AAC Plenary Sessions


Future-proof your provision: Policy versus practice and where next for apprenticeship reform

Nick Linford, Editor of FE Week & Author of the Complete Guide to Funding Apprenticeships

2019, it’s crunch time | Where are we at and where are we are going

Mark Dawe, CEO, AELP

Panel Session | Creating quality apprenticeships: how education can  better meet the needs of employers

Phil Howard, Intequal, Jane Hadfield, Health Education England, Mike White, RBS, Kathryn Porter, Hilton Worldwide 


Keynote speech | Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector 

Amanda Spielman, Ofsted

Speech | Title to be announced 

David Gallagher, Managing Director NCFE Apprenticeship Services, NCFE

Keynote speech | Institute for Apprenticeships & Technical Education

Sir Gerry Berragan, CEO, IfATE 


Delivering a world-class Team UK

Dr Neil Bentley-Gockmann OBE, CEO, WorldSkills UK & members of Team UK 2019

The business case for diversity of apprenticeships

Sharon Blyfield, HR Business Partner, Coca-Cola European Partners, Qasim Iqbal, Emerging Talent Manager, HSBC UK, Dr Neil Bentley-Gockman OBE, CEO WSUK and Susanna Lawson, CEO, OneFile


Future-proof your provision: highlights from day one and the funding significance of prior skills, knowledge and behaviours

Nick Linford, Editor of FE Week & Author of the Complete Guide to Funding Apprenticeships

Keynote speech | Essential Updates from the Department for Education

Keith Smith, Director, Apprenticeships, DfE 

Keynote speech | Reflecting on a global tour of technical and vocational education

Simon Bartley, President, WorldSkills 


Keynote speech | Confederation of British Industry  (title TBA)

Jon Cope, Head of Education and Skills, CBI

Keynote speech | Impact of Apprenticeship Reforms on Small Businesses 

Anthony Impey MBE, Founder of Optimity & Chair of the Skills Policy Unit, Federation of Small Businesses

Keynote speech | Career-focused Education: the engine for economic & social growth

Sarah Hardy-Pickering, Head of Learning and Development, Weightman’s Solicitors, Lucy Hunte, National Apprenticeships Manager, NHS, John Cope, Head of Education and Skills, CBI & Cindy Rampersaud, Senior Vice President, UK BTEC and Apprenticeships, Pearson

Keynote speech | Labour’s apprenticeship vision within a National Education Service

Gordon Marsden MP, Shadow Skills Minister 

PLENARY SIX | THURSDAY | 16:30-17:30

Keynote speech |  Learnings from a regulated approach to External Quality Assurance

Phil Beach CBE, Executive Director for Vocational Qualifications, Ofqual

Panel session | Safeguarding and securing Britain’s long-term economic future: the home-grown talent opportunity

Anthony Impey, Optimity, Andy Durman, EMSI, Andy Smyth ISB Chair, Kate Ross, IBM & Patrick Craven, City & Guilds

Closing Keynote | Ministerial update

The Rt Hon Anne Milton MP, Minister of State for Apprenticeships and Skills


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