Westminster Employment Forum

Where next for apprenticeships policy in England?

Wednesday, 22nd February 2017

Central London


As Government works towards meeting its commitment to create three million apprenticeships by the end of the Parliament, this conference will assess the future for this area of policy in England.

Discussion will be informed by the findings from the inquiry on apprenticeships currently being undertaken by the Sub-Committee on Education, Skills and the Economy, and of the National Audit Office report, which found that the Government has not set out how it will use this increase in apprenticeship numbers to deliver improvement in productivity.

Delegates will consider the further action that can be taken to improve the quality of apprenticeships, following concerns expressed by stakeholders and Ofsted, as well as the key priorities for the new Institute for Apprenticeships, which will regulate apprenticeships and ensure that standards respond to the changing needs of business, following the launch of the Government’s consultation.

Further sessions will consider key challenges surrounding apprenticeship funding, ahead of the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy in April 2017, and the next steps that can be taken to change the culture and prestige of apprenticeships in England, and build on the ‘Get in, go far’ campaign.

The conference will bring together policymakers with key stakeholders, including employers, school and FE college leaders, independent training providers, local authorities, trade and industry associations, academics and others with an interest in this important area of policy.

Guest of Honour

Senior speaker confirmed from the Department for Education

Guest of Honour

Senior speaker confirmed from the

Department for Education

Keynote Speakers

Mark Dawe

Chief Executive, Association of Employment and Learning Providers

Phil Hyde

Audit Manager, Business, Science and Skills VFM Team, National Audit Office


Karin Smyth MP

Secretary, All-Party Parliamentary Group for Apprenticeships

Lord Aberdare

Vice Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group for Apprenticeships


Teresa Frith

Senior Skills Policy Manager, Association of Colleges

Janet Clark

Education Policy Advisor, ATL

Patrick Craven

Director of Assessment Policy, Research and Compliance, City & Guilds

An apprentice ambassador from

Youth Employment UK

Stephen Evans

Chief Executive, Learning and Work Institute

Dr Sue Pember

Director of Policy and External Relations, HOLEX

Paul Skitt

Assistant Principal, Employer Engagement and Marketing, Cambridge Regional College

Professor Alison Fuller

Professor of Vocational Education and Work, Institute of Education, University College London

Seamus Nevin

Head of Employment and Skills Policy, IoD

Dr Brooke Storer-Church

Senior Policy Advisor, Subjects and Skills, HEFCE