The further education landscape has over the years seen huge upheaval and change. More uncertainty is now the only certainty when you consider the implementation of the apprenticeship levy, the Brexit outcome, government devolution plans and the development of the Technical Education Bill. This changeable operating environment is compounded by the need to commercialise college business operations.

Further education colleges need to be innovative in order to survive and this conference will offer you the chance to step back from your day job, so you can enhance your understanding of the current environment in which colleges operate and provide you with solutions to the challenges you face. Expert speakers and the largest networking event in the college finance calendar will prepare you to rise to the challenges ahead.

The conference will cover a vast range of session topics including the apprenticeship reforms, college structures, making sense of the political landscape and how to thrive and innovate in the sector. The interactive workshops and discussion groups will drill down into specific issues, allowing you to share your collective experiences and to learn from peers how they are dealing with similar situations.

Reasons to attend..

  • Richard Atkins, FE Commissioner, will draw out some lessons from area reviews and college interventions for finance leaders
  • Examine the implications of the apprenticeship reforms following the implementation of the levy
  • Discuss how you can embrace commercialism and embed entrepreneurialism in your workforce so your college can thrive now and in the future
  • Learn from leading sector experts who will discuss college structures in the post area review world
  • Network with like-minded colleagues to discuss how to address the challenges you face

What did 2016 conference delegates say?

“The best AoC Annual Finance Conference for many years. Very well done to AoC for such an informative and interesting programme.”
Gary Horne, Vice Principal: Finance and Operations, Colchester Institute

“I found this year’s conference especially relevant to my job: the information on area reviews, apprentice levies and FRS102 implementation are all key issues for me. The conference enabled me to focus on these areas and plan what I need to do next.”
Tracy Bull, College Accountant, Isle of Wight College

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Date

16-05-2017

Venue

Jurys Inn Hinckley Island

Watling St
Hinckley
LE10 3JA

01455 631122

Fees

Full fee *

AoC Member Colleges: £475  + VAT
Affiliate organisations: £550 + VAT
Non-Member (College/Public Sector): £585 + VAT
Non-Member (Commercial): £700 + VAT

*Full fee includes a pass to the conference, lunch and refreshments on both days, conference dinner and accommodation on the night of Tuesday 16 May at the Jury’s Inn Hinckley Island.

Day fee

AoC Member Colleges: £299  + VAT
Affiliate organisations: £375 + VAT
Non-Member (College/Public Sector): £400 + VAT
Non-Member (Commercial): £450 + VAT

All day fees include: Lunch and refreshments but not conference dinner or accommodation

Extras

Conference dinner on Tuesday 16 May: £45+VAT
Accommodation on either Monday 15 or Tuesday 16 May at the Jury’s Inn Hinckley Island: £95+VAT

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Contact

Registration enquiries:
events@aoc-create.co.uk
020 7034 2620

Finance enquiries:
finance@aoc.co.uk
020 7034 9908

Sponsorship and Exhibition Enquiries:
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Tel: 01642 700266/ 07736 171949

Programme

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Speakers

David Hughes

David Hughes became Chief Executive of the Association of Colleges in September 2016. Before that he was CEO at Learning and Work Institute, a leading think tank, research and policy organisation which was formed in 2016 from a merger he led between NIACE and Inclusion.

From 2000 to 2011, David worked in senior roles at the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) and the Learning and Skills Council (LSC). David has held many Board and Committee roles, including a few years as Vice-Chair of the East Midlands Regional Assembly in the 1990s. He played a leading role in establishing the new Education and Training Foundation in 2013 and has established and supported several third sector organisations.

Rebecca Jones

Rebecca Jones started her first business at the age of 19 and has since established herself within the field of businesses growth through staff engagement in enterprise. She holds a Masters Degree in Education focusing on educating enterprise and entrepreneurs and has combined running her own business for over two decades with work in academia focusing on enterprise learning. Her own businesses have included an event company, recruitment company, training company and holiday accommodation provider. Her employed roles include Director of Business at The Management Centre, Bangor University.

Rebecca uses her knowledge of people development and business growth to provide an interesting blend of thinking and ideas when it comes to business success.  “Can your staff be more enterprising to help your organisation grow?” In her talk based on her 2nd book due out in 2017, Rebecca will share her experiences of encouraging enterprise within organisations. her belief that mindset holds back staff and organisations in becoming more involved in enterprising ides is core to her presentation.

Ian Pryce CBE

Ian Pryce has been Principal and Chief Executive of Bedford College since 1998, having joined the College in 1996 as Finance Director.  He was previously a regional Finance Director at the Further Education Funding Council and has also worked as a Director or Senior Manager in retail, electricity generation and local government in Liverpool, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Northamptonshire.  He is a fellow of the accountancy body CIPFA and a Syndic of the University of Cambridge.  He was one of the founder members of the 157 Group, founding Chair of the Bedford Free School and was awarded a CBE in the 2011 Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Karen Spencer

Karen Spencer is Principal and Chief Executive of Harlow College in Essex. Karen has worked in the post-16 sector for 20 years. Karen is currently Chair of the London Stansted Cambridge Corridor group of college principals and is also a member of the AoC Quality and Performance group.

Karen takes an active interest in all aspects of Education; she is particularly interested in how the curriculum can better meet the needs of young people and adults to make them more employable, giving them good careers. Harlow College has recently established an Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering centre – a true partnership between employer, the College and the Local Enterprise Partnership.

David Hughes

David Hughes became Chief Executive of the Association of Colleges in September 2016. Before that he was CEO at Learning and Work Institute, a leading think tank, research and policy organisation which was formed in 2016 from a merger he led between NIACE and Inclusion.

From 2000 to 2011, David worked in senior roles at the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) and the Learning and Skills Council (LSC). David has held many Board and Committee roles, including a few years as Vice-Chair of the East Midlands Regional Assembly in the 1990s. He played a leading role in establishing the new Education and Training Foundation in 2013 and has established and supported several third sector organisations.

Rebecca Jones

Rebecca Jones started her first business at the age of 19 and has since established herself within the field of businesses growth through staff engagement in enterprise. She holds a Masters Degree in Education focusing on educating enterprise and entrepreneurs and has combined running her own business for over two decades with work in academia focusing on enterprise learning. Her own businesses have included an event company, recruitment company, training company and holiday accommodation provider. Her employed roles include Director of Business at The Management Centre, Bangor University.

Rebecca uses her knowledge of people development and business growth to provide an interesting blend of thinking and ideas when it comes to business success.  “Can your staff be more enterprising to help your organisation grow?” In her talk based on her 2nd book due out in 2017, Rebecca will share her experiences of encouraging enterprise within organisations. her belief that mindset holds back staff and organisations in becoming more involved in enterprising ides is core to her presentation.

Ian Pryce CBE

Ian Pryce has been Principal and Chief Executive of Bedford College since 1998, having joined the College in 1996 as Finance Director.  He was previously a regional Finance Director at the Further Education Funding Council and has also worked as a Director or Senior Manager in retail, electricity generation and local government in Liverpool, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Northamptonshire.  He is a fellow of the accountancy body CIPFA and a Syndic of the University of Cambridge.  He was one of the founder members of the 157 Group, founding Chair of the Bedford Free School and was awarded a CBE in the 2011 Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Karen Spencer

Karen Spencer is Principal and Chief Executive of Harlow College in Essex. Karen has worked in the post-16 sector for 20 years. Karen is currently Chair of the London Stansted Cambridge Corridor group of college principals and is also a member of the AoC Quality and Performance group.

Karen takes an active interest in all aspects of Education; she is particularly interested in how the curriculum can better meet the needs of young people and adults to make them more employable, giving them good careers. Harlow College has recently established an Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering centre – a true partnership between employer, the College and the Local Enterprise Partnership.

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