As Government works towards meeting its commitment to create three million apprenticeships by the end of the Parliament, this conference will assess the future for this area of policy in England.
Discussion will be informed by the findings from the inquiry on apprenticeships currently being undertaken by the Sub-Committee on Education, Skills and the Economy, and of the National Audit Office report, which found that the Government has not set out how it will use this increase in apprenticeship numbers to deliver improvement in productivity.
Delegates will consider the further action that can be taken to improve the quality of apprenticeships, following concerns expressed by stakeholders and Ofsted, as well as the key priorities for the new Institute for Apprenticeships, which will regulate apprenticeships and ensure that standards respond to the changing needs of business, following the launch of the Government’s consultation.
Further sessions will consider key challenges surrounding apprenticeship funding, ahead of the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy in April 2017, and the next steps that can be taken to change the culture and prestige of apprenticeships in England, and build on the ‘Get in, go far’ campaign.
The conference will bring together policymakers with key stakeholders, including employers, school and FE college leaders, independent training providers, local authorities, trade and industry associations, academics and others with an interest in this important area of policy.