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Apprentice Conference 2020: call for content
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Delivering Apprenticeships Conference 2020

Building on from the highly successful 2019 Apprenticeship Conference, we have a date scheduled for 2020: 4 February. It is kindly being hosted once again by Pinsent Masons in their city of London offices.

A must attend conference for those who are launching or growing their apprentice programme. 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.

The conference will have around six sessions all theatre style in the main auditorium:

Session 1 - How apprenticeships can deliver on future skills and drive high levels of strategic value in the business

  • How to deliver real strategic value through apprenticeships
  • Aligning your apprenticeships strategy to the whole business’s people strategy and future skills
  • How to truly embed apprenticeships into the strategy of your organisation

Session 2 - School & College engagement: how can we do it well together

  • Who to liaise with in schools and colleges?
  • When to make contact, what periods to avoid?
  • How to evaluate which schools and colleges to make contact with?
  • How to engage with the students – what works? 
  • What considerations are there when working with those under 18 years old? 
  • How to keep the conversation going after the first interaction?
  • Effective targeting of schools and colleges to drive greater diversity of talent in your hires

Session 3 - What’s the future for the levy, impact of funding gaps, and the levy transfer 
Mark Dawe, Chief Executive, AELP 

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

Session 4 - Managing expectations and how to set the business up for success for the years ahead

  • Successfully landing and embedding your new apprenticeships into the business
  • Engaging and supporting line managers so they are set up for success
  • Apprenticeship are often a part of the business case to address diversity – we will share ways to prepare the business for your diverse talent
  • What are the differences between graduate and apprentice expectations?
  • Why and when to choose the apprentice route over the graduate route?

Session 5 - 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 at Gen.HealthyMinds 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 its having?
  • How do employers need to respond?  MBDA case study: Programme overview, impact and benefits


Session 6 - New government, new recruitment season: what is the future for apprenticeship
Tristram Hooley, Chief Research Officer, ISE


If you would like to put forward a speaker proposal for one of the above sessions, please complete the form below. The deadline for submissions is Monday 16 December.

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