Wednesday, 28 February 2018  |  Holiday Inn M6, Coventry


With 4 workshop sessions, covering up to 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'.


Please click on the workshop title for a full description

AM Workshop Topics

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

Facilitated by Simon Ashworth, AELP and 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.

Tech Ed/The Levels

Facilitated by David Sangster & Elisabeth Baines, ESFA

Overview to follow

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.

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.


Facilitated by CognAssist

Overview to follow


Facilitated by Ben Barton, Oceanova

Overview to follow

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.

The Skills Plan: What does the future hold?

Facilitated by NCFE

Overview to follow

T-Levels: update

Facilitated by Paul Warner, AELP

Overview to follow

Creating Management as a True Profession

Facilitated by Alison Cox, CMI

Overview to follow

Ofsted and inspection


Overview to follow



Overview to follow

PM Workshop Topics

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

Facilitated by Doug Strycharczyk, AQR

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?

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

Facilitated by Simon Ashworth, AELP

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.

Mergers & Acquisitions

Facilitated by Dr Gareth Thomas, Skills & Employment Support Limited and Representatives from Grant Thornton

Overview to follow

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. 

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

Overview to follow

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.

LLDD/SEND workshop


Overview to follow

Careers advice in schools


Overview to follow

Skills Competition


Overview to follow

Headline Sponsor's Workshop


Overview to follow