AELP Autumn Conference 2017
Nov 01

AELP Autumn Conference 2017

Towards an Inclusive Skills Strategy - 12 months on


Towards an Inclusive Skills Strategy - 12 months on

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Oxford St, Manchester M60 7HA, UK
  • The AELP Autumn Conference, sponsored by City & Guilds, takes place six months after the introduction of the apprenticeship levy so it’s a really good time to take stock of the programme reforms and debate what improvements still need to be made. The debate will take place after we have learnt the official apprenticeship start numbers since May and whether they have been as bad as rumoured. We will probe the reasons for the decrease; for example, have levy paying employers been holding back on their starts? Employers will be among the speakers sharing their experiences so far.

    Twelve months on from last year’s event when there was continued controversy about apprentices being able to start programmes under new standards without proper assessment arrangements in place, we are finally seeing progress on the safeguarding of programme quality with senior officials at the Institute for Apprenticeships finding their feet. But how far are we from a really sound system being established? The conference will try and find out.

    The technical education reforms for the proposed T levels continue to gather pace even though the skills minister has sensibly delayed their full introduction. Delegates will hear about the work placement challenges, the development of occupational standards – which hopefully won’t diverge much from the ones for apprenticeships – and the opportunity for partnership working with local colleges and others.

    Social mobility remains a key driver behind the government’s education policies and therefore the conference will debate the difference that Traineeships can make, English and maths provision, 16-18 funding and disadvantaged learners.

    2017 has been another year of huge change and our Autumn Conference should help providers navigate the challenges that wait in 2018. You can’t afford to miss it!

    AELP Members

    First Delegate: £199.00 + VAT

    Subsequent Delegate(s): £155.00 + VAT

    AELP Patrons

    Patron organisations receive two complimentary places at this years' conference. 

    Any additional places are charged at the AELP Member rate. 


    First Delegate: £299.00 + VAT

    Subsequent Delegate(s): £255.00 + VAT

    To book your place visit:

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  • Date & Time
    Nov 01 2017 at 09:00 AM - Nov 01 2017 at 05:00 PM
  • Location & full address
    The Principal Hotel, Manchester
  • Event Admins
    Kathryn Ferguson

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