Wednesday, 28 February 2018  |  Holiday Inn M6, Coventry


With 4 workshop sessions, covering 24 different workshop topics, each delegate will be able to attend up to 4 workshops each. However, bring along additional attendees from your organisation to take advantage of the number of workshops offered and benefit from our special offer of 'Buy two places, get one free'.


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AM Workshop Topics


Off-the-Job Training (and other funding issues)

Facilitated by Stewart Segal, Aegis

The introduction of the 20% off-the-job training requirement from May 2017 has prompted a lot of debate amongst employers and providers. It will affect delivery models where block release, day release, blended learning, teaching in the workplace are all options to meet the ESFA rules? And what actually counts as off-the-job training? You have to meet the ESFA rules but you may also need to use the flexibilities that the 'loose' wording allows. Lots of questions and (hopefully!) lots of answers and some best practice examples thrown in too.

We know that many providers are looking to set out their internal policies for how they will meet the requirements and we hope this discussion will help you in that process.


Growing Traineeships

Facilitated by Chris Luty, BCTG

The session will provide an insight into how BCTG works with delivery partners to offer Traineeships as the main progression route into Apprenticeships. The session will give examples of how short Traineeships in Childcare and Engineering are providing an effective stepping stone for young people.


Understanding the brain: How providers are supporting neurodiversity to achieve 20% off-the-job training and enhanced Ofsted grades

Facilitated by Chris Quickfall and Louise Karwowski, CognAssist

What is neurodiversity?
  • Understanding the eight cognitive domains of the brain for thinking and learning, why individuals might be struggling and what can be done about it
  • Profiling and responding to neurodiverse learners with CognAssist
  • How CognAssist can support 20% off-the-job training
    • Counts towards the rule
    • Carried out on site
    • Related to learning level
    • Easy to evidence
  • Further benefits providers have experienced:
    • Supports learner engagement
    • Supports the improvement of your Ofsted grade
    • Supports the drawdown of LSF1
  • Case studies from ILPs and colleges


Developing the schools market for apprenticeships

Facilitated by Ben Barton, Oceanova

This workshop will start with a brief overview of the market in schools for apprenticeships and describe the particular issues within this profession.

We will then go on to discuss what needs there are in schools for apprenticeships and those standards currently available.
Finally we will discuss how best to engage with schools and strategies that have worked in the past.

The workshop is perfect for providers just starting to engage with schools but also those with more experience in this sector.


Teach Too

Facilitated by Cheryl Swales, AELP and Joanne Mills, Gateshead College

Teach Too was created by the Education and Training Foundation (ETF) as a development programme and was a key proposal from the Commission on Adult Vocational Teaching and Learning (CAVTL, 2013) report, aiming to drive excellence in vocational education and training through collaborative arrangements.
Teach Too is now in its fourth phase. Phase 4 of the project aims to support the sector to learn from the effective practice identified in the previous phases in order to build capacity in their own organisations. By 30 March 2018 a set of toolkits and guides will be available which will support more organisations across the sector to develop and deliver effective Teach Too practice.
Cheryl Swales, AELP Project Manager, will introduce the Teach Too principles for continued enhanced learning through industry engagement and will explain about the proposed toolkits and guides. Delegates will also have the opportunity to hear from Gateshead College who ran their own Teach Too project during phase 3. Joanne Mills, Lead Practitioner, will explain how the College successfully collaborated with employers to improve curriculum design and delivery, support teaching staff in updating their industry knowledge and enhance learner induction. Joanne will discuss the positive impacts of the project on their staff, employers and learners, key learning points and recommendations for developing employer partnerships and the ‘do’s and don’ts’ for anyone thinking about implementing Teach Too within their own providers.


Advanced Learner Loans - a core funding and revenue stream..?

Facilitated by Matt Alvarez, AELP             

Final 2016/17 statistics on Advanced Learner Loans showed a decline in learner applications across all age groups to which they were available in previous years and the trend appears to be continuing in 2017/18.

With a budget availability of £325m which is due to increase in 2018/19, are we doing all we can to maximise this funding and revenue stream and support individuals to access training at levels 3 and above?

This short workshop will provide an overview of the opportunities to maximise advanced learner loans and set out how the offer could be integrated or positioned alongside the wider curriculum and funding offer including Apprenticeships. 


The Skills Plan: What does the future hold?

Facilitated by Andrew Gladstone-Heighton, NCFE

This session will outline the post-16 skills plan, set out how the new T-levels are intended to work and discuss the implications for providers.


The delivery of End-point Assessment – impact on Providers and Apprentices

Facilitated by John McNamara, Innovate Awarding

This workshop will explore the current developments in the delivery of End-point Assessments, and highlight some of the experiences of apprentices and training providers who are going through the process.

It will also set out the current work that AELP is doing through its End-Point Assessment Organisations Special Interest group to help ensure that quality and consistency of assessment is maintained.

John McNamara, Non-Executive Director of Innovate Awarding Ltd and Chair of the AELP EPAO Special Interest Group, will facilitate the workshop.


T-Levels: update

Facilitated by Paul Warner, AELP and David Sangster & Elisabeth Baines, ESFA

The DfE are currently consulting on the overall shape and design of T-levels and plans for their implementation. The reforms will have a major impact on the shape and structure of technical and vocational education in England and deserve consideration by all providers whether they intend to engage directly in delivery or not. Paul Warner will give an overview of the consultation and the AELP response.


Apprenticeship Subcontracting: Understanding the latest rules for both levy and non-levy delivery

Facilitated by Simon Ashworth, AELP & Patrick Tucker

Were you are aware that from January 2018 the ESFA rules governing subcontracting of apprenticeship delivery were updated? Whether this is news to you or you just want to check your understanding, come to this informative session to make sure you are compliant and fully aware of the rule changes. Join in the discussion and debate to consider how providers can still work within the rules to deliver quality and compliant programmes.


Creating Management as a True Profession

Facilitated by Alison Cox, CMI and Sue Wright, CMI

An interactive workshop exploring the suite of Leadership & Management apprenticeships, how they provide a pathway for career progression for existing and new managers, and the opportunities they present for employers seeking to make best use of the apprenticeship levy. Find out more about how to support 20% off the job training, prepare for effective End Point Assessment and enable apprentices to achieve professional recognition through their apprenticeship journey.


Employability – what makes a great apprentice – how to develop a good “attitude”.

Facilitated by Toni Molyneux, AQR International

Employability is a key element of career guidance which focuses on the core behaviours which are consistently associated with performance, wellbeing and the quickest transition into new roles.

Research with c.500 employers shows that this is what employers mean by “having a good attitude”. In 2017 the World Economic Forum confirmed this picture for the new recruit in the 21st Century.

From the individual’s perspective, this identifies the attributes they should develop and demonstrate that will, both, prepare them for the world of work and enhance their employability. A unique element of Career Guidance – it applies to any and all careers.

The workshop looks at this important area and will examine briefly:
  • What exactly is employability? The Carrus Framework
  • How can I assess it and what it means for employers and apprentices alike?
  • Why it makes difference - for employers and for apprentices?
  • How can we develop employability – creating self awareness?
  • How we can engage with schools to develop employability
Each participant will be provided with the opportunity to use a limited number of Carrus measures free of charge.

There will also be an opportunity for attendees to purchase the Kogan Page book – co authored by Charlotte Bosworth and Doug Strycharczyk Developing Employability and Enterprise at a discount (with free shipping in the UK and US) through the Kogan Page website.

PM Workshop Topics


Competing for success

Facilitated by Mark Poland, WorldSkills UK and Matthew Leigh, GMLPN

A practical guide from WorldSkills UK and the Greater Manchester Learning Provider Network sharing how skills competitions can add value to your apprenticeship programme - the benefits, the ways to make this work for you, the employer and your apprentices and how to use apprenticeship funds to make it happen.


Insights from working with high needs funded learners through Supported Internships, Traineeships and other post 16 skills programmes

Chaired by Asi Panditharatna and Facilitated by Jason Hardman, Mencap

The Government has committed to an additional £1.3bn funding to high needs learners for 2018-20, along with the expansion of Supported Internships and implementation of Maynard Review recommendations for apprenticeships. This workshop will share operational insights and learning from Mencap and others in working with high needs learners and also engaging employers.


Mindset and mental toughness - its relevance and importance in the new world of apprenticeships

Facilitated by Toni Molyneux, AQR International

The most important factor employers look for in recruits is attitude, which ranks ahead even of literacy and numeracy according to the CBI Annual survey of employer 2015. Mental Toughness describes the mind-set or ‘attitude’ that every person adopts in everything they do.
Development of mental toughness and a positive mindset impacts on performance, wellbeing and behaviour and is therefore a key element to focus on in personal development.

This workshop will examine briefly:
  • What is mental toughness, mindset and resilience?
  • How can I assess mental toughness and what it means for employers and apprentices alike?
  • Why it is probably the most important aspect of people and organisation development today?
  • How can I develop mine and others mental toughness?
Each participant will be provided with the opportunity to complete the MTQ psychometric measure in full confidence and free of charge.


Selling to Uncle Sam: Export your apprenticeship expertise and services to the United States!

Facilitated by Tom Bewick, President of the Transatlantic Apprenticeship Exchange Forum (TAEF)

Did you know that America has committed to create an additional 5 million apprentices by 2022? A Presidential Task Force is currently looking at ways to make this ambitious target a reality. The US government is also committed to encourage the development of more intermediary Apprenticeship Service Providers, including putting financial incentives in place for more employers to take on apprentices.

AELP members 3aaa, Middleton Murray, Element Skills Training and OneFile have already successfully exported their apprenticeship expertise and services to the USA. With such a large and potentially high-growth marketplace can your organisation afford to miss out?

Tom Bewick, President of the Transatlantic Apprenticeship Exchange Forum (TAEF) will explain the scale of the opportunity and how your organisation can exploit some of the market access initiatives, including the re-selling and JV opportunities in the USA. 


Vocational Learning Technology – virtual support for the future of apprenticeship delivery

Facilitated by Andrew Wilson, GEN2 and Matt Alvarez, AELP

How can digital learning within the context of apprenticeship delivery in the workplace support and improve learning? AELP and GEN2’s collaborative project aims to build on the implementation of innovative learning technologies to enhance learning facilities within an industrial and non-industrial context. If you are interested in being involved at future phases then this one could be for you.


Working in partnership with HEIs to deliver higher level degree apprenticeships

Facilitated by Claire Buckland, Green Clementine
This workshop is designed to be an interactive experience, aimed at connecting all providers who wish to work with higher and degree apprenticeships to create opportunities of forming partnerships. The facilitated discussions will highlight partnership opportunities, sector gaps, developing specialisms, employer requirements, best practice, and ongoing challenges.


English & Maths Contextualisation

Facilitated by Katharine Davies, MEI and Susan Salter

AELP and MEI are collaborating on an active learning project to appreciate how contextualisation of English and maths into a learners substantive vocational programme can benefit their integrated and isolated English and maths learning. If you are interested in knowing more then join us to understand how you could get involved.


The new world of Ofsted – changing face of inspection

Facilitated by Sue Pittock, Remit, Kerry Boffey, ALIN and Frances Drew, Babington Group

  • How inspection has changed over the last year
  • Feedback from a recent pilot inspection 
  • The important of preparation prior to inspection
  • Short inspection versus a full inspection
  • How will you evidence Standards and Frameworks covering 20% off the job
  • Update on joint qualify forum with AELP and Ofsted – especially for those who would like support
  • Introducing the Fellowship of Inspection Nominees
  • Updates on AELP training and support for Nominees and inspection preparation


Acquisitions and Mergers, Market Entry and Exit

Facilitated by Dr Gareth Thomas, Skills & Employment Support Limited and Andrew Frame and Victoria Giles, Grant Thornton

Part 1. The Apprenticeships and Skills market is rapidly evolving. We are currently seeing a lot of interest in market entry, and also market exit. Understanding the ESFA approach to managing changes of ownership, as well as the challenges and risks associated with funded learning is critical to success. Skills and Employment Support will take you on a whistle stop tour of the processes, opportunities that might look too good to be true, and the pitfalls that might be lying in wait.

Part 2. Grant Thornton will then take you through a typical sales process in the apprenticeship and training sector. This will include the best practice approach (covering off financial and operational factors). You will then have the chance to see the latest market trends, including the impact of the Apprenticeship Levy, Changes to Apprenticeship Funding Rules and future outlook.


Promoting maths and English Skills through occupational routes

Facilitated by Rob Mottram, ALIN

Rob Mottram, from The Adult Learning Improvement Network (ALIN) will share the innovative, creative, practical and learner friendly resources that can be used to promote maths and English to employers and learners across a range of technical routes. Initially designed for Study programmers these resources have proved extremely positive for use with apprentices and employers. The series of resources have been developed against the technical routes linking functional skills, and GCSE English and Maths, the workshop will explore how these can be accessed and used.

ALIN are now working with the Education and Training Foundation for the 3rd year promoting Study Programme. 


Ofsted Success- In the new world of employer standards

Facilitated by Danny Taylor, Smart Apprentices

In 2018 providers will experience a surge in the number of apprentices enrolled onto the new employer standards. In the ‘good old days’ it was much easier to evidence progression as the qualification had a clear structure of units and criteria.

In today’s world of employer standards how to do you meet Ofsted criteria such as:
  • Designing bespoke employer courses
  • Tracking progression of knowledge, skills and behaviours
  • Linking ‘off the job’ teaching and work projects which employers are involved in shaping
  • Managing end-point assessment gateways
Facilitated by the innovative apprenticeship technology company Smart Apprentices, this informative and interactive workshop will help you get to grips with delivering outstanding apprenticeships in the new world of employer standards.


First 100 EPA’s lessons learnt

Facilitated by Owen Davis, BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT

At this year’s AELP spring conference, BCS will bring its digital apprenticeship expertise in its role as an End Point Assessment (EPA) organisation for the new digital IT apprenticeship Standards. As the first to deliver EPA for the new digital Standards in England, we will share our ‘first 100 EPA’s lessons learnt’ in a dedicated workshop.