Thursday, 30 March 2017
Holiday Inn, Coventry M6



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'.

Workshop topics include:

Mental Health

Facilitated by Chris Kingsbury, Mental Health Support Service - Remploy
Mental health is the leading cause of sickness absence in the UK today. Over 91 million productive days are lost, costing UK businesses an estimated £26bn each year. Join Chris Kingsbury, Mental Health Partnership Lead from Remploy Ltd to learn more about the Access to Work Mental Health Support Service and discover how you can support your apprentices with mental ill health.
  • Discover the facts, statistics and common misconceptions relating to mental health
  • Define the purpose and aim of the mental health support service
  • Learn about the service structure, its benefits along with the potential support and interventions 
  • Identify the support, training and guidance designed to aid you in supporting your apprentices with mental ill health.

Addressing Neurodiversity and Accessing Learning Support Funding For Up to 20% of Your Learners

Facilitated by Chris Quickfall & Louise Karwowski, CognAssist
Are you confident that you can support learners on a program with Additional Learning Needs? Did you know you can draw down funding to support neurodiverse learners?
The session will inform you of the funding rules, and outline the requirements and evidence needed to draw down funding to support learners with Additional Learning Needs.
The workshop will also include an overview of neurodiversity and associated challenges in learning and thinking, along with examples of support strategies for 1:1 sessions with learners.


Facilitated by Selina Stewart, The Education and Training Foundation & Beej Kaczmarczyk, Learning Curve Group
In this workshop Selina Stewart will provide an introduction on the statutory duty as it applies to ILPs and British values followed by Beej Kaczmarczyk demonstrating how his ILP has implemented the duty and what he has observed whilst visiting other ILPs.

Shaping Devolution: what it means for providers and the market

Facilitated by James Farr, Think Trinity
For skills and employment providers, the impact of devolution is most clearly seen in Area Based Reviews, ESIF strategies, Skills Capital budgets, and, in some areas, local influence over DWP’s Work and Health Programme. Government remains committed to devolving Adult Education Budget. This workshop will highlight the risks and opportunities that devolution presents to skills and employment providers. After providing an overview and observations on devolution, the session will focus on potential future scenarios, assisting delegates to better understand how their organisation can respond to change now; and plan for change over the longer term.

James Farr is a consultant supporting LEPs, combined authorities and providers of skills, employment and enterprise services. Up to 2014 James spent five years working at New Economy, half of that time as Director, leading on labour market policy by Greater Manchester LEP and Combined Authority. This included City Deal, Growth Deal, ESIF strategy and Greater Manchester’s landmark devolution agreement.

Study Programmes - Driving Performance

Facilitated by Julie Stobart, Nova Training & Alan Benvie, The Skills Company
This interactive workshop will focus on discussing the expectations of leaders and managers to deliver dynamic, highly individualised Study Programmes and how creating a culture of ambition and vision within organisations is crucial for success. The workshop will allow participants to explore via practical sessions:
  • Accountability – What are the expectations of us? What are we measured against?
  • A culture of Performance Management - Data Sets, Systems and Reporting –– What to use and how to use it
  • Creating a vision and driving YOUR provision to realise outstanding results for learners

Blended Learning Essentials

Chaired by Mark Dawe, AELP and facilitated by Lynne Taylerson, ALT & Dawn Buzzard, ETF Associate, Freelance consultant and BLE Mentor
Have you ever participated in a MOOC? What about taking a specialist course for vocational trainers wanting to use blended learning and technology more widely? The 2 highly acclaimed Blended Learning Essentials MOOCs ‘Getting Started’ and ‘Embedding Practice’ have enabled thousands of vocational tutors in the UK and worldwide to discuss and collaborate in doing just that. Attend this workshop to find out from a course mentor about this learning experience. This workshop will outline the MOOC format and content, examine online resources and discussions as well as evaluating the impact of the courses so far. It will also look ahead to 2 more digital skills MOOCs designed by the same course team which will be launching later this year.

Sainsbury and TPE Reforms

Facilitated by Spencer Moore, PDR Business Solutions
This workshop will recap on the Sainsbury and TPE reforms, looking at the impact of not being named in the pathways – Case Study Sport & Physical Activity. It will also cover; what is the Sport & PA overall strategy and the potential impact of not being named as a pathway. Finally, we will look at what the Sport & PA activity sector is doing about it, and will wrap up with a discussion – issues and solutions.

Navigating End Point Assessment

Facilitated by Charlotte Freeman & Mike Boswell, NCFE and Simon Ashworth, Association of Employment and Learning Providers
A leading provider of quality apprenticeship solutions, NCFE can guide you through the changing apprenticeship standards and lead you through the gateway decision on apprenticeship assessment. Join us for a workshop that offers practical advice on how you can design and execute the best EPA model for your organisation.

Putting the ‘fun’ back into funding - what you might not know

Facilitated by Nick Linford, Lsect Limited
Are you a someone with an interest in funding policy? Do you need help separating the worthless wheat from the chaff? Would you like to find out if it’s possible to put the ‘fun’ into funding? If you answered yes to these three questions then get along to this workshop.

Nick Linford, author of several practical guides to FE funding, will explore the latest funding news and implications for EFA (Study Programme) and SFA (adult education budget, loans and apprenticeships). People will be talking about this afterwards for months – that’s a threat not a promise…

Apprenticeship 20% off-the-job Training

Facilitated by Laura Armit, Skills Funding Agency
The Workshop will look at the definition of 20% off-the job training for apprenticeships and what this can include and what it can’t. Facilitated by Laura Armit, Senior Manager - Apprenticeship Policy Implementation from the Skills Funding Agency, it will be concluded with a discussion and Q+A session.

Legal Aspects of Apprenticeship Reforms

Facilitated by Paul Voller, Penny Bygrave & Oliver Willis, Bircham Dyson Bell
Paul Voller, a partner in the AELP Support Group at solicitors Bircham Dyson Bell, will lead this workshop on opportunities and pitfalls in the levied and non-levied employer–ITP-SFA three way relationship. The session will include contributions from other solicitors in the Group, Penny Bygrave and Oliver Willis and an introduction to the AELP-BDB model contract documentation available to AELP members.

Higher and Degree Apprenticeships

Facilitated by Alison Cox, Chartered Management Institute & Nicola Turner, HEFCE
Join HEFCE and CMI to find out more about the emerging landscape of higher and degree apprenticeships. In particular the workshop will focus on:
  • The emerging employer demand for degree apprenticeships and future growth projections, based on two new mapping studies
  • A spotlight on the Leadership & Management apprenticeship progression pathway 
  • Highlighting opportunities for collaboration and engagement with HE Providers 

English and maths

Facilitated by Ruth Carter, OCR & Linda Randall, Heart of Worcestershire College
With the government committed to reforming English and maths Functional Skills to a high standard and to meet employers’ needs, this workshop considers the challenges and opportunities presented and the impact on teaching and delivery of the qualifications. This workshop is co-facilitated with Linda Randall from Heart of Worcester College.

Work and Health Programme

Facilitated by Roger Horne, ERSA & Alan Cave, APM UK
Whilst the Work and Health Programme is not technically a direct replacement of its predecessor Work Programme, it will become the primary welfare-to-work delivery mechanism in the UK over the next few years. Roger Horne from ERSA introduces a workshop to explain the programme - what it is setting out to achieve, how it is funded and who the main players are, whilst Alan Cave, CEO of APM-UK (and formerly Director Delivery at DWP) will offer an insight as to how strategically and operationally providers might approach their plans for delivery, and the part that skills provision may play.

Growing Traineeships

Facilitated by Chris Luty, BCTG
This workshop will look at some practical examples of how short focussed Traineeship programmes can lead to sustained progression into Apprenticeships and other positive outcomes. We will look at how employers’ requirements need to shape the programme, and how they define work readiness. We will look at how programmes can be better structured and packaged so to attract interest from young people. By using real life success stories, the session will underline the importance of a genuine collaborative approach between Traineeship & Apprenticeship providers alongside employers to successfully grow Traineeship numbers and outcomes.


Facilitated by Anna Sutton, Learning and Work Institute & Kevin Rajmun, London Professional College
Since the introduction of advanced learner loans, the number of adults learning at level 3 has fallen by at least one third, leaving many providers unable to benefit from their full loan allocation and impacting negatively on provider finances and opportunities for learners. In this session we will share our learning, advice and showcase good practice on the innovative use of advanced.

Schools Engagement

Facilitated by Helen Richardson, Workpays & Shona Lomas, YEUK
An update on what Workpays are doing in schools as part of the Apprenticeship Skills and Knowledge in Schools project that the National Apprenticeship Service is funding.

Careers Advice - Learner Engagement

Chaired by Mike Cox, Association of Employment and Learning Providers & Soney Bassan, National Careers Service and CXK
CXK will be running interactive workshops covering Careers Advice and the importance of building strong working relationships with learners & Employers. The basis of the sessions will consist of creative techniques to engage and recruit learners. The importance of maintaining a client centred approach to ensure maximum learner retention and completion of training. These sessions will be delivered by an experienced Careers Adviser who has over 7 years’ experience working on the frontline, delivering the National Career Service Contract.

Managing Change Under AEB Devolution

Facilitated by Stephen Moss, RedQuadrant & Rob Kleiser, Learning Curve Group
There is significant change facing the sector: AEB devolution; Apprenticeship reform; Area Reviews; 15 Routes to Technical education to name a few; general impacts of austerity on public funding; new commissioning approaches - outcomes and place based.
  • What does this mean for providers - strategically, operationally? What will you have to do differently? 
  • What leadership will you need to provide for your people and in the market you are operating in?
  • What can a strengths-based approach to change offer?
The aim of this workshop is to give some space to reflect on the impacts of change and what they can be doing to manage it. It will be practical and sharing rather than teaching based. Stephen Moss, RedQuadrant, is an organisation development consultant who helps organisations develop strategy and implement change. He is currently delivering a Commissioning Academy programme for the Skills Funding Agency in support of the devolution of AEB to Combined Authorities under the devolution deals.

How to avoid getting a Grade 4 Inspection

Chaired by Kerry Boffey and facilitated by Chris Jones HMI, Ofsted & Sue Pittock, Remit Training
A discussion workshop that will tackle a burning topic for everyone. The workshop will be chaired by Kerry Boffey and the discussion led by Sue Pittock Chief executive for Remit Training, AELP Board Member. Chris Jones HMI Specialist Adviser for Apprenticeships will take on the challenging questions presented on behalf of AELP members. This lively session will include some vital hints and tips for preparing your organisation for inspection, the role of the nominee and expectations – what can providers expect during inspection. With a few very useful do’s and don’ts to guide providers along the way.

Subcontracting and Associated Delivery Models for New Apprenticeship Starts from 1 May 2017

Facilitated by Samantha Rye, Skills Funding Agency
The government’s policy for apprenticeship funding in England from May 2017 will be referenced and how the policy has been adapted in response to feedback on the initial proposals. The Skills Funding Agency’s subcontracting funding rules in supporting this policy will be discussed, by the use of various subcontracting scenarios.

Apprenticeship Funding

Facilitated by Simon Ashworth, Association of Employment and Learning Providers
The 1st of May 2017 sees the formal start of the government’s new apprenticeship reforms. A key element of the new reforms includes a significant change to the way that apprenticeship funding will work, with a move away from being either “fully funded” or “co-funded” grant provision, to a negotiable model based on the introduction of new funding bands, or upper funding limits for both frameworks and standards. Alongside this is the advent of the mandatory apprenticeship levy for employers with a pay bill in excess of £3m and a new co-investment model for SMEs. This workshop will work through all the key principles about what you need to know about the changes to funding

Offender Learning

Facilitated by Dan Hayes, Carillion Justice Solutions & Cheryl Swales, Association of Employment and Learning Providers
Carillion work based rehabilitation programme. We know that there are men and women in prison who will benefit from structured work placements that provide them with opportunity to learn new skills, increase employability, build self- esteem and be better prepared for employment on release. This new programme will increase purposeful activity in each prison and will provide men and women with a credible ‘through the gate’ pathway to employment whilst also supporting the delivery of facilities management services. The workshop will include case studies and will provide attendees with opportunity to share best practice.


Facilitated by Professor Mehmet Karamanoglu, Middlesex University
Competition activity is proven to accelerate a young person’s apprenticeship or training programme. The success of our medal winners, who dominated the WorldSkills International Competition in Brazil 2015, is testament to this. But you don’t have to enter your learners into established competitions to access the benefits that this type of activity offers. Our competition methodology can be easily embedded into any apprenticeship and curriculum programme, raising standards at all levels.

Following a highly successful summer programme, we are launching ‘Accelerated Learning’ our first ever CPD for teachers and trainers. Attend a workshop to find out how you can use competition activity to motivate learners and enhance your teaching and assessment practice. WorldSkills UK Trainers will share their insights on how to support learners and apprentices to achieve using competitions’ as the focus.