AAC Workshops
80 workshops across five days

We have now announced all workshops across the AAC week. Please note that the agenda is subject to change as we make final updates and ammends.

Workshops will take place each day at 12:00 and 13:15. All workshops will last for 45mins; a recording will be available to AAC delegates after the conference.

Workshops will be provided by organisations such as ESFA, Ofsted, IfATE, Ofqual, UCAS and more. AAC delegates will not need to pre-register for workshops.

Monday Group A
12:00-12:45

End-to-end Journey to EPA Success with City & Guilds

A walk through of the end-to-end journey from registration to results with City & Guilds. Learn more about our key stages of registration, accessing EPA Support materials, gateway approval, assessment evidence uploads, planning meetings, monitoring assessment progress and accessing results and digital credentials.

Lorna Tyrtania, Senior Product Manager, City & Guilds and Rebecca Hollamby, EPA Partnership Manager, City & Guilds

‘Future Skills’ – what are the future functional skills

What are the skills for all future workers? Digital and critical carbon literacy/industry specific sustainability skills, becoming as essential as maths and English. The challenges faced in developing these due to the nature of the skills and the shortage of relevant, competency-based programmes and teachers.

Sian Thomas, Executive Director for International,  The Skills Network   

Intro to AAC: The apprenticeship market and trends

In this session, Nick will share his analysis of what’s been hot and not since the apprenticeship levy reforms were introduced for starts from May 2017.

Which providers have grown fastest or biggest? Which providers have best weathered the Covid storm? Which standards are most providers delivering? Which have the highest number of starts and at what level and for which ages? A fascinating look at how the market has changed and is shaping up into the future.

Nick Linford, Editor, FE Week

AELP – Support, Resources and Projects

This workshop will give a brief overview of some really useful sector based resources available to providers, such as technology to embed learning in remote settings in the Engineering sector, our new SectorShare platform which hosts resources for all sectors and the ETF Strategic Leadership and Governance Programme and the plans to make the resources, developed as part of this programme, available to the wider sector at the end of May. The workshop will be interactive and participants will be encouraged to try out some resources and give us real time feedback to help shape any future developments.

Cheryl Swales, National Operations Manager, AELP

What to expect during an inspection?

This workshop will be ideal for any new providers expecting their first inspection or experienced ones keen to hear about EIF inspections.

Hear it from an inspector, Kate will talk about the processes, starting with the initial planning call through the main inspection activities, inspectors may complete to when they leave the site.

Kate Hill, Her Majesty’s Inspector, Ofsted           

Levy Transfers & Matching

Following on from the PM’s Skills Speech and the Chancellor’s Spending Review Announcement, we have committed to reform levy transfers so that unspent funds can be used more easily to support apprenticeships. We have been working with employers to improve the transfer process, making it easier for them to find smaller employers to transfer levy funds to, thus helping them maximise the amount of funding they will be able to transfer. The areas that we have identified for improvements are:
. Online matching service
. Online pledge
. Reducing administration burden
This session will go through our user research findings, proposed system improvements and timelines.

Kate McDonagh, Funding Policy Manager,ESFA

A lawyer’s take on contracts – Employer Agreements

This session will look at the web of commercial contracts which are needed for an apprenticeship scheme. Mark will highlight a few issues which he has advised on during the year, before answering questions. To send questions through in advance, please email MarkTaylor@Eversheds-Sutherland.com.

Mark Taylor, Partner, Corporate Education, Eversheds Sutherland

Giving apprentices a digital head-start in the workplace

Join us at 12 noon on Monday 26th in a dedicated workshop at FE Week AAC, where we’ll be sharing how ‘EDSQ for Work’ can help employees and apprentices thrive in the workplace, and for the very first time we’ll be outlining plans for a new modular digital qualifications aligned to new and revised digital apprenticeship standards.

Annette  Allmark,  Head of Apprenticeships, BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT and  Patricia Barlow, Head of Product, BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT

Monday Group B
13:13-14:00

Engineering Future, career and progression

This workshop is to showcase all areas of engineering, how the City and Guilds group offer different qualifications and routes into an apprenticeship and why women should get into engineering.

Samantha Ashman, Technical Advisor for Engineering, City & Guilds and Janice Collins, End Point Assessment Partnership Manager, City & Guilds

Flexi-job apprenticeships and the future of on the job training

Flexi-job apprenticeships are set to be introduced from January 2022 and will allow workers to work for a number of different employers in a single sector.  The new flexi-job apprenticeships are one of several measures that will support more young people from under-represented and disadvantaged communities into apprenticeships.  On the job training has always been key in delivering apprenticeships and traineeships, Graham Hasting-Evans will look at how it is changing since remote working and teaching became more important in 2020/21.

Graham Hasting-Evans, CEO, NOCN Group

The changing landscape of apprenticeships

Discussion with employers and providers illustrating their adaption over the last year to support learners and the lessons learnt.

Ashleigh Klue, Head of Learning and Development, Estee Lauder companies INC, Jason Hargreaves, Managing Director, Education and Skills Partnership, Sue Shutler, Head of Business Development & Account Management, BTEC & Apprenticeships, Pearson, Andy Pollard, Senior EPA Delivery Manager, Pearson and Keith Leighton, Chief Education Officer, League Football Education

The Institute: Best practice guidance from the panel of apprentices

Learn about the panel and their best practice guidance plans covering training, assessment and more.

Jamilah Simpson & Louis Curits, Apprentice panel members, Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IfATE)

Raising Standards in TVET – Join WorldSkills UK’s world-beating skills network

Join us to hear how your organisation can benefit from the secrets of WorldSkills UK’s international success.

We’re creating a network, sharing our unique knowledge gained through years of international benchmarking, turning our experience of training into a world-class standard and harnessing our world-wide connections to impart global best practice with partners in education, training and industry.

With unrivalled access to many of the key elements to unlocking the skills conundrum the country now faces, we want to work with you to deliver the national skills upgrade needed to help the next generation and the economy thrive into the future.

Frazer Minskip, High Performance Skills Coach, WorldSkills UK & Pete Walters, High Performance Skills Coach WorldSkills UK

College Collaboration Fund (CCF) – Department for Education

FE Colleges have been working collaboratively, sharing their skills, knowledge and expertise, and drawing on good practice to address shared quality improvement priorities. As well as delivering improvements within their collaboration, each project is producing resources and learning that can be used by other FE providers and shared across the sector. The Windsor Forest Group have been working collaboratively with their partner, Berkshire College of Agriculture to accelerate the curation of digital resources to support online delivery of apprenticeships. Hear about their reflections on working collaboratively and the resources produced as part of their CCF project. These include a collection of online teaching resources to support apprenticeship delivery through the use of 360 videos and walkthroughs.

Juliet Holloway, Assistant Principal, The Windsor Forest College Group, Julian Bream, Project Manager, The Windsor Forest College Group and Tracey Allred, Deputy Director, Head of FE Improvement and Oversight, Department for Education

Apprenticeships in the NHS during Covid

Covid 19 has presented huge challenges for apprenticeship delivery across the country and nowhere has this been more true than in the NHS. Join us to hear about the successes in the face of these challenges including realising flexibilities in delivery, keeping learners on programme and adapting to new ways of working.

Lucy Hunte, National Apprenticeship Programme Manager – Apprenticeships, NHS – Health Education England

Funding Assurance – An overview of the approach

This session will provide an insight to how the ESFA assurance operates, particularly in the current climate.  Areas covered will include notification period, sample sizes and what is covered under the approach

Karl Bentley, Senior Manager, RSM UK  

How to support Neurodiverse learners

One in three apprentices have unidentified learning difficulties.  How does that compare to the number of apprentices you’re supporting for additional learning needs?

Understanding neurodiversity and cognition is an essential tool to deliver the best support for all of your learners. And it’s not as hard as you think.  In this session, we’ll share how you can recognise and support the neurodiverse learners you work with. To help you deliver best-in-class learner support and transform learner attainment.

Helen Wilson, Science Communications Manager, Cognassist

Remote Assessment and Invigilation – now this has become the new norm

This session will explore the challenges of implementing Remote assessment and Invigilation and considerations to ensure it is scalable and efficient now this way of working is here to stay

Ian Jarvis, Managing Director, SkillTech

Tuesday Group C
12:00-12:45

The future of blended learning and assessment in apprenticeship delivery

This session will look at the common challenges faced across each stage of the apprenticeship journey from on-programme, gateway to final assessment, in the context of flexible and blended approaches. We will be looking at how learning and assessment delivery has changed in recent times, and will continue to evolve using remote and blended learning approaches and the benefits this can bring providers and apprentices.

Sarah Bell, Learning Services Director, Kineo, Sarah Cooksedge, City & Guilds and Janice Collins, End Point Assessment Partnership Manager, City & Guilds

Maths and English Functional Skills – the evolving world of e-learning and online exam delivery.

Working in partnership to deliver functional skills online

Paul Wakeling, Executive Director of Curriculum and Quality, The Skills Netowrk & Fraser Ingham, Skills First

The key source data from DfE/ESFA/Ofsted/IfATE

There is so much official apprenticeship data available that is constantly being updated. But do you know where it is and what to do with it?

For those responsible for producing analysis of the local or national apprenticeship market, this session from Nick is a must attend.

Nick Linford, Editor, FE Week

Apprenticeships – a changing focus

Join UCAS’s Director of Strategy, Policy and Public Affairs John Cope for a dedicated workshop, where he’ll be sharing our strategic aims for apprenticeships, highlighting what we’re doing and where we’re going. With information, advice and guidance on how you can make the most of your apprenticeship programmes.

John Cope, Director of Strategy, Policy and Public Affairs, UCAS

What’s Next?: A Technical Education Pathways Resource

Hear about a new playbook for careers advisors.

Paul Warner, Director of Research, AELP and Andrew Webster, Careers and Enterprise Company

Online and remote learning

Since the coronavirus pandemic, many learning providers have changed the way they train, communicate and manage apprenticeships from a predominantly face-to-face model to one that relies heavily on remote and online working. During this workshop, Richard will share Ofsted’s findings from its remote and online learning survey work, completed during the summer and autumn terms of 2020.

Richard Pemble, Her Majesty’s Inspector, Ofsted

Funding rules update for April 2021 and beyond

Laura Orritt-Hopkins, Senior Manager, Apprenticeship Funding Policy, ESFA

Building mental fitness of apprentices

Building the mental fitness of the nation has never been more important, especially amongst young people, with a startling 81% of 16-24 year-olds concerned about how they will cope mentally in the year ahead.

This session will debate and discuss some of the key issues when it comes to the mental health of apprentices, including the pressures and challenges they face approaching key transitional periods such as Gateway.

The session will equip attendees with practical tools and guidance that will enable them to support the mental health of apprentices, and ultimately enhance outcomes.

Dr. Fran Longstaff, Head of Psychology, Fika & Leanne Poole, Senior Relationship Manager, NCFE

Reshaping Delivery: The increasing role of edtech and media within apprenticeships

How to plan high-quality blended apprenticeships for the 2021/22 academic year, including quality of media, technology, delivery methods, and ultimately learner outcomes.

Key takeaways:

  • Understanding the key drivers – aside from the pandemic – behind blended delivery from a learner, teacher, technology and employer perspective
  • Insights into DfE’s EdTech Strategy
  • How to design a blended learning strategy
  • Exploring the key differences between “Emergency remote learning” and “Planned blended learning” in terms of learner experience, quality and learning outcomes”

Mark Mckenna, Managing Director, Mindful Education          

Tuesday Group D
13:13-14:00

Future Skills into Construction

The C&G’s complete offer and pathways into construction, through a comprehensive education and occupational programme. City & Guilds have a long standing history working within with Construction sector, always at the forefront of the pack to meet the needs of industry. This year we are getting ready to launch our first T-levels from September, alongside our ever expanding End Point Assessment offer and ensuring our full time and NVQ qualifications are meeting the changing demands of the sector.

Naz Lewis-Humphrey, Industry Manager for Construction, City & Guilds and Sarah Turner, Business Development Manager, City & Guilds

Using sector specific Traineeships to bridge the skills gap

This session will cover a fundamental mismatch between the skills that employers rely upon in their employees, and the skills that young people and adults have that wish to work in a specific sector. The session will focus on how sector-specific traineeships could bridge the skills gaps in a range of sectors.  Tracey Patmore will focus on the challenges and opportunities sector-specific traineeships offer, using the recently announced Bricklayer sector-specific traineeship as an example.

Tracey Patmore, Product Manager, NOCN Group             

The Institute: Specimen training plans for apprenticeship standards

Hear about plans for trailblazer groups and partners to develop and publish a specimen training plan. We will explain the potential benefits and how to get involved.

Diane Wilford, Senior Relationship Manager & Martin Keeves, Senior Relationship Manager, Institute for Apprenticeships & Technical Education

Becoming a regulated End Point Assessment Organisation

Join Ofqual & the ESFA to understand the requirements for EPAOs as EQA responsibilities transfer to Ofqual. This session will cover the recognition process and expectations, and our approach to engagement going forward.

Jessica Lewis-Bell, Senior Manager Strategic Relationships, Ofqual and Jeremy Barlow, Senior Manager, Apprentice Assessment Apprenticeships Group, EFSA

Skills for Life in the NHS

Numeracy, Literacy & Digital Skills are as crucial in the NHS as anywhere else. Join us to find out how we are supporting thousands of colleagues to develop and consolidate these skills, what we have learnt pre and during Covid and about the NHS employers making the case for long-term investment in these skills.

Kirsty Marsh-Hyde, National Programme Manager – Apprenticeships, Health Education England

Raise ambitions for blended learning from good to great

Find out how a shift in the mindset of those involved in learning delivery improves learners’ engagement and their outcomes.

Brad Tombling, Head of Customer Success, Bud and Erica Farmer, Digital Learning and Apprenticeship Expert, Founder and Director of Welcome Two

The Hut Group – Apprenticeships

How The Hut Group have utilised apprenticeships to support their growth

Richard Nolan, Global People Director, The Hut Group & Lee Hill, Business Development,  Director Learning Curve Group  

Are Apprenticeships really worth the effort?

This session looks at the journey of an Employer from introduction of Apprenticeships to the current day and the elements that have shifted business perception and views to make the Apprenticeship programme a core part of the business strategy and day to day ways of working

Jim Murphy, Talent Development Manager, Iceland, Claire Smith, Partnership Manager, Lifetime Training and Charlotte Bosworth, Managing Director, Innovate Awarding

Wednesday Group E
12:00-12:45

Stepping Stones into Apprenticeships in a New World

Over the last year, the world we live and work in has changed forever. Those changes have dramatically affected some sectors and occupations, which in turn has affected the number of apprenticeship opportunities available for learners, and training providers that deliver apprenticeships.   In this workshop, we will look at the range of options and alternatives available to providers to enable them to support learners to improve their skills and create pathways that lead to an apprenticeship at a later date, when the economy has had time to recover. Expect a lively and informative session with plenty of time for questions.

Bryony Kingsland, Senior Manager – Funding and Policy, City & Guilds, Sam Egerton, UK Sales Manager, City & Guilds and Mandy Slaney, Lead Industry Manager, City & Guilds

Initial assessment -the future

A look at blending assessment of subject knowledge, English, maths, digital, cognitive and mental toughness to truly understand your apprentice / learner

Mark Dawe, CEO, The Skills Network and Doug Strycharczyk, CEO, AQR International

Provider market: how to monitor starts and funding values

Since the introduction of levy funding the DfE has avoided publishing much if any information about apprenticeship funding.

But Nick will show you how to combine some key sources of data produce timely analysis which estimates the value of apprenticeship starts, right down to individual providers.

Nick Linford, Editor, FE Week

Maximising opportunities for apprentices in devolved city regions.

Join AELP for a timely discussion on how devolved city regions can maximise opportunities for apprentices, and what the future might hold for skills devolution. This will include conversation with sector experts, including providers and MCAs.

Rebecca Durber, Regional Engagement Manager, AELP, Nicki Hay, CEO, Estio and Nic Hutchins, Greater Manchester Combined Authority

What do good apprenticeships look like?

During this workshop, Richard will talk about the characteristics of high-quality apprenticeship training that inspectors found during inspections between September 2019 and March 2020. The Education Inspection Framework, introduced in September 2019, has the importance of a high-quality education, underpinned by a challenging and well taught curriculum at its heart. This workshop will help delegates understand the components of well-designed and taught apprenticeships.

Richard Pemble, Her Majesty’s Inspector, Ofsted

Prior learning and experience – compliance and evidence

Chris Jones, Senior Manager, Apprenticeship Funding Policy, ESFA

A lawyer’s take on contracts – Subcontracts

This session will look at the web of commercial contracts which are needed for an apprenticeship scheme. Mark will highlight a few issues which he has advised on during the year, before answering questions. To send questions through in advance, please email MarkTaylor@Eversheds-Sutherland.com

Mark Taylor, Partner, Corporate Education, Eversheds Sutherland

Addressing Integrity Development for the ‘Real World’

Learn how Turnitin helps to lay the foundations of academic integrity and equip students with skills that prepare them for the workplace.

Neil Lisle, Territory Manager, Turnitin & Pascalle Rossle, Senior Account Manager, Turnitin           

Utilising your AEB allocation to drive employer engagement and apprenticeships

Beej Kaczmarczyk, Director, Learning Curve Group & Tom Aust, External Client Services Director, Learning Curve Group                   

Steps to achieve Gateway success

This session will provide a practical insight into common Gateway challenges and how to overcome them. It will cover how support materials and resources can be used to help prepare evidence that is required for Gateway. NCFE will also go through the role of Gateway and how to plan for Gateway to achieve success.

Leanne  Poole, Senior Relationship Manager, NCFE & Susan Goldstein, Head of Client Relationships, NCFE             

Wednesday Group F
13:13-14:00

Making leadership & management apprenticeships work for employers and apprentices: insight from Lloyds and ILM

Kathryn Marshall, Apprenticeship Senior Manager at Lloyds Banking Group will share Lloyds’ journey in building a successful Leadership and Management apprenticeship programme. We will discuss experiences and challenges throughout their journey and examine how providers can support businesses to achieve success with their Leaders and Managers. We will be joined by a management apprentice to talk about their apprenticeship journey and how they were supported along the way.

Kathryn Marshall, Apprenticeship Senior Manager, Lloyds Banking Group, Jill Hansen, ILM Technical Advisor, Karen Egan, ILM Technical Advisor, Morice Hole, ILM End-Point Assessment Partnership Manager, Julie Rowlett, Higher Education Partnership Manager, ILM, Viv Kennedy, Regional Manager, BM Solutions and Joseph Ballantine, ILM Industry Manager

 

Aligning your curriculum to the standards in a post-covid world      

The key to a successful apprenticeship curriculum is ensuring apprentices learn all the required knowledge, skills and behaviours outlined in the standard.  Straightforward in principle. But in practice ensuring your curriculum not only follows the standard, but allows for flexibility for each apprentice can be challenging.  The national lockdowns and move to remote working as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic have introduced new challenges and opportunities for the design of apprenticeship curriculums. Elizabeth Lovatt will explain the key principles for creating a successful curriculum that aligns to the apprenticeship standard in a post covid world.

Elizabeth Lovatt, NOCN Group   

Fit for the Future: Adult learning in changing skills landscape

Explore the changing skills needs, with a focus on upskilling & reskilling of the future workforce alongside emerging sectors, post COVID.

Jonathan Bourne, Director, Damar Training, Grant Glendinning, Executive Principle, NCG, North Carlisle Colleges & NCG Colleges and Dionne Broughton, Head of Product, Pearson

The Institute: Increasing transparency in apprenticeship funding

The Institute is updating the funding band recommendation process. This workshop will provide the next steps, as well as the opportunity to ask questions.

Sam Callear, Head of Funding Improvement & Jonathan            Walden, Senior Policy Manager, Insititute for Apprenticeships & Technical Education.

Skills for Life in the NHS             

Numeracy Literacy & Digital Skills are as crucial in the NHS as anywhere else. Join us to find out how we are supporting thousands of colleagues to develop and consolidate these skills, what we have learnt pre and during Covid and about the NHS employers making the case for long-term investment in these skills.

Kirsty Marsh-Hyde, National Programme Manager – Apprenticeships, Health Education England        

PDSAT – update and best practice

The PDSAT is an integral tool in the data quality and safeguarding funding.  This session will give an insight to the audit usage of these reports and highlight new reports for 20/21

Karl Bentley, Senior Manager, RSM UK

A holistic approach to workforce development (for your apprenticeship delivery)   

This 45-minute webinar will provide a holistic toolkit of what should be included in your workforce development plan, to ensure that you recruit and retain the right staff and secure your apprenticeship provision. Vanessa Rhodes is an experienced HR professional, who has many years of experience working within the further education and skills sector. She will provide an overview of a workforce planning tool which you can use to enable you to plug any gaps in your current processes. There will also be an opportunity for a Q&A at the end of the session.

Paul Eeles, Chief Executive,  Skills and Education Group and Vanessa Rhodes FCIPD, Director, imago HR

Social media to social mobility: Teaching & Learning in 2021 and beyond

Developing a student-centric approach to teaching and learning can be transformational –  for your learners and for your staff. We’ll look at recent changes in policy and the educational environment, safeguarding mental wellbeing in a time of intense change, and building cultural capital and employment readiness. We’ll also look out how the right inclusive, user-centred technology can help you to create lifelong learners, and make the learning experience more inclusive and more employer-friendly. With the right support, you can drive better engagement and interaction in both on-campus and remote learning.

Carla Martinho, Head of Data Management Services, Tribal and Max Scales, Tribal

Thursday Group G
12:00-12:45

Supporting workforce sustainability and career progression in adult care

Join the City & Guilds Health and Social Care industry team as we reflect on our recent employer conversations.  We will showcase our comprehensive and innovative range of qualifications, apprenticeship and other products and services and the pivotal role that these can play in helping employers to recruit, develop and retain a highly qualified and professional adult care workforce.

Suzi Gray, Technical Adviser, City & Guilds, Anna Sheard, Software Architect, City & Guilds and Geraldine Donworth, Industry Manager, City & Guilds

Integrating online learning into apprenticeship delivery

The use of online delivery and resources to enhance the delivery of apprenticeships.

James Earl, Executive Director, The Skills Network             

Provider market: how to monitor achievement and Ofsted performance

Ofsted is changing the way they report on provider grades at a national level and the DfE seem to not want to publish much about achievement rates under the cover of Covid.

Nick will talk you through Ofsted headline reporting changes, how published achievement rate data has changed, what’s still available and how to use it to compare your performance.

Nick Linford, Editor, FE Week

College Collaboration Fund (CCF) – Department for Education

FE Colleges have been working collaboratively, sharing their skills, knowledge and expertise, and drawing on good practice to address shared quality improvement priorities. As well as delivering improvements within their collaboration, each project is producing resources and learning that can be used by other FE providers and shared across the sector. Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College have been working with their partners to address the key challenges facing colleges when switching to remote education. Their workstreams focus on virtual work experience, coaching and mentoring and upskilling tutors. Hear about their reflections on working collaboratively and the resources produced as part of their CCF project. This includes a Coaching & Mentoring, Embedding Health and Wellbeing Toolkit.

David Warnes, Deputy Principal, Ealing, Hammersmith & West London College and Roger Cotes, Deputy Director, Head of FE Improvement and Oversight, Department for Education

Recording off-the-job – compliance and evidence

Karen Clark, Senior Manager, Apprenticeship Funding Policy, ESFA

New Provider Monitoring Visits

This workshop is aimed at new providers who have not yet had their new provider monitoring visit. Richard will talk about the themes inspectors will investigate on the visit, how the visit will be planned, the types of evidence inspectors will be looking for and the activities they will complete to gather the evidence. The workshop will include indicators of what types of evidence are likely to lead inspectors to make judgements of reasonable progress.

Richard Pemble, Her Majesty’s Inspector, Ofsted

E-employability solutions and giving the edge to your DWP restart contracts

As we continue to feel the effects of the ongoing pandemic and work together to regrow the economy, it is vital that we take focused action to support employment. With face to face interaction still limited, NCFE’s team of experts take a look at some ‘e-employability solutions’ to support with apprentice success in the workplace as well as helping apprentices secure employment beyond their apprenticeship.
NCFE will provide you with practical expertise as well as a demonstration of how our e-employability solutions can support apprentices. The session will also cover how NCFE can give the edge to your DWP Restart contracts through our leading employability assessment and development tool, Skills Work, to truly support the development of meta-skills and employability skills needed for a modern workforce.

Jack McDougall, National Business Development Manager, Skills Forward & Richard Graham, Head of Operations, Skills Forward      

The importance of Logistics and the role of Apprenticeships

Never have we appreciated our express logistics workforce more and the critical infrastructure role they play within our economy to keep us safe with home delivery. This session talks about emerging trends and the important role Apprenticeships can play in addressing the skills for this expanding sector in need of new workforce

Carl Lomas, Chairman, Institute for Couriers and Charlotte Bosworth, Managing Director, Innovate Awarding

Thursday Group H
13:13-14:00

Apprenticeships, Now and in the Future

This session will be a dynamic discussion around the policy and developments occurring in the apprenticeship landscape. The workshop will provide a thorough overview of the policy concepts and future direction of travel, the challenges raised by the current economic issues and how flexibility in the system can assist, the funding  opportunities for training providers and employers, and the refresh of the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers. Expect a stimulating and expert briefing with an interactive session at the end with time for questions.

Bryony Kingsland, Senior Manager – Funding and Policy, City & Guilds

Using emerging technologies to revolutionise the learning experience

This session will offer an overview of the emerging technologies being used in the education sector and how they will fundamentally impact all of us.   The speakers will explore cases including, mixed reality, learning content automation, and AI powered virtual assistants along with some of the more common tools including online classrooms and examinations.

Alexandros Anousis, Chief Innovation Officer, Olive Group & Jordan Lee, Director, Olive Group

The Institute: Degree Apprenticeships 2021

The Institute is soon to go out to public consultation on degree apprenticeships and this workshop will provide an early insight and explain how you can get involved.

Nikki Christie, Deputy Director for Apprenticeships Assessment and Quality,  Jonathan Mitchell, Deputy Director: Standards Development & Jill Nicholls, Head of Route Reviews, Institute for Apprenticeships & Technical Education.

Ofqual’s regulation of Apprenticeship End-Point Assessments

A look at some of the regulatory tools, approaches and findings Ofqual employs in its External Quality Assurance of Apprenticeship end-point assessments.

Steve Walker, Associate Director Apprenticeships External Quality Assurance , Ofqual        

Making apprenticeship delivery work in today’s world   

Mushall Khan, Director of Corporate Operations, Learning Curve Group

Are we really delivering on our promise to Apprentices?

This session will provide more detail on the recently launched Association of Apprentices and share details of the background, how a community will be built to support Apprentices and Employers along with the ambition and vision for the Association. This will provide an opportunity to find out further detail and discuss how AoA can support your Apprentices and Organisation.

Emily Austin, Engagement Director, Association of Apprentices and Charlotte Bosworth, Managing Director, Innovate Awarding

Blended Learning – It’s time to face the facts…

The question of whether to blend or not is no longer relevant. Learning and delivery models will now be differentiated by how they blend. The question of how to blend is one of the most important we can consider as we move into the future and is integral to any debate or policy on the future of Skills and Employment in the UK.’

This session will explore some of the main models and technologies currently being adopted and how you can find the right solution for your organisation.

Andrew Howie, Director, eLearning WMB

Friday Group I
12:00-12:45

Sharing Best Practice on what makes a Good Quality Apprenticeship Experience

The objective of the session is to share best practice around what makes a good quality apprenticeship experience for the apprentice and the employer – so business benefits, ROI but also a chance to explore some of the challenges particularly during the restrictions.

Bryony Kingsland, Senior Manager – Funding and Policy, City & Guilds, Paula Gibson, Strategic Commercial Manager, City & Guilds, Gert Rohrman, Siemens, Mark Donnelly, BAE Systems and Ruth Jennings, Sainsbury’s

Digital Standards and skills – the future and the e-learning opportunities

A review of the current and future digital standards, a must have as a provision and how best to run them via e-learning

Mark Dawe, CEO, The Skills Network & Dom Gill, Managing Director, Intequal

Standards: how to monitor trends in supply and find gaps in the market        

The DfE now regularly publishes very up-to-date ‘underlying’ data about apprenticeship standard starts – but these huge files can be overwhelming and confusing.

Nick will explain how to summarise the rich data sets in meaningful ways to spot trends and identify potential gaps in the market.

Nick Linford, Editor, FE Week

Apprenticeships – how to make it your strategy for growth

This workshop will offer insight into some of the common challenges employers encounter with apprenticeships and propose solutions on how to overcome them, with some guest speakers providing their top tips.

Tristan Luton, Customer Success Director – Commercial, UCAS

Demystifying post-16 subcontracting

This session will review the latest update from the ESFA on post-16 subcontracting, what providers need to do now and moving forward to stay compliant and meet the ESFA’s latest expectations.

Simon Ashworth, Chief Policy Officer, AELP

What happens next? After the inspection is over

This workshop will explain what happens after an inspection is over and may be particularly useful for new providers. The inspection team have left, so now what happens? Kate will talk about the processes involved around writing and publishing the report, when Ofsted might visit again and the different types of monitoring visits and what they involve. Delegates will also have the opportunity to consider the actions they need to take to make sure the quality of the apprenticeships they offer continues to improve.

Kate Hill, Her Majesty’s Inspector, Ofsted            

Funding rules update for April 2021 and beyond

Laura Orritt-Hopkins, Senior Manager, Apprenticeship Funding Policy, ESFA

A lawyer’s take on contracts – Employer Agreements

This session will look at the web of commercial contracts which are needed for an apprenticeship scheme. Mark will highlight a few issues which he has advised on during the year, before answering questions. To send questions through in advance, please email MarkTaylor@Eversheds-Sutherland.com

Mark Taylor, Partner, Corporate Education, Eversheds Sutherland

Friday Group J
13:13-14:00

Delivering multiple standards across business functions

This session will focus on how providers can work with employers on their workforce development strategy and embed apprenticeships across multiple functions from customer service, IT and leadership.

Bill Twigg, EPA Strategic Manager, City & Guilds and Paula Gibson, Strategic Commercial Manager, City & Guilds

The growing Access to Higher Education landscape             

One Awards Managing Director Fabienne Bailey explores the growing Access to HE landscape including how learners can use a QAA Access to Higher Education Diploma to participate in any Level 4 course including Higher and Degree Apprenticeships.  This workshop will explore the nature of the Access to HE Diploma, their enduring importance and success and why they are justly referred to as a transformational qualification having real impact on social mobility.

Fabienne Bailey, Managing Director, One Awards (part of NOCN Group)   

Driving Diversity within Apprenticeships Programs

A short panel session discussing the importance of increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion within apprenticeship programs and what businesses can and are doing to improve the situation.

Kasim Choudhry, ThinkFest Director & Founder of BAME Apprenticeship Awards, ThinkFest, Cindy Rampersaud, Senior Vice President- BTEC & Apprenticeships, Pearson, Laurence O’Sullivan-Whiting, Workforce Development Lead- Apprenticeships,             Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust,  Damian Corneal, Partner, IBM and Vice Chair, London Apprenticeship Ambassador Network and Sharon Blyfield MCIPD, HR Business Partner, Coca-Cola European Partners Limited

Institute: Data-led apprenticeship reviews

A first look at how the Institute is introducing a data-led approach to the review and revision of approved apprenticeships and how we will prioritise the most urgent.

Neil Jones, Senior Policy Manager & Benita Notley, Head of Standards Development, The Institute for Apprenticeships & Technical Education  

Becoming a regulated End Point Assessment Organisation

Join Ofqual & the ESFA to understand the requirements for EPAOs as EQA responsibilities transfer to Ofqual. This session will cover the recognition process and expectations, and our approach to engagement going forward.

Jessica  Lewis-Bell, Senior Manager Strategic Relationships, Ofqual & Jeremy Barlow, Senior Manager, Apprentice Assessment Apprenticeships Group, EFSA

Raising Standards in TVET – Join WorldSkills UK’s world-beating skills network

Join us to hear how your organisation can benefit from the secrets of WorldSkills UK’s international success.

We’re creating a network, sharing our unique knowledge gained through years of international benchmarking, turning our experience of training into a world-class standard and harnessing our world-wide connections to impart global best practice with partners in education, training and industry.

With unrivalled access to many of the key elements to unlocking the skills conundrum the country now faces, we want to work with you to deliver the national skills upgrade needed to help the next generation and the economy thrive into the future.

Frazer Minskip, High Performance Skills Coach, WorldSkills UK

Funding Assurance – Common issues

Expect to hear some new war stories as Karl discusses the key issues found during the 19/20 funding assurance round.

Karl Bentley, Senior Manager, RSM UK    

Apprenticeships in the NHS during Covid

Covid 19 has presented huge challenges for apprenticeship delivery across the country and nowhere has this been more true than in the NHS. Join us to hear about the successes in the face of these challenges including realising flexibilities in delivery, keeping learners on programme and adapting to new ways of working.

Lucy Hunte, National Apprenticeship Programme Manager – Apprenticeships, NHS – Health Education England