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Agenda

  • Main Plenary
  • Workshop Stream
8:45 am
Registration, Refreshments and Networking
9:30 am
Chair’s Address and Welcome Back Icebreakers
Naomi Phillips
Naomi Phillips
Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Policy and Research
The Learning and Work Institute
Confirmed
9:45 am
Keynote Address: The Way Forward for Apprenticeships in a Post-Pandemic World
  • The value of apprenticeships to the economy
  • Challenges facing the current apprenticeships system
  • The future of apprenticeships and the reforms they need
Emma Hardy MP
Emma Hardy MP
Co-Chair
APPG for Apprenticeships
Confirmed
10:10 am
Keynote Address: Developments in the Apprenticeship System
  • Where the programme is now
  • Reaching and serving SMEs
  • Providers at the centre of a system that reinforces quality improvement
  • Simplifying the system
Peter Mucklow
Peter Mucklow
Director of Apprenticeships
Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA)
Confirmed
10:30 am
The Institute Update: Enhancing the Value and Impact of the Apprenticeship System
  • Offering a progress report on the ongoing pilot of the new funding band recommendation process and how this will inform the new model
  • Examining the implementation timetable on changes to degree apprenticeships and how programme approvals will be made under the new policy
  • Setting out the final stages of the transition of the external quality assurance (EQA) system and what the approach now looks like
  • Exploring the Institute’s approach to building a more integrated skills system
Joanna Moonon
Joanna Moonon
Deputy Director
Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education
Confirmed
10:50 am
Questions and Answers Session
11:10 am
Refreshments and Networking Break
11:30 am
Sponsored Session: UCAS and Health Education England: Raising the Profile of Apprenticeships

Led by UCAS data insights, this session will examine the past, present and future of apprenticeships, and what this means for recruitment in the NHS.

Pete Milsom
Pete Milsom
Partnerships Manager – Apprenticeships
UCAS
Confirmed
Lucy Hunte
Lucy Hunte
National Programme Manager - Apprenticeships
Health Education England
Confirmed
11:50 am
An Ofqual Update: Delivering the Benefits of Regulated External Quality

This session will update you on Ofqual’s approach to external quality assurance of Apprenticeships and the benefits its regulation brings to apprentices and employers.

The session will focus on Ofqual’s EQA activities including recognition of EPAOs as part of EQA transition, engagement with EPAOs, the field team and other regulatory activity and how this oversight ensures quality in the Apprenticeship system.

Claire Gill
Claire Gill
Director of Strategic Relationships, Vocational and Technical Qualifications (VTQs)
Ofqual
Confirmed
12:10 pm
Why it’s Never Been More Important for Apprenticeships to Boost Business Productivity

The session will examine the needs of employers for skills and productivity as they grapple with massive uncertainty in the aftermath of the pandemic.

The keynote will consider how demand in the labour market is changing and how the apprenticeships system can match the needs of all employers.

The session will assess:

  • The role apprenticeships play in developing the skills employers need
  • The productivity challenge that businesses face in today’s economy
  • What’s needed to make apprenticeships work for small businesses
Anthony Impey MBE
Anthony Impey MBE
Chief Executive, Be the Business
Chair, Apprenticeship Ambassador Network and the City & Guilds’ Industry Skills Board
Confirmed
12:30 pm
Unlocking the Barriers to Apprenticeship Growth and Development
  • Examining the development of apprenticeships uptakes in the post-pandemic landscape and how apprenticeships can be placed at the heart of recovery
  • Exploring the barriers to non-levy payers and the challenges for SME’s in supporting growth
  • Assessing the collapse in apprenticeships starts at entry-level and amongst the under 25’s and how the apprenticeship market can be rebalanced
  • Evaluating what the Levelling Up White Paper means for apprenticeships and what to expect from the investment of £3.8bn in skills planned by 2024-25
Nichola Hay MBE
Nichola Hay MBE
Chair, AELP
Chief Operating Officer, Estio Training
Confirmed
1:00 pm
Lunch and Networking Break
1:50 pm
Panel Discussion: Placing Apprenticeship Delivery at the Heart of the Levelling Up Agenda

Apprenticeships and skills are at the heart of the government’s ‘Levelling Up’ white paper and central to its ambition to tackle regional inequality. This session will examine how ‘Levelling Up’ can be delivered in practice across the apprenticeship system.

  • Tackling the regional and local imbalances in apprenticeship uptake
  • Challenging the disparity between large employers and non-levy paying SMEs in the apprenticeship market
  • Improving access for disadvantaged groups with greater support for entry-level roles
  • Delivering an apprenticeships model which serves regional economies and local skills needs
Lord Shipley OBE
Lord Shipley OBE
Chair, Youth Unemployment Committee, House of Lords
Confirmed
Grant Glendinning
Grant Glendinning
Executive Principal, North
Newcastle College Group
Confirmed
Anna Ambrose
Anna Ambrose
Director
London Progression Collaboration (LPC)
Confirmed
Laura-Jane Rawlings
Laura-Jane Rawlings
Chief Executive
Youth Employment UK
Confirmed
2:30 pm
Panel Discussion: The Post-Pandemic Apprenticeship – Programme Design and Delivery in the Hybrid Landscape

This expert-led discussion will assess how programme delivery has transformed as a result of the pandemic and what the post Covid- apprenticeship should look like. The session will examine:

  • The future of blended delivery models and the next steps for enhancement
  • Re-evaluating programme design, curriculum and pedagogy to match the demands of new hybrid models
  • Improving the synergies between ‘on the job’ and ‘off the job’ training
  • Exploring how the apprentice journey from entry to employment can be reassessed to enhance engagement and outcomes
  • Embedding the voice of the apprentice into models of co-production
Heather Campbell
Heather Campbell
Member of the Apprentice Panel, Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education
Assistant Project Engineer (Systems), Network Rail
Confirmed
Lucy Hunte
Lucy Hunte
National Programme Manager - Apprenticeships
Health Education England
Confirmed
Sarah Shreeves
Sarah Shreeves
Head of Training Services
CIPFA
Confirmed
Simon Ashworth
Simon Ashworth
Director of Policy
Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP)
Confirmed
3:00 pm
Refreshments and Networking Break
3:20 pm
Panel Discussion: Delivering Quality and Managing Preparation for End Point Assessments
  • What does high quality look like within the end point assessment system and what are the expectations of EPAOs?
  • How can providers and employers effectively prepare apprentices for end point assessment throughout the programme lifecycle?
  • How can the flexibilities and adjustments made amid the Covid-19 pandemic add long term value to the end point assessment system?
  • Forming effective relationships with EPAOs and designing approaches to prepare for diverse assessment methods
Charlotte Bosworth
Charlotte Bosworth
Managing Director, Innovate Awarding
Chair, Federation of Awarding Bodies’ End Point Assessment Organisation Group
Confirmed
Emma Bathe
Emma Bathe
End Point Assessment Manager
Weston College
Confirmed
4:00 pm
Chair’s Concluding Address and Conference Close

*Programme subject to change

In addition to the main plenary, you will be able to sign up for dedicated workshops for employers and providers which explore enhancing practice.

DELIVERY AND PRACTICE

11:30 am
A: Employer Workshop: Integration of On- and Off-the-Job Training – The Role of Employers
Anita Davenport-Brooks
Anita Davenport-Brooks
People, Culture & Compliance Manager
Lander Automotive
Confirmed
11:30 am
B: Provider Workshop: The Apprentice Lifecycle: Enhancing Outcomes and Engagement From Induction to EPA
Bethany Challoner
Bethany Challoner
Apprenticeship and Adult Skills Director
Fareham College
Confirmed
Debbie Houghton
Debbie Houghton
Director of Apprenticeships
Bedford College Group
Confirmed
12:20 pm
C: Employer Workshop: Working with Providers and Ensuring Value in Delivery
Jade Newman
Jade Newman
Early Careers Talent Manager
E.on
Confirmed
12:20 pm
D: Provider Workshop: The Apprentice Voice: Action Points from The Panel of Apprentices
Hannah Gregg
Hannah Gregg
Member of the Panel of Apprentices, Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education
Technical Business Analyst, KPMG
Confirmed
Megan Foster
Megan Foster
Member of the Panel of Apprentices, Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education
Apprentice Civil Engineer, EKFB
Confirmed
James Kennett
James Kennett
Member of the Panel of Apprentices, Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education
Engineering Degree Apprentice, Rolls-Royce Plc
Confirmed
Heather Campbell
Heather Campbell
Member of the Apprentice Panel, Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education
Assistant Project Engineer (Systems), Network Rail
Confirmed
Jordan Gough
Jordan Gough
Member of the Panel of Apprentices, Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education
Junior Project Manager, Coventry Building Society
Confirmed
1:00 pm
Lunch and Networking Break

FUNDING AND CONTRACTING

1:50 pm
E: Employer Workshop: The Apprenticeship Levy Clinic – Funding Changes, Rules and Levy Transfers
Justin Rix
Justin Rix
Partner, People Advisory
Grant Thornton UK LLP
Confirmed
Tom J Pearce
Tom J Pearce
Manager, People Advisory - Consulting
Grant Thornton UK LLP
Confirmed
1:50 pm
F: Provider Workshop: Preparing for an ESFA Audit and Ensuring Compliance
Rupert Crossland
Rupert Crossland
Director of Audit and Compliance
Professional Assessment
Confirmed
3:00 pm
Refreshments and Networking

QUALITY AND STANDARDS

G: Employer Workshop: 10 Questions for All Employers to Ask on Apprenticeship Quality (Post-Event)

This session will now appear as a recorded session following the Conference.

Shelley Watson
Shelley Watson
Early Professionals Manager
IBM
Confirmed
3:20 pm
H: Provider Workshop: Ofsted Inspections on Apprenticeships Provision – What to Expect and How to Prepare
Anne Horn
Anne Horn
Director
Best for Training
Confirmed
4:00 pm
Conference Close

*Programme subject to change