Monday 25 & Tuesday 26 June 2018 | Novotel London West, Hammersmith

Sponsored by NCFE, the AELP National Conference 2018 takes place a year into the apprenticeship levy reforms and just before the T Level work placement pilots start.

We are delighted to announce that the Rt Hon Anne Milton MP, Minister of State for Apprenticeships and Skills, will address the Conference on Day One.

Delegates will hear the government, employers and providers debate the impact of the apprenticeship reforms in the light of the start numbers since and the issues surrounding the introduction of standards and end point assessment. They will also have plenty of opportunity to make their views known too.

As usual, we will have a top line-up of plenary speakers, including the new chief executive of the Education and Skills Funding Agency, and an excellent range of workshop presentations. The popular exhibitor space is always sold out where you can find the latest supporting technologies and other services which help make your organisation and programme delivery more efficient.

Full AELP members receive one complimentary place for both days and with two days of networking and an entertaining gala dinner, attendance at the AELP National Conference offers great value to AELP members and other stakeholders.

AELP CEO Mark Dawe comments: “This is shaping up to be the biggest and best AELP conference yet with a fantastic line-up of speakers who have the pulse on the sector reforms. Not only does it give our members a great opportunity to debate how the reforms are going, but we can help influence the next stage of the apprenticeship changes after April 2019 and the roll-out of T levels. It couldn’t be a more exciting time to hold a conference.”

Nine sessions across two days are expected to cover the following themes: Promoting Apprenticeships, Managing Sector Reforms, Ensuring Quality Provision, Ofsted looking forward, Good Governance of Providers, Shaping a Coherent Skills Strategy, Employers Tackling Skills Challenge, Opposition Policy Update and The Value of Partnership.

Click here to view the draft Agendas

Confirmed Speakers

  • Reeta Chakrabarti – Conference Chair, BBC News presenter and correspondent
  • Martin Dunford OBE, Skills Training UK & AELP
  • Mark Dawe, AELP
  • Rt Hon Anne Milton MP
  • Jason Holt CBE, Apprenticeship Ambassador Network
  • Eileen Milner, Education and Skills Funding Agency
  • Sir Gerry Berragan, Institute for Apprenticeships
  • Sally Collier, Ofqual
  • Julie Hyde, Cache
  • Paul Joyce HMI, Ofsted
  • Dame Ruth Silver DBE, FETL
  • Dr Susan Pember OBE, Holex
  • Peter Marples, 3aaa
  • Gillian Keegan MP
  • Jennifer Coupland, DfE
  • Dr Julie Nugent, WMCA
  • Keith Smith, ESFA
  • Philip Augar, Post 18 Funding Review
  • Gordon Marsden MP
  • Bill Rammell, University of Bedfordshire
  • Paul McGuire, JTL
  • Ace of SkunkAnansie, Academy of Contemporary Music
Delegate Fees

AELP Members

Full AELP Members are entitled to one complimentary place for both days. Full Members taking advantage of their complimentary place may choose to book a different delegate for the second day. This has been incorporated into the booking journey.

Additional Full Member delegates may book at the following rates:

Day One - £300.00 + VAT
Day Two - £300.00 + VAT
Both Days - £575.00 + VAT

Associate Members

Receive a 25% discount on the advertised full member rate.

Day One - £225.00 + VAT
Day Two - £225.00 + VAT
Both Days - £431.25 + VAT

Patron Organisations

Receive two complimentary places again at this years conference.


Day One - £400.00 + VAT
Day Two - £400.00 + VAT
Both Days - £750.00 + VAT

AELP Member Pledge

Any non-member who pays the non-member rate and subsequently becomes a member within 30 days of attending this conference will be reimbursed the difference between the non-member rate and the AELP member rate.

AELP have reserved a number of bedrooms for conference attendees at the Novotel London West for the nights of 24 and 25 June 2018.


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