Alongside keynote speeches from senior government ministers and politicians, the conference will also include a variety of in-depth practical and policy training workshops, practical sessions and Q&A opportunities.


Topics covered will include…


Topics for training providers, college and universities:


Funding frameworks and standards 

Switching from delivering frameworks to standards – what you need to know

Effective ways to deliver Functional Skills in Literacy to apprentices

Sector specific workshops exploring content of standards

Negotiating fees and funding with employers

Best practice when balancing on and off the job apprenticeship delivery

Effective ways to deliver Functional Skills in Numeracy to apprentices

Preparing for and advice on Ofsted inspection

Making ILR returns and the relationship with data within the DAS

Maintaining high quality data, using audit tools and financial assurance

The role of subcontracting and apprenticeship register of providers

Developing a pre-apprenticeship programme and use of Traineeships

Successful marketing provider services and apprenticeship vacancies

Role and influence of the Institute for Apprenticeships

Future of apprenticeships following Post-16 Skills Plan


Topics for large and small employers:


Finding, employing, mentoring and retaining the best apprentices

The latest technical information on the implementation of the levy payments

Using the Digital Apprenticeship System, such as monitoring levy spending

How to effectively advertise for apprenticeship vacancies

Guidance and help on how to join the SFA register and become an employer provider

How to propose, design and launch a new apprenticeship standard

Employer role in apprenticeship assessment

The pros and cons of becoming an employer provider

Tips for choosing and negotiating with apprenticeship providers

Support for small and medium sized ‘non-levied’ employers


Topics for current and potential assessment organisations:


How to apply and successfully become an assessment organisation

Designing an appropriate Assessment Plan and graded End-Point Assessment

Pros and cons of different types of End-Point Assessment models

The role of Ofqual and regulated qualifications in some apprenticeship standards

The role of the Institute of Apprenticeships in maintaining standards and assessment

How awarding organisations can get involved alongside employers

How employers, providers and professional bodies can become assessment organisations