AAC Workshops

We have now started to announce workshops at the Annual Apprenticeship Conference.

Across the two days, delegates will have over 60 workshops to select from. Each day there will be three periods of workshops, with all workshops lasting for 45minutes.

All workshops will be announced by the end of February when delegates will book their session via the conference app.

Workshops will be provided by organisations such as ESFA, Ofsted, IfATE, Ofqual, UCAS and more.

Please note that the agenda is subject to change as we make final updates and amends.

Monday Group A
10:55-11:40

Accountability Framework

An overview of the new Apprenticeship Accountability Framework

Speakers: Sarah Tulk, Head of Apprenticeship Provider Market Strategy, Department for Education, Rachel Croft, Senior Manager, Cross-Directorate Support Team, Department for Education

Championing Neurodiversity, Wellbeing & Inclusion

About the workshop - We are all neurodiverse and learn differently but some learners find traditional teaching and assessment methods less successful for them. This workshop will introduce you to the principles of teaching approaches for all neurodiverse learners. Optimising the learner’s ability to progress on-programme can increase their probability of gaining a successful outcome. The workshop will provide you with an understanding of techniques to support all learners regardless of whether they do or don’t disclose they have neurodivergent traits.

Why this is important - City & Guilds are passionate about making learning inclusive for everyone and providing equity for all to achieve their best on their own learning journey. We have a commitment in our sector to reduce barriers and make learning accessible for everyone. This starts with an awareness of neurodiversity and what a great time to be learning about this in a workshop when this week is focused on Celebrating Neurodiversity.

Why you should attend - Understanding potential barriers to learning is the best way to maintain engagement, prevent unnecessary dropouts and provide meaningful teaching which will enable better outcomes and lead to further progress in all types of careers.

Speakers: Charlotte Freeman, Head of UK Sales, City & Guilds, Helen Arnold-Richardson, Managing director, Do-IT Solutions Ltd

Curriculum planning to fill future skills gaps

Speakers: Mark Dawe, CEO, The Skills Network, Jason Holt, Co-Founder, Association of Apprentices, Paul Wakeling, Executive Director of Curriculum, Quality and E-Learning, The Skills Network, Ben Dainty, Teaching and Learning Product Development Manager, The Skills Network

ESFA Funding audit: what’s it like, what did we learn?

This content-packed session looks at what it’s like to go through an ESFA funding assurance audit and shares top tips and common errors.

Giving an employer-provider perspective, Go Ahead London share their experience of the ESFA funding assurance process: what happens before, during, and after the auditor visit, resourcing and the impact of going through audit, and top tips for preparing for an audit visit.

As a leading provider of support services to apprenticeship providers, Tribal look at common audit errors for apprenticeship providers and share top tips for avoiding these pitfalls.

Speakers: Caroline Welch, Apprenticeship Manager, Go-Ahead London, Susanna Dillon, Head of Apprenticeships and Graduates, Go-Ahead Group, Carla Martinho, Head of Data Management Services, Tribal Group

Excellence for Learners, Value for Employers – AELP’s research into value of independent provision

This major piece of AELP research, launched in February at the House of Commons, explores in detail the breadth of provision that independent training providers deliver, and highlights the particular strengths and attributes that they bring to the skills system. In this session, Paul Warner outlines some of its headline findings and recommendations, giving attendees a chance to raise questions and discuss how they may be able to use its findings to support their own operations.

Speakers: Paul Warner, Director of Strategy and Business Development, AELP

Future of EPA, considering internal and external factors for delivery

A panel based discussion, on implementing key reflections to help shape the future pipeline of apprentices. Considering innovation and technology as a tool and influence for success.

Speakers: Lisa Edwards, Curriculum Manager, Dudley College of Technology, Black Country and Marches Institute of Technology, Garrie Owens, Head of Business Development (Technical and Uniformed Services), Pearson, Andy Pollard, Senior EPA Delivery Manager, Pearson

Future policy on mandating qualifications in apprenticeships

An opportunity to hear about and influence Institute revisions to the use of mandatory qualifications in apprenticeships.

Speakers: Simon Perks, Head of Technical Education and Apprenticeship Policy, IfATE

Meeting the Demand for Blended and ‘Hybrid’ Apprenticeships

Employers and employees are increasingly expecting flexibility in the delivery of professional apprenticeships such as management, accounting, law and HR.

This session will focus on the growing demand for blended or ‘hybrid’ delivery and how this is impacting the apprenticeship landscape from the apprentices’ learning experience, employer analytics, and organisation procurement needs. We will also discuss how technology can be used to meet these changing demands and the benefits that flipped / blended delivery can bring.

Speakers: Julie Yates, Head of Business Engagement, PETROC, Helen Duke, Learning and Development Specialist, Mid-Devon Council, Mark McKenna, Managing Director, Mindful Education, Kirsty Marsh-Hyde, National Programme Manager – Apprenticeships, Health Education England

Ofsted – back to basics: what we do and how we do it.

Aimed at new providers and those with little or no experience of Ofsted inspections. This session will outline what Ofsted’s roles and responsibilities are, the role of the nominee, how inspections are organised and what happens during an inspection.

Speakers: Richard Pemble, Her Majesty’s Inspector – further education and skills, Ofsted, Julie Ashton, Senior Her Majesty’s Inspector – further education and skills, Ofsted

Utilising data and reporting to improve success rates

End Point Assessment Organisations have a wealth of data that can help improve the success rate of apprenticeships.  Join the session to hear about the information and reporting that your EPAO can provide to enable you to focus on the right areas to improve outcomes

Speakers: Jessica Fowler, Client Relationship Manager, Innovate Awarding, Ian Jarvis, Managing Director, SkillTech Solutions

Monday Group B
14:30-15:15

Apprentice-centric solutions to challenges in end-point assessment

Join NCFE’s Craig Miller, EPA Relationship Manager, and Sacha Finkle, Head of EPA Operations, for a session focused on overcoming challenges within end-point assessment through apprentice-centric solutions. You’ll gain an understanding of how to resolve any hurdles you may face, to ultimately support the apprentice to success. You’ll also leave with an awareness of how choosing the right organisation to work with can deliver a positive outcome for the apprentice and employer, and the key things to look out for when switching EPAO.

Speakers: Craig Miller, EPA Relationship Manager, NCFE, Sacha Finkle, Head of EPA Operations, NCFE

Ask the inspectors

During these sessions delegates will have an opportunity to ask experienced inspectors questions about the inspection process, what sort of things inspectors look for and how inspectors work. The only thing they won’t tell is the date of your next inspection!

Speakers: Richard Pemble, Her Majesty’s Inspector – further education and skills, Ofsted, Julie Ashton, Senior Her Majesty’s Inspector – further education and skills, Ofsted

ESFA Funding Assurance – lessons learned/ PDSATs – key reports

This session will focus on findings from the last year of ESFA funding assurance reviews, looking at key issues identified, common themes and errors and the latest advice on how to keep on the right side of the rules and minimise the burden of audit.

The session will focus on PDSAT developments over the last year, highlighting new reports and what they’re doing, key issues and themes emerging from reviews and how Providers should be approaching PDSATs.

Speakers: Kimberley Hancock, Senior auditor, RSM UK, Karl Bentley, Senior Manager, RSM UK, Lisa Smith, Senior Manager, RSM UK

Hints and Tips for a Successful RoATP Application

Applying and reapplying to the Register of Apprenticeship Training Organisations can be challenging, time-consuming and rife with pitfalls. These can be avoided if you understand what is really expected by the ESFA, and why. This workshop, offered by City & Guilds funding and policy lead, Bryony Kingsland, who has considerable experience in advising organisations on how to achieve a successful RoATP application, will offer insights into some of the key areas of the application process that can trip up providers and employers.

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

Implementing the new degree apprenticeships policy

Reforms to IFATE’s degree apprenticeships policy were announced in their Degree Apprenticeships consultation response in December and went live last week. In this session IFATE will provide an overview of the new policy and its implementation.

Speakers: Darren Shaw, Head of Assessment Communities of Practice, IfATE, David Sampson, Head of the IFATE Products, IfATE

Modern IAG – The Route to Successful End Point Assessment

Thomas Burton, NOCN Group Director for Apprenticeships and host of the EPA Uncovered Podcast will discuss successful EPAs and how ensuring modern initial advice and guidance, provided to apprentices in their first weeks of learning is fundamental to the success of apprenticeship programmes.

Speakers: Thomas Burton, Director of Apprenticeships, NOCN Group

Practical collaboration to enhance green skills provision

The green agenda has become something of a zeitgeist in the FE and training sector – education for sustainable development (ESD) is increasingly recognised as a core component of quality education. This session will provide an overview of the current landscape in this fast-moving area. We’ll then explore how apprenticeship providers and educators can enhance their green skills provision, working in collaboration with their learners and other partners locally, regionally and nationally. We’ll provide practical ideas and signposts including resources and case studies to help ensure everyone leaves the session with clear ideas of their next steps.

Speakers: Alex Miles, Managing director, West & North Yorkshire Learning Providers (WYLP), Charlotte Bonner, National head of education for sustainable development, Education and Training Foundation

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.

Speakers: Nick Linford, Apprenticeship funding and policy expert and former editor of FE Week

Supporting students to explore apprenticeships

A workshop run by UCAS looking at its research and survey work to better understand what school and college leavers think about apprenticeships and how to support them on to programmes. These insights will help support recruitment on to apprenticeship programmes and what specific needs school and college leavers have.

Speakers: George Ryan, UCAS

The power of understanding the learner

Speakers: Luke Goodlet, Executive Director (Operations), The Skills Network, Paul Wakeling, Executive Director of Curriculum, Quality and E-Learning, The Skills Network, Amy Forrest, Managing Director, First Intuition, Ricky Doyle, President, ACI Learning, Ben Dainty, Teaching and Learning Product Development Manager, The Skills Network

Workforce Development offer

An overview of the plans for the Apprenticeship Workforce Development programme.

Speakers: Suzanne Anderson, Commercial Practitioner – Category Manager, Department for Education, Dawn Owens, Provider Market Strategy Advisor, Department for Education

Monday Group C
15:25-16:10

A lawyer’s take on contracts – Employer Agreements, Commitment Statements, Subcontracts and others

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

Speakers: Mark Taylor, Partner, Education, Eversheds Sutherland

Adapting your curriculum to meet the future needs of employers

The UK workforce has experienced massive change. The kind of skills employers were looking for two years ago are, in many cases, very different from what they need now.

So how are you, as an apprenticeship provider, adapting your curriculum to meet the changing needs of employers?

In this session, we’ll help you work through:

– The changing workforce – what are employers expecting from us?

– The opportunities and risks for apprenticeship providers

– Adapting your curriculum to the needs of employers

– Adapting the way your apprenticeship training is delivered

Speakers: Louise Doyle, Director, Mesma, Chris Cherry, Strategic Associate, Strategic Development Network (SDN)

Apprenticeships – what does an employer need to know and do for their apprentice?

Too often, inspectors find that providers do not enable employers to understand how to support their apprentices’ training and development and what their role is in the apprenticeship overall. During this session, delegates will have the opportunity to find out about the best practice seen by inspectors that relate to the role of the employer.

Speakers: Viki Faulkner, Her Majesty’s Inspector, Ofsted, Richard Pemble, Her Majesty’s Inspector – further education and skills, Ofsted

Improving Timely Success – streamlining gateway and your EPA event date

The end-to-end journey of an apprentice can be lengthy with various pitfalls along the way that can delay achievement.

In the context of the “Apprenticeship Accountability Framework Technical Specification 2021 to 2022”, we will use this workshop to look at ways to improve the end-to-end journey of the apprentice.

We will be highlighting the areas that will support your delivery by providing insights on planning that you can put in place to ensure that gateway, and beyond, is reached in a smooth and timely way.

Speakers: Jamie Holland, Apprenticeships Category Manager, City & Guilds, Morice Hole, EPA Partnership Manager, City & Guilds

Occupational Maps

The Occupational Maps will be an online tool that will communicate the technical education landscape in England.

This session will allow participants to view the latest prototype of the Occupational Maps and participate in a feedback session to inform the future development of the Maps.

Speakers: Emma Yates, Head of Occupations Policy, IfATE, Hannah Morgans, Senior Occupations Policy Manager, IfATE

Ofqual’s External Quality Assurance of Apprenticeships: Findings from the regulator

With recent changes to the Institute’s EQA system, many EPAs have moved, or will soon move into Ofqual regulation for external quality assurance.

Ofqual’s EQA team will present an overview of Ofqual’s EQA approach; how Ofqual regulates EPAOs, and the benefits this brings for the apprenticeship system.

A key focus will be on how Ofqual EQA benefits apprentices, and employers, through the work that we do. This will include: how we support EPAOs in resolving queries and issues arising at end-point assessment; how we review EPAO’s approaches to ensure assessments are appropriate, and how we contribute to the Institute’s development and improvement of end-point assessment plans.

Speakers: Andrew Gregg, Senior Manager, Apprenticeship EQA, Ofqual, Nicola Wroe, Senior Manager, Apprenticeship EQA, Ofqual, Rob Hack, Senior Manager, Apprenticeship EQA, Ofqual

On boarding, supporting and communicating with apprenticeships

This session will provide you with a detailed overview of how you can develop high quality apprenticeship commitment statements within a sign-up process that manages negotiated rates and prior leaning.

The session will also include an overview of how the support identified during the sign-up process can be tracked to ensure you are claiming the relevant funding to support the apprentice and how using a fully integrated system can improve communications to engage apprentices and their employers.

Speakers: Neil Coates, Chief Operating Officer- Enterprise and Employment, London South East Colleges (LSEC), Carol Smith, Product Manager, VLE Support Ltd

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.

Speakers: Nick Linford, Apprenticeship funding and policy expert and former editor of FE Week

Subcontracting Standard

An overview of the new subcontracting standard

Speakers: Catherine Hollingworth, Head of Market Entry and Operations Team, Department for Education, Aftab Hussain, Post-16 Senior Subcontracting Manager, Department for Education

The power of the levy to affect business growth for SMEs

SMEs are under-represented in the Apprenticeship market. This session will look at how as a large Apprenticeship employer, Pearson are using their levy to support SMEs to drive engagement and increase participation.

Speakers: Anne Ashworth, Head of Pearson Employee Apprenticeships, Pearson, James Marsh, Learning & Development Manager, Planet Organic, Pearson

Tuesday Group D
10:25-11:10

Ask the inspectors

During these sessions delegates will have an opportunity to ask experienced inspectors questions about the inspection process, what sort of things inspectors look for and how inspectors work. The only thing they won’t tell is the date of your next inspection!

Speakers: Richard Pemble, Her Majesty’s Inspector – further education and skills, Ofsted, Julie Ashton, Senior Her Majesty’s Inspector – further education and skills, Ofsted

Audits and Common Findings

What to expect at an audit and common issues re apprenticeship funding

Speakers: Helen Boon, Post-16 Assurance Manager, Department for Education

Delivering Green Skills

In this session we set out the scale of the ‘green skills’ transition and share an update of the Institute of Apprenticeships and Technical Education’s (IFATE) green apprenticeships advisory panel work. We’ll then put a spotlight on the IFATE sustainability framework, providing examples of how sustainability has been woven throughout different occupational standards, including the latest L5 learning and skills teacher specification. We’ll also explore ways ‘green’ can be brought to different areas of the curriculum to reflect the standards. Participants will also receive practical ideas and signposts to resources and case studies to help ensure everyone leaves the session with clear ideas of their next steps.

Speakers: Beth Chaudhary, Director of Strategy, Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IFATE), Charlotte Bonner, National Head of Education for Sustainable Development, Education and Training Foundation

Funding Rules – Q&A with an auditor and a lawyer

Karl is a Manager with RSM, advising training providers and the ESFA on apprenticeship funding. Mark is a Partner with Eversheds Sutherland LLP, advising training providers and employers on apprenticeships. Karl and Mark will share their experience of advising clients on ESFA Funding Rules. Together, they will talk through some of the questions which they are asked the most often. Karl and Mark will answer questions – send yours through in advance to: marktaylor@eversheds-sutherland.com; Karl.Bentley@rsmuk.com

Speakers: Mark Taylor, Partner, Education, Eversheds Sutherland, Karl Bentley, Senior Manager, RSM UK

Improving apprenticeship engagement through high-quality content

Learning Curve Group are at the forefront of market-leading curriculum solutions. Join them for this workshop which focuses on how enhancing your apprenticeship curriculum can:

 .            Combat some of the challenges you might face with the turnover of delivery staff

 .            Provide improvements in delivering consistent high-quality provision

 .            Encourage coaching over teaching

 .            Make your life easier to run an apprenticeship business

Speakers: Steve Morris, Commercial Director, Learning Curve Group, Lizzy Owen, Director of Curriculum, Learning Curve Group, Tom Aust, External Client Services Director, Learning Curve Group

Occupational Maps

The Occupational Maps will be an online tool that will communicate the technical education landscape in England.

This session will allow participants to view the latest prototype of the Occupational Maps and participate in a feedback session to inform the future development of the Maps.

Speakers: Emma Yates, Head of Occupations Policy, IfATE, Hannah Morgans, Senior Occupations Policy Manager, IfATE

Progress reviews and target setting – supporting apprentices to succeed

Progress reviews and target-setting form a vital element of all apprenticeship training.

Done well, and it can give you a clear understanding of the apprentice’s competence and motive them to succeed. Done badly, and the apprentice can feel demotivated, unsupported and underachieve.

In this session – drawn from work with over 5,000 apprenticeship trainers – we’ll help you:

– Explore how best to embed progress reviews into the curriculum

– Set challenging targets with your apprentices

– Deliver feedback that sticks

Speakers: Louise Doyle, Director, Mesma, Chris Cherry, Senior Associate, Strategic Development Network (SDN)

Removing Barriers to Apprenticeships

The Removing Barriers to Apprenticeships Programme tested a range of interventions to help learners from disadvantaged and underrepresented backgrounds access apprenticeships. GMCA, in partnership with Little Lion Research, will give an overview of the projects and share their lessons on what works, what doesn’t, and how to have the biggest impact on your future workforce.

Speakers: Amy Glanville, Apprenticeships Programme Manager, GMCA, David Morris, Director, Little Lion Research Ltd

Strengthening Employer Engagement, the critical roles we all have in a Successful EPA partnership.

This workshop showcases a number of examples of positive employer engagement and the impact it has on the EPA outcome. It will cover the core roles of the Line Manager and tips to improvement the success to Gateway and explore what more is needed from your selected EPAO.

Speakers: Rebecca Hollamby, EPA Partnership Manager, City & Guilds, Paula Gibson, Strategy Commercial Manager, City & Guilds

The Route to Successful End Point Assessment

Ross Radford (NCG Lead Practitioner Apprenticeships and Learner Progress) and Thomas Burton (NOCN Group Director of Apprenticeships) will explain why the embedding of “Assessment Craft” by using Skill Competitions is a perfect way to establish a culture of excellence while performing during End Point Assessment.

Speakers: Thomas Burton, Director of Apprenticeships, NOCN Group, Ross Radford, Lead Practitioner of Apprenticeships and Learner Progress, Newcastle College Group

Using data to manage apprenticeship performance

The workshop will outline what datasets training providers should be using in order to deliver outstanding apprenticeships. The workshop will outline how KPIs can link back to the EIF and, in turn, how you can use PowerBI to develop informative and impactful dashboards to track performance and trends. The focus will be on turning the grade descriptors in the EIF into datasets that can be measured and evidenced and then how to use that data to evidence a culture of continuous improvement.

Speakers: Matthew Smith, Vice Principal – Apprenticeships & Employer Partnerships, Derby College

Tuesday Group E
14:10-14:55

A Digital Future for Apprenticeships

The world is going digital. With an increasing demand on digital skills in the workplace, how are Apprenticeships going to need to change to meet this need? This session will feature a discussion panel focusing on the future skills needed for apprenticeships, both in terms of digital learning delivery and sector skills requirements.

Speakers: Jennifer Bramley, Chief Operating Officer, Babington, Lisa Edwards, Curriculum Manager, Dudley College of Technology, Black Country and Marches Institute of Technology, John Newton, Deputy Principal, Bath College, Anne Ashworth, Head of Pearson Employee Apprenticeships, Pearson, Peter Janzow, Vice President Business Development, Credly, Pearson

Apprenticeships service updates and developments

An interactive session to gather feedback on the apprenticeship service to support future iterations.

Speakers: Laura Palfreyman, Senior User Researcher, Apprenticeship Service, Department for Education, Daljeet Johal, User Researcher, Apprenticeship Service, Department for Education, Daniel Morrison, User Researcher, Apprenticeship Service, Department for Education

ESFA Funding Assurance – lessons learned/ PDSATs – key reports

The session will focus on PDSAT developments over the last year, highlighting new reports and what they’re doing, key issues and themes emerging from reviews and how Providers should be approaching PDSATs.

The session will focus on PDSAT developments over the last year, highlighting new reports and what they’re doing, key issues and themes emerging from reviews and how Providers should be approaching PDSATs.

Speakers: Kimberley Hancock, Senior auditor, RSM UK, Karl Bentley, Senior Manager, RSM UK, Lisa Smith, Senior Manager, RSM UK

Implementing the new degree apprenticeships policy

Reforms to IFATE’s degree apprenticeships policy were announced in their Degree Apprenticeships consultation response in December and went live last week. In this session IFATE will provide an overview of the new policy and its implementation.

Speakers: Kabay Silla, Assessment and Assurance Policy Lead, IfATE

Ofqual’s External Quality Assurance of Apprenticeships: Findings from the regulator

With recent changes to the Institute’s EQA system, many EPAs have moved, or will soon move into Ofqual regulation for external quality assurance.

Ofqual’s EQA team will present an overview of Ofqual’s EQA approach; how Ofqual regulates EPAOs, and the benefits this brings for the apprenticeship system.

A key focus will be on how Ofqual EQA benefits apprentices, and employers, through the work that we do. This will include: how we support EPAOs in resolving queries and issues arising at end-point assessment; how we review EPAO’s approaches to ensure assessments are appropriate, and how we contribute to the Institute’s development and improvement of end-point assessment plans.

Speakers: Andrew Gregg, Senior Manager, Apprenticeship EQA, Ofqual, Nicola Wroe, Senior Manager, Apprenticeship EQA, Ofqual, Rob Hack, Senior Manager, Apprenticeship EQA, Ofqual

Ofsted inspections made easier with data

A panel of training experts from Avado, TLE (formerly Virgin Care) and QA, who are using the insight gained from data captured in their training management platform to shape their decision making and support them in meeting Ofsted requirements. Gain direct insights from TLE (formerly Virgin Care) on how they recently achieved Ofsted outstanding.

Speakers: Matthew Knowles, Curriculum and Learning Experience Director, Avado, Brad Tombling, Customer Success Director, Bud Systems, Ben Sweetman, Director, Content & Learning Design, QA, Sarah Van Der Merwe, Head of Apprenticeships, The Learning Enterprise (formerly Virgin Care)

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.

Speakers: Nick Linford, Apprenticeship funding and policy expert and former editor of FE Week

Raising the profile of apprenticeships

A workshop from UCAS covering the future plans for UCAS in the apprenticeship space including how UCAS can support training providers and employers with apprentice recruitment

Speakers: Lindsay Conroy, UCAS

Tools and Resources to improve Functional Skills success

Achieving Functional Skills can be a key milestone on the apprenticeship journey. In this session we will be reflecting on delivery, post pandemic, and exploring how the tools and resources offered by City & Guilds can be used to support improved performance in Functional Skills and transition to gateway.

Speakers: Amanda Kelly, Industry Manager – Maths, English & Employability, City & Guilds, Hilary Gwilliam, Senior Category Manager for Pre-Employment, City & Guilds

Update on inspection of level 6 and 7 apprenticeships

Ofsted assumed responsibility for the inspection of apprenticeships at levels 6 and 7 from 1 April 2021. Since that date we have completed both inspections and new provider monitoring visits that cover this provision. In this session delegates will hear about the changes we have made to our workforce to inspect this provision and what we have found in the early stages of inspections.

Speakers: Viki Faulkner, Her Majesty’s Inspector, Ofsted, Julie Ashton, Senior Her Majesty’s Inspector – further education and skills, Ofsted

Using data to develop an Outstanding provision

In this workshop, Louise will talk through the results of a recent research on confidence in apprentices with learning needs and share data best practices when you’re aiming for an Outstanding provision.

Speakers: Dr Louise Karwowski, Director of Education, Cognassist, Helen Wilson, Science Communications Manager, Cognassist

Tuesday Group F
15:05-15:50

A lawyer’s take on contracts – Employer Agreements, Commitment Statements, Subcontracts and others

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

Speakers: Mark Taylor, Partner, Education, Eversheds Sutherland

Accessing underrepresented talent: how to attract the most hardest to reach talent

Its fact: apprenticeships are still underrepresented from minority groups. This workshop will share some key insights in understanding how to attract underrepresented talent and how you can mobilise internal staff to be key drivers in attraction strategy

Speakers: Isa Mutlib, Chief Executive, BAME Apprenticeship Alliance

Future policy on mandating qualifications in apprenticeships

An opportunity to hear about and influence Institute revisions to the use of mandatory qualifications in apprenticeships.

Speakers: Simon Perks, Head of Technical Education and Apprenticeship Policy, IfATE

Getting ready for an EPA Practical Assessment/Observation

This workshop will focus on the preparation, tools and top tips ahead of the Practical Demonstration assessment component of EPA, applicable across a variety of standards and sectors.

The definition of a Practical Demonstration from The Institute of Apprenticeships and Technical Education is; “…an assessment of skills (and sometimes knowledge and behaviours) that takes place in a practical skills facility such as a simulated work area in an assessment centre or a skills development facility. This can be supplemented by questioning during or after the demonstration.”

For many standards, particularly in sectors such as Engineering, Construction, Hair & Barbering, Hospitality and Automotive, this assessment method is more commonly applied.  End-point assessment can be challenging enough without the added factors of setting up a premise in preparation for the EPA planned event.

This session looks at what you need to know to ensure a smooth event on the day of assessment, common pitfalls and challenges and how to anticipate them.

Speakers: Rebecca Hollamby, EPA Partnership Manager, City & Guilds, Amelia Woodward, Technical Advisor, City & Guilds

Quality online experiences

Speakers: Kyle Fedyszyn, Director of Marketing & E-commerce, The Skills Network, Paul Wakeling, Executive Director of Curriculum, Quality and E-Learning, The Skills Network, Ben Dainty, Teaching and Learning Product Development Manager, The Skills Network

Should sustainability be the fourth functional skill?

The FE sector has a crucial role to play in tackling climate change and meeting net zero. With this in mind, should sustainability be embedded into every curriculum as the fourth functional skill?

Teaching green skills presents a major challenge to educators, as there is currently a gap in training, knowledge, and resources available to the sector to deliver for our learners.

On the back of AELP’s successful Green Skills Summit in February, join a panel of expert speakers for an interesting discussion on where the sector goes from here in delivering green skills for tomorrow’s workforce.

Speakers: Mark Dawe, CEO, The Skills Network, Nichola Hay MBE, Chair, AELP Board, Patrick Craven, Director of Strategic Partnerships, Policy & Stakeholder Engagement, City & Guilds, Simon Bozzoli, Founder and CEO, LDN Apprenticeships, Nina Royle, Quality Manager, The Forward Trust

Subcontracting Standard

An overview of the new subcontracting standard

Speakers: Catherine Hollingworth, Head of Market Entry and Operations Team, Department for Education, Aftab Hussain, Post-16 Senior Subcontracting Manager, Department for Education

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.

Speakers: Nick Linford, Apprenticeship funding and policy expert and former editor of FE Week

Working for Ofsted – the role of an HMI and an OI

Our inspectors often get asked about what they do and the different roles in Ofsted. During this session inspectors will talk about the range of work that Her Majesty’s Inspectors undertake and how the role of the Ofsted Inspector supports our inspection work. If you have ever thought about applying for either of the roles, come along and find out more from those who are doing the job.

Speakers: Viki Faulkner, Her Majesty’s Inspector, Ofsted, Julie Ashton, Senior Her Majesty’s Inspector – further education and skills, Ofsted

Youth voice in apprenticeships

The Youth Voice Census 2021 asked young people in apprenticeships about their experiences, barriers and challenges along what was working. We also discussed apprenticeships with those not yet decided on their post 16/18 pathway. In this workshop we will deep dive into the apprenticeship specific insight from the Youth Voice Census 2021 and share what is working and where there is opportunity to support more young people.

Speakers: Laura-Jane Rawlings, CEO, Youth Employment