Next Steps for the Apprenticeships Programme: Assessing the Progress and Improving the Quality of Apprenticeships

Confirmed speakers:

  • Jessica Bushell, Employer Engagement Strategy Senior Manager, Education and Skills Funding Agency
  • Sandra McNally, Director of Centre for Vocational Education Research (CVER), London School of Economics
  • John McNamara, Non-Executive Director, Innovate Awarding Ltd. (event chair)
  • Phil Hyde, Audit Manager, Education VFM Team, National Audit Office
  • David Warnes, Managing Director, Evolve Learning Group
  • Teresa Frith, Senior Skills Policy Manager, Association of Colleges


The recent National Audit Office report, assessing whether the Government’s apprenticeship programme is fulfilling its objectives and providing value for money, has revealed that since funding reforms were introduced apprenticeship starts have fallen substantially. Furthermore, around a third of apprentices are currently being trained by providers rated ‘inadequate’ or ‘requiring improvement’ by Ofsted.

To meet the Government’s target of establishing 3 million new apprenticeships by March 2020, the rate of starts will need to double for the remainder of the period and the quality of programmes will need to improve if providers want to improve outcomes for students.

Providers, colleges and employers need to collaborate to overcome funding, participation and cost challenges to deliver attractive and high-quality apprenticeships which achieve the DfE’s aim of boosting economic activity.

Join Westminster Briefing on Wednesday 12 June to examine the NAO’s key findings from the report and discuss how its recommendations can be implemented in your organisation.

Key Issues:

  • The NAO's findings and recommendations for the apprenticeships programme
  • How to increase the rate of starts
  • Understanding the impact of the introduction of standards
  • Setting more ambitious targets for underrepresented students
  • Funding and cost challenges: how to make your offer sustainable
  • Improving your Ofsted rating

The Event:

The morning session will start by examining the key findings from the NAO report. We will then focus on the latest policy and funding issues facing providers of Apprenticeships, and how best to approach them.

The afternoon session will look closer at best practice case studies from colleges, providers and employers facing the same challenges as you, offering concrete strategies to take back to your setting.

Who Should Attend?

Anyone with an interest in Apprenticeships delivery, including but not limited to: Principals & Vice Principals, Apprenticeships Teams, Heads of HR, Employer Engagement Teams, Skills Teams, Training Specialists, Partnership Teams, Local Authority 14-19 Teams, Training Providers, Awarding Bodies and Employers.


For registration enquiries please contact: | 0207 593 5657

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Wednesday 12th June 2019

Time: 11.00am - 3.30pm (including networking lunch)

Venue: Event to be held at The Shard Offices, London Bridge, SE1 9SG

Private Sector | 1 Place: £345 | 2+ Places: £295 each

Public Sector & Not for Profit | 1 Place: £255 | 2+ Places: £205 each

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