Tuesday 12th December 2017
  • Morning Agenda
  • 08:45
    Registration, Exhibition and Networking Breakfast
  • 09:30
    Chair’s Welcome Address

    Dr Darryl Bravenboer, Director of Apprenticeships and Skills, Middlesex University (CONFIRMED)

  • 09:40
    Morning Keynote: The Future of Higher and Degree Apprenticeships
    • Explaining how apprenticeship funding for employers, training providers and universities works, setting out details of funding bands and the apprenticeship levy
    • Outlining government’s progress meeting its higher and degree apprenticeship development and uptake ambitions
    • Exploring how the DfE is working in collaboration with the Institute for Apprenticeships (IfA) to support the creation of more quality higher and degree apprenticeships
    • Outlining the government's priorities within its proposed next steps for higher and degree apprenticeships and the overall impact of that on the apprenticeships landscape

    Peter Millington, Higher and Degree Apprenticeship Policy Lead, Department for Education (DfE) (CONFIRMED)

  • 10:10
    Special Keynote: Supporting the Development of High Quality Degree and Higher Apprenticeships
    • Giving a summary of the IfA 'Driving the Quality of Apprenticeships in England: Response to the Consultation' report
    • Outlining how the IfA will regulate the quality of apprenticeship proposals, standards and assessment plans
    • Explaining how the IfA will support the development of more higher and degree apprenticeships, including increasing its collaboration with industry partners to facilitate partnerships with HEIs to support this aim
    • Providing advice on apprenticeship funding to the DfE by filtering through the views of industry partners and apprenticeship employers on funding
    • Leading reforms to technical education apprenticeships and explaining the steps that the IfA will undertake to implement the new apprenticeships system

    Antony Jenkins, Chair, Institute for Apprenticeships (IfA) (CONFIRMED)

  • 10:40
    Special Keynote: Successfully Establishing Higher Level Apprenticeships in Higher Education
    • Assessing the role of apprenticeship in increasing productivity
    • Using Apprenticeships to increase opportunities for social mobility
    • Overcoming the barriers to higher education engagement in apprenticeships
    • Evaluating the future role of higher education in apprenticeships - a vision for 2020

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

  • 11:00
    Questions and Answers Session
  • 11:20
    Refreshments and Networking
  • 11:40
    Case Study: Using Apprenticeships to Produce Highly Skilled Professionals
    • Outlining the process of how Barclays came to establish a range of pathways to make available to young people through their apprenticeship programmes
    • Explaining why these apprenticeship programmes have been so successful in producing highly skilled apprentices that are able to make a valuable contribution to the economy
    • Communicating the planning and thinking behind the design of the UK’s first Degree Apprenticeship in Banking
    • Exploring the key elements of the degree apprenticeship programme and explaining why those elements were chosen
    • Highlighting what initiatives the company undertakes to encourage a wider range of people from any social demographic, background or age to apply for their apprenticeships

    Mike Thompson, Head of Early Careers, Barclays (CONFIRMED)

  • 12:00
    Special Keynote: The Role of Training and Learning Providers in Establishing Quality Higher Apprenticeships
    • A traditional degree or an apprenticeship? Exploring the latest Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO) data for answers
    • Analysing delivery models for higher and degree apprenticeships, including collaboration with employers and with providers
    • Delivering employer-led apprenticeship standards tailored for companies in order to best reflect and develop the role of the apprentice
    • Assessing the importance of developing apprenticeship pathways and progression routes to enable social mobility
    • Evaluating current and future funding landscape, including both the apprenticeship levy and non-levy paying employers

    Simon Ashworth, Chief Policy Officer, Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) (CONFIRMED)

  • 12:20
    Special Keynote: What has £8.5m in development funding done for Degree Apprenticeships?
    • HEFCE has distributed £8.5 million through the Degree Apprenticeship Development Fund (DADF). What has the money been spent on? What impact is it making?
    • Hear about progress made in Phase 1 and the challenges they have faced
    • Find out what you can expect from the 63 institutions who were part of the winning bids in Phase 2, and whether there will be a Phase 3.

    Nicola Turner MBE, Head of Skills, Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) (CONFIRMED)

  • 12:40
    Questions and Answers Session
  • 13:00
    Lunch and Networking
Tuesday 12th December 2017
  • Afternoon Agenda
  • 14:00
    Case Study: Effectively Training the Next Generation of Industry Focused Graduates
    • Designing apprenticeship schemes that align with the university's education and industry-focused strategies
    • Outlining the processes the University follows in its development of degree apprenticeship programmes, including the benefits of these development frameworks
    • Adopting a flexible approach to the direction of programmes, allowing businesses to shape academic content to its specific needs
    • Facilitating easy working for businesses and apprentices by offering a range of methods through which to deliver the programme, such as online, work-based and residential learning
    • Explaining how the University manages to work closely with businesses at every stage of the degree apprenticeship partnership

    Professor Pete Vukusic, Associate Dean (Education), College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences, University of Exeter (CONFIRMED)

  • 14:30
    Case Study: Working with Employers to Boost UK Productivity and Increase Degree Apprenticeship Uptake
    • Creating new fully-funded technology degree apprenticeships in partnership with industry
    • Working closely with industry partners to design programmes to prepare young people for the changing world of work and to equip them with industry required skills
    • Using the degree apprenticeship to get more females and disadvantaged students interested in technology careers

    Professor Jonathan Green, Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education, University of Birmingham (CONFIRMED)

  • 15:00
    Refreshments and Networking
  • 15:20
    Case Study: The Role of Further Education Providers in Delivering Higher and Degree Apprenticeships
    • Delivering a leading programme of higher apprenticeships, as one of only five colleges in the UK with Foundation Degree awarding powers
    • Assessing experiences of the provision of higher apprenticeship schemes within a further education setting
    • Working in partnership with over 1,100 employers regionally and nationally to deliver bespoke apprenticeship schemes with outstanding rates of completion and retention
    • Utilising higher apprenticeship programmes to expand the College’s curriculum and explaining how course leaders prepare for more advanced content provision
    • Evaluating how further education institutions can make the transition to higher and degree apprenticeships

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

  • 15:50
    Case Study: Training Higher and Degree Apprentices to Meet Industry Needs
    • Highlighting what fundamental elements of BT’s apprenticeship programmes have made them award winning and have been praised by Ofsted
    • Explaining why most of BTs apprenticeship programmes are delivered by specialist in-house apprentice development teams of coaches, trainers and assessors, including evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of this approach
    • Outlining the progress of the e-Skills UK and The National IT Partnership for IT (NITP) to establish ‘National Skills Academy for IT Gold Standards’ apprenticeships to SMEs to help meet the employee needs of the IT industry as whole
    • Evaluating the success of the work that BT undertakes with schools and universities to expand the employment opportunities available to pupils

    Ann Potterton, Senior HR Professional - BT Apprenticeships, BT (CONFIRMED)

  • 16:20
    Chair’s Summary and Closing Remarks

    *programme subject to change

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