer expectations in light of Covid-19 and investing in talent to meet and create a workforce fit 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.