Apprenticeships Driving Business
04 Feb 2010
Making the most of Apprenticeships. National conference held at The Bloomsbury Hotel, Great Russell Street, London

This conference, which took place during Apprenticeship Week, set out strategies for FE providers and businesses to align their offers with skills frameworks and benefit from Group Training Associations, Apprentice Training Associations and the ‘Good for Business’ initiatives.

Programme
10:00
Michael Burton, Editor, The MJ
Welcome and introduction from Conference Chair

10:10
Kevin Brennan MP, Minister of State for Further Education, Skills and Apprenticeships
Keynote address

10:25
Simon Waugh, Chief Executive, National Apprenticeship Service
Our long term stategies for building Apprenticeship opportunities

10:40
Raj Patel, Research Director, LSN
Facilitating widespread apprentice engagement through emerging technology

10:55
John Freeman, REACT
The local authority role in commissioning and delivering apprenticeships

11:10
Questions and discussion: Session 1
11:20
Refreshments, networking and exhibition
11:50
Rod Kenyon OBE, Director, Apprenticeship Ambassadors Network
The benefits to local and national enterprise

12:10
George Kessler CBE, Joint Deputy Chairman, Kessler’s International (Best Employer of Apprentices in Greater London 2009)
Case study: Quantified benefits of apprenticeships in UK business

12:20
Dr. Mark Brenner, Chief Executive Officer, BEST
The third route to Higher Education

12:40
Russell Marlow, Painter and decorator
Employer accounts: Hiring apprentices

12:50
Questions and discussion: Session 2
13:00
Buffet Lunch, networking and exhibition
14:00
Professor Sa’ad Medhat, Chief Executive, New Engineering Foundation
Apprenticeships and the role of the modern technician

14:15
Oona Muirhead CBE, Executive Director, Skills and Sustainable Property, South East England Development Agency
RDAs and the employment sector

14:30
Jessica Harris, Project Manager, Improvement & Innovation, Museums, Libraries and Archives Council
Employer account: using apprentices to deliver employer objectives

14:30
Dr Angus Gunn, Head of Education Resources, National Museums Liverpool
Employer account: using apprentices to deliver employer objectives

14:50
Kevin Webster, Group Training Manager, Enterprise
The public and private sector: opportunities for young people

15:05
Questions and discussion: Session 3
15:15
Refreshments, networking and exhibition
15:40
Vocational learners key issues seminars: Session 4