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Next steps for improving apprenticeship quality in England

Morning, Monday, 24th January 2022

This conference will be an opportunity to discuss priorities for driving up quality, both in the wake of the pandemic and following the recent changes to post-16 qualifications, which designate apprenticeships as one of the main options for post-16 progression alongside A Levels and T Levels.

We are pleased to be able to include keynote contributions from: Jonathan Mitchell, Deputy Director, Portfolio and Partnerships, IfATE; and Simon Field, Director, Skills Policy.

Delegates will assess remaining issues and next steps in light of the areas of emphasis highlighted in the IfATE apprentice guide to quality apprenticeships - with a focus on centring the perspective of apprentices.

The discussion will also consider lessons learned from past provision, looking at examples of best practice to inform future delivery.

The agenda will bring out latest thinking on:

  • priorities for improving apprenticeships in the wake of the pandemic
  • improving clarity on the induction process, the learning journey, and expectations
  • providing quality training on and off the job and aligning with skills needs
  • how best to achieve equity in apprenticeship delivery in England
  • priorities for assessment, including the role of end-point assessments and how best to raise standards

The discussion is bringing together stakeholders with key policy officials who are due to attend from the Cabinet Office; the DIT; the Department for the Economy, NI; the DWP; the MoJ; and the VOA.

Keynote Speakers

Jonathan Mitchell

Deputy Director, Portfolio and Partnerships, Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education

Simon Field

Director, Skills Policy

Keynote Speakers

Jonathan Mitchell

Deputy Director, Portfolio and Partnerships, Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education

Simon Field

Director, Skills Policy


Lord Young of Norwood Green

former Parliamentary Under Secretary, Skills and Apprenticeships, Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (2008 - 2009)


Naomi Clayton

Interim Director for Policy and Research, Learning and Work Institute

Paul Warner

Director of Strategy and Business Development, Association of Employment and Learning Providers

Mike Blakely

Director of Apprenticeships & Employer Engagement, Exeter College

Cllr William McCaughey

Mayor, Mid and East Antrim Borough Council

David Phillips

Managing Director, City & Guilds Group

Caroline Larissey

Director of Quality and Standards, National Hair and Beauty Federation

Jacqui Molkenthin

Independent Consultant, JEML Consulting

Andrew Turner

Work Based Learning Skills and Participation Development Officer, Rochdale Borough Council

Kevin Davis

Chairperson, Ladder for Greater Birmingham

Thomas Burton

Group Director of Apprenticeships, NOCN Group

Joel Roach

Chair of Apprentice Council, Association of Apprentices