Westminster Employment Forum

The future for higher technical education in England - delivery, simplifying pathways and establishing Institutes of Technology

Morning, Tuesday, 4th December 2018

Central London

THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED



This seminar will consider the further steps that can be taken by policymakers, education providers and employers to improve England’s technical education offering at Level 4 and 5.


Delegates will assess how qualifications at this level should be reformed as Government conducts a review into higher technical education, which is focusing on ensuring that higher technical qualifications meet the needs of learners and employers - looking at the range of qualifications offered, and simplifying the routes into them and onward progression.


The seminar also takes place in the context of reforms to Level 3 technical qualifications through the introduction of T Levels, and with the Review of Post-18 Education and Funding interim report expected to be published early next year which includes a focus on how to support young people when making choices between academic, vocational and technical education at 18.


Those attending will discuss the changing regulatory landscape in supporting the growth of technical routes available to students following the creation of the OfS, and as the IfA takes on responsibility for technical education.


Further sessions consider the delivery of STEM subjects and lessons learnt from the ongoing process of establishing Institutes of Technology (IoTs) to develop skills in areas such as advanced manufacturing, infrastructure and digital, with Government expected to announce the outcome of its competition to establish IoTs in March 2019.



Guests of Honour

Carmel Grant

Deputy Director, Technical Education, Institute for Apprenticeships

Angela Fairchild

Deputy Director, Technical Education and Qualifications Reform, Department for Education

Nicola Turner

Head of Skills, Office for Students

Guests of Honour

Nicola Turner

Head of Skills, Office for Students

Carmel Grant

Deputy Director, Technical Education, Institute for Apprenticeships

Angela Fairchild

Deputy Director, Technical Education and Qualifications Reform, Department for Education

Keynote Speakers

Professor Brian Norton

President, Dublin Institute of Technology

Lucy Sydney

Director of Strategic Relationships for VTQ, Ofqual

Chair

Lord Lucas

Officer, All-Party Parliamentary Group for Skills and Employment

Speakers

Patrick Craven

Director, Quality, Policy and Stakeholder Engagement, City and Guilds

Mark Titterington

Chief Executive, EngineeringUK

Vicky Knight

President, University and College Union

Dr Arti Saraswat

Senior Policy Manager, Higher Education, Association of Colleges

Mia Airoll

Structural Technician, Structure Workshop

Charles Ewen

Director of Technology and Chief Information Officer, Met Office

Dr Julie Mills

Principal and Chief Executive, Milton Keynes College

Professor Sandra McNally

Director, Centre for Vocational Education and Research, London School of Economics and Political Science