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Agenda

Time

Session

08.45

Registration & Morning Refreshments

09.30

Chair’s Introduction

Chair: Mark Dawe, Chief Executive, Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) (Confirmed)

09.35

Opening keynote address: Developing and implementing a world class UK skills system

Speaker: Angela Fairchild, Deputy Director, Technical Education and Qualifications Reform Division,
Department for Education (Confirmed)

09.55

Skills in the construction sector: exploring innovative solutions to respond to industry's big challenges

Speaker: Stephen Radley, Policy Director, CITB (Confirmed)

10.15

Skills Pathways: New Routes to Workplace Skills

  • Implementing & funding the Sainsbury Review recommendations, T-Levels & the Post-16 Skills Plan
  • Delivering higher level skills
  • The role of employers in reform

Speaker: Kirsti Lord, Deputy Chief Executive,  Association of College (AoC) (Confirmed)

Speaker: John Widdowson, Principal & Chief Executive, New College Durham (Confirmed)

Speaker: David Russell, CEO, Education and Training Foundation (confirmed) 

Speaker: Stephen Radley, Policy Director, CITB (Confirmed)

11.30

Morning Break & Exhibition

12.00

Provider Stream: Recruiting More Apprentices & Making the Reforms Work - Panel Discussion

  • Overcoming challenges created by reforms
  • Promoting apprenticeships as a pathway to success

Speaker: Jonathan Mitchell, Deputy Director (Standards Development), Institute for Apprenticeships (Confirmed)

Speaker: Jan Atkinson, Talent and Organisational Development Director, Kier Group (Confirmed)

Speaker: Bhavina Bharkhada, Education and Skills Policy Advisor, EEF (Confirmed)

Employer Stream: Using Apprenticeships to Improve Workplace Skills - Panel Discussion

  • Levy funding & recruiting new apprentices
  • Upskilling current employees
  • Degree apprenticeships & higher level skills

Speaker: Nicola Turner, Head of Skills, Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) (Confirmed)

Speaker: Andy Headworth, Deputy Director Recruitment & Apprenticeships, HMRC (Confirmed)

Speaker: Dr Darryll Bravenboer,  Director of Apprenticeships & Skills, Middlesex University (Confirmed)

13.00

Networking Lunch & Exhibition

14.00

Chair’s Afternoon Remarks

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

14.05

Improving Digital Skills

  • Improving digital skills before people enter the workplace
  • Developing the digital skills of existing employees

Speaker: John Pritchard, Head of Apprenticeships, BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT(Confirmed)

14.25

Qualification Regulation & Reform

  • Understanding the qualifications landscape
  • Making sure you offer the right ones

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

14.50

Afternoon Break & Exhibition

15.10

Teenage apprenticeships: awareness deficit?

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

15.30

The Industrial Strategy & Skills After Brexit

  • Identifying skills gaps & what employers need
  • The impact of Brexit on skills

Speaker: Sonali Parekh, Head of Policy, FSB (Confirmed)

15.50

Chair’s Summary 

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

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