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The Future of Apprenticeships
24 Nov 2011
ICO Conference Centre, London W1, 22 Berners Street, London

Headline Speakers

A year on from the coalition Government’s commitment to create a total of 150,000 additional apprenticeship places, we are provided the opportunity to assess success and look to ‘what’s next’ in vocational training.

Figures by the National Apprenticeship Service demonstrate that there are now more than 85,000 employers offering apprenticeships in more than 130,000 locations. Furthermore, 83% of these employers report that they now heavily rely on their apprenticeship programme to match their skill requirements.

Although a step in the right direction, there is still so much to achieve in reducing unemployment, ensuring the financial feasibility of apprenticeship schemes and promoting positive engagement with small and medium enterprises. This conference is a must-see for FE and HE providers; small to medium-sized businesses; trade associations and all those aiming to increase apprenticeship opportunities and employer engagement.

John O’Leary, Editor, Times Good University Guide
Welcome and introduction from conference Chair

Dr Susan Pember, Director, Further Education and Skills Investment, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
Keynote address: The next phase of the Apprenticeship Programme

Simon Waugh, Chief Executive, The National Apprenticeship Service
The NAS Perspective

Michael Davis, Chief Executive, UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES)
Ownership of skills: securing a sustainable partnership for the long term

Questions and discussion: Session 1
Refreshments, networking and exhibition
Trevor Luker, Managing Director, Pearson Work Based Learning
Delivering Apprenticeships in a challenging context

Gareth Griffiths, Head of Curriculum and Qualifications Policy. Young People's Learning Agency
Improving access for young people to apprenticeships: Diplomas, vocational pathways, the Wolf Review and information advice and guidance

Catherine West-McGrath, Director of Employer Engagement, New College Nottingham
Matching supply and demand: engaging and incentivising SMEs

Panel discussion: Key skills vs functional skills? | Session 2
Panel made up of Session Speakers

Buffet lunch, networking and exhibition
Seminar A1: Rolling out apprenticeships for the over 19’s: Single Line Flexibilities & Fees
Nick Linford, Managing Director of Lsect and publisher of www.feweek.co.uk

Seminar A2: Implementing an apprenticeship programme for young disabled people
Patrick Fitzgerald, Apprenticeships Co-ordinator, Hertfordshire PASS

Seminar B1: Delivering new frameworks post ‘Programme Led Apprenticeships’
Bill Twigg, Development Director, Semta

Seminar B2: Developing Pre-Apprenticeship programmes
Margaret Fletcher, Director, West Euston Partnership Jilla Jamfar, Apprentice Coordinator (2010-2011)

Seminar C1: The role of Apprenticeship Training Agencies in engaging with SMEs
Jeremy Hempstead, Chief Executive, London Apprenticeship Company

Seminar C2: Effective promotion and marketing of apprenticeship programmes through schools and career guidance
Peter Cobrin, Director, Not Going to Uni

Refreshments, networking and exhibition
Amanda Vickers, Development Manager, Involve Yorkshire & Humber
Competing for contracts and funding: FE colleges, private providers and voluntary organisations

Developing apprenticeship programmes in partnership: FE colleges working with local businesses
Chris Pickles, Economic Development Officer, Copeland Borough Council; Lorraine Irving, Business & Community Development Manager, Lakes College.

An employer’s and apprentices’ journey to success
Sharon Alexander, Managing Director, Rosy Apple Childcare; Caroline Young, Apprentice Business Finance Manager, Rosy Apple Childcare.

Questions and discussion: Session 4
Summary Interview John O'Leary, Editor, Times Good University Guide
Interview Nick Linford, Managing Director, Lsect
Has the recent promotion of apprenticeships helped engage local employers?

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