19 & 20 October 2017, Marriott Hotel, Leicester
Speakers at the FAB conference will provide you with the latest industry information and as usual we have a selection of seminars providing the opportunity to discuss issues.
The FAB Awards dinner, now in its third year, is taking place on the evening of the first day of the conference.
Stephen joined the vocational sector as a young graduate over 20 years ago in the time of Training Enterprise Councils (TECs) and rose rapidly to become UK and Ireland Manager for Pitman Qualifications (City and Guilds Group) and one of the youngest General managers at Edexcel.
Spells as Director and CEO of training providers and smaller professional awarding bodies gave him a broad insight into the sector which has provided a strong foundation for his existing role as CEO of the Federation of Awarding Bodies, a post which he has held since August 2014.
Rising to the challenges and opportunities as a sector
Paul Eeles was elected as the Chair of the Federation of Awarding Bodies (FAB) on 20 October 2016, prior to which he was a Director of FAB since co-option in March 2014 and election in October 2014. Paul is the Chief Executive of the Skills and Education Group (SEG) comprising ABC Awards, Certa and emfec.
Paul has 30 years’ experience in the post 16 skills sector, including seven years as a lecturer and 13 years managing work based learning with colleges and independent providers. Prior to his current role, Paul was the Chief Executive of the emfec group which incorporated emfec and ABC Awards. Paul has also worked at the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) as Director of Sector Reforms and 14 to 19. Paul led nationally on policy reform related to 14-19, Apprenticeships, Machinery of Government Changes, Sector Skills Councils, Quality Improvement, Inspection, Qualification Reform and Workforce Reform. He served on several qualification committees of awarding bodies.
Paul holds a Degree in Business Management, jointly from The University of Central England and The Birmingham College of Food, a Post Graduate Diploma in Training Management from the University of Wolverhampton and a Masters in Personnel and Development from the University of Plymouth.
Reform of the qualifications landscape: The Regulator’s Perspective
Sally will set the current reform programmes in the context of the broad qualifications landscape that Ofqual regulates. She will explain the implications of the changes for Ofqual’s role and describe how the regulator intends to work with awarding organisations and other key players to shape the reformed landscape.
Sally Collier is chief executive and chief regulator for the Office of qualifications and examinations regulation. Sally is an experienced leader of government bodies including being the first chief executive of the Crown Commercial Service, the UK's largest government buying organisation transacting 13 billion of government spend. She was also the managing director of the Government Procurement Service. Sally's career spans over 20 years in the civil service in a variety of senior roles, mostly commercial roles in the Cabinet Office and HM Treasury. She is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply.
How will it work with T Levels & apprenticeships?
The reforms in the apprenticeships programme have been profound this year and the new Institute for Apprenticeships is only 6 months old, so where will it lead and how will the new T Levels fit?
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). At the LSC and SFA David led the funding and improvement relationships with colleges and providers and successfully took on trouble-shooting roles to rescue crises in capital funding and Educational Maintenance Allowances.
Prior to that, David worked in the voluntary sector across a wide range of roles and organisations in the UK and Australia, in social housing, co-operatives, welfare, regeneration and community development.
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.
New world, new rules. Collaborating to achieve high quality end point assessments and the best outcomes for apprentices.
The apprenticeship world is evolving and the whole sector faces significant new challenges and hurdles. Simon will explain and explore the key challenges recognised by the work of the AELP and discuss how providers and EPAOs can work together collaboratively to achieve the very best outcomes for apprentices.
Simon is currently Chief Policy Officer for the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP). AELP is a national trade association, representing the interest of 800+ organisations delivering vocational learning, sustainable employment and employability support. AELP members deliver 76% of England's apprenticeships plus other skills & employment programmes. Prior to working at AELP Simon was Director of New Products and Services at the Babington Group.
From the margins to the mainstream: the changing status of further education
Apprenticeships, T levels and institutes of technology are among the Department for Education’s flagship initiatives during the current Parliament - but what will this increased political focus mean for the sector? Stephen has worked at Tes since 2010, and has twice been named the winner of the Award for Outstanding National Education Journalism at the CIPR Education Journalism Awards. He was appointed further education editor in 2015. Before joining Tes, Stephen was previously the education correspondent at the Cambridge News.
Up to the Job? Using the apprenticeship levy to tackle educational opportunity
The introduction of the apprenticeship levy in spring 2017 was the biggest change for in-work skills policy for decades. The new levy and associated reforms aim to drive up the quantity of training, and offer young people a new route into the world of work. Yet, there are concerns about its ability to do so: recent figures indicate that much of the recent growth in apprenticeship participation has been among those age 25 and older, and in low-skill, low-wage sectors. This presentation assesses the current state of play as well as where policy may head in future.
Kathleen joined the Resolution Foundation in 2017, leading on post-16 skills and education. Prior to joining Resolution, Kathleen worked at Universities UK, where she focused on graduate employment outcomes and learning and teaching policy. She holds a PhD in Political Science from the London School of Economics.
Academic or Technical – is parity in sight?
The Technical and Further Education Act set up the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education and restructured vocational qualifications into technical routes and pathways as recommended by Lord Sainsbury’s review. The aim was to raise the standards and reputation of work-based skills, to encourage more young people into apprenticeships and give employers confidence in the training and the outcomes of their workforce. How does the academic focus of schools help young people to follow their practical abilities? What part does government policy play in filling the skills gap? And will the mysterious T levels be the answer?
Sue Garden was appointed as Liberal Democrat peer in 2007. From 2010-2015 she held the position of Coalition Government Whip and Minister in the Lords, including DCMS, DfE, BIS (HE and Skills) and MOD.
Sue read French and Spanish at St Hilda’s College Oxford. With RAF husband, she moved 24 times, teaching in England and Germany. From 1988-2008 she worked for City & Guilds, developing and promoting vocational qualifications.
The first six months – progress to date
The Institute for Apprenticeships launched on 1st April 2017 and has had to hit the ground running. The Institute has set in place a number of changes to how apprenticeships are developed and assessed. The presentation will outline key successes to date and priorities for the Institute going forward. Nikki joined the Institute in March 2017. Prior to joining the Institute, Nikki worked at the British Film Institute, where she was Head of Education & Skills.
Seminars (19 October)
Delegates can choose on the day which two seminars to attend. Other seminars to be announced soon.
Apprenticeships – progress and challenges
The Institute for Apprenticeships is now up and running, there is a growing assessment market and an increasing number of standards being published. We are in a new phase with distinct roles for the Department for Education, the ESFA and the Institute for Apprenticeships.
Join us for this seminar to receive a central view of progress of the apprenticeships programme; an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of the Institute, the ESFA and the Department for Education in relation to apprenticeships and information about the future of the Apprenticeships programme.
Ailsa Harris is the Head of the Apprenticeship Standards, Quality and Assessment team in the Department for Education. This includes responsibility for the transition to new Apprenticeship Standards.
Before joining the Department for Education, Ailsa worked for the Department for Work and Pensions, both in front-line services (Jobcentre Plus) and in policy roles, advising Ministers on supporting those with health barriers into work.
The apprenticeship service: the end-point assessment digital journey
Join us for this seminar to get a future view of the apprenticeship service. Delegates will get an understanding of what embedding EPAOs in the apprenticeship service will mean and the opportunity to feed into the design of the service as it progresses.
Richard Mole is the Senior Manager - Technical & Professional Education at the Education Skills Funding Agency. During his career with the Skills Funding Agency and its predecessors, Richard has been involved in contract management, procurement, programme design and change management. He currently leads work on the Register of Apprentice Assessment Organisations, as well as supporting the implementation of the technical education reforms.
Janet Ryland is the Head of Technical Education (Funding and Programmes: apprenticeships and adults) and has worked for the Skills Funding Agency since its inception. She is currently responsible for the Agency’s role in supporting the implementation of the technical education reforms, as well as being part of team supporting the Agency’s work on the Register of Apprentice Assessment Organisations.
An update on Qualifications Wales’ programme of Sector Reviews
Qualifications Wales is close to reporting on its second sector review of qualifications and the qualification system in Construction and Built Environment. The sector review of ICT is also well underway.
Join us at this seminar to get an update on the progress for both reviews, identified emerging findings and, for Construction, sharing some ideas about potential options for action. You will also receive a copy of Qualifications Wales’ Vocational Qualification strategy (first come first served) and an update on its implementation. Delegates will be able to ask any questions about the regulation of qualifications in Wales.
The seminar is being delivered by Cassy Taylor, Associate Director (Vocational Qualifications) at Qualifications Wales.
Cassy Taylor is Qualifications Wales’ Associate Director (Vocational Qualifications) where she leads on the organisation’s Vocational Strategy and, in particular, the programme of Sector Reviews. Cassy joined Qualifications Wales from Welsh Government where she played a lead role in the establishment of Qualifications Wales, in particular the Qualifications Wales Act and the organisation design. Cassy has worked in the education and training sector for over 25 years. For Welsh Government she worked on a review of 14-19 learning in Wales before taking on the regulation of general qualifications between 2008 and 2012. Her previous roles include quality management in further and higher education in England and as a Qualifications Manager at the OCR awarding body in the late 1990s. Cassy has also worked extensively in the vocational training field specialising in the development of, and support for, open learning in the health and care sector.
Building a professional awarding sector
Given the shifting and turbulent vocational education, training and skills policy environment there is an urgent need to build a professional awarding sector; meeting this need is long overdue. Those working within the sector should be equipped with the skills and knowledge required to understand, develop and deliver high stakes assessment; to influence policy; to have access to high quality professional development opportunities and engagement with the assessment research community.
Join us at this seminar to find out how FAB, through its Assessment Advisory Group, has been working towards achieving these aims and will focus in particular on the development of the Qualification Manager’s Handbook.
The seminar is being delivered by Professor (Emeritus) Prue Huddleston and Trisha Fettes, Researcher, from the University of Warwick.Prue Huddleston is Emeritus Professor and formerly Director of the Centre for Education and Industry at the University of Warwick; her research interests include: vocational education and training, vocational qualifications and work-related learning; she has published widely on vocational learning and applied pedagogy. Before joining the University she was a teacher and manager within the FE sector and worked on community and outreach programmes.
She is a member of AQA’s Research Committee, OCR’s Qualifications Committee and City and Guilds Quality and Standards Committee. She is an editorial board member of the Journal of Vocational Education and Training. She is special advisor to the Education and Employers Taskforce.
The end point assessment contract: Key issues
FAB and Bindmans recently published the document ‘End-point Assessments – A guide to contractual clauses’.
The arrangements between employers, training providers and Apprenticeship Assessment Organisations throw up a host of potentially complex regulatory and commercial decisions. Key issues include the current requirements of the ESFA’s regulatory framework, commercial issues which may arise regarding changes in the regulatory requirements, and, terms and termination clauses. The session aims to be a practical one with time for questions and discussion.
Join us at this session to discuss the key issues arising from the new End Point Assessment Contracts.
This seminar is being delivered by Selman Ansari, Partner at Bindmans.
Selman is a public and regulatory law specialist. He has particular expertise in advising Awarding Bodies, apprenticeship organisations and trade associations about a range of regulatory issues. These include the drafting of centre agreements, the application of the General Conditions of Recognition, Apprenticeship Levy issues, queries arising from the dissolution of the unit bank, and, advice on the regulatory structure of the new Trailblazer Apprenticeships.
Ofqual and the changing apprenticeship landscape
There has been much change within the apprenticeship landscape, and Ofqual’s regulatory approach as SASE frameworks are ‘switched off’ and replaced by trailblazer developed Standards with End-point assessments.
Join us in this seminar where you will hear from Ofqual about the recent supervisory work examining qualifications’ delivery within apprenticeship frameworks, and outline risks and their mitigation as changes occur within the system.
This seminar is being delivered by Bryan Horne from Ofqual. Bryan has extensive experience of working in the field of vocational qualifications. Currently responsible for vocational qualifications’ standards, in the past five years he has worked at Ofqual where he led compliance and monitoring activity in this area. Prior to that he had a wide range of experience in developing, funding and delivering vocational qualifications and Apprenticeships; gained at both Sector Skills Councils and the funding agencies. In his early career, Bryan has been a Head of Department in a large college in Birmingham.
Seminars (20 October)
Delegates can choose on the day which two seminars to attend. Other seminars to be announced soon.
How Ofqual uses evidence and intelligence and what it means for you
This seminar will help Awarding Organisations gain an insight into how Ofqual uses evidence and intelligence from day-to-day monitoring of qualification delivery to inform our regulatory approach, and what it means for you in practice.
This seminar is being delivered by Min Ding from Ofqual. Min is the Associate Director for standards for delivery and performance in vocational and technical qualifications. She is responsible for ensuring standards in vocational and technical qualifications delivery, and for ensuring that supervision regimes are designed to meet strategic outcomes.
Words matter in qualification development
Are you about to develop a new qualification and your development skills are a bit rusty or haven’t you developed one before? Or do you simply want to understand why your colleagues in the Qualification Development team seem to spend so long writing, honing and refining a new qualification?
Join us at this seminar where we will consider the importance of words when we develop a new qualification, focusing in particular on choosing appropriate verbs to write effective assessment criteria.
This seminar is being delivered by Denise Edens, Education Consultant at Edens Education.
Denise Edens offers freelance services to awarding organisations including qualification development, assessment and training. She was formerly Director of Education at the ISMM, an awarding organisation for sales people, and also worked in assessment, qualification development and project management at Edexcel (Pearson). Denise is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors.
Social media and awarding bodies - everything you wanted to know but were afraid to ask
Join us at this seminar where you will discover how to think about Social Media strategically. You'll come away understanding the essential principles for success. And you'll also be given lots of practical tips and suggestions you can use straight away in your Social Media Marketing.
This seminar is being led by Andrew Lloyd Gordon, an experienced digital marketing consultant, speaker and trainer. From launching dot-com start-ups in the mid-90s, he went on to work with just about every type of organisation both large and small, public and private. Andrew is also a trainer for Google's Digital Academy.
Regulation in Northern Ireland – all you need to know
In Northern Ireland, the Department of the Economy (DfE) is implementing ambitious plans for new traineeships and apprenticeships.
Join us at this seminar where we will outline the nature and scope of the Qualifications market in Northern Ireland and how the qualifications offered to learners will be regulated. We will also discuss ways to enhance the curriculum for 14-19 year olds in Schools. It will also be an opportunity to share your views with CCEA about qualifications and how they can be best supported in Northern Ireland.
This seminar is being delivered by Justin Edwards (CEO), Roger McCune (Head of Regulation) and Terri McComiskey (Education Manager) at CCEA
Roger McCune MBE is Head of Regulation at Council for Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA). Previously was Senior Professional Officer with the Northern Ireland Curriculum Council (NICC). Began career as a science teacher and, from 1976 to 1984, was Head of Chemistry in large grammar school in Northern Ireland. Is a past National Chair of the Association for Science Education (ASE). Awarded MBE in 2012 for services to education in Northern Ireland. Current areas of responsibility within CCEA include the regulation of qualifications taken by learners in Northern Ireland. In addition, has responsibility within CCEA for developing advice to the Department of Education (DE) and the Department for the Economy (DfE) on all matters to do with qualifications/curriculum development, including qualifications in support of the Apprenticeship and Traineeship programmes in Northern Ireland.
Terri McComiskey has worked in the Regulation team in CCEA since 2006. During that time, she has gained experience in regulatory work such as developing qualifications criteria and monitoring Awarding Organisation operations, very often working with fellow qualifications regulators across the UK. She has been actively involved in the quality assurance of National Occupational Standards as a UK NOS Panel member. She is currently supporting the Department for the Economy in Northern Ireland in the design and implementation of new traineeships and apprenticeships. Terri works as one of thirteen ECVET experts operating across the UK. Prior to joining CCEA Terri worked in the Further Education sector in Northern Ireland for almost 20 years across a number of roles – lecturing in Business subjects; ,mentoring and staff development; and latterly as Head of Department for Business, Sport, Hospitality and Personal Services. Prior to working in the education sector, she worked in Dublin for a number of years in a sales and marketing role.
Justin joined CCEA, as CEO, on 1 December 2014, after an extensive career in Further and Higher Education. Prior to this appointment Justin was the Assistant Chief Executive at Belfast Met. At the College he was responsible for the teaching and learning provided to over 30,000 learners and qualifications ranging from Entry Level to Level 7 (Postgraduate). Justin also worked as an Executive Director, Southern Regional College, Learning and Skills Network and Learning and Skills Development Agency. Justin is also the UK representative to the European Commission Digital Skills Committee and a Member of the BBC Northern Ireland Education Broadcasting Council.
Legal update - what awarding organisations need to know
There have been many and varied legal developments this year that affect the AO sector including Brexit; GDPR; the Technical and Further Education Act 2017; Skills Plan implementation; Ofqual sanctions; obligations on regulators to act proportionately; and case law developments in respect of the status of contracted examiners following CitySprint and Uber cases and the recently-published Taylor Report.
Join us at this seminar where we will provide a high level overview of these legal developments.
This seminar is being delivered by Emma Dowden-Teale, Partner and Joanna Howard, Solicitor from BWB’s Public and Regulatory Law department.
Joanna Howard is a solicitor in BWB’s Public and Regulatory Law department. Joanna has advised across a broad spectrum of public law and regulatory matters including advice and litigation in and regarding the public sector, on public inquiries and in respect of professional discipline. More particularly, she is also an information law specialist, including data protection, confidentiality and privacy. Joanna recently completed a secondment at a public body and has a background in education and charity law, having previously worked for three years with BWB’s education and charity teams.
Emma Dowden-Teale is a partner in BWB’s Public and Regulatory Law department. Emma advises on all aspects of regulatory and public law, both contentious and advisory, including in respect of equality duties and human rights. This includes advice to and representation of private and third sector entities in their dealings with regulators and potential challenges to the exercise of their public functions. She has previously been seconded to a number of public bodies to provide advice as in-house counsel as well as acting in public law litigation in a number of Commonwealth countries. Within her broader practice, Emma specialises in education (particularly the regulation of qualifications), safeguarding and health and social care. Emma is particularly adept at advising and litigating in legally and politically dynamic contexts. Emma leads BWB’s multi-disciplinary team in relation to qualifications and awarding organisations and is highly experienced in respect of the issues that face the sector.
Maximising International Opportunities
For UK Awarding Organisations to compete successfully on the global stage, there is a need for a coherent certification and recognition offer; one that is flexible and globally credible enough to meet the needs of industries and wider society. Awarding organisations must articulate and deliver world-class solutions which provide recognition in a constantly evolving economy. This session will highlight how Awarding Organisations can work individually and collaboratively to successfully compete for a share of this growing global marketplace. As well as market updates, useful tools and techniques will be shared that will support the development of an appropriate offer.
Jonathan Ledger is the Global Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Specialist for the Department for International Trade Education team. Jonathan’s expertise is used to lead the development of international TVET opportunities for UK providers, developing the UK TVET export capacity, and promoting the UK’s capabilities in the sector. He works with Embassies and High Commissions to understand where opportunities exist and to explain how the UK is well qualified to be able to undertake the specific roles.
An update on T-Levels
Following on from workshops in January, March and September these sessions provide a further opportunity for delegates to engage with the reasons for technical education reform and feed into the latest policy thinking.”
FAB 2017 Exhibitors
It was hugely worthwhile investing the time and money in attending the conference as I gained a lot of very useful information and met people who are key to my business. It was good to have a choice of seminars and the whole event seemed to run very smoothly...
A very interesting conference with much gained...
I think you did an excellent job with this year's conference - best one yet...
Much food for thought which will influence my thinking in the very near future...