Overview

14 Dec, 20218:45 am-3:10 pm

The Higher and Degree Apprenticeships Conference 2021 will explore the next steps for the design and delivery of apprenticeship programmes following the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education’s (IfATE) consultation into Degree Apprenticeship reform. The Conference will examine how the changes can be implemented across the sector, the next steps for enhancing employability outcomes and how higher apprenticeships can be embedded into recovery following the Covid-19 pandemic.

What to Expect

  • An update from the IfATE on what follows the consultation into Degree Apprenticeships
  • 3 interactive workshops on how institutions and employers can deliver the reforms
  • Roundtable discussions exploring social mobility and employability outcomes
  • Analysis of what higher and degree apprenticeship programmes look like after the Covid-19 pandemic

In Addition to the In Person Event: An Additional Interactive Platform and On Demand Sessions

Your delegate ticket also gives you access to our Conference online platform. Here you will be able to connect with attendees, set up virtual meetings before and after the Conference, engage in discussion boards and access exclusive on demand sessions.

Key Speakers

Kate Page photo
Kate Page
Access and Participation Manager
Office for Students (OfS)
Karen Riley photo
Karen Riley
Deputy Director - Apprenticeships Quality Division
Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA)
Senior Representative photo
Senior Representative
Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education
Angela Dean photo
Angela Dean
Head of Apprenticeships
University of Derby
Sammy Shummo photo
Sammy Shummo
Group Director of Apprenticeships
London South Bank University

Other Speakers

Laurie Weatherall photo
Laurie Weatherall
Higher or Degree Apprentice of the Year, National Apprenticeship Awards 2020
Degree Apprentice, GlaxoSmithKline
Maighread Hegarty photo
Maighread Hegarty
Associate Dean of Apprenticeships
Staffordshire University
Sarah Jane Harwood photo
Sarah Jane Harwood
Senior Recruitment & Development Specialist – Apprenticeships
WSP
Jenny Calvert photo
Jenny Calvert
Apprentice Programme Lead
Rolls Royce

Agenda

  • Live Event
  • On Demand
8:45 am
Registration, Refreshments and Networking
9:30 am
Chair's Welcome Address
Raj Kakaiya
Raj Kakaiya
Head of Degree Apprenticeships
Brunel University London
Invited
9:40 am
Back in the Room Icebreakers

With our live Conference back, we will be kicking off the Higher and Degree Apprenticeships Conference with interactive icebreakers.

This session will allow you to get to know colleagues from across the sector and explore your key learning objectives for the day.

Expect lots of interaction and an opportunity to restart your face-to-face networking experience!

9:55 am
The IfATE Consultation: A New Approach to the Development and Approval of Degree Apprenticeships
  • Assessing the key outcomes emerging from the IfATE consultation into the development, approval and delivery of degree apprenticeships
  • Examining how level 6 and level 7 apprenticeships can be adapted to meet the needs of employers and reflect the role of graduate status in the labour market
  • Exploring what the development and approval process will look like for the creation and revision of degree apprenticeships
  • Evaluating the practical considerations of the new changes including the integration of end point assessments and on the job training into degree apprenticeship programmes
Senior Representative
Senior Representative
Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education
Confirmed
10:15 am
Interactive Q&A: What do the Changes Mean for Your Apprenticeship Programme?

In this interactive session you will be able to explore what the changes to Degree Apprenticeship Programmes mean for your institution, as well as being able to ask the IfATE your questions on the reforms.

You will be able to explore:

  • How can degree apprenticeships be developed into a distinct offering from a traditional degree?
  • How can level 6 and level 7 apprenticeships better support entry into graduate-level roles?
  • What will the new assessment integration model look like for degree apprenticeships?
10:30 am
Speed Networking and Refreshments

Your opportunity to make connections with employers and institutions from across the sector.

This speed networking session will allow you to form new contacts and hear about best practice from across the sector.

Stand down your business cards! Our networking session is entirely contactless, with you being able to form connections via our Conference app.

10:50 am
OfS Update: Monitoring Quality and Ensuring High Quality Student Employability Outcomes

This regulatory update will examine how the OfS measure student outcomes on skills and employability and how the OfS is monitoring providers on their apprenticeship provision.

The session will examine:

  • How degree apprenticeships are assessed as part of the OfS Quality and Standards Conditions of Registration
  • The key data and metrics the OfS uses in assessing the quality of apprenticeship provision
  • How degree apprenticeships can support disadvantaged groups, broaden student choice and improve widening participation outcomes
Kate Page
Kate Page
Access and Participation Manager
Office for Students (OfS)
Confirmed
11:10 am
Workshop Series: Embedding the Reforms: Examining the Practical Delivery of the Degree Apprenticeship Reforms

In this workshop series you will be given an opportunity to engage in an interactive session examining practical considerations for acting on the Degree Apprenticeship Reforms.

These expert-led sessions will allow you to consider best practice, changes required for your programme and your action plan for acting on the reforms.

You will be able to choose from one of three sessions. In each session you will have the opportunity pose your questions and consider practical solutions.

Workshop A: Assessment Integration: Linking the EPA with Final Degree Assessments
Becky Quew-Jones
Becky Quew-Jones
Programme Director - Degree Apprenticeships
University of Portsmouth
Invited
Workshop B: Integrating on the Job and Off the Job Training in Higher and Degree Apprenticeships
Angela Dean
Angela Dean
Head of Apprenticeships
University of Derby
Confirmed
Jenny Calvert
Jenny Calvert
Apprentice Programme Lead
Rolls Royce
Confirmed
Workshop C: Alignment of Outcomes: Matching Degree Learning Outcomes with KSBs
Sammy Shummo
Sammy Shummo
Group Director of Apprenticeships
London South Bank University
Confirmed
Sarah Jane Harwood
Sarah Jane Harwood
Senior Recruitment & Development Specialist – Apprenticeships
WSP
Confirmed
12:10 pm
Networking Lunch
12:50 pm
ESFA Update: Funding Rules, the Apprenticeship Levy and Financing Higher and Degree Apprenticeships
  • What you need to know about Apprenticeships Funding Rules in 2021/2022
  • The ongoing enhancement of the funding band process
  • The Apprenticeship Levy and how it translates into Higher and Degree Apprenticeship Uptake
  • The Apprenticeships Spending Review settlement and what to expect in 2022 and beyond
Karen Riley
Karen Riley
Deputy Director - Apprenticeships Quality Division
Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA)
Confirmed
1:20 pm
Roundtable Series: Meeting the Needs of Apprentices and Employers – Solutions on Future Growth

In this roundtable series you will be able to engage in dialogue over the future growth for higher and degree apprenticeships and how they can drive solutions on social mobility and skills needs for employers.

You will be able to participate in one roundtable discussion, be prepared to share your ideas and engage in discussion.

Roundtable A: Placing Higher and Degree Apprenticeships at the Heart of the Social Mobility Agenda
Mandy Crawford-Lee
Mandy Crawford-Lee
Director of Policy and Operations
University Vocational Awards Council (UVAC)
Confirmed
Roundtable B: Enhancing the Value of Degree Apprenticeships in the Employment Market
Janet Rowson
Janet Rowson
Head of Degree Apprenticeships
University of West London
Confirmed
2:00 pm
Networking Break and Refreshments
2:20 pm
Closing Panel: The Covid Reset: How Can Higher and Degree Apprenticeships be Embedded within the Recovery Agenda?
  • How can higher and degree apprenticeships offer a solution to the UK’s productivity challenges and needs for a broader skill base?
  • What do apprenticeship programmes look like in the wake of the Covid crisis and how have the needs of employers evolved?
  • How can economic recovery be supported by continued growth of higher apprenticeships and technical education?
Maighread Hegarty
Maighread Hegarty
Associate Dean of Apprenticeships
Staffordshire University
Confirmed
Katie Pinder
Katie Pinder
Emerging Talent Lead
Mace
Invited
Gilmar Queiro
Gilmar Queiro
Head of Skills and Apprenticeships
University of Hertfordshire
Invited
Qasim Iqbal
Qasim Iqbal
Early Careers Lead
HSBC
Invited
3:00 pm
The Conference Debrief

In our concluding “debrief” session, you will have the opportunity to assess what you learned from the Conference, how your institution can prepare for the IfATE reforms and what the future of higher and degree apprenticeship provision looks like.

3:10 pm
Conference Close

*Programme subject to change

Your delegate ticket also gives you access to our Conference online platform. Here you will be able to connect with attendees, set up virtual meetings before and after the Conference, engage in discussion boards and access exclusive content.

The following sessions will be available ‘on demand’ for you to view a week in advance of the Conference and for a month after.

The Voice of the Apprentice Amid Covid: A Transformed Learning Experience
Laurie Weatherall
Laurie Weatherall
Higher or Degree Apprentice of the Year, National Apprenticeship Awards 2020
Degree Apprentice, GlaxoSmithKline
Confirmed
Virtual Delivery Models: Building New Approaches to Higher Apprenticeship Programmes
Tasmin Raynor
Tasmin Raynor
Head of Apprenticeships
De Montfort University
Invited
Dylan Hannigan
Dylan Hannigan
Education Programme Manager
KFC UK and Ireland
Invited
Evaluating the Quality of Your Higher Apprenticeship Programmes and Improving Outcomes
Sarah Parton
Sarah Parton
Degree Apprenticeship Manager
Loughborough University
Invited

Audience

This Conference is designed for the higher and further education sectors, apprenticeship providers and employers. Those in attendance will include:

  • Heads of Apprenticeships
  • Directors of Apprenticeships
  • Degree Apprenticeship Managers
  • Apprenticeship Development Managers
  • Academic Registrars
  • Apprenticeship Compliance Leads
  • Associate Deans
  • Principal Lecturers
  • Business Development Managers
  • Principals

Pricing

For group discounts and enquiries about your registration please contact us on 020 3770 6580 or [email protected]

Venue

London