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2019 saw increased sector and media focus on degree apprenticeships, with UUK publishing a report dedicated to the topic. Building on this momentum and work, UUK is hosting a one-day event bringing together sector experts and practitioners to take an in-depth look at the developments and future of degree apprenticeships.
Now in its fifth year, this full-day conference will give you a chance to listen to and engage with the current challenges and opportunities surrounding degree apprenticeships. The day will be an opportunity to gain a full understanding of degree apprenticeship policy developments and best practice to help you make the most of the opportunities available to you.
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This conference is open to all with an interest in this topic. Particularly relevant job titles include:
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Dr Brooke Storer-Church, Skills and Employability Manager, The Office for Students
During her session, Brooke will explore the development of degree apprenticeships, analyse where entrants succeed and where more work is needed, and outline the OfS's view on degree apprenticeships now and going forward.
Mike Keoghan, Chief Economic Adviser, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)
Professor Alastair Bailey, Head of Economics, University of Kent
Outlining how studying economics can help close the skills gap and why an apprenticeship will allow people from all backgrounds to get into economics whilst working in the heart of government.
Liz Gorb, Director of Apprenticeships, Manchester Metropolitan University
Jessica Wong, Software Engineer, BJSS
A reflection on what we hear from apprentices, parents and employers vs. public discourse - why the latter isn't really listening to the former, drawing on policy directions, employer feedback, graduate insight data, individual stories, widening participation in practice and recommendations.
Isa Mutlib, Chief Executive, The BAME Apprenticeship Alliance
In the recent report from the Social Mobility Commission, research showed that social mobility was declining. However, what we do know is that apprenticeships play a huge role in addressing social mobility, especially in socially disadvantaged regions. The question stands: how and what can we do about this practically?
Greg Wade, Policy Manager, Universities UK
Drawing upon the recent UUK report this session will outline the key policy opportunities and challenges for Degree Apprenticeships in the year ahead.
Conor Moss, Business
Engagement, Skills and Employability, Sheffield Hallam University
Dr Darryll Bravenboer, Director of Apprenticeships, Middlesex University London - invited
Maryum Mirza, Degree Apprentice, Wipro
During this session we will hear case studies from Conor Moss and Dr Darryll Bravenboer regarding work they oversee at their respective institutions.
Jennifer Coupland, Chief Executive, Institute of Apprenticeships and Technical Education
Dr Sue Graham, Business Development Manager (Place and Economic Development), Northumbria University, Newcastle
This presentation will draw upon Dr Graham's doctoral research which set out to identify the drivers, tensions and opportunities presented by government policy on higher/degree apprenticeships and how this affected universities in England. This was prompted by the increasing number of universities that decided to register and deliver apprenticeships –something that would have been unheard of at the start of 2010. The research found that opportunities and benefits identified included market opportunities for higher education, pedagogic and curriculum innovations and improved civic engagement and business partnerships. Tensions were found to exist around the increasing role of neoliberalism, the purpose of HE in the 21st century, academic identity and resistance and cultural and systemic clashes.
Adrian Anderson, Chief Executive, University Vocational Awards Council
This presentation will examine where the growth of Degree Apprenticeship has occurred and where it is likely to occur in the future. Key to the future of Degree Apprenticeship will be how Government responds to the over spend of the Apprenticeship levy pot: predicted to be £1.5bn by 2021/22. What may happen? Can HEIs 'future protect' provision? What may happen with the quality oversight of Degree Apprenticeship and the ability of employers to specify a mandatory degree in an Apprenticeship? Finally, the presentation will cover some of the key operational challenges of Apprenticeship; initial needs analysis, price negotiation, integration of on and off the job learning, governance, EPA and general compliance with ESFA Funding Rules.
Kate Ross, Apprenticeship Programme Training Lead, IBM UK Early Professional Programmes
Bob Clift, Director of Employer Relationships, The Tech Partnership Company
Immanuel Hazel, Cybersecurity Services Specialist, IBM UK National Security Operations Centre
The cultural disruptor known as the 'tech world' has seeped into traditional sectors around the globe, and there is a notable gap between industry's need for digital skills and what the current labour market can offer. How can degree apprenticeships help bridge this gap?
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Professor Catherine Harper is currently Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Chichester, where provision of degree apprenticeship education is an integral part of the academic portfolio. A weaver by training, her PhD – on three-dimensionally woven glass fibre composite substrates – was sponsored by Ford Motors, and Catherine has navigated creative arts and industries, design and technology, digital media and cultural studies throughout a career as artist, writer, editor and senior academic leader/manager. She is committed to innovation, invention and experimentation, and believes strongly in the transformational power of education to 'lift lives and forge futures'.
Dr Brooke Storer-Church is the Skills and Employability Manager at the Office for Students, with strategic responsibility for developing and leading activities within the Skills portfolio in the Directorate for Fair Access and Participation. Current work includes developing impact measures for student involvement in knowledge exchange activities, leading the DCMS-funded £13.5 million programme to improve diversity in the AI workforce, overseeing OfS's first £6 million Challenge Competition aimed at improving outcomes for local graduates, and gathering effective practice examples to support improvements in graduate employability. Previous responsibilities include developing and launching the £8.5 million Degree Apprenticeship Development Fund, delivering the STEM accreditation reviews, and creating and managing the Postgraduate Support Scheme initiatives for HEFCE.
Mike Keoghan is Chief Economic Adviser and Director of Analysis at the UK Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy. Between 2011 and 2018 he was the Director for Skills and Apprenticeships, where he led reforms to technical education and apprenticeship. From 2005-2011 he led the team responsible for spatial economic analysis.
He has a DPhil from the University of Oxford and is a graduate of the UK Government's Major Project Leadership Academy at Said Business School, Oxford.
Alastair is an academic Agricultural Economist by profession with track record of policy related research performed for UK and EU government. Has held positions at Wye College, UoL, Imperial London and the University of Kent. Alastair has acted as Head of the School of Economics at Kent since 2014 and has been actively involved in the design and delivery of the Professional Economist DAP at University of Kent and engaged with the GES on this project.
Director of Apprenticeships at Manchester Metropolitan University UK, Liz is currently leading on the development and delivery of Degree Apprenticeships across the University. Liz and her team are working with over 300 global corporates, public sector organisations and SMEs to develop and successfully deliver a leading programme of university-based Degree Apprenticeships, including: Digital & Technology Solutions, Chartered Manager, Chemical Science, Advanced Clinical Practitioner, Healthcare Science, Digital Masters, Digital Marketing, Social Work and the MBA Degree Apprenticeship.
With over 1,500 degree apprentices on programme, including many award winners and high levels of student and employer satisfaction, Liz and the team have successfully grown the offer while maintaining quality. Liz has played an active role in many trailblazer groups and has also been advising employers, universities and governments on setting up these innovative programmes in New Zealand, Australia, Spain and Canada. Previously holding senior roles at the City Lit, London and the East Cheshire Business School, she has substantial experience of leadership and management and partnership development in a variety of settings.
Isa is an award-winning rising leader within the education and skills sector globally. He is currently the CEO of the BAME Apprenticeship Alliance – an organisation building a platform for businesses and apprenticeship leaders to discuss apprenticeship diversity and its impact through policy, advocacy and conversation.
As CEO of The BAME Apprenticeship Alliance, Isa is responsible for the overall strategy development and delivery ensuring growth of the brand and its members across the UK.
Previously, Isa served as Project Director for Pathway Group – A national workforce skills provider where he managed several projects around skills and most notably The Asian Apprenticeship Awards which celebrated the talent of the underserved British Asian apprentices, their employers and learning providers. Isa built partnerships with leading brands across the UK including the UK Government, Skills Councils, leading entrepreneurs and more.
Greg Wade is a policy manager at Universities UK leading on innovation, growth, employability and skills. This work includes the Higher Education Innovation Fund, the economic impact of universities, English devolution and local growth, supply and demand for graduates and degree apprenticeships.
During his career at Universities UK Greg has led policy in areas such as leadership, management and governance, teaching and learning, teacher education and better regulation.
Before joining UUK Greg worked as a policy adviser in the predecessor to GuildHE, the Standing Conference of Principles leading on areas that included quality, estates, human resources and international issues.
Conor is an experienced academic with over 20 years' experience across Further and Higher Education. Conor started his academic career specialising in strategic management, leadership and organisational development. Conor has extensive experience developing successful educational partnerships with both private and public sectors. Conor is Group Director of a large service encompassing graduate employability, business engagement and academic partnerships. He is also Dean of Work-Based Learning focusing on academic practice for employability and degree apprenticeships. Conor has led the development of new business facing service at two institutions including the rapid growth of Degree Apprenticeships at SHU.
Professor Darryll Bravenboer is Director of Apprenticeships at Middlesex University. His current responsibilities include developing and delivering the university's strategy as a major provider of higher-level skills in the region and nationally. This includes supporting the development and delivery of higher and degree apprenticeships as well as other aspects of academic enterprise, such as the accreditation of in-company training, in order to provide comprehensive workforce development solutions for employers.
Darryll is also a Principal Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy and has extensive experience of developing vocational and work-based higher education provision in response to the needs of a wide range of employment sectors in diverse professional contexts. Professor Bravenboer seeks to deploy his knowledge, skills and expertise to generate innovative responses to the changing landscape of higher education.
Sue is responsible for Northumbria University's role in local economic development and place-based initiatives, liaising with stakeholders as well as identifying and accessing strategic funding sources. Sue was instrumental in Northumbria's entry into the delivery of degree and higher apprenticeships from 2016-2018; a portfolio which has grown from three to over a dozen programmes delivered for a wide range of employers across the country. Her background is in lifelong learning and work-based learning and she has recently completed her PhD at Lancaster University with a thesis title of Higher and Degree Apprenticeships in English Higher Education: a Policy Implementation Study.
Adrian Anderson is Chief Executive of UVAC. UVAC is the representative organisation for Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) interested in vocational and technical education and apprenticeships. UVAC now has approximately 90 HEIs in membership and focuses on championing higher vocational learning. As such, UVAC has a major advocacy role in ensuring HEIs can deliver the apprenticeships and technical education employers need to increase productivity and individuals need to fulfil their potential. UVAC delivers a major support programme for HEIs engaged in Apprenticeship and our peer reviewed journal Higher Education, Skills and Work-based Learning published by Emerald achieved over 22,000 downloads in 2018. Adrian has articles regularly published in the sector press and represents the HE sector on key ESFA groups.
Bob is Director of Employer Relationships at Tech Partnership Degrees with responsibility for Level 6 and 7 apprenticeship programmes. These include the BSc Digital & Technology Solutions Professional degree apprenticeship (available since 2015), the BSc Cyber Security Technical degree apprenticeship (available since 2018), the MSc Digital & Technology Solutions Specialist degree apprenticeship (available since 2018) and the BSc/BA Digital User Experience (UX) Professional degree apprenticeship (currently in development).
Prior to joining the Tech Partnership, Bob worked for IBM in a number of professional and management roles in the UK and abroad. The last of these was in executive relationship management working with some of IBM's largest clients.
Kate designs and delivers learning and development and talent programmes for early professionals at IBM UK to create future leaders who are growth-focused and ready to make a difference.
For the past nine years she has been a senior manager in IBM UK's Foundation Programme, responsible for the career development of IBM UK's graduates, interns, apprentices and trainees in all areas of the business. With a background in management consulting, she employs methodologies such as Lean Sigma and Design Thinking to keep developing new opportunities in formal and non-formal learning and the early professional experience at IBM.
Her outside interests include literature and philosophy, object and furniture design, mental and physical fitness.
Immanuel is a Cybersecurity Services Specialist Degree Apprentice working in the IBM UK National Security Operations Centre. His current responsibilities involve protective monitoring, threat intelligence, and incident response. Alongside this he is studying for a BSc Digital and Technology Solutions Degree at the University of Exeter.
Immanuel is acquiring programming skills, agile and design thinking methodologies, and analytic skills. He attended a New2Blue induction session, Security Business Unit training, and Global Blue Consulting. His proactive involvement in giveback projects includes a STEM orientated activity day for a local Primary school in Hampshire. All of this opened up the opportunity to provide insight into the degree apprentice scheme's pathway to a career in the cyber space.