Topics Covered

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 that started before 1 May 2017
  • Funding frameworks and standards that start from 1 May 2017
  • 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