Westminster Employment Forum

Funding apprenticeships in England - supporting employers, meeting demand and the future of the apprenticeship levy

Afternoon, Thursday, 12th July 2018

Central London


This seminar will assess the further steps that can be taken to support the delivery of apprenticeships.

Delegates will discuss the way forward in the context of reforms to apprenticeship funding introduced last year - including key concerns from education providers and employers - looking at the differing experiences of levy paying and non-levy paying employers, and what more might be done to increase engagement.

Further sessions will assess the impact of the apprenticeship levy following its first full year of implementation, its contribution towards realising the Government aim of creating 3 million apprenticeships by 2020, and whether the levy should be reformed into a more general training levy.

Guest of Honour

Keith Smith

Director, Apprenticeships Group, ESFA

Guest of Honour

Keith Smith

Director, Apprenticeships Group, ESFA

Keynote Speakers

Jayne McCann

Deputy Director, Funding Policy, Institute for Apprenticeships

Peter Cheese

Chief Executive, CIPD


Lord Young of Norwood Green

former Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Skills and Apprenticeships

Baroness Redfern

Member, House of Lords Citizenship and Civic Engagement Committee


Angela Middleton

Founder and Owner, MiddletonMurray

Nick Linford

Director, Lsect and Editor, FE Week

Louise Doyle

Senior Consultant, Strategic Development Network

Simon Ashworth

Chief Policy Officer, Association of Employment and Learning Providers

Lilley Deevey

Chair, London Region, Young Apprenticeship Ambassador Network