Central London, February 2018





Registration, networking and exhibition

An opportunity to develop contacts with counterparts from across the skills sector


Chair's introduction

Mark Dawe, Chief Executive, AELP


Keynote speech

SPEAKER: David Hill, Director of Apprenticeships, Department for Education




Apprenticeships: the implementation & impact of reforms (session 1)

  • Providers: how will the reforms affect colleges, ITPs and HEIs? How should providers respond?
  • Creating valid assessment plans & end-point assessments
  • The challenges in using multiple forms of assessment to assess practical skills as well as knowledge

SPEAKER: John Widdowson, Principal & Chief Executive, New College Durham

SPEAKER: Phil Beach CBE, Executive Director for Vocational & Technical Qualifications, Ofqual




Refreshments and networking break


Apprenticeships: the implementation and impact of reforms (Session 2)

  • Employers: what preparations should employers be making to deal with the Levy?
  • How will the Post-16 Skills Plan affect the range of Apprenticeship standards on offer?

SPEAKER: Jill Whittaker, Managing Director, HIT Training Ltd

SPEAKER: Anthony Impey, CEO, Optimity & Skills and Apprenticeships Chair, FSB




What next for Apprenticeships? Looking beyond 2020

SPEAKER: Keith Smith, Director of Funding & Programmes, Skills Funding Agency




Morning Summary

Mark Dawe, Chief Executive, AELP




Lunch & Learn Seminar: Getting the most from end-point assessment, with Highfield

The forthcoming changes to apprenticeships represent some of the biggest challenges and opportunities to employers and training providers in the training sector for nearly 40 years.

This seminar will explain how Highfield is helping employers and providers with a range of resources and guidance to support them on everything from end-point assessment, preparation for end- point assessment and the different models available, to delivering the new apprenticeship standards, on-programme delivery and gateway assessments. 

SPEAKER: Ben Cressey, Director of Apprenticeships & Work Based Learning, Highfield

SPEAKER: Michael Slater, Apprenticeships Assessment Manager, Highfield


Lunch end & transfer to breakout sessions


Breakout Sessions: choose to attend either Breakout Session 1 or 2

Breakout Session 1: Practical response to the Skills Volcano which is rumbling away

The session will explain the context of the major challenges we face over the next 5 to 7 years, how the Government’s policy changes will help and what more needs to be done. It will then give delegates a run through what they need to be addressing now.

SPEAKER: Graham Hasting-Evans, Managing Director, NOCN an Awarding & Apprenticeship Assessment Organisations


Breakout Session 2: The importance of CPD and how it can increase the productivity of your workforce.

Learning is a lifelong skill that should never be taken for granted. Continued Professional Development is a key part of success. Hear about:

  • How CPD for Tutors can positively affect student outcomes
  • What impact does upskilling Leadership have on an Institution
  • Why is there value in upskilling with accredited qualifications
  • The link between CPD and a motivated workforce
  • How do employability skills and careers information help to motivate learners.

SPEAKER: Kufa Matiya, CEO, in2Ambition


Transfer from breakout sessions


Sector Streams: choose to attend either Sector Stream A or B

Sector Stream A - Devolution: the future of adult education funding

  • What plans are in place to deal with the transition to devolved funding?
  • What impact will the Autumn Statement have on devolved funding?
  • How will arrangements vary between regions?
  • What impact will devolution have on competition between providers?

SPEAKER & SESSION CHAIR: Mark Dawe, Chief Executive, AELP

SPEAKER: Ian Ruff, Policy and Implementation Adviser, New Economy Manchester


Sector Stream B - Workplace learning: leadership and self-directed learning

  • Building leadership talent through feedback loops
  • How can we ensure learners play a pivotal role in shaping L&D programmes?

SPEAKER: Laura Overton, ‎CEO and Founder, Towards Maturity

SPEAKER: David Evans, Head of Consulting, Primeast

SESSION CHAIR: Andy Lancaster, ‎Head of Learning & Development Content, CIPD


Refreshments and networking break

Speak to counterparts from across the skills sector and pick up tips on responding to policy and best practice developments.


Sector Streams: choose to attend either Sector Stream C or D

Sector Stream C - Post-16 education and training: reforming routes to employment, FE and HE 

  • What will the Post-16 Skills Plan mean for schools, colleges and ITPs?
  • How will the reforms affect awarding bodies?
  • What does the future hold for 'general' qualifications?

SPEAKER: Julian Gravatt, Assistant Chief Executive, AoC

SPEAKER: Professor Steven West, Vice-Chancellor & President, University of the West of England & Member, The Independent Panel on Technical Education

SESSION CHAIR: Paul Eeles, Chair, Federation of Awarding Bodies


Sector Stream D - What makes truly digital learning?

  • Digitally-enabled learning: how we can make more effective use of mobile?
  • Data: how we can use information to inform an agile learning strategy?

SPEAKER: Rod Willis, Coaching Ourselves Programme Director, Assentire Ltd

SPEAKER: Oula Akiki, Head of Product Development, AVADO

SESSION CHAIR: Andy Lancaster, ‎Head of Learning & Development Content, CIPD


Summit close

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