Topics covered at AAC

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AAC is recognised as the premier professional apprenticeship conference providing policy and practical updates. With more than 60 workshops, unmissable plenary sessions and 60+ exhibitors, it will once again provide senior staff from colleges, training providers, universities, employers and assessment organisations with business-critical news and information.

Workshops will be delivered by the Department for Education, Education & Skills Funding Agency, Ofsted, Institute for Apprenticeships & Technical Education, Ofqual and many more.

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Monday 2nd March

Registration and exhibition open from 08:30 | Conference content commences 09:30 | Conference closes 17:45

Tuesday 3rd March

Registration and exhibition open from 08:30 | Conference content commences 09:30 | Conference closes 17:30

Gala Dinner & FE Week and AELP Apprenticeship Awards Final| 19:00 – 01:00




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.

Key themes for plenary sessions at AAC 2020 will include: Quality | Funding | Technology | Degree apprenticeships | Assessment | Policy 

Topics covered across the conference 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


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