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The 2018 IET Apprenticeship Conference


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The 2018 IET Apprenticeship Conference provides you with the opportunity to hear from the Minister of State for Apprenticeships and Skills and to find out about the delivery of apprenticeship schemes across the four UK Nations, plus much more...

Date and Time

22 October 2018 - 09:15-16:05


London, United Kingdom - icon_popup  (See map)


Contact Kerry Felstead at kfelstead@theiet.org for more information.

About this event


This year's IET Apprenticeship Conference will provide an opportunity to find out more about the similarities and differences of apprenticeship provision across the four UK nations. This will be followed by a panel discussion, during which the attendees will have an opportunity to ask the panel members questions.

During the afternoon session we will hear from a representative from a national Career Service about the advice they provide to schools to help them support their pupils in deciding their career path, and whether more has been done in recent years to promote apprenticeships alongside academic routes into engineering.

There will also be presentations about some of the resources of the IET and how the IET can help support an organisation's delivery of career development and training.

There will be opportunities before and during the event to network with other attendees.

The main themes of this year's event are:

  • A comparison of apprenticeship provision across the four nations of the UK
  • Apprenticeships and schools career advice


Keynote Speaker

The Rt Hon Anne Milton MP

Minister of State for Apprenticeships and Skills

Nigel Fine BSc MBA CEng FICE FIET, IET Chief Executive and Secretary
Nigel was appointed Chief Executive and Secretary of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) in June 2009. Nigel is a Board Member and Member of the Nominations Committee of EngineeringUK. He chairs the Professional Engineering Plenary Forum of the Chief Executives of all 36 licensed engineering institutions.

Bruce Hollobone, National Apprenticeship Service, Education & Skills Funding Agency
Bruce is the National Account Manager (South and South West) within the National Apprenticeships Service are the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA), which is an executive agency of the English government, sponsored by the Department for Education. He provides advice, guidance and consultancy to public and private organisations on the implementation, development and expansion of opportunities to maximise value from their apprenticeship programmes.

Terry Dillon, Skills Development Scotland

Sarah John MBA, National Training Federation for Wales
Sarah is Chair of the National Training Federation for Wales (NTFW), a body representing over 100 Apprenticeship and work-based learning (WBL) providers: as part of this role Sarah also sits on the Wales Employment and Skills Board (WESB) and the Wales Apprenticeship Advisory Board (WAAB); in addition, Sarah has been appointed to the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW).

Irene Culleton, Department for the Economy, Northern Ireland
Irene is Head of Apprenticeship Policy at the Department for Economy in Northern Ireland (NI). She oversees the Apprenticeship Reform Programme, including implementing the ‘Securing our Success’ Strategy 2014, which outlines a series of proposals drawn from international best practice. Irene also oversees NI response to the Apprenticeship Levy, she engages with a range of employers, to help them understand the policy and how it impacts Northern Irish employers, including those operating on a cross-UK basis.

Professor Ken Spours PhD, UCL Institute of Education
Ken is Professor of Post-Compulsory Education and a director of the Centre for Post-14 Research and Innovation, specialising in post-14 curriculum and qualifications, organisation and governance and further education and skills. His most recent research includes a study of further education and skills across the four countries of the UK; skills development to support an expanded London Heathrow Airport and social ecosystem theory that links working, living and learning to promote inclusive educational, social and economic growth

Mark Reynard, IET.tv Manager
Mark was appointed the Head of the IET's video production department in 2013, over the last 5 years, he has lead the transformation of the IET’s video platform into the state of the art market leading video platform - www.IET.tv – which has seen 300% growth in viewers in the last 3 years. He has over 27 years of experience in video, television and event production for both the corporate and commercial sectors including large format events and content produced in stereoscopic 3D.

Sarah Frend, Inspiring Futures
Sarah is the Executive Director at Inspiring Futures, a matrix accredited UK-wide careers guidance and skills training organisation. For over 75 years they have been successfully working in partnership with state, grammar and independent schools, sixth form colleges and other educational organisations delivering workshops and events. They work in association with Group GTI and they provide students with up-to-date workplace information, giving them a leading edge in a highly competitive marketplace.

Martin Davies MIET, IET Academy
Martin is Head of Digital Learning at the IET, he has worked in educational publishing for over 25 years and has specialised in digital education solutions for over 10 of those years. The IET Academy is a digital professional education solution. Working in conjunction with leading academic and corporate institutions as content partners, Martin and his team of commissioning editors and instructional designers have produced a wide-range of courses and hour-long training opportunities for the engineering community.

*subject to change


This event may be of interest to you, if you fall into one or more of the following categories:

  • IET Approved Apprenticeship Scheme Coordinators
  • Universities who currently run or are thinking of running degree apprenticeships
  • Organisations who have professional development schemes
  • Organisations with an interest in the delivery of apprenticeships
  • Learning and Development or Human Resources personal at organisations, which have apprenticeship schemes
  • Learning Providers



Registration, refreshments and networking

10:00 Seating
10:15 Introduction and housekeeping

Opening address

Nigel Fine BSc, MBS, CEng FICE FIET, IET Chief Executive and Secretary


Government Apprenticeship Reforms by Keynote Speaker

The Rt Hon Anne Milton MP, Minister of State for Apprenticeships and Skills


Apprenticeships in England

Bruce Hollobone, National Apprenticeship Service, Education & Skills Funding Agency


Apprenticeships in Scotland

Terry Dillon, Skills Development Scotland


Apprenticeships in Wales

Sarah John, National Training Federation for Wales


Apprenticeships in Northern Ireland

Irene Culleton, Department for the Economy


The Edge Foundation Review

Professor Ken Spours PhD, UCL Institute of Education




Panel Discussion and Q&A

Panel x 6


Lunch and networking


New IET.tv platform

Mark Reynard, Head of IET.tv


Apprenticeships Schools Marketing

Sarah Frend, Inspiring Futures




Overview of IET Academy

Martin Davies MIET, Head of Digital Learning


Closing remarks

David Thomas EngTech MIET



Continuing Professional Development

CPD logo declaring this event can contribute 4 hours towards your Continuing Professional Development

This event can contribute towards your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) as part of the IET's CPD monitoring scheme.


FREE to attend


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