Westminster Employment Forum

Priorities for improving the quality of apprenticeships in England

Morning, Thursday, 17th January 2019

Central London

THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED



This seminar will be an opportunity to assess the steps that can be taken by policymakers, training providers and employers to improve the quality of provision of apprenticeships.


Delegates will discuss the work being undertaken by the Institute for Apprenticeships to ensure new standards deliver employer needs - looking at the measures to quicken approval of standards, efforts to identify skill needs through the development of occupational maps and the future for end-point assessments following recent changes to external quality assurance.


Further sessions focus on the challenges for Ofsted in light of the growing number of apprenticeship providers and how to create confidence in the apprenticeship brand among employers - as well as what measures can be taken to ensure apprenticeships provide prospective students with a credible form of training. The role of the newly formed Office for Students will also be explored, including areas of overlap with Ofsted, assessing how this may change the regulatory framework.


It will also be an opportunity to consider the recently released Education Committee report on the quality of apprenticeships and skills training - which examined the quality of provision, effectiveness of the monitoring system and the impact of funding reforms following the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy - including the increase to the transfer facility to 25% from April 2019, as announced by the Chancellor in the Budget, as part of the most recent package of reforms.



Guest of Honour

Trudy Harrison MP

Co-Chair, Apprenticeship Delivery Board and Member, House of Commons Education Select Committee

Keynote Speaker

Dr Christopher Jones HMI

Specialist Adviser for Apprenticeships, Ofsted

Guest of Honour

Trudy Harrison MP

Co-Chair, Apprenticeship Delivery Board and Member, House of Commons Education Select Committee

Keynote Speakers

Mark Dawe

Chief Executive, Association of Employment and Learning Providers

Nikki Christie

Deputy Director, Assessment and Quality Assurance, Institute for Apprenticeships

Keith Smith

Director, Apprenticeships Group, Education and Skills Funding Agency

Lucy Sydney

Director of Strategic Relationships for VTQ, Ofqual

Dr Christopher Jones HMI

Specialist Adviser for Apprenticeships, Ofsted

Chairs

Lord Young of Norwood Green

Apprenticeship Ambassador and former Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Skills and Apprenticeships

Lord Fox

Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson, Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and Officer, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Apprenticeships

Speakers

Louise Doyle

Senior Strategic Associate, Strategic Development Network

Dr Jacqueline Hall

Associate Director and Head of Assessment Services, Energy and Utilities Independent Assessment Service

John Cope

Head of Group, Education and Skills, CBI

Joanne Giles

Director of Apprenticeships and Employer Engagement, South Essex College

Simon Hawthorn

Apprentice Project Manager, Transport for London and Leadership Team, National Society of Apprentices

Dr Brooke Storer-Church

Skills and Industrial Strategy Manager, Office for Students