Westminster Employment Forum

The future for higher and degree apprenticeships - expansion, integration and standards

Morning, Wednesday, 18th October 2017

Central London


The future of Degree Apprenticeships (DA) in England will be considered by delegates at this conference.

It follows the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy earlier this year, and comes at a time when many employers are expressing concern at their ability to meet their higher-level skills needs, post-Brexit.

Delegates will discuss the lessons that can be learnt following the introduction of the DA programmes, as well as further opportunities for engaging employers and promoting Degree Apprenticeships as an option for young people.

Further sessions will consider the challenges for maintaining the quality of programmes and the lessons that can be learnt from higher-level apprenticeship programmes from other countries.

The seminar will bring together policymakers with key stakeholders including universities, FE colleges, representatives of employers and trade unions, careers advisors, trade and professional associations, academics, and members of the national and trade press.

Guest of Honour

Dr Brooke Storer-Church

Senior Policy Advisor, Subjects and Skills, HEFCE

Guest of Honour

Dr Brooke Storer-Church

Senior Policy Advisor, Subjects and Skills, HEFCE

Keynote Speakers

Callum Grigor

Apprenticeship Policy Manager, Directorate for Fair Work, Employability & Skills, The Scottish Government

Dr Cathy Kerfoot

Standards and Frameworks Manager, QAA

Petra Wilton

Director of Strategy and External Affairs, Chartered Management Institute

Jessica Wood

Senior Policy Adviser, Quality Assessment, HEFCE

Joe Dromey

Senior Research Fellow, IPPR


Rt Hon the Baroness Garden of Frognal

House of Lords Liberal Democrat Spokesperson on Higher & Further Education and Skills


Professor Pat Bailey

Deputy-Vice Chancellor, London South Bank University

Professor Tim Quine

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education), University of Exeter

Margaret Farragher

Head of Policy and Qualifications, External Relations, UCAS

Ben Sweetman

Director, Degree Apprenticeships, QA Apprenticeships

Conor Moss

Director of Education and Employer Partnerships, Sheffield Hallam University

Simon Hawthorn

Leadership Team, National Society of Apprentices

Teresa Frith

Senior Skills Policy Manager, Association of Colleges