The Government is progressing at speed to introduce the apprenticeship levy on 1 May 2017 and this, alongside the apprenticeship reforms are at the forefront of the minds of many college staff. However, there seem to still be many questions left unanswered. This timely event is your opportunity to get answers to technical questions and will provide a valuable and practical forum to explore not only the latest developments but also a chance to gain some really practical tips from other colleges which will help you to tackle the reforms head on. We have developed an in-depth programme that will focus on how you can really grasp the opportunities available and ensure that you have a robust apprenticeship strategy in place.

Reasons to attend

  • Discover the latest on the funding rules from the Skills Funding Agency, get answers to your questions and ensure your college is prepared for the changes
  • Explore the issues around the new contracting arrangements that need to be in place from 1 May 2017
  • Gain an understanding of Ofsted’s expectations of apprenticeships
  • Find out how Derwentside College has turned the reforms agenda to their advantage and leave with some practical strategies and tips that have worked well for them
  • Hear from Exeter College, who will discuss the challenges they have encountered and the impact of the apprenticeships strategy at their college and share some key transferable elements of their strategy
  • Gain initiatives to take Apprenticeship delivery from a grade 4 to a grade 1 from City College Plymouth and hear how they have developed and maintained partnerships with employers.

Delegates who attended the 2016 conference said…

The conference gave me the opportunity to gain information and advice from experts. The college is now in a better place to support employers and answer their questions on how the levy will work in practice.
Heather Collins, Apprenticeship Implementation Manager, College of North West London

A well organised event, with up to date real time information, I felt positive about the changes happening in the sector following the conference.
Stacey Calvert, Director – Business Services, Selby College

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NOCN is a leading awarding organisation and apprentice assessment organisation, creating opportunities for 30 years. It is a progressive educational charity, working at the forefront of apprenticeships and vocational skills. It is trusted and recognised by employers, colleges, training providers and learners in the UK and internationally, providing a friendly, flexible and responsive service. NOCN is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion and is an accredited Leader in Diversity.
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Smart Assessor is a cloud-based trailblazer ready e-portfolio which allows tutors and learners to meet up virtually, using smart rooms for online teaching and assessing. Smart Assessor tracks every detail of the learner journey, thereby getting rid of piles of paperwork at a single stroke. You can access every file at the click of a button. The new management dashboard keeps you audit ready every day!
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AoC Create is a provider for a range of development and resourcing services for the further education sector. We work closely with colleges to provide the best and most cost effective solutions for their needs.
We have over 20 years of experience within further education and, alongside our close ties with the Association of Colleges, it means we have that extra understanding of colleges’ needs and the broader sector.
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Ascentis is an Awarding Organisation with a portfolio of qualifications, specialising in ESOL, English & Maths, Teacher Training, Construction, Digital Learning, Short Vocational Qualifications and Access to HE Diplomas. Ascentis is committed to the provision of clear progression routes to further learning or work. Ascentis is regulated by Ofqual and the QAA and many of its qualifications are eligible for funding under the SFA and the EFA.
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bksb is the UK’s No.1 eLearning solution for GCSE and Functional Skills English, maths and ICT. We support 88% of FE colleges and were awarded ‘ICT Company of the Year’ at the 2016 Bett Awards. Our innovative online assessments and resources have been shown to significantly raise skill levels, and our new, innovative apprenticeship management system (AIMS) helps organisations to recruit the right apprentice first time, providing a deep insight into a candidate’s suitability.
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Capita has the agile technology and innovations to improve information and collaboration throughout your college, delivering better results through increased stakeholder engagement and the sharing of information across your institution and beyond. Combined with our specialist sector knowledge and drawing upon our wider capabilities, Capita will help your college deliver great things.
With Capita by your side and our solutions at the heart of your institution, you can be sure you are in the best possible shape for the future.
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Crimson Consultants is a consultancy and development company which specialises in assisting colleges implement CRM solutions based on Microsoft Dynamics CRM. The Crimson Dynamics solution builds on Microsoft Dynamics to achieve the closest possible fit with each college’s requirements by means of ready-made, functional Accelerators and a consultative implementation process, known as Crimson Fusion.
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Innovate Awarding is a national awarding organisation regulated by Ofqual and Qualifications Wales, with a passion for doing things differently. We provide a range of vocational qualifications to FE colleges, training providers and employers, and we work alongside them to revolutionise the way in which they are delivered and assessed. We offer a great range of qualifications but we can also develop fully bespoke qualifications.
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Digital Education

Mindful Education specialise in creating bespoke media-rich Further and Higher Education courses.

In partnership with Colleges, we create courses that allow students to match how, when and where they want to study.
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MyKnowledgeMap are working with colleges to enable them to provide an eportfolio at a very low cost which engages employers, supports multiple frameworks and remote learners, and can be retained for life at the end of the programme. It’s called, and you can create your own free personal account at Come to the stand to see how it supports outstanding end-point assessment approaches.
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Since our launch in 2012, REED NCFE has successfully prepared over 100,000 learners for the world of work, with approximately 5,000 employers. Our targeted interventions of employability learning solutions, online learning and our apprenticeship and work experience brokerage quite simply work. We provide a cost effective way to enhance your learners’ outcomes and provide them with a real competitive edge in today’s jobs market.
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