The Role of Apprenticeships in Early Talent Strategy
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The Role of Apprenticeships in Early Talent Strategy

When: Monday 4 February 2019
Where: Pinsent Masons
30 Crown Place
Earl Street
London EC2A 4ES
United Kingdom
Contact: Anna Szyperska
020 7033 2462

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ISE Future Focus conference:

The role of apprenticeships in early talent strategy

Learning from others to drive and deliver best practice


This event took place on 4 February 2019 and covered the following areas:


Programme outline

Introduction and overview of the apprentice landscape

Session 1 – Building and delivering on the strategic business case for apprentices >

Two case studies followed by panel discussion

Case Study 1:  Mace - Engaging with apprentices at a small scale

Case Study 2: Virgin Media - Engaging with apprentices in larger numbers

  • Examples of what leads companies to think about apprenticeships
  • How apprenticeships can solve talent and skills challenges
  • The ROI impacts of apprenticeships for small and large employers
  • Key learnings and risks to manage when building apprenticeships in your business

Presentation slides available to ISE members only.


Session 2 – Working with apprenticeship training providers >

Employer panel discussing the selection and management of apprenticeship training providers.

  • Basics – where do you find the list of approved training providers?
  • Quality and understanding who has been approved by Ofsted and what the ratings mean
  • Understanding if training providers are set up for delivery of approved qualifications
  • Do any training providers sub-contract and how that might impact delivery and quality?
  • Payments and how that part works
  • Management information and reporting

Presentation slides available to ISE members only.


Session 3 – Engaging with students / parents >

Engagement and the key decision-making points from Year 10 to Year 13: getting into the shoes of young people, navigating their options and parent engagement.

  • Understand the differences between graduate and apprentice attraction
  • Be familiar the typical student journey and key decision points
  • Know how to effectively connect, engage, inspire and students

Presentation slides available to ISE members only.


Session 4 – Engaging with schools / colleges >

Panel session followed by Q&A

  • Understand the needs of schools, the challenges and pressures they face
  • Understanding Gatsby and how schools are responding
  • What do young people and their parents need from careers advice (in terms of employer engagement, content, insight information, timing)
  • How employers work with schools to build long lasting relationships and ensure outreach is relevant to age group despite limited resource and huge number of schools to target

Presentation slides available to ISE members only.


Session 5 – Recruitment: eligibility and the recruitment process >

Essential considerations for employers and providers when recruiting apprentices, and includes some illustrative case study examples of best practice

  • Fundamentals of the Education and Skills Funding Agency’s expectations on eligibility and meeting the minimum requirements
  • Employer motivations when choosing the apprenticeship route
  • The journey to travel and  examples of Ofsted’s approach in recent monitoring of  providers
  • The practicalities of recruiting apprentices
  • Understanding the key differentiators when recruiting  school leaver apprentices  compared to graduates
  • How to support applicants though the recruitment process
  • Options for  standardising and delivering  cost effective recruitment

Presentation slides available to ISE members only.


Session 6 – Benchmarking data and influencing policy stakeholders >

Data and insights presentation, live polling and panel session

  • ISE apprenticeships data and insights
  • ‘Tell us what you what’: live polling with the audience around key topics and areas of interest
  • ISE Board members with apprenticeships focus share reflections     

Presentation slides available to ISE members only.


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