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This timely conference will examine the next steps for degree apprenticeships in England, focusing on funding, quality assurance and widening participation.

 

As we expect discussion on changes to funding following the IfA’s Funding Band Review and support for employers looking to offer degree apprenticeship opportunities, we thought the seminar might be of interest. The seminar will also look at implications for small businesses of the Government’s recent announcement in the Budget that smaller firms taking on apprentices will halve their contribution from 10% to 5%.

 

There will be speaking contributions from Tony Ellender, Emerging Talent Development Manager, Balfour Beatty, Anthony Impey, Chair, Skills and Apprenticeships Policy Board, FSB, Jenny Taylor, UK Foundation Leader, UK Early Professional Programmes, IBM and Jonathan Mitchell, Deputy Director, Standards Development, Institute for Apprenticeships.

 

Take-up, funding and affordability

Delegates will discuss the future funding challenges for degree apprenticeships - including the impact of the apprenticeship levy on their expansion and the future of the OfS’s Degree Apprenticeship Development Fund, which is now in its second wave and due for review by the OfS in 2019.

 

It follows the IfA’s announcement of a six-fold increase in new apprenticeships in 2017/18 compared to the previous academic year, of which 66% were levy-supported starts.

 

They will also consider the likely impact on the affordability of degree apprenticeships of the Government’s review of post-18 education, with the interim report expected to be published prior to the seminar.

 

This comes as the IfA recently announced that it would be reviewing the funding bands of a further thirty standards, including two standards currently set at £27,000 - the maximum upper limit. The review, which will see changes to programme funding, has caused concerns from some in the sector that a number of programmes may not be able to continue if funding is cut.

 

Sessions on funding will also address the extension of the IfA mandatory qualifications policy to degree apprenticeships, and what it means for university access to funding and the expansion of university-led degree apprenticeships going forward.

 

Quality, comparability and complaints

The agenda looks at quality assurance, following concerns from the sector over which bodies, including the IfA, OfS and QAA, hold responsibility for ensuring quality of degree apprenticeships.

 

Delegates will discuss how universities and regulators can ensure comparability of degree apprenticeships with traditional forms of study.

 

They will also consider the challenges faced by employers, universities and other training providers in forming adequate complaints procedures in the early stages of degree apprenticeships programmes.

 

Widening participation

Further sessions discuss strategies for widening participation and improving awareness of degree apprenticeships in schools and colleges, which have been outlined as a key focus of the National Apprenticeship Service for the next two years.

 

It follows the publication of data on the profile of degree apprentices, showing that female and BAME students, and those from poorer backgrounds are underrepresented - and with the Education Select Committee recently calling, as part of their inquiry into Value for Money in higher education, for ‘all institutions to offer degree apprenticeships to boost productivity’ and widen participation.

 

The agenda

  • Conclusions from the Funding Band Review - what does it mean for degree apprenticeships;
  • Priorities for funding degree apprenticeships and facilitating continued expansion;
  • Developing clear accountability structures for providing quality assurance;
  • Quality in degree apprenticeships - designing standards, ensuring comparability with traditional study and creating effective complaints procedures;
  • ‘Productivity and social mobility - how degree apprenticeships are delivering policy intentions’; and
  • Improving visibility of degree apprenticeships - promoting awareness in schools and colleges, and the role of apprenticeships in widening participation.

 

The agenda has been structured following consultation with OfS and QAA officials.

 

Draft agenda subject to change

 

8.30 - 9.00

Registration and coffee

 

 

9.00 - 9.05

Chair’s opening remarks

Lord Watson of Invergowrie, Shadow Spokesperson for Education

 

 

9.05 - 9.30

Conclusions from the Funding Band Review - what does it mean for degree apprenticeships?

Jonathan Mitchell, Deputy Director, Standards Development, IfA

Questions and comments from the floor

 

 

9.30 - 10.25

Priorities for funding degree apprenticeships and facilitating continued expansion

Adrian Anderson, Chief Executive, University Vocational Awards Council

Tony Ellender, Emerging Talent Development Manager, Balfour Beatty

Anthony Impey, Chair, Skills and Apprenticeships Policy Board, FSB

Senior representatives, university

Questions and comments from the floor

 

10.25 - 10.30

Chair’s closing remarks

Lord Watson of Invergowrie, Shadow Spokesperson for Education

 

 

10.30 - 10.55

 

10.55 - 11.00

 

 

10.55 - 11.15

Coffee

 

Chair’s opening remarks

Senior Parliamentarian

 

Developing clear accountability structures for providing quality assurance

Dr Alison Felce, Standards and Frameworks Officer, QAA

Dr Scott Court, Head, Quality Team, OfS

 

 

11.15 - 12.05

Quality in degree apprenticeships - designing standards, ensuring comparability with traditional study and creating effective complaints procedures

Jenny Taylor,UK Foundation Leader, UK Early Professional Programmes, IBM

David Willett, Director, Business Development Unit, The Open University

Rob Wall, Head of Policy, CMI

Senior representative, EQA provider

Questions and comments from the floor with Dr Alison Felce, Standards and Frameworks Officer,

QAA and Dr Scott Court, Head, Quality Team, OfS

 

 

12.05 - 12.15

‘Productivity and social mobility - how degree apprenticeships are delivering policy intentions’

Dr Brooke Storer-Church, Senior Policy Advisor, Skills, Fair Access and Participation Directorate, OfS

 

 

12.15 - 12.55

Improving visibility of degree apprenticeships - promoting awareness in schools and colleges, and the role of apprenticeships in widening participation

Jane Mackay, PhD Candidate, Institute for Policy Research, University of Bath

Ben Jordan, Senior Policy and Qualifications Manager, UCAS

Senior representative, college

Questions and comments from the floor with Dr Brooke Storer-Church, Senior Policy Advisor, Skills, Fair Access and Participation Directorate, OfS

 

 

12.55 - 13.00

Chair’s and Westminster Higher Education Forum closing remarks

Senior Parliamentarian

Sean Cudmore, Deputy Editor, Westminster Higher Education Forum

 

The seminar is organised on the basis of strict impartiality by the Westminster Higher Education Forum. Follow us @WHEFEvents for live updates.

 

Speakers

 

We are delighted to be able to include in this seminar keynote addresses from: Jonathan Mitchell, Deputy Director, Standards Development, IfA; Dr Scott Court, Head, Quality Team, OfS; Dr Alison Felce, Standards and Frameworks Officer, QAA and Dr Brooke Storer-Church, Senior Policy Advisor, Skills, Fair Access and Participation Directorate, OfS.

 

Further confirmed speakers include: Adrian Anderson, Chief Executive, University Vocational Awards Council; Tony Ellender, Emerging Talent Development Manager, Balfour Beatty; Anthony Impey, Chair, Skills and Apprenticeships Policy Board, FSB; Jane Mackay, PhD Candidate, Institute for Policy Research, University of Bath; Jenny Taylor, UK Foundation Leader, UK Early Professional Programmes, IBM; Rob Wall, Head of Policy, CMI; Ben Jordan, Senior Policy and Qualifications Manager, UCAS and David Willett, Director, Business Development Unit, The Open University.

 

Lord Watson of Invergowrie, Shadow Spokesperson for Education has kindly agreed to chair part of this seminar.

 

Additional senior participants are being approached.

 

Networking

 

This seminar will present an opportunity to engage with key policymakers and other interested parties, and is CPD certified (more details). Places have been reserved by officials from BEIS; Cabinet Office; DCMS; Department of Education (NI); DfE; DfT; DHSC; DWP; HMPPS; MoD; ONS and the UK Space Agency. Also due to attend are representatives from Anglia Ruskin University; BHASVIC; Career Development Institute; Clearwater International; Compass Group UK & Ireland; Coventry University; Early Childhood Studies Degrees Network; ECITB; Emsi UK; Imperial College London; James Cowper Kreston; Kedleston Road; Kent Fire and Rescue Service; Manufacturing Technology Centre; More House School; NCG; NHS Blood and Transplant; Northumbria University; SAGE Publications; Solent University; Staffordshire University; TWI; Unite the Union; University of East London; University of the West of England; University of Warwick and UWTSD.

 

Press passes have been reserved by representatives from Globespan Media.

 

Overall, we expect speakers and attendees to be a senior and informed group numbering around 100, including Members of both Houses of Parliament and officials from BEIS, DfE and other Government departments and agencies, university and college leaders; academics and other higher education professionals; representatives from students’ unions; businesses and their advisors; interest groups and the voluntary sector; along with commentators and reporters from the national and trade media.

 

Output and About Us

 

A key output of the seminar will be a transcript of the proceedings, sent out around 12 working days after the event to all attendees and a wider group of Ministers and officials at DfE and other government departments; officials and other agencies affected by the issues; and Parliamentarians with a special interest in these areas. It will also be made available more widely. This document will include transcripts of all speeches and questions and answers sessions from the day, along with access to PowerPoint presentations, speakers’ biographies, an attendee list, an agenda, sponsor information, as well as any subsequent press coverage of the day and any articles or comment pieces submitted by delegates. It is made available subject to strict restrictions on public use, similar to those for Select Committee Uncorrected Evidence, and is intended to provide timely information for interested parties who are unable to attend on the day.

 

All delegates will receive complimentary PDF copies and are invited to contribute to the content.

 

The Westminster Higher Education Forum is strictly impartial and cross-party, and draws on the considerable support it receives from within Parliament and Government, and amongst the wider stakeholder community. The Forum has no policy agenda of its own. Forum events are frequently the platform for major policy statements from senior Ministers, regulators and other officials, opposition speakers and senior opinion-formers in industry and interest groups. Events regularly receive prominent coverage in the national and trade media.

 

Booking arrangements

 

To book places, please use our online booking form.

 

Once submitted, this will be taken as a confirmed booking and will be subject to our terms and conditions below.

 

Please pay in advance by credit card on 01344 864796. If advance credit card payment is not possible, please let me know and we may be able to make other arrangements.

 

Options and charges are as follows:

  • Places at Next steps for degree apprenticeships in England - funding, quality assurance and widening participation (including refreshments and PDF copy of the transcripts) are £230 plus VAT;
  • Concessionary rate places for small charities, unfunded individuals and those in similar circumstances are £85 plus VAT. Please be sure to apply for this at the time of booking.

 

For those who cannot attend:

  • Copies of the briefing document, including full transcripts of all speeches and the questions and comments sessions and further articles from interested parties, will be available approximately 12 days after the event for £95 plus VAT;
  • Concessionary rate: £50 plus VAT.

 

If you find the charge for places a barrier to attending, please let me know as concessionary and complimentary places are made available in certain circumstances (but do be advised that this typically applies to individual service users or carers or the like who are not supported by or part of an organisation, full-time students, people between jobs or who are fully retired with no paid work, and representatives of small charities - not businesses, individuals funded by an organisation, or larger charities/not-for-profit companies). Please note terms and conditions below (including cancellation charges).

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