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Dr Joe Marshall, Interim Chief Executive, National Centre for Universities and Business (CONFIRMED)

  • Assessing the latest updates in the Review of Post-18 Education and Funding and the potential implications for apprenticeships within higher education
  • Outlining the progress of the Apprenticeship Levy intended to raise £3 billion by 2020 and how this is supporting higher and degree apprenticeship schemes
  • Exploring the future challenges and opportunities for apprenticeships provision in further and higher education

Greg Dean, Head of Large Employer Engagement Strategy, Education and Skills Funding Agency and National Apprenticeship Service (CONFIRMED)

  • Understanding the development of the Office for Student’s regulatory role for quality assurance of higher and degree apprenticeships
  • Ensuring that higher and degree apprenticeship schemes effectively meet the approved standards as developed by trailblazers from Levels 4 and above
  • Evaluating what constitutes effective course delivery and a high quality apprenticeship scheme that meets the needs of students
  • Assessing how providers must develop schemes which ensure the delivery of value for money and progression for students into employment or further study
  • Outlining the progress of the Degree Apprenticeships Development Fund (DADF) and the implementation of Phase 2 from September 2018 to support the delivery of new apprenticeship schemes

Dr. Brooke Storer-Church, Senior Policy Advisor, Office for Students (OfS) (CONFIRMED)

  • Understanding an apprentice’s motivations, reasons and incentives for entering a higher and degree apprenticeship scheme and how this can inform the composition of a course
  • Sharing insights from the apprentice’s perspective on the route to becoming a degree apprentice and how employers and providers can enhance the application and induction process
  • Outlining the experiences and challenges of a degree apprenticeship programme and what constitutes an effective scheme for an apprentice
  • Assessing what an apprentice is looking for both from the employer and provider in terms of skill development and developing opportunities for career progression

Winner of Higher or Degree Apprentice of the Year Award at the 14th National Apprenticeship Awards

Charlotte Hughes, Laboratory Apprentice, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) (CONFIRMED)
Ricky Casey, Investigator, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) (CONFIRMED)

  • Outlining the transition to delivering higher and degree apprenticeships in a leading college group with over 1,200 partnership employers
  • Assessing how the college developed schemes with employers through stakeholder networks, a dedicated employer services team and curriculum design to meet the needs of employers
  • Demonstrating to employers the college’s return on investment model in order to attract new apprenticeship partners
  • Exploring the process of developing and validating higher apprenticeship schemes within a further education content
  • Sharing the lessons learned in designing and validating apprenticeship programmes to meet trailblazer standards at a higher and degree level

Warwickshire College Group trains over 2,000 apprentices a year and is one of only 5 colleges in the UK with foundation degree awarding powers

Angela Joyce, Group Principal and Chief Executive, Warwickshire College Group (CONFIRMED)

  • Assessing the latest updates in working with trailblazers to create standards and assessment plans for higher and degree apprenticeship schemes
  • Discussing the developments through the IfA’s ‘Faster and Better’ initiative to streamline the approvals process for trailblazers
  • Evaluating what constitutes a high quality higher or degree apprenticeship standard and end point assessment and how providers can demonstrate this quality
  • Understanding the External Quality Assurance (EQA) process which monitors end point assessments
  • Exploring how employers,  further education providers and universities can more effectively collaborate to develop new apprenticeship programmes at a higher or degree level

Sir Gerry Berragan, Chief Executive, Institute for Apprenticeships (IfA) (CONFIRMED)

  • Understanding the skills needs and requirements of employers developing apprenticeship programmes within further and higher education
  • Assessing how institutions can ensure effective employer leadership in the design and delivery of higher and degree apprenticeship programmes
  • Evaluating the demand for apprenticeships focused around technical and vocational skills and analysing how providers can meet this demand
  • Developing a validation and approval process for higher and degree apprenticeships which is led by employers
  • Analysing how successful provider-employer partnerships can be developed to ensure apprenticeships support meaningful skill development

Adrian Anderson, Chief Executive, University Vocational Awards Council (UVAC) (CONFIRMED)

  • Outlining our journey in successfully designing and delivering degree apprenticeships now with over 1000 apprentices and 200 employer partners
  • Motivation for universities and employers to collaborate on Degree Apprenticeships
  • Overcoming the challenges for both employer and university establishing a degree apprenticeship programme with a flexible approach
  • Working together to design engaging, practical programme content resulting a motivated workforce and high levels of retention
  • Understanding the partnership model with an employer advisory board, shared course design process and open communication to ensure apprenticeships evolve with business needs
  • Assessing the outcomes of the programme for employer, apprentice and university

Elizabeth Gorb, Director of Apprenticeships,  Manchester Metropolitan University (CONFIRMED)
Nick Williams, Commercial Director, Lloyd's Banking Group (CONFIRMED)

  • Assessing the challenge of meeting the expectations and demands of employers in the development and validation of new apprenticeship courses
  • Developing an institution-wide ‘work based learning framework’ to foster a more flexible and agile course design process for new higher and degree apprenticeships
  • Designing core modules on to provide a framework to guide the development of new apprenticeship schemes in collaboration with employers
  • Considering the support required to ensure that a ‘work based learning framework’ is used to its potential
  • Sharing lessons and guidance in being responsive to employers needs when developing an apprenticeship curriculum

Adam Greenwood, Head of Skills Partnerships, University of Hull (CONFIRMED)

  • Assessing the lessons learned in the development of apprenticeship schemes up to level 7 and sharing how BAE developed course frameworks with HEIs
  • Understanding how BAE has supported trailblazer development to formulate standards which support the skills and behaviour needs of the engineering workforce up to 2040
  • Analysing the role of due diligence in the designing of an apprenticeship programme and how BAE has sought to ensure standards compliance and quality within the employer-provider model
  • Evaluating what is required to motivate apprentices from the outset to develop, achieve and secure career progression within the business

Richard Hamer, Director of Education and Skills, BAE Systems (CONFIRMED)

  • Formulating a partnership between the University of Derby and Nottinghamshire Police to deliver the nation’s first Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) programme
  • Collaborating to develop a workplace learning model tailored to the needs of the police force with content and delivery designed flexibly to support high quality vocational training
  • Sharing insights on the development of the course with a focus on a continued connection between the provider and workplace to ensure progress through successful mentoring and training plans
  • Understanding the role of an academic department in designing a new degree apprenticeship course
  • Exploring lessons and solutions in the challenges of funding, validation and course delivery

Jane Lowe, Higher Apprenticeship Manager, University of Derby (CONFIRMED)
Ann Minton, Academic Lead for Apprenticeships, University of Derby (CONFIRMED)
Insp. Naomi Bolton, Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA), Nottinghamshire Police (CONFIRMED)

Join sector leaders as they share leading examples and practical insights in ensuring excellence and delivering quality in the development of higher and degree apprenticeship schemes

  • Sharing insights and the challenges of establishing a successful contract between a provider, employer or subcontractor and ensuring key performance indicators are delivered upon
  • Understanding how sector leading providers developed their costing and pricing strategies in collaboration with employers
  • Evaluating how a provider can ensure financial accountability and the effective delivery of a funding model across a scheme
  • Monitoring and reviewing student progression through an apprenticeship programme through successful evidencing up to the end point assessment
  • Ensuring regulatory compliance in the establishment of a course in line with the Apprenticeship Performance and Management Rules

Scott Wildman, Director, Centre for Higher and Degree Apprenticeships, University of Kent (CONFIRMED)
Sarah Tudor, Director of Employer Partnerships & Associate Professor in Work-Based Education and Skills, Staffordshire University (CONFIRMED)
Sue Attewell, Head of Change for FE and Skills, Jisc (CONFIRMED)

*programme subject to change