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Agenda

A sample of the 2020 agenda, to give you a taste of what to expect when we return in October 2021

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
9:25 am
Online Login and Registration
Throughout the morning you will be able to make use of:
  • Match making networking and live delegate meet ups
  • Replay functions so you never miss a session
  • Live chat, questioning and polling tools
  • Real time resources and presentations
  • A next generation conference engagement platform
9:50 am
Your Tour of the Online Conference Platform
Before proceedings get underway, this short explainer session will explore how you can get the most out of our new next generation summit platform.

Our team will run through how to make virtual connections, creating networking meet ups, accessing content on demand and how to use our new Q&A, chat functions and virtual polling tools over the next three days.

10:00 am
Morning Keynote Address - Improving the Further Education Funding Landscape
  • Understanding how ESFA is utilising £58.57 billion to champion policy development in skills, qualification, technical and vocational education and ensuring greater collaboration, clarity across the sector  
  • Discussing the impact of Covid-19 and the ESFA’s support packages sustaining critical lifelines for learners and providers  
  • Overview of the 2020/21 apprenticeship funding rules and the impact on the employer base  
Kirsty Evans
Kirsty Evans
Director of Further Education
Education and Skills Funding Agency
Confirmed
10:20 am
Interactive Questions and Ideas Sharing Session
Use our Conference platform to pose your live questions to speakers and share your challenges and solutions with fellow delegates via our chat function
Kirsty Evans
Kirsty Evans
Director of Further Education
Education and Skills Funding Agency
Confirmed
10:30 am
Pathways into employment in a COVID world
  • Identifying all the interlinked pathways will need to get people into employment in digital world which is being accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Discussing the interventions we need to put these in place and the policy flexibility that will need to support these.
NOCN Group
NOCN Group
Confirmed
11:10 am
Break, Virtual, Networking and Live Delegate Meet Ups
Your opportunity to make the most of the virtual summit, meet up with fellow delegates, make connections, tour our real-time resources and content and take part on discussions via the tailored channels.
11:30 am
Panel Discussion Session - Digital Inclusion: Strategy for Growth
  • Addressing the underlying barriers to digital skills training and embedding digital skills across training and learning provision  
  • Increasing digital adoption and creating a strong digital talent pipeline to support economic recovery  
  • Developing a collaborative and cohesive digital strategy across government, voluntary and private sector  
Rachid Hourizi
Rachid Hourizi
Director
Institute of Coding (confirmed)
Confirmed
NOCN Group
NOCN Group
Confirmed
Nimmi Patel
Nimmi Patel
Policy Manager: Skills, Talent and Diversity
techUK
Confirmed
12:10 pm
Close of Day One
9:25 am
Online Login and Registration
Throughout the morning you will be able to make use of:
  • Match making networking and live delegate meet ups
  • Replay functions so you never miss a session
  • Live chat, questioning and polling tools
  • Real time resources and presentations
  • A next generation conference engagement platform
9:50 am
Your Tour of the Online Conference Platform
Before proceedings get underway, this short explainer session will explore how you can get the most out of our new next generation summit platform.

Our team will run through how to make virtual connections, creating networking meet ups, accessing content on demand and how to use our new Q&A, chat functions and virtual polling tools over the next three days.

10:00 am
Morning Keynote Address - Raising Quality, Standards and Aspiration in Technical and Vocational Education
  • Reviewing the challenges of the pandemic and IfATE’s response to ensure continuity and mitigate the risks associated for apprentices, providers, and EPA organisations  
  • Improving apprenticeship recruitment through better representation across government, employers and the mainstream media  
  • Reflecting on the launch of the first technical qualifications for T-levels and how Covid-19 has impacted provider readiness 
Jennifer Coupland
Jennifer Coupland
Chief Executive
Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education
Confirmed
10:20 am
With Great Adversity comes Great Opportunity: Updates, Lessons and Best Practice for the Skills Sector
David Hughes
David Hughes
Chief Executive Officer
Association of Colleges (confirmed)
Confirmed
10:50 am
Boosting SME start’s
  • Evaluating the prospect of Apprenticeship reform following the Covid-19 crisis and potential changes to the delivery of 20% off the job training requirement, training and assessment provision.  
  • Developing a robust, affordable and sustainable apprenticeship funding model for small businesses, enabling them to effectively recruit and retain a skilled work force 
Anthony Impey
Anthony Impey
Chair, Skills and Apprenticeships Policy Unit
Federation of Small Businesses (confirmed)
Confirmed
11:10 am
Interactive Questions and Ideas Sharing Session
Use our Conference platform to pose your live questions to speakers and share your challenges and solutions with fellow delegates via our chat function
11:40 am
Close of Day