Agenda | Making Apprenticeships Work, for employers by employers

‘Get ready to shape the future of apprenticeships’

Thursday 23 March, at the Annual Apprenticeship Conference,  ICC Birmingham

Conference overview:

This conference is all about planning, designing and financing your apprenticeship. It will give practical advice and support to employers who are on the cusp of paying the new apprenticeship levy and therefore thinking about starting or expanding their apprenticeship programmes.

A mix of presentations, case studies, panel discussions and table workshops, the conference will focus on how to plan and manage a successful apprenticeship programme and get the most out of the levy.

Conference agenda

Note: more speakers to be added.




9.30am – 10.15am



10.15am – 11.15am


A panel discussion led by Kirstie Donnelly MBE

A group of top UK employers discussing the apprenticeship landscape and changing policy in this area

Led by Kirstie Donnelly MBE (Managing Director, City & Guilds)

11.15am – 11.45am


The importance of employer commitment to apprenticeships

Key note speech

Steve Holliday (ex-CEO National Grid)

11.45am – 1.15pm


Designing and planning your apprenticeship

With employer case study from Heathrow

Led by Kirstie Donnelly MBE (Managing Director, City & Guilds)

Karima Khandker (Heathrow)

1.15pm – 2.15pm



2.15pm – 3.30pm


Delivering your apprenticeships

A panel of top UK employers and training providers will debate the issues and opportunities

Members of the Industry Skills Board

3.30pm – 4.00pm


Financing your apprenticeships

Q&A session on financing your apprenticeship

Keith Smith (SFA) in conversation with Bryony Kingsland (City & Guilds)

4.00pm – 4.30pm


The apprentice’s view of apprenticeships

A panel discussion with a group of apprentices and ex-apprentices at various stages of their careers

A panel discussion led by ex-apprentices Tiana Locker and Maria McSorley – City & Guilds with apprentices from some of the UK’s top companies



Closing panel session

A panel of employers discuss the main themes that have emerged throughout the day

Led by Kirstie Donnelly MBE (Managing Director, City & Guilds)