February 27th 2019 | Central London





Registration, refreshments and networking


Chair’s Introduction

Chair: Mark Dawe, Chief Executive, AELP (Confirmed)


Opening keynote address: Closing the skills gap, driving forwards apprenticeships schemes 

  • How is the UK designing, developing and implementing a world class skills system
  • Preparing young people for tomorrow, today: Entrenching an education system that enables young people to succeed in todays and tomorrows economy
  • The end of the beginning: The journey towards hitting 3 million apprentices and looking beyond 2020


Headline sponsorship address


The Industrial Strategy and skills after Brexit?

  • Identifying future skills gaps 
  • SkillsExit? What impact will Brexit have on the skills gap and productivity?

Speaker: Sonali Parekh, Head of Policy, Federation of Small Business (Confirmed)


Creating degree based apprenticeships

  • Designed together by employers, universities and professional bodies: How are they helping to deliver skills in vital areas?
  • With £4.5m allocated so far: What parts of the Degree Apprenticeships Development Fund (DADF) been successful?

Speaker: Professor Steven McIntosh, Centre for Vocational Education Research, University of Sheffield (Confirmed)


Refreshments and networking


Knowledge exchange seminars


Lunch, refreshments and networking 

  • Take advantage of the opportunity to expand your contact base by meeting counterparts from across the sector


Provider Stream: T-Levels, a new career pathway

  • A modern career pathway for a modern economy?
  • Recognition: Will T-level standards devised by small panels be widely recognised?
  • Work placement: How can employers work with providers to ensure 45-60 days' worth of work placements? 

Speaker: Annette Allmark, Head of Apprenticeships, BCS (Confirmed)

Speaker: Julian Roberts, Head of Employability, Truro and Penwith College (Confirmed)

Employer Stream: Improving workplace skills

  • With over £100million invested in the National Retraining Scheme: What further changes can we expect?
  • Upskilling current employees: boosting your organisations productivity
  • Levy funding & recruiting new apprentices
  • Retraining, retaining your valuable workforce

Speaker: Keith Smith, Director of Apprenticeships, Education and Skills Funding Agency (Confirmed)

Speaker: Senior Representative, National Retraining Scheme Division, Department for Education (Confirmed)


Refreshments and networking


Provider Stream: Recruiting more apprentices

  • Maintaining high quality qualifications and consistent apprenticeship standards 
  • Promoting apprenticeships as a pathway to success 

Speaker: Lucy Sydney, Director of Strategic Relationships for VTQ, Ofqual (Confirmed)

Speaker: Annette Allmark, Head of Apprenticeships, BCS (Confirmed)

Employer Stream: Understanding regional employer needs

  • How will Skills Advisory Panels & Local Enterprise Partnerships work together to understand and help provide for local regions? 
  • Understanding and tackling regional differences

Speaker: Philip Cox, Chief Executive, Cheshire & Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership (Confirmed)


Teenage apprenticeships: awareness deficit?

  • Boosting awareness levels of apprenticeships

Speaker: Dr Elnaz Kashefpakdel, Head of Research, Education and Employers (Confirmed)


Chair’s closing remarks

Chair: Mark Dawe, Chief Executive, AELP (Confirmed)



Close of summit