AELP 2020 Vision Conference and Debate 2015 - The Future for Employment and Skills

Thursday, 19 February 2015
Congress Centre, Central London

Delegates will be given the opportunity to attend one workshop at the conference.

Workshop 1: Making maths and English work for all

Facilitated by Sue Southwood, The Education and Training Foundation & Miranda Pye, Pye Tait Consulting

In November 2014, Nick Boles, Minister of State for Skills and Equalities, asked the Education and Training Foundation to lead a review of what employers and learners need from the maths and English qualifications taken by students who are not studying GCSEs. This could lead to improvements to ensure better outcomes for post 16 students, apprentices and adults.

This workshop is a chance to find out how this review is progressing and will enable you to contribute to the debate and final report.

Workshop 2: ITP Engagement in Skills Competition - Why and How?

Facilitated by Andy Hall and Miriam Farley - Find a Future, Gary Howard - Complete Forensics and Michelle Jennings - AoC
Supported by Chris Swinger - AELP Associate

Find a Future deliver WorldSkillsUK competitions throughout the UK, showcasing the very best in internationally benchmarked vocational education and skills training, benefitting thousands of competitors, education and training providers and employers. However, independent training providers are not as well represented in WSUK competitions as they should be, despite some high-profile successes for an elite few ITPs.

This workshop will include real-world advice from an engaged ITP who will help colleagues from the sector to understand why they may wish to be involved and how to do so.

Workshop 3: Future use of ICT to Support Learning

Facilitated by Paul McKean - Further Education and Skills Customer Advocate Jisc,  Nigel Ecclesfield - Further Education and Skills Jisc and Dawn Buzzard - The Education and Training Foundation
Supported by Chris Swinger - AELP Associate

The workshop will provide participants with an opportunity to join Jisc and the Education and Training Foundation in exploring practical ways in which they can address the FELTAG agenda and what this means for providers. Examples of work will be presented by providers and we will describe how Jisc will be supporting the skills sector with its new regional support network and specialist advisers. The Foundation will share the findings of the self-assessment - EdTech Assess Pilot and explore next steps.

Workshop 4: Giving Young People a Voice

Facilitated by Laura-Jane Rawlings – Founder & CEO of Youth Employment UK CIC

Understanding the views and needs of young people is crucial when you are looking at policy that affects young people or building youth employment or engagement programmes. Youth voice is also essential when looking ahead at the future of the skills sector.

Too often we see policy done to our young people, organisations making decisions around youth services without listening to the main stakeholder. YEUK represents more than 10,000 young people and is driven by more than 60 young ambassadors; representing youth voice for all things youth employment.

This workshop will look at the views and needs of young people, what they want from the next government in terms of education and training and how to develop a clear Youth Voice policy for your organisation.