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Jo Maher, Principal and Chief Executive, Loughborough College (CONFIRMED)

  • 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, Chief Executive, Association of Employment and Learning Providers (CONFIRMED)

  • 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

Greg Dean, Head of Large Employer Engagement, Education and Skills Funding Agency (invited)

  • 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, Head of Education & Skills, Confederation of British Industry (CONFIRMED)

  • 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, CEO, Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (CONFIRMED)

  • 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, Ofqual (CONFIRMED)

  • Sharing the findings of the Learning and Work Institutes recent report ‘Bridging the Gap: next steps for the apprenticeship levy’
  • Assessing the underlying flaws 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
  • Exploring what changes need to be implemented in order to meet the government’s target of 3 million apprenticeships by 2020

Stephen Evans, Chief Executive, Learning and Work Institute (CONFIRMED)

  • 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, Executive Director, Policy, London First (CONFIRMED)
Sarah Cowan, Policy and Programmes Manager, NCUB (CONFIRMED)
Bendy Ashfield, Apprenticeships Manager, Royal Opera House (CONFIRMED)
Antony Carr, Director of Apprenticeships, Bournemouth and Poole College (CONFIRMED)

*programme subject to change

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