ISE Delivering Apprenticeships Conference 2020
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ISE Delivering Apprenticeships Conference 2020

When: 4 February 2020
09:30 - 16:30
Where: Pinsent Masons
30 Crown Place
Earl Street
London, Greater London  EC2A 4ES
United Kingdom
Contact: Vivienne Wootten
020 7033 2460

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ISE Delivering Apprenticeships Conference 2020



Taking place in National Apprenticeships Week, which has the theme of 'Look Beyond', the ISE Delivering Apprenticeships Conference, will explore the current landscape, look at key considerations for employers running apprenticeship programmes as well as exploring future opportunities. A must attend conference for those who are launching or growing their apprentice programme. 

The Programme has been designed by a steering group of ISE members actively engaged in the recruitment and development of apprentices. This includes a number of leading employers such as British Airways, Co-op, Deloitte, Pinsent Masons, Pret A Manger and Virgin Media who have worked to ensure the relevance and value of the content which will be delivered.  

Hear from those who have a breadth of experience in this space, who are driving innovation, and constantly seeking to raise the bar with apprenticeships. Plus there will be lots of time to network with peers. It is kindly being hosted once again by Pinsent Masons in their City of London offices.


Conference Programme

09:00 - 09:30 Registration

09:30 - 09:40 Welcome from ISE

09:40 – 10:15 What’s the future for the levy, impact of funding gaps, and the levy transfer

Mark Dawe, Chief Executive, AELP 

The levy is running out due to the success of apprenticeships in all sectors at all levels from entry at level 2 to degree apprenticeships and beyond.  What options are there for a sustainable funding solution to enable this success to be built upon?

With a new government and new manifesto, along with the performance of the levy and apprenticeship delivery to date, Mark will look at:

  • The future for the levy
  • The impact of funding gaps
  • The levy transfer

10:15 – 11:00 How apprenticeships can deliver on future skills and drive high levels of strategic value in the business

Emma O’Dell, Director of Client Capability and David Palmer, Market Intelligence Partner, BPP Professional Education


(Presentation slides available to ISE members only)


This session will explore how to deliver strategic value through apprenticeships, by considering the future skills requirements of your organisation and crafting an apprenticeship strategy to match. The presenters will use employer case studies to examine how some organisations have brought their apprenticeship strategy in line with the business's overall people strategy, thereby embedding apprenticeships into the entire organisation and preparing their workforces for the future.

The session will also highlight the way data, analytics, and technology are changing the nature of work broadly and specifically within financial services, professional services, and the legal sector and how skills in the future are likely to shift, based on the latest research and commentary from industry leaders. 

11:00 - 11:30 Refreshments and networking


11:30 - 12:15 Supporting the mental health and well-being of apprentices: what are the key considerations / how is it different to the care that graduates need

Mike Thompson, Managing Partner, Gen.HealthyMinds Ltd and Andrew Marchant, HR Manager - Graduate & Apprenticeship Programmes, MBDA UK Ltd

Challenges facing employers around wellbeing incl. summary of research findings from research commissioned by Mike and OU showing a growing trend in mental health issues

  • What is driving decline in wellbeing and impact it is having?
  • How do employers need to respond?  MBDA case study: Programme overview, impact and benefits

(Presentation slides available to ISE members only)


12:15 - 13:00 Lunch and networking

13:00 – 14:00 Building your Apprenticeship Talent Pipeline to support organisational success

Discussion: Karen Handley, Global Head of Future Careers, Virgin Media and Daksha Stancilas, Learning and Development Manager (Apprenticeships) Pret a Manger with Amanda Mobbs-McQuilkin, Director of Consulting Solutions, Amberjack (chairing the discussion) 

This informative session will cover the following:

  • Linking to the future skills session, the employer perspective on the why and when to choose the apprentice route over the graduate route
  • Sharing experiences of managing diverse talent
  • Employer examples on how to successfully embed apprenticeships into your business and the results it drives
  • Discussing the importance of engaging managers and key stakeholders throughout the candidate and apprentice journey
  • An opportunity to ask questions to the panel to provide you with additional insight to take back in the workplace


14:00 - 14:45 School & College engagement: how can we do it well together

Steph Warren, Head of Schools, MyKindaFuture plus employer panel

We are facing a demographic timebomb of eighteen-year olds – the numbers won’t reach 2009 levels until 2024 - this is rightly a concern for employers. So now, more than ever, employers need a strategic and value driven approach to engage with early talent. This session will bring together a multifaceted group representing views from schools ‘on the ground’ plus an employer, teacher, student and as well as a representative from the Association of Colleges providing a strategic oversight of both the college landscape and the education space as a whole.

In addition, there will be case studies from various employers across sectors to share proven strategies in building long term engagement with schools and colleges. Attendees will get real insights supported by research and key actions that they can implement in their business.


(Presentation slides available to ISE members only)


14:45 - 15:00 Refreshments and networking

15:00 - 15:45 New government, new recruitment season: what is the future for apprenticeships?

Tristram Hooley, Chief Research Officer, ISE

2020 is the dawn of a new era. We have a brand new government, with a popular mandate and are about to start our country’s new life outside of Europe. Or… we have the same government and look forward to a few more years of Brexit negotiations. Take your pick! So, what will all of this mean for student recruitment and apprenticeships? In this presentation Tristram Hooley, Chief Research Officer of the ISE, reviews the government’s recent policy pronouncements, examines the data and tries to read the runes about what the future might hold.


(Presentation slides available to ISE members only)



15:45 - 16:30 Question Time panel

The conference will conclude with a Question Time-style session with a panel made of the conference speakers and other ISE Apprenticeships Steering Group members. The audience will be invited to ask questions and share their experiences, issues and concerns.

16:30 Conference finishes



"It’s important that we work together, not as competitors, but as an industry of employers creating meaningful opportunities for young people and the ISE apprentice conference in 2019 was a great opportunity to really kick start the conversations across a range of different companies, sectors and industries. The multiformat approach gave a platform which some great content was shared including case studies and tangible guidance across some of the biggest topics in the apprentice market at the time. It’s sometimes quite daunting going to a conference if your new to the industry or difficult to make the time if you’re heading up a recruitment team but I feel that this conference has something to offer everyone at any stage of engaging with apprentices." Danny Matthews, Apprenticeship & Community Resourcing Lead, Resourcing Services, Co-op


"What made this event so impactful and valuable was hearing directly from employers, and them sharing so openly their experiences of building and growing apprenticeship programmes.” Simon Reichwald, Strategic Lead for Emerging Talent, MyKindaFuture


"The 2019 ISE Apprenticeship Excellence Conference was a great opportunity to hear from peers across multiple sectors, grappling with similar challenges in a complex, regulated landscape. The ISE network of colleagues is absolutely in the thick of apprenticeship strategy and implementation. Whether you are new to this area of early talent or looking to evolve your strategy, there’s no better place to learn and share experience with others in the frontline of apprenticeship programme design and delivery. What I would like to find out more about from the 2020 conference is how other organisations have evolved Level 3 and 4 programmes to transition successful apprentices to higher level apprenticeships. What’s the learning and how the candidates are doing now they are more embedded in the business?" Deborah McCormack, Head of Early Talent, Pinsent Masons LLP





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