Morning, Monday, 28th February 2022
This conference will assess the future for degree apprenticeships in England in the context of the pandemic.
It will be an opportunity to consider the way forward for proposals from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IfATE) aimed at improving degree apprenticeship development, approval, and how well they work for both apprentices and employers.
There will also be discussion on the impact of the Skills and Post-16 Education Bill, the outlook for Ofsted inspections of level 6 and 7 apprenticeships and their role in driving up standards, and further approaches that could be taken to improve provision.
We are pleased to be able to include keynote contributions from Mandy Crawford-Lee, Chief Executive, University Vocational Awards Council; and John Cope, Director, Strategy, Policy & Public Affairs, UCAS.
Overall, the agenda is structured to bring out latest thinking on:
- priorities for delivery in the context of the pandemic - including the future for blended and flexible provision
- driving standards and quality in provision - and the role of Ofsted inspections
- regional economies - how degree apprenticeships can be tailored to cater to regional priorities
- the applications and admissions process - priorities for development and improvement
- branding and awareness - creating a distinct identity for degree apprenticeships
The discussion is bringing together stakeholders with key policy officials who are due to attend from the DfE; the Cabinet Office; CAFRE; the DfE, ROI; the DIT; the Department for the Economy, NI; the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, ROI; DWP; HMRC; the IATE; and the Valuation Office Agency.