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Employer Conference 2020

South Gloucestershire and Stroud College

Friday, 21 February 2020 from 08:45 to 13:30 (GMT)

Employer Conference 2020

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14h 19m Free  

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Conference Overview

This is the fifth annual SGS Employer Conference, supporting employers across the West of England to engage in apprenticeships.

The conference is supported by all the West of England colleges, providing employers with a unique opportunity to understand the apprenticeship provision offered across the region and to hear the latest developments on funding and employer incentive payments.

Focussing on professional and higher level apprenticeships, and delivered by our teaching team, the workshops will provide an insight into how these programmes can support the CPD for both existing employees and new entrants.

We will also cover the wrap-around support from providers, including recruitment, learning support and funding advice.

As always, the conference will address the hottest topics within apprenticeships. The event will provide clarity on the 20% off the job requirements. Funding updates include an opportunity for levy-transfer and a new funding system for non-levy paying employers.

With around 200 delegates attending, the conference provides a great networking opportunity to meet like-minded employers also engaging in apprenticeships.

A Conference tailored to your needs

Delegates have an opportunity to select 3 workshops from a choice of 10, ensuring the event will provide you with the detailed and specific information relevant to your workplace requirements.

Conference Plan

  • Registration and Networking
  • Welcome Session
  • 3 x 35 min workshop slots. Delegates select 3 from a choice of 10 workshops
  • Lunch and advice clinics


  • Accountancy & Finance
  • Business
  • Management & Team Leading
  • HR & Recruitment
  • Education - Teaching Assistants
  • Procurement and Project Management
  • Construction and Technical
  • Digital and Cyber
  • Funding
  • T-Levels

At lunch, delegates will get a chance to join individual advice clinics.

Event Timings

8.45 – 9.20

Registration and networking

9.30 – 9.50

SGS College Principal Sara-Jane Watkins
Apprenticeships in the West of England Economy

10.00 – 10.35

Workshop 1







Education – Teaching Assistants

& Technical

Funding Update
SME, Levy transfer
20% O-T-J

10.45 – 11.20

Workshop 2






Management & Team Leading

Accountancy & Finance

Digital & Cyber

Funding Update
SME, Levy transfer
20% O-T-J

11.30 – 12.05

Workshop 3






HR & Recruitment

Project management & Procurement

T levels

12.10 – 1.30


Lunch, networking
Advice clinics from 12.30

12.30 – 1.30

Individual advice clinics

Professional & IT

Construction & technical

Funding, SME and levy & levy transfer

T-Level engagement

Workshop Details

1a and 3a Business Administration

Delivered by Laura Sullivan. Laura is a passionate assessor, supporting apprentices in a range of different employers from large levy employers to small SME employers. Laura is dedicated to ensuring her apprentices achieve their qualifications and progress within their careers.

The workshop will provide an insight into the new apprenticeship Standard, including End Point Assessment Requirements. It will include best practice guidance on the requirements for work based projects and improvement plans and tips on how to enhance the apprentices’ behaviours, as required in the Standard.

1b. Teaching Assistants

The workshop will cover the new apprenticeship Standard, highlighting the differences from the previous framework and the opportunities to ensure the Standard meets the needs of the school.

Delivered by Anna Pill. Anne has many successful years’ in the education sector, and currently supports Teaching Assisstant apprenticeships.

1c. Construction & Technical Apprenticeships

A short in-sight into the transition from apprenticeship frameworks to standards, providing employers with the opportunity to understand how the Construction and Technical Apprenticeships can help address local skills shortages.

Delivered by Leanne Polis-Smith and Trudy Hillier, Construction & Technical Apprenticeship Programme Managers. With a combined 28 years’ experience in apprenticeship delivery, Leanne and Trudy are responsible for overseeing the apprenticeship provision for 400 students within the construction and building service engineering industries at SGS College.

1d and 3d. Funding Update

Updating delegates on the latest apprenticeship funding developments, including levy-transfer and the new funding process for SME (non-levy) employers. The workshop will also address the myths and concerns regarding the 20% off the job element.

Delivered by Patrick Mcleod, Assistant Principal, SGS College. With over 20 years’ experience in apprenticeships, Pat is responsible for the apprenticeship provision at SGS College, supporting 1400 apprentices within 600 employers.

2a. Management

Demonstrating the content of management apprenticeships for existing and future managers.

Nick Worthington: Prior to his teaching career, Nick has a wealth of experience working in senior leadership roles in public and charitable sectors.

2b. Project Management & Procurement

This workshop will provide you with an insight into the Procurement and the Level 4 Associate Project Management apprenticeships

John L Bone OBE, BTech(Hons), MAPM Lead Tutor for CIPS and APM, John has been the Course Lead for the last 16 years. He is a qualified mechanical engineer who took early retirement from the MOD after a varied career. His experience is very much ‘cradle to grave’ and covers all aspects of the procurement and project management processes.

Jodie Jones, Programme Lead for CIPS, SGS College. With 25 years’ experience as a teacher and many years of commercial experience, Jodie is adept at bridging the gap between theory and practice.

2c. Digital & Cyber

An end-user perspective - are you cyber savvy? The workshop will provide a taster and insight into our digital apprenticeships, delivered by Andy Brown & Kandis Douglas

3b. CIPD, HR and Recruitment

A broad overview of the key issues facing businesses when recruiting, including the benefits of attracting and retaining a diverse workforce through apprenticeships.

Jodie Jones With many years of commercial HR experience, Jodie is adept at bridging the gap between theory and practice.

3c. Accounting & Finance

A taster of accountancy delivery and a case study from a current apprentice.

Luke Hudson Accounting Course Leader, SGS College. With over 15 years’ experience as a teacher, tutor and course lead. Luke is responsible for the accounting provision at SGS College.

3d. T-Levels

An introduction to T-levels with a focus on the extended industry placement.

The benefits to employers including guidance on hosting placements to ensure a successful experience for the learner and the employer.

Delivered by Steve Hall, Work Placement Manager at SGS College. With over 10 years’ experience of supporting learners through the work placement process and employer engagement.

Do you have questions about Employer Conference 2020? Contact South Gloucestershire and Stroud College

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When & Where

SGS College WISE Campus
New Road
BS34 8LP Stoke Gifford
United Kingdom

Friday, 21 February 2020 from 08:45 to 13:30 (GMT)

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South Gloucestershire and Stroud College

South Gloucestershire and Stroud College (SGS) is the new college formed by the merger between Stroud College and Filton College. These two successful colleges merged in February 2012, to give our students more choice, greater opportunities and a wider range of facilities from a single, larger college.

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