Making Apprenticeships Work  

– a conference for employers by employers

Annual Apprenticeship Conference, ICC, Birmingham

Thursday 23 March, 9.30-17.30

With sweeping reforms changing the education and skills landscape, and the introduction of the apprenticeship levy in April, it has never been more important for employers to get to grips with apprenticeships.

Following the 2016 Making Apprenticeships Work conference, which focused on what a quality apprenticeship should look like, the 2017 is all about designing, delivering and financing your apprenticeship programme.

With a mix of presentations, case studies, panel discussions and table workshops, the conference will focus on how to plan and manage a successful apprenticeship programme and get the most out of the levy. 

Tea, coffee and lunch will be provided.

Register now with our exclusive discount code to get 50% off.



Who is it for?

This conference is for levy-paying employers who understand the potential apprenticeships have to up-skill the workforce and develop future leaders. If you are an HR Director/Manager, Apprenticeship Manager, Head of Training or similar then this conference is for you.

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What will it cover?

With a mix of presentations, case studies, panel discussions and table workshops, this interactive conference will focus on how to design, deliver and finance a successful apprenticeship programme, and get the most out of the levy starting in April.

The conference will focus on:

  • Determining an apprenticeship strategy that will add value to your business
  • Designing a sustainable apprenticeship programme that will build the talent at every level of your organisation
  • Your delivery options as an employer and how to be ready to deliver
  • Financing your apprenticeships, accessing your levy and using the Digital Apprenticeship Service (DAS)
  • What apprentices want – ensuring programmes are fit for their needs

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When is it?

The Making Apprenticeships Work conference will run on day two of the Annual Apprenticeships Conference and all delegates will have the opportunity to attend just this conference or purchase tickets that combine the employer conference with attendance to the wider conference.

To book your place for Making Apprenticeships Work conference, please register here.

Virgin train discount

We're also delighted to offer delegates a 25% discount on Virgin train travel to the conference when booking an advanced fare. To receive the discount, please book your journey via the booking link. Please note, you must show confirmation of conference attendance to receive the discount

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Hosted by City & Guilds and ILM, with the Industry Skills Board

The Industry Skills Board

The City & Guilds Industry Skills Board (ISB) is a diverse group of employers that was set up by the City & Guilds Group to look at the wider skills agenda. The report forms part of the ISB’s drive to ensure businesses become better informed in how to train staff at all levels, and in the benefits of doing so.  

Members of the ISB:

  • TUI Group
  • KPMG
  • Optimity
  • National Grid
  • CIPD
  • Microsoft UK
  • Civil Service Learning
  • Marstons
  • Hilton Worldwide
  • Heathrow
  • NHS
  • TUC
  • AELP
  • PGL
  • GTA
  • Barclays
  • Tulip Ltd
  • Laing O’Rourke
  • Compass Group
  • Xtrac
  • City & Guilds

The ISB is supported by the Trade Union Congress (TUC).


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