Post 16 Learning and Apprenticeships Conference
“High quality technical education helps young people get into new, fulfilling and better paid careers. That’s good for them and good for our economy.” – Anne Milton, Apprenticeships and Skills Minister
The Government is committed to creating 3 million new apprenticeship starts by 2020, a move that will be funded by the new apprenticeships levy introduced in April 2017. The Institute of Apprenticeships has also been established to work with employers to ensure training programmes are of the highest possible standard and that young people are developing the skills they need.
Additionally, the Government’s Post 16 Skills Plan has set out broader reforms to end the varying quality in the vocational training sector. By setting out 15 clear “vocational routes” and introducing new T-Level qualifications from 2020, the Government hopes to provide clarity and give young people the confidence to make informed choices about their future careers.
Join us for the Post 16 Learning and Apprenticeships Conference where leading experts will address the challenges posed by training a skilled workforce for the future. Discuss how employers can help deliver quality apprenticeship programmes, understand how to encourage more young people to pursue a vocational route and assess what the Government’s Post 16 Skills Plan will mean for your organisation.
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- Explore the policy and thinking behind the transformation of Post-16 education and training
- Hear from a range of expert speakers on the challenges of delivering a comprehensive post-16 programme
- Gain an insight into how to develop an effective careers advice service and the importance of careers advice in supporting the progression of learners
- Discover how to raise attainment and participation through contextualised learning
- Network with peers from across the country facing similar challenges and learn from one another how to establish and deliver high quality study programmes
- Learn about the latest changes to apprenticeships and take away guidance on how to promote and improve the standard of vocational training and work based learning
- Engaging with local businesses to improve the work experience opportunities for those pursuing a vocational education and career
Registration and Refreshments
Opening Remarks from Chair
Teresa Frith, Senior Skills Policy Manager, Association of Colleges (CONFIRMED)
Gerard Domínguez-Reig, Senior Researcher for Post-16 and Skills, the Education Policy Institute (CONFIRMED)
Broadening and widening post-16 pathways for learners
Institute for Apprenticeships (invited)
Why apprenticeships matter in today’s job market
Refreshments & Networking Break
Paul Ward, Deputy Director, Academic Business Development Office, University of Salford (CONFIRMED)
How degree apprenticeships are bridging a gap and how to make them work
Marian Curran, Vice Principal, St Brendan’s Catholic Sixth Form College (CONFIRMED)
Case study: Creating and implementing a local approach to post-16 education
Dr Phil Hunter, Strategy Manager Employment and Skills, Bradford Council (CONFIRMED)
A joint approach to post-16 education improvement in Bradford and the need for change
Lunch and Networking
Teresa Frith, Senior Skills Policy Manager, Association of College (CONFIRMED)
Education policy reform and the implications
Damien Waters, Director for the North West, CBI (invited)
Apprenticeships and the levy: a great opportunity for businesses and employers?
Refreshments & Networking Break
This is an opportunity for delegates and speakers to reflect, expand upon and discuss a variety of talking points from across the day.
Closing Remarks from Chair
Close of Conference
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Who should attend?
Delegates who will have an interest in this event will include apprenticeship managers, directors of learning strategy, business development managers, business engagement managers, curriculum directors, heads of employer engagement, heads of department, principals, lecturers and heads of employment and skills and will be drawn from local government, local enterprise partnerships, sector skills councils, further education colleges, Higher Education and the voluntary sector and private sectors.