Morning, Thursday, 21st October 2021
***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***
The agenda will bring out latest thinking on:
- immediate priorities for apprenticeship funding in the wake of the pandemic
- the Flexi-Job Apprenticeship scheme and supporting short-term roles in key sectors
- priorities for increasing business participation
- the future for apprenticeship funding bands
The conference comes with the IfATE examining a proposed new model for apprenticeship funding band recommendations, as well as the Government’s plans for Flexi-Job Apprenticeships, which were introduced in the Budget.
It will also be an opportunity to discuss wider developments affecting apprenticeships in England, including:
- the Skills for Jobs white paper, which is to be implemented in the Skills and Post-16 Education Bill, and includes £2.5bn to support apprenticeships in 2021-2022
- the apprenticeship incentive scheme, designed to support workforce investment
- recent calls for the introduction of a more flexible apprenticeship levy
We are pleased to be able to include keynote sessions with Jonathan Childs, Deputy Director, Apprenticeships Covid-19 Recovery Team, Education and Skills Funding Agency, Department for Education; and Jane Pierce, Head of Technical Education Quality Assurance, Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education - along with contributions from The 5% Club; Activate Learning Education Trust; BAM Construction; Cass Business School, City University of London; the CBI; Greater Birmingham and Solihull Training Providers Network; Health Education England; the Institute for Employment Studies; Make UK; ScreenSkills; and West Yorkshire Skills Partnership.
Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders. Places have been reserved by officials from BEIS; the Cabinet Office; the Department for Education; the Department for International Trade; the Department for Transport; the DWP; the Ministry of Justice; Ofsted; and the Valuation Office Agency. Also due to attend are representatives from the Association of Employment and Learning Providers; Fair Ways; National Grid; Network Rail Infrastructure; Norfolk County Council; Skills and Education Group Awards; Somerset County Council; Tendring District Council; TES Institute; The Construction Industry Training Board; United Utilities; University of Kent; University of Plymouth; University of Reading; University of Westminster; WAMITAB; Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust; and York St John University.
A press pass has been reserved by a representative from Hybrid.
Overall, we expect speakers and attendees to be a senior and informed group including Members of both Houses of Parliament, senior government and regulatory officials involved in this area of policy, as well as from business associations, charities and community groups, employers, training and learning providers, universities, further education colleges, schools and academies, consultancies, employment lawyers, local authorities, trade associations and chartered bodies, trade unions, think tanks and academics together with reporters from the national and specialist media.
This is a full-scale conference taking place online***
- full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording and transcript to refer back to
- information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
- conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
- speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates - we’ll provide full details)
- opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
- a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials, is made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
- delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
- networking too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact - we’ll tell you how!
Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference