Day One Workshops

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15 Workshop topics will be available to choose from. Attendance at the workshops is complimentary as part of your conference registration

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WSD1-01 Understanding and planning for AEB Devolution
Facilitated by Gareth Thomas, Skills and Employment Support

This workshop will provide a strategic overview of devolution of aspects of the Adult Education Budget. It will also provide attendees with suggested actions they could already be taking to plan for the impact of devolution. This workshop is not only designed to help providers understand the politics of devolution, but also to help put them in the best position possible to support their future delivery ambitions.
WSD1-02 Achieving ‘outstanding’ learning and assessment
Facilitated by Jacqueline Oughton, Ixion

Last November an Ofsted inspection judged Ixion Holdings to be an ‘outstanding’ independent learning provider overall. Ixion has its main office in Chelmsford, with several offices ranging across the North East, the Midlands, London and the South East. It provides adult learning programmes, traineeships and apprenticeships. The inspection found that “the quality of teaching, learning and assessment is outstanding” and that “a high proportion of apprentices and learners progress into sustained employment, self-employment or further study at a higher level”. In this workshop, Ixion’s chief operating officer and nominee, Jacqui Oughton, will explain how the provider moved from being ‘good’ to ‘outstanding’ while responding to the plethora of apprenticeship reforms with their implications for both teaching and assessment.
WSD1-03 The delivery of End-point Assessment – impact on Providers and Apprentices
Facilitated by John McNamara, Innovate Awarding

This workshop will explore the current developments in the delivery of End-point Assessments and highlight some of the experiences of apprentices and training providers who are going through the process.

It will also set out the current work that AELP is doing through its End-Point Assessment Organisations Special Interest group to help ensure that quality and consistency of assessment is maintained.
WSD1-04 T-levels and the new FE landscape
Facilitated by Paul Warner, AELP and Elisabeth Baines, ESFA

Following the government’s recent response to the T-level consultation, we now have more details of the design of the new qualifications and a clearer idea of their target audience. So what does it mean for your existing provision, and how might your offer be affected over the coming years as the technical education reforms are phased in? AELP’s Director of R&D Paul Warner looks at some of the detail and facilitates a discussion on what sort of questions the sector needs to be asking of itself to ensure that it offers the best opportunities for all learners going forward.
WSD1-05 Shaping a coherent skills strategy
Facilitated by Andrew Gladstone-Heighton, NCFE

In this session, we will
  • look at the skills landscape, and the various reforms taking place
  • explore the choices learners currently finishing year 9 will face when they leave school
We’ll then set out our vision for the future of technical education in England

WSD1-06 Off-the-Job Training (and other funding issues)
Facilitated by Stewart Segal, Aegis

The introduction of the 20% off-the-job training requirement from May 2017 has prompted a lot of debate amongst employers and providers. It will affect delivery models where block release, day release, blended learning, teaching in the workplace are all options to meet the ESFA rules? And what actually counts as off-the-job training? All providers have to meet the ESFA rules and we have now issued a guidance document to help interpret the flexibility in the rules. We will discuss this document in the workshop.

Lots of questions and (hopefully!) lots of answers and some best practice examples thrown in too.

We know that many providers are looking to set out their internal policies for how they will meet the requirements and we hope this discussion will help you in that process.
WSD1-07 Mindset and mental toughness - its relevance and importance in the new world of apprenticeships
Facilitated by Doug Strycharczyk, AQR International

The most important factor employers look for in recruits is attitude, which ranks ahead even of literacy and numeracy according to the CBI Annual survey of employer 2015. Mental Toughness describes the mind-set or ‘attitude’ that every person adopts in everything they do.

Development of mental toughness and a positive mindset impacts on performance, wellbeing and behaviour and is therefore a key element to focus on in personal development.

This workshop will examine briefly:
  • What is mental toughness, mindset and resilience?
  • How can I assess mental toughness and what it means for employers and apprentices alike?
  • Why it is probably the most important aspect of people and organisation development today?
  • How can I develop mine and others mental toughness?

Each participant will be provided with the opportunity to complete the MTQ psychometric measure in full confidence and free of charge.

WSD1-08 The changing face of inspection
Facilitated by Kerry Boffey, ALIN, Sue Pittock, Remit and Frances Drew, Babington Group

A workshop designed to ensure delegates access the most up to date information on how inspection is changing.

The importance of preparation prior to inspection – some critical advice and essential pointers.
  • Hear first hand experiences of the pilot of standards, a short inspection and a new provider inspection.
  • Updates from the joint quality forum, AELP and Ofsted. 
  • Progress update from the Fellowship of Inspection Nominees on the importance of Governance for ITP’s. 
  • New and information on AELP training and support for Nominees.

WSD1-09 Changes to AEB funding and data collection in 2018/19
Facilitated by Steve Hewitt, FEA

With the announcement of a major change to learners who will be eligible for full funding in 2018/19, this workshop will guide you through what we know so far, what the implications are for overall funding envelopes and what evidence providers need to collect. Particularly of interest to those delivering co-funded AEB, ESOL and other work with low paid learners. There will also be an opportunity to discuss any other funding and ILR queries.
WSD1-10 Promoting apprenticeships in schools – opportunities and challenges
Facilitated by Anna Morrison, Amazing Apprenticeships

The Baker Clause was introduced in January 2018 and has created significant opportunities for providers to work in new ways with schools. This workshop will explore the Baker Clause and its implication for providers and the other initiatives that providers can benefit from, including the Apprenticeship Support & Knowledge for schools and colleges programme.
WSD1-11 Using technology to support the new apprenticeship standards
Facilitated by Susanna Lawson, OneFile

There is still confusion over how technology can support the new apprenticeship standards. Find out how technology has been developed to support the delivery of teaching and learning in apprenticeships - increasing both apprentice and employer engagement.
WSD1-12 Governance for ITPs
Facilitated by Susan Pember OBE, HOLEX & Karen Adriaanse, Consultant

Good practice in ITP Governance
Dr Sue Pember outlines finding from recent research conducted by AELP and FETL that seeks to highlight the best practice in governance amongst independent training providers (ITPs). The conference will also be a platform for the launch of a Code of Governance for ITPs, drawn up with reference to the findings of the research, and this workshop will present its first iteration and seek comments from attendees on its applicability going forward.
WSD1-13 What are the workforce development and training needs at ITP’s
Facilitated by Charlynne Pullen, Education and Training Foundation

In partnership with a range of key sector bodies, including AELP, the Education and Training Foundation has produced a landmark report and analysis (“Training Needs Analysis”) outlining the workforce development and training needs across the full range of providers in the FE and Training sector. This particular presentation will focus on the views of the ITP workforce and organisations.
WSD1-14A Employers in the Driving Seat? New Thinking for FE Leadership
Facilitated by Krysia Hudek, Open Agenda

NB - first session only, limited places

Employers are being increasingly encouraged by government to be ‘in the driving seat’ of skills development. This raises numerous issues for future leadership and change in our sector around, for example, the heightened need for leaders and practitioners to have a proper understanding of an employer’s business strategy while simultaneously working out how government programmes can support what they want to do.

‘Employers in the Driving Seat? New Thinking for FE Leadership’ will be a 50-minute facilitated round table discussion for senior leaders from all types of FE and Skills organisations to consider the aims, purpose and the way decisions are reached. By articulating and developing our thinking together, we can also fulfil the project’s wider aim of communicating a coherent and authoritative narrative that helps raise the profile and public understanding of work based learning as a whole.

WSD1-14B The Competitive Edge: Using the power of competition with WorldSkills UK
Facilitated by Ben Blackledge, WorldSkills UK

NB - Second session only

Every year thousands of talented and hopeful students enter WorldSkills UK competitions, taking place across 60 skills, in disciplines ranging from customer service to bricklaying to web design, these competitions provide the chance for young people to show the vast range of skills they possess. Some of these young people will compete at the national final in front of 75,000 visitors with the very best having the chance to represent the UK at WorldSkills International Finals. Regardless of where the competition journey gets to for these young people, the skills they learn are invaluable for their future careers and for UK.

Despite this amazing opportunity Independent Training Providers are massively underrepresented, come and find out how and why to get involved.