Westminster Employment Forum

Apprenticeship quality in England - assessment, inspection and meeting the new standards

Morning, Wednesday, 20th May 2020

Central London


This conference will examine the priorities for quality assurance in apprenticeship provision in England.

We expect discussion to focus on the transition from frameworks to standards, and the apprenticeship standard reviews.

Areas for discussion include:

  • Implementation of the new apprenticeship standards;
  • Route Reviews of apprenticeship standards;
  • Use of end-point assessments; and
  • The new inspection framework and the wider role of regulators.

Keynote contributions and case studies

We are pleased to be able to include in this seminar keynote addresses from:

  • Claire Gill, Associate Director, Ofqual;
  • Nikki Christie, Deputy Director, Apprenticeship Assessment and Quality, Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education; and
  • Dr Chris Jones, Specialist Advisor, Further Education and Skills, Ofsted.

Further speakers sharing case studies include:

  • Effective delivery of the end-point assessments, and identifying the best form of assessment for different employers and providers, with Rohini Bhattacharya, Pearson;
  • End-point assessments from an assessor perspective, with Emily Hughes, Independent End-Point Assessor; and
  • Supporting employers in successfully implementing end-point assessments into their apprenticeship programmes, with Victoria Purtill, Chartered Institute of Legal Executives.

Also speaking are: Mark Dawe, Association of Employment and Learning Providers; Anthony Impey, FSB; Rosalind McKenzie, PA Training and Ian Pryce, The Bedford College Group.

The agenda in summary:

  • Priorities for the Apprenticeship programme;
  • Improving the assessment of apprenticeships;
  • Developing end-point assessments - ensuring effective delivery, identifying the most suitable form of assessment, and establishing coherent progression pathways;
  • Inspection of apprenticeships and the impact of the new Education Inspection Framework;
  • Meeting the new standards for apprenticeships - ensuring effective design, putting them into practice and the provision of off-site training; and
  • Apprenticeship standard reviews and policy priorities for ensuring quality.

Engagement with policy officials at this conference

This Westminster Employment Forum conference has attracted strong interest from policymakers. It will be an opportunity for stakeholders to engage with officials who have reserved places representing: Cabinet Office; DfT; DIT; Government Legal Department; Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service and HMRC.

Keynote Speakers

Claire Gill

Associate Director, Ofqual

Dr Chris Jones

Specialist Advisor for Further Education and Skills, Ofsted

Keynote Speakers

Claire Gill

Associate Director, Ofqual

Nikki Christie

Deputy Director, Apprenticeship Assessment and Quality, Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education

Dr Chris Jones

Specialist Advisor for Further Education and Skills, Ofsted


Baroness Wolf of Dulwich

Director, International Centre for University Policy Research, King's Policy Institute, King’s College London


Ian Pryce

Chief Executive, The Bedford College Group

Anthony Impey

Chair, Skills and Apprenticeships Policy Board, FSB

Rosalind McKenzie

Head of Apprenticeship Training, PA Training

Emily Hughes

Independent End-Point Assessor, Various EPAOs, and Partnerships Development Manager, Bishop Grosseteste University

Rohini Bhattacharya

Director of Apprenticeships, Pearson

Victoria Purtill

Director, Authorisation and Supervision, Chartered Institute of Legal Executives

Mark Dawe

Chief Executive, Association of Employment and Learning Providers Apprentice