The Future of Apprenticeships
04 Nov 2010
Best Practice in Taking Opportunities & Overcoming Barriers. Held in central London

This conference, strategically timed for after the Comprehensive Spending Review, looked to the future of Apprenticeships to assess the opportunities and barriers for both education and business stakeholders.

 Featured presentation from Michael Davis from the UK Commission: 

John O’Leary Editor, Policy Review Magazine
Welcome and introduction from conference Chair ,

David Way Chief Operating Officer, National Apprenticeship Service
The implementation of apprenticeship opportunities: utilising the governments’ commitment to increase funding

Michael Davis Director, UK Commission for Employment and Skills
The market for Apprenticeships: looking forward in the current economic climate

Questions and discussion Session 1

Refreshments, networking and exhibition
The role of apprenticeships in tackling the problem of young people not in education, employment or training (NEET): findings from the Pre- Apprenticeship Pilot
Gary O’Donnell, Midlands Union Development Coordinator, Unionlearn Nigel Leigh, Principal, Stephenson College

Carol Taylor Director of Operations, The National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE)
Rolling out apprenticeships for the 19-30 age group: implementing Advanced Apprenticeship Schemes under recently announced funding pledges

Terry McPartlan Manager ESF SPARC Programme, Gateshead Council
The role of local authorities in supporting disengaged young people to work towards an apprenticeship

Andrew Sich Head of Corporate Affairs, City & Guilds
Aprpenticeships - a City & Guilds perspective

Panel Debate: Session 2 Is the wider skills system in a fit enough state to support the employer effectively?
Anne Tipple, National Skills Executive, British Chambers of Commerce Sarah Clover, Communications Director, Notgoingtouni Mark Stewart, Human Resources Director and Country Manager, Airbus Operations Ltd

Buffet lunch, networking and exhibition
Dr Sarah Peers, New Engineering Foundation
Supporting SME’s to develop apprenticeship programmes • Overcoming the barriers to Apprenticeships • How Apprenticeships can help SME’s grow

Effective partnerships between FE colleges and business: best practice in finding willing businesses to participate
Mary Bolch, Director of Workforce Skills, Chichester College Sue Forsyth, Head of Workforce Skills Contracts Chichester College

Mark Stewart Human Resources Director and Country Manager, Airbus Operations Ltd
An employer's account

Jennifer Damerell Care Home Assistant, Hampshire County Council
Question time with a young apprentice

Questions and discussions: Session 3
Refreshments, networking and exhibition
Key Issue Seminar 1: Making the best of your apprenticeship scheme: effective promotion of your scheme to attract future apprentices and aid PR
Dave Walsh, Head of Apprenticeship Delivery, BT James Lawrence, Careers Info

Key Issue Seminar 2: Getting the apprenticeship message across – effective career advice
Peter Cobrin, National Education Director, Notgoingtouni

Key Issue Seminar 3: Engaging with employers
Sacha Corcoran, Deputy Director for Learners, Partnerships and Innovation Centre for Business Arts and Technology, City & Islington College

Close of conference