The Higher and Degree Apprenticeships Conference 2017 provides a platform to discuss the latest impact of government reforms to apprenticeship policy, along with an update from policymakers on higher and degree apprenticeship initiatives going forward.

Participants will have the opportunity to gain best practice insights from leading higher education providers and employers on how to work in collaboration to effectively set up and deliver successful higher and degree apprenticeship schemes that teach the skills required to meet the needs of the UK economy.


  • Peter Millington, Higher and Degree Apprenticeship Policy Lead, Department for Education (DfE)
  • Antony Jenkins, Chair, Institute for Apprenticeships (IfA)
  • Nicola Turner MBE, Head of Skills, Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE)
  • Adrian Anderson, Chief Executive, University Vocational Awards Council (UVAC)
  • Simon Ashworth, Chief Policy Officer, Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP)


  • Examine the progress of the government’s aim to have 3 million apprenticeship starters by 2020
  • Evaluate the implications of increased government funding for increasing the number of higher and degree apprenticeship programmes
  • Understand how apprenticeship funding for employers and universities will work, including details of funding bands and the apprenticeship levy
  • Explore how the Institute for Apprenticeships will support the development of more higher and degree apprenticeships
  • Understand how to effectively set up and deliver quality higher and degree apprenticeship schemes that meet local/national industry needs and accreditation standards
  • Examine HEFCE’s role in the regulation of higher and degree apprenticeships
  • Analyse how Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) can engage in greater collaboration businesses and training and learning providers to produce and expand high quality apprenticeships programmes
  • Discuss how work in partnership with schools to use higher and degree apprenticeships to increase social mobility


This Conference is specifically designed for the Higher and Further Education Sectors and the Private Sector. Typical job titles will include:

  • Vice Chancellors
  • Deputy Vice Chancellors
  • Directors of Education
  • Associate Deans
  • Apprenticeships Managers
  • Business Development Managers
  • Programme Managers and Directors
  • Heads of Learning
  • Deans of Schools
  • Heads of Partnerships
  • Directors of Faculty
  • Heads of Departments
  • Heads of Training and Development
  • Heads of Strategy
  • Policy Advisers
  • Lecturers
  • Senior Recruitment Teams
  • Senior Funding Managers
  • Heads of Commissioning
  • Heads of Partnership Teams
  • Project Managers

*This Conference is also open to the wider public sector to encourage networking and debate.

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