Plenary four | Building a world class apprenticeship system

Hall 1

9:30 am - 10:45 am


In opening plenary on day two of the conference we will hear from the Department for Education about their plans for the apprenticeship system. We will also hear from the President of WorldSkills, Simon Bartley, about his learnings from technical education system across the globe.

Nick Linford keynote speech title | Future-proof your provision: highlights from day one and the funding significance of prior skills, knowledge and behaviours

After a brief summary of the highlights from day one of AAC 2019, Nick will consider the significance of the ESFA threat to “take action to recover apprenticeship funding” where it is being used to pay for existing skills knowledge and behaviours. The DfE is now conducting research into the issue and Ofsted have also upped their scrutiny of accounting for prior learning. Are you reducing the negotiated price accordingly and if not, what are the consequences?

Keith Smith keynote speech title | TBA – Essential Updates from the Department for Education

Simon Bartley keynote speech title | Reflecting on a global tour of technical and vocational education

For 12 years I have been travelling the World either as the Chief Executive of UK Skills or as President of WorldSkills International. During this time I have seen a wide variety of different vocational, craft and technical educational systems across every continent (except Antarctica) and I’d like, by illustrating some as examples, to present some conclusions that I have drawn.