Topic four: Apprenticeships: Is the new system working for all?
As the apprenticeship policy and funding reforms begin to become an operational reality, this session will consider some of the positive and negative impacts that are being seen, and how colleges are adapting to accommodate the realities of the new approach. Key areas of change, from college infrastructure and strategy, to problems in protracted and expensive contracting, the shift to 20% off the job teaching and the introduction of independent end point assessment, will all be on the table. The panel will also consider whether the recent significant drop in numbers is a transitional or systemic issue for FE.
Chair: Teresa Frith, Senior Policy Manager, Association of Colleges
Colin Booth OBE, Chief Executive and Principal, Leeds City College
Karen Redhead, Principal and Chief Executive, Derwentside College
Keith Smith, Director, Funding and Programmes, Education and Skills Funding Agency