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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
Jennifer Coupland, Chief Executive, Institute of Apprenticeships and Technical Education
Liz Gorb, Director of Apprenticeships, Manchester Metropolitan University
Jonathan Lawson, Director of Strategic Partnerships, Faculty of Business and Law and Apprenticeship Development Lead, Manchester Metropolitan University
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
Greg Wade, Policy Manager, Universities UK
Conor Moss, Business
Engagement, Skills and Employability, Sheffield Hallam University
Tracey Lancaster, Food Apprenticeship Manager, Co-operative Group
Dr Sue Graham, Business Development Manager (Place and Economic Development), Northumbria University, Newcastle
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, IBM Digital and Technology Specialist Degree Apprentice, University of Exeter
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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.
Jennifer Coupland took up post as Chief Executive of the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education in November 2019. Her previous role was Director of Professional and Technical Education in DfE for three years, where she was responsible for T Level development and delivery, the L3 and below qualifications review and the Higher Technical Reforms.
Prior to that, Jennifer was Acting Chief Executive of the Standards and Testing Agency, where she oversaw the Agency's work on primary school assessment policy and operational delivery. Before that, she spent three years as the Deputy Director of the joint DfE/BIS Apprenticeships Unit.
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.
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.
Jenny Taylor is Leader of IBM UK's Early Professionals programs with responsibility for recruitment, career management, development of education programs and finance and operations.
Jenny was at the forefront of developing Degree Apprenticeships and is currently Chair of the Digital & Technology Solutions Degree Apprenticeship Trailblazer group. She is also a Commissioner for the Princess Royal Training Awards and a member of the Quality Assurance Agency Degree Awarding Powers committee.
Jenny has received industry recognition for her mentoring and inspirational leadership. She has appeared on national TV and radio to discuss career and education opportunities for young people.
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.