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Boosting UK Skills: Quality with Quantity

Tuesday, 30 October 2018 | The Principal, Manchester

 The AELP Autumn Conference 2018, sponsored by City & Guilds, takes place when the government is emphasising the importance of quality over quantity in taking forward the apprenticeship reforms. In AELP’s view, achieving improvements in both is not necessarily a mutually exclusive outcome and the conference will debate how apprenticeship start numbers can be restored to at least previous levels while adequately funded provision for the new standards and end point assessment arrangements leads to even higher quality training than the vast majority of apprentices already receive.

Following the popular session at our summer conference, leading employers will again be present to share their experience of the apprenticeship programme. The ESFA will be ready to debate its proposals for the next transitional phase of the reforms which will see the non-levy paying employers join the Apprenticeship Service. In addition to apprenticeships, the wider skills agenda will be explored. This will cover another government manifesto commitment in the form of a National Retraining Scheme and DfE officials will bring delegates up to date with the latest plans.

We now have greater clarity on the timetable for devolving the Adult Education Budget and the Autumn Conference will debate how better value for money can be delivered under the Mayoral Combined Authorities and the LEPs. In conjunction with the Department for International Trade, a session will look at the opportunities that are available for providers to export their expertise and experience abroad. Another highlight will be an update on how the Government’s Review of Post-18 Education and Funding is progressing from the Review’s Chair.

High quality skills provision is vital for a post-Brexit economy, the Industrial Strategy and social mobility. Throughout 2018, providers have demonstrated their incredible resilience in serving the needs of employers and learners extremely well despite an unprecedented set of challenges. Our Autumn Conference should help to navigate the next set without quality being endangered. You can’t afford to miss it!

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