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AELP National Conference 2014

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Conference Aims

The AELP National Conference offers a timely opportunity to debate whether government proposals to reform skills and employment programmes will benefit learners, engage more employers and get more people back to work.

A year ago, AELP published its own manifesto. Since then we have seen the start of Traineeships for young people – something AELP was first to call for – and the Apprenticeship budget has been protected.  However the consultations on the future of Apprenticeships have prompted major concern.

We will debate all of the current challenges in what promises to be another stimulating event with a great mix of plenary sessions, workshops for sharing best practice and networking.

Conference Themes

Day One

Theme 1 – Skills and Sustainable Employment: Challenges now and ahead
Theme 2 – Transition to Work
Theme 3 – Careers Advice for Young People
Day Two
Theme 1 – Labour’s Plans for Apprenticeships and Skills
Theme 2 – Improving Service Delivery
Theme 3 – Future Outlook for Skills and Employment Programmes    


Day One:

  • Cathy Newman - Broadcaster and Journalist - Conference Chair
  • Martin Dunford OBE, Chief Executive - Skills Training UK and Chairman - AELP
  • Stewart Segal, Chief Executive, AELP
  • Matthew Hancock MP, Minister of State for Skills and Enterprise
  • Esther McVey MP, Minister of State for Employment
  • Neil Carberry, Director of Employment and Skills, CBI
  • Kay Carberry CBE, Assistant General Secretary, TUC 
  • Dave Simmonds OBE, Chief Executive, CESI
  • Dean James CBE, Chief Executive, Ingeus UK Limited
  • Graham Stuart MP, Chairman of the House of Commons Education Committee

Day Two:

  • Rt Hon Liam Byrne MP, Shadow Minister for Skills
  • Stewart Segal, Chief Executive, AELP
  • Jennifer Coupland, Deputy Director, Joint Apprenticeships Unit, BIS/DfE
  • Jason Holt, Chief Executive, Holts Group
  • Noel Johnson, Director, Prospect Training
  • David Pollard, Chairman Education, Skills and Business Support Policy Group, Federation of Small Businesses
  • David Russell, Chief Executive, Education and Training Foundation 
  • Mark Dawe, Chief Executive, OCR
  • Lorna Fitzjohn HMI, National Director for Further Education and Skills, Ofsted
  • Chris Guest, Deputy Director, Labour Market Interventions Strategy, Labour Market Strategy and International Affairs Directorate, Department for Work and Pensions
  • Keith Smith, Executive Director, Funding and Programmes, SFA
  • Peter Lauener, Chief Executive, Education Funding Agency
  • Michael Davis, Chief Executive, UKCES
  • Chris Jeffery, Strategy and Policy Adviser, GP Strategies  


Thursday, 29 May 2014

Exhibitor Booth 8 - Booked by Strive Innovation

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

AELP Gala Dinner - Now fully booked

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Exhibitor Booth 34 - Booked by OCN London

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Exhibitor Booth 20 - Booked by The Skills Show

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Exhibitor Booth 35 - Booked by Skillsfirst Awards

Thursday, 15 May 2014

Workshops are now available to book - choose from 22 topics

Monday, 12 May 2014

Conference Programme Guide Sponsorship - Booked by Jisc

Monday, 12 May 2014

85% of Exhibitor Booths now sold! Just 6 remaining.

Monday, 12 May 2014

Exhibitor Booth 28 - Booked by Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance

Friday, 9 May 2014

Exhibitor Booth 1 - Booked by cloudBuy

Friday, 9 May 2014

Speaker announcement - Chris Guest - DWP

Thursday, 8 May 2014

Speaker announcement - Jason Holt, Holts Group

Thursday, 8 May 2014

Gala Dinner Entertainment Sponsorship - Booked by Trainsure

Thursday, 8 May 2014

Gala Dinner Sponsorship - Booked by Trainsure

Friday, 2 May 2014

Speaker Announcement - Jennifer Coupland, BIS/DfE