The government is committed to creating 3 million new apprenticeship starts by 2020. This push to boost apprenticeship numbers is to be funded by a new apprenticeships levy on businesses, due to be introduced in April 2017. As well as increasing the quantity of apprenticeships available, the government aims to increase their quality by setting up the Institute for Apprenticeships. This new body, planned to be operational by April 2017, will be made up primarily of employers who will be responsible for setting apprenticeship standards. Some business leaders are worried, however, that the apprenticeship levy will have a disproportionate negative impact on smaller firms. The House of Commons’ Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) committee has also expressed concerns that the government’s overall apprenticeship strategy “lacked clear, measurable objectives.”
Join us for the Post 16 Learning and Apprenticeships Briefing to get exclusive insights from apprenticeship experts on the following topics:
- Quantity – How can businesses prepare for the increase in apprenticeship numbers?
- Quality – What will be the quality criteria for apprenticeships set by the Institute for Apprenticeships?
- Concerns – What can the government do to allay concerns about its apprenticeship strategy?
Come along for a unique opportunity to attend presentations by key policy makers and experts in the education sector, quiz leading decision makers as part of keynote panel discussions, learn from real life case studies, and network with others involved in apprenticeships.
- Discover innovative new strategies to get the most out of the government’s new apprenticeship scheme.
- Come and explore our exhibition, where leading facilitators of apprenticeships across every sector of industry will be present. Enjoy the opportunity to discuss apprenticeship schemes with experts and learn how your organisation can benefit from apprenticeships.
- Connect with over 200 high quality delegates who are involved in, problem solve shared challenges and learn from the experience of others.
- Attend a variety of topical seminars, engaging interactive activities, and keynote panel discussions with experts in apprenticeships.
- Quiz experts from across a variety of disciplines to gain exclusive insights into pioneering approaches to apprenticeships.
The Post 16 Learning and Apprenticeships Conference boasts a variety of outstanding speakers from across public, private and charity sectors. Each one has been handpicked based on their expertise and achievements, ensuring that delegates enjoy only the highest quality presentations. A wide number of topics will be covered on the day, and delegates can expect speakers to discuss challenges, successes and case studies around the interest areas below:
- Apprenticeships are currently at record levels, with 871,800 funded places being filled in the 2014 to 2015 academic year.
- A 2016 Skills and Funding Agency report found that 89% of businesses that took part in the apprenticeship programme believed that it helped their business improve the quality of their product or service.
- Digital and technology focused apprenticeships are growing at a faster rate than other apprenticeship programmes. According to the Tech Partnership’s 2016 report these apprenticeships grew 21% over the previous year, dwarfing the 10% growth of apprenticeships as a whole.
- A 2016 CIPD report found that the government’s proposed apprenticeship levy scheme is unlikely to benefit the majority of smaller businesses that most need funding and support for training.
- The Charity Finance Group, a membership organisation for charities, said 1,200 charities would have to pay a collective £70 million into the levy pot, but would find it difficult to get as much back as they paid in.
Visit the website: http://conference.org.uk/post-16-learning-and-apprenticeships-briefing/