AAC Plenary Sessions

Alongside over 65 workshops across the two days, there will also be six plenary sessions at the Annual Apprenticeship Conference.



PLENARY ONE | 09:30-10:45

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

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


Keynote speech | HM Opposition – statement from the Labour Party

Emma Hardy MP, Shadow FE & HE Minister



Creating the productive workforce – with digital, employability and technical skills

Graham Hasting Evans, Group Managing Director, NOCN


2020’s – where next for apprenticeships

Mark Dawe, CEO, AELP


PLENARY TWO | 12:10-13:30

 Keynote speech | Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector

Amanda Spielman, Ofsted


Keynote speech | Creating an intelligent Apprenticeship system

David Gallagher, CEO, NCFE


Keynote speech | A regulatory approach to EQA

Sally Collier, Chief Regulator, Ofqual


PLENARY THREE| 16:30-17:30

Panel debate | Apprenticeships, diversity and the road to achieving social mobility

Matthew Chapman, Chief Marketing and Development officer for Atalian Servest, Isa Mutlib, Chief Executive, The BAME Apprenticeship, Raisa Matadar, Apprentice, Jaguar Land Rover, Lucy Hunte, National Programme Manager – Apprenticeships, Health Education England (NHS)


Panel debate | The future of subcontracting and the ESFA consultation

Nick Linford, FE Week Editor, Mark Dawe, CEO, AELP, Brenda McLeish, CEO, Learning Curve Group, John Laramy, Principal & CEO, Exeter College.



PLENARY FOUR| 09:30-10:45

Panel debate | Missing Millions – upskilling and reskilling the workforce of the future

Kirstie Donnelly, CEO, City & Guilds , Anthony Impey, CEO, Optimity, Andy Durman, MD, EMSI, Dr Neil Bentley-Gockmann OBE, CEO, WorldSkills UK


Keynote speech | Essential Updates from the Department for Education

Keith Smith, Director, Apprenticeships, DfE


PLENARY FIVE| 12:10-13:30

Keynote speech | Global Ambition – mainstreaming excellence in Skills

Dr Neil Bentley-Gockmann OBE, CEO, WorldSkills UK


How can digital play a disruptive role in how we deliver apprenticeships in the future? 

Martin Hottass, Managing director, City & Guilds Institutes of Advanced Technology network, Richard Hamer, Education Director, BAE Systems, Chris Jones HMI, Ofsted


Keynote speech

Cindy Rampersaud,  Senior Vice President, BTEC and Apprenticeships


Keynote speech | Apprenticeships and Technical Education – next steps

Jennifer Coupland, CEO, Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education


PLENARY SIX| 16:30-17:30

Future-proof your provision: highlights from AAC and where next for apprenticeship performance measures

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


A reflection – in conversation with Kirsty Wark

Rt Hon. Anne Milton, former Apprenticeships and Skills Minister & Gordon Marsden, former shadow skills minister



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