Westminster Employment Forum

Improving Apprenticeships in England - quality, assessment and options for policy

Morning, Tuesday, 5th September 2017

The Caledonian Club, 9 Halkin Street, London SW1X 7DR


Delegates at this seminar will consider future policy priorities for improving the quality of apprenticeship programmes in England.

The seminar follows the National Audit Office report and select committee inquiry on apprenticeships, which both called for a greater focus on quality and the outcomes of provision.

Sessions consider the key priorities for the new Institute for Apprenticeships in this important area and the steps that can be taken to improve the Trailblazer process, as well as the future for Level 2 programmes.

Further discussion will consider the likely impact of the introduction of end-point assessment and the wider challenges for ensuring a rigorous system of assessment, including quality assurance.

The seminar will bring together policymakers with key stakeholders including representatives of employers and trade unions, FE colleges, independent training providers, awarding organisations, trade and professional associations, academics, and members of the national and trade press.

Guest of Honour

Ruth Harries

Head of Standards, Assessment and Quality, Department for Education

Guest of Honour

Ruth Harries

Head of Standards, Assessment and Quality, Department for Education

Keynote Speaker

Richard Guy

Strategic Advisor, Institute of Apprenticeships


Lord Young of Norwood Green

former Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Skills and Apprenticeships

Lord Lucas


Caroline Roberts

Head of Policy, Governance and Stakeholder Recognitions, City & Guilds

Graham Hasting-Evans

Managing Director, NOCN

David Willett

Director of Corporate Sales, The Open University

Graham Honeyman

Chief Executive, Sheffield Forgemasters International

John Higton

Research Director, CFE Research

Senior speaker confirmed from Ofqual

Paul Warner

Director of Research and Development, Association of Employment and Learning Providers

Jill Whittaker

Managing Director, HIT Training

Karen Redhead

Principal and Chief Executive, Derwentside College, County Durham