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Apprentices and School Leavers Conference 2017

12 December @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

£449.00 - £499.00

Hilton Hotel, Canary Wharf, London


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It’s back and better than ever. We’re really excited to be hosting the 4th annual Apprenticeships and School Leavers Conference.  Are you ready to hear from top employers and professionals and learn from their successful apprenticeship programmes?


Discover the benefits of investing in apprentices and getting the right programme in place for your business to ensure talented employees with the right skills are ready to hit the ground running and increase your business' productivity.

Learn best practices and ways of attracting talent from non-university-graduates: if top universities won’t guarantee the skills your business needs, apprentices may be the right solution for your talent acquisition.

Our speakers will give you the tools to set up and run a successful apprenticeship programme that fits your business needs, as well as show you the impact it will have on your productivity and the positive benefits of offering hands-on experience and career development to young people.

We will also discover the latest political and educational changes and how it affects the development of your internal programmes.

If you are an in-house HR Professional our event is for you! Our conference will be aimed at HR Manager and Directors in general, Head of HR’s and Talent Management, L&D Professionals, Recruiters, Graduate and Apprenticeship programme specialists.

Who should attend:
  • HR Directors / Managers / Business Partners
  • Heads of Talent and Talent Managers
  • Early Careers Recruitment Managers
  • Learning and Development Heads / Managers

Conference Attendee Questions

Will I get the event presentations?


Download detailed instructions here.

For environmental reasons, we do not print conference presentations.  They become available as a download in your account on this site, shortly before the event.

When your order is completed online, an account it automatically created for you.

Please remember the account login and password you created during the event registration process.  You will need this to access the presentations.

The event presentations are added to this account shortly before the seminar and can then be downloaded. We will notify you when they are available.



In order for people to get the presentations they have to download them from an account on this website. 

If you made the booking, you can download them for your colleague as you already have an account – or they can create their own account.

To create an account, the attendee will need to purchase the documentation directly from the site.  Don’t worry – we will email them a “Coupon Code” to input which makes the purchase free of charge. 

Normally we email all attendees to notify them when the documentation is available online about one week before the event.  We include account set up instructions and the Coupon Code with that email. 



You can find the LOST PASSWORD screen under “MY ACCOUNT” on the top menu of our site or by clicking HERE.


What food and refreshments are provided?

Generally coffee and light refreshments are available on arrival and at tea and coffee breaks throughout the day.  The times of these are made clear in the event programme.

Lunch is served on full day events.  We arrange a buffet with a selection of options to accommodate different dietary requirements, but if you have specific needs please feel free add this on the ‘additional information’ section of the online booking for or to email us.  Contact us here.

I have a discount code – how do I claim it?

If you have been sent a discount or special offer ‘coupon code’ this can be entered in the shopping cart while booking and your discount will be applied to your purchase.

I have a ‘ticket’ email but it does not say the right delegate names?

Don’t worry.  You don’t need the ‘ticket’, it’s just produced by the booking software to confirm the order.  

If you added delegate details on the booking form when you completed your order or told us by phone or email the names of the attendees, these people will be registered and do not need to bring the ‘ticket’.


I am a supplier or consultant, can I attend?

Sorry, but suppliers may not attend as delegates.

We do allow a strictly limited number of suppliers to exhibit.  Further exhibitor information can be found here or by calling our sales team on 020 7231 5100.

How do I pay? Can I have an invoice? Can I pay with a credit card?

Payment can be made by credit card when you book, or you can specify cheque, bank transfer or invoice etc. once you complete the registration form.

An invoice or receipt is automatically sent once booking is completed online.

For cheque and BACS payments, our account details can be downloaded here.

Credit card details can be taken by telephone, please call our account department on +44 (0)20 7231 5100. We do not store any credit card details used for payment.

Online credit card payments are transacted via Paypal – you do not need a Paypal account to use this facility.

How do I book an event?

You can book online
Simply scroll down the page to the “Tickets” section. Select the number of places you wish to book and then click “Add to Cart”. You will then be taken to the shopping cart where you can confirm your purchase details, enter any discount or special offer coupon codes you may have, and arrange payment.

You can book by telephone
Simply call us on 020 7231 5100.

Event Date Changes

Changes are sometimes needed due to circumstances beyond our control such as trainers being ill, poor weather and so on.  In the very rare circumstances that we need to change the date for an event we will automatically offer you a place on the next available event date.  If this is not suitable for you we will refund your booking fee.

We cannot accept liability for travel and accommodation costs and strongly advise you not to book cheap ‘non-refundable / no change’ tickets and to check your insurance covers travel and accommodation in these circumstances.

Can you recommend a hotel near the venue?

Yes! Some of our events are actually held at hotels, but not all of them, so we have put together a page to help you find a suitable hotel near all of our main venues.

Can I cancel my booking or transfer to another event?

Please see our full terms and conditions here .

  • Cancellations can be made up to one month before the event. Cancellations must be confirmed in writing and will be subject to a cancellation charge of £100 + VAT.
  • Cancellations at less than one month from the event date are be subject to full payment.
  • Substitutions may be made at any date and are subject to a £100 + VAT administration fee.
  • Non-payment or non-attendance does not constitute a cancellation.
  • If you want to change to another course date, or different event, we will do our best to accommodate your request, but we reserve the right to refuse changes. Any changes are subject to a £100 + VAT administration fee.

Event Sponsors



cut-e is a world leader in the design and implementation of online psychometric assessments and related talent solutions. Assessing over 7 million people per year with tools in 40 languages and offices in 33 countries around the world cut-e helps many of the world’s most successful organisations to select and develop the best talent. Organisations such as Dell, Emirates, Rolls Royce, Aer Lingus, O2 Telefonica and Burger King all trust cut-e to help them hire and develop the best people for their organisations.

BPP Professional Apprenticeships

Expert business, finance and law apprenticeship training and support from one of Europe’s largest specialist professional education providers.

Aligned to industry recognised professional qualifications with clear progression paths to full professional or postgraduate qualifications, BPP work with employers to create and deliver bespoke apprenticeship and school leaver programmes tailored to individual business needs to recruit and develop the professionals of tomorrow.



TARGETrecruit, part of Group GTI, is one of the world's leading early careers outsourcing recruitment specialists. They are passionate about early careers recruitment and are fully embedded in the early careers market - and it shows in their results. They bring the latest ideas, innovation and best practice to their clients' campaigns, allowing them to recruit the highest calibre talent for their apprentice, school leaver and graduate opportunities. Some of TARGETrecruit's clients outsource their complete early careers recruitment campaigns to them, while others use them to support or develop specific elements of their recruitment process such as marketing and attraction, application screening, telephone and video interviewing, candidate managements, and assessment centre design.


Milkround logo


Milkround is your graduate career resource with hundreds of internships, placements, graduate jobs and schemes. Start your job search here, or use our advice pages to research careers and help with your decision making.

We’re committed to giving students and graduates career confidence, and that means conquering fears of finding, applying and making that first step on the career ladder. With Milkround you get direct access to employers.


 London South Bank University

Apprenticeships are a priority at London South Bank University and the university works with over 1000 employers to train their staff.  Around one-third of students are part time sponsored by their employer and for 2017/8 over 500 apprentices are expected to enrol at LSBU.

The Institute for Professional and Technical Education will open late 2018 with £12 million funding to provide Higher and Degree apprenticeship in meet the skills needs of employers focusing is on:

  • Business and Management
  • Digital and IT
  • Construction
  • Engineering
  • Health
  • Housing



If your organisation would be interested in promoting itself through the wide variety of exhibitions, sponsorship and marketing opportunities available at this event, please visit our sponsorship mini-site or contact our sales team at [email protected] or 020 7231 5100.


 09:00 Coffee and Registration
09:30 Chair's opening remarks - Neil Weller, LAAN London Chair, Apprenticeships Ambassador Network
 09:45 How are you addressing the Apprenticeship Levy since its launch?
  • Discover how to tackle and find solutions to key challenges faced since the launch of the Apprenticeship Levy
  • Case study - how to manage the 20% development time, early career programmes, staff engagement and more
  • How apprenticeships can fill the business demands of the future
Emma O'Dell, Head of Financial Services Apprenticeships and Strategic Partnerships, BPP Professional Education
10:10 Developing the technical and interpersonal skills your business needs: the bridge between talent and business
  • Addressing the challenges of learn-on-the-job training
  • Attracting your future talent pool: the development path to becoming more than future business leaders
  • Exploring what it is like to be an apprentice in a tech-skilled business
Michelle Adams, Director of Talent & Development, Telefonica 02 UK Ltd
 10:35 The alternative route for a career in the world of financial services
  • J.P. Morgan apprenticeships - smashing the preconceptions around progression
  • Harnessing the enthusiasm of youth - the journey and impacts of talented and dedicated apprentices
  • Preparing for tomorrow's apprentice today - the apprentice experience
Jodie Rudd, UK Early Years Associate, J.P. Morgan Nicholas Rastall. Associate EMEA Transaction Services, J.P. Morgan
11:00 Questions and discussion with speakers
 11:10 Refreshments and networking
 11:30 Understanding how and when students make career decisions and how to target them most effectively
  • Market insight: an overview of school students' career aspirations and understanding key influencers
  • Targeting schools for apprenticeship roles to maximise success of your activity
  • Case studies: insights into how to access and recruit top talent
David Palmer, Research Manager, Trendence Holly Weaver, Account Director, TARGETrecruit
 11:55 Designing an engaging, bespoke, state of the art apprentice talent assessment solution for Roll-Royce early careers In this presentation, Cut-e will discuss the challenges and opportunities of assessing early careers candidates as well as showcasing a practical example of their first to market mobile solution which:
  • Assesses cognitive abilities and behaviours of candidates in an engaging familiar format
  • Improves employer branding and candidate experience
  • Contributes to the diversity and inclusion agenda for Rolls-Royce
Howard Grosvenor, Director of Professional Services, Cut-e UK
12:20 Questions and discussion with speaker
 12:30 Lunch and networking
13:30 Knowledge share networking session This session will give you the opportunity to engage and share ideas with your peers on the top apprenticeship challenges that the UK is facing today
 14:00 STREAM A - How apprentices can improve your customer service experience
  • How to identify skills gaps in your business and develop the right apprenticeship programme to fill them
  • How apprenticeships can increase morale in the workplace
  • How to increase productivity and become more competitive through apprenticeship schemes
Andy Smyth, Early Talent & Apprenticeships Manager, TUI Group
14:00 STREAM B - The commitment of making apprenticeship agendas inclusive and accessible to all
  • How to overcome barriers by creating an apprenticeship scheme that is representative of society
  • Boost the support for disadvantaged people
  • Explore the benefits of increasing inclusiveness through apprenticeship schemes
 14:25 STREAM A - Apprentices at the heart of your organisation
  • Making a successful impact in the key areas of business
  • Ensuring high quality and valuable apprenticeships that make positive contributions to the organisation
  • Offering sustainable employment and training opportunities
 14:25 STREAM B - Apprenticeships as part of our commitment to learning, education and development
  • NG Bailey apprenticeships' path and its future aim
  • Investing in people and the effects it can have on your business
  • Discover how NG Bailey's apprentices have progressed into senior management positions
Frank Clayton, Head of Group Learning & Development, NG Bailey
14:50 Questions and discussion with speakers 14:50 Questions and discussion with speakers
 15:00 Refreshments and networking
 15:20 Panel discussion 
  • What are the employer commitments?
  • The challenges of finding the right training provider
  • The apprentice journey
Neeta Barot, Business Development Manager - Apprenticeships and Employer Sponsored Study, London Southbank University Hayden Deighton, Apprentice Engineer, Troup Bywaters and Anders Charlie Bagnall, Building Services Technician, Troup Bywaters and Anders
 15:45 Talent attraction through apprenticeship programmes
  • 'Be part of a fast based media company': how Channel 4 encourage talented people to do apprenticeships instead of University
  • Increasing diversity through different life experiences, ideas and viewpoints
  • Channel 4 apprenticeship programme: the apprentices' experience
Laura Boswell, Industry Talent Expert, Channel 4
16:10 Questions and discussion with speakers
16:20 Chair's closing remarks and end of conference

Conference Speakers

Michelle Adams, Director of Talent & Development, Telefonica

Michelle is Director of Talent & Development at Telefonica, working to join together their ‘buy, develop and accelerate’ strategy for diverse talent and leadership across the UK.  She has 20 years’ senior HR experience working across retail, manufacturing and communications sectors for well-known names such as Harrods and Orange.

Previously at Telefonica, as Senior HR Business Partner to several board members and their leadership teams across the UK and Europe, she led a team to deliver strategic, commercial and customer-focused HR solutions, aligning people strategy and plans to overall business goals.  Projects covered the whole employee lifecycle and ranged from large scale transformation and M&A activity, evolving Sales competency and skills development, through to tightening recruitment and on-boarding experiences.

Michelle is passionate about ensuring HR has a commercial edge and drives tangible business results and has relished the move from a generalist business partner profile to her new centre of excellence role in recent months. Michelle is a huge advocate of developing the skills of young people and is responsible for Telefonica UK’s early career 'Talentum’ programme, which creates job and learning opportunities for hundreds of young interns, apprentices and graduates.


Howard Grosvenor, Director of Professional Services, cut-e

Howard Grosvenor is the Director of Professional Services for cut-e UK. He develops the infrastructure for a skilled, pragmatic and professional consulting team, ensuring projects are delivered to the highest standards of professional practice.

Some of his recent projects include: the design and implementation of an online assessment process for a national retail group, including an evaluation of the return on investment of using assessment tools; a business research project to understand key drivers of sales success in a pan-European technology company; assessment process design for a national property development and investment company; and the re-accreditation of cut-e client training packages to new European professional standards

  Jodie Rudd, Early Career Associate, J.P. Morgan

Having worked at J.P. Morgan for 17 years, with a background primarily in operations and client management, Jodie has always had an interest in encouraging students to develop employable skills. She spent 2 years working with the graduate recruitment team which lead to J.P. Morgan approaching her to work within their Schools Early Careers team 6 years ago.

Jodie is driven by a passion for helping to find the very best junior talent for J.P. Morgan in the UK and for helping to prepare students for the world of work, whether they end up with J.P. Morgan or not. Never afraid to try something different or challenge preconceptions, the  team are seen as thought leaders within the firm. With over 200 apprentices having been taken on so far, and another 50 due in 2018, Jodie is excited about the apprenticeship space and what developments will come in future years.

Nick Rastall, Associate, SEPA Product Manager in Treasury Services, J.P. Morgan

Nick Rastall, based in London, is a Product Manager for Single Euro Payment Area (SEPA) within Treasury Services supporting Low Value Euro payments for 34 member states. Responsible for over 78 million transactions a year and a multi‑million dollar P&L, SEPA is a growing contributor to the overall Treasury Services revenues.

Nick has gained a deep understanding of the Treasury Services business through his previous role as a Proposal Manager - specifically covering Core Cash management (Payables, Receivables), Liquidity and FX for our Corporate, Commercial Bank, FI and NBFI portfolio. 

Before moving to London, Nick started his career through the J.P. Morgan Apprenticeship in Bournemouth, developing a variety of skills in Project and Business Management whilst working in the iDDA Technology team.

Nick is currently building on his industry experience by studying part-time for a bachelor’s degree in Banking and Finance through a scholarship.

David Palmer, UK Research Manager, Trendence UK

David Palmer is the UK Research Manager at Trendence UK, a specialist market research company that focuses on helping organisations to effectively reach and recruit university and school students. Prior to joining Trendence UK in 2013, David read English at Exeter College, Oxford.

Emma O'Dell, Head of Financial Services, Apprenticeships and Strategic Partnerships, BPP

In her role at BPP, Emma O'Dell advises large employers on the apprenticeship levy, talent strategy and early career strategies.

Her industry experiences includes financial services and professional services including the legal sector.

Frank Clayton, Head of Group Learning and Development, NG Bailey

As head of group learning and development, Frank Clayton is responsible for ensuring the successful delivery of NG Bailey’s existing programmes while ensuring we continue to build upon the company’s reputation for providing industry leading training and development.

Frank joined NG Bailey in 2012 as an apprentice training advisor where he was instrumental in implementing changes to the company’s apprenticeship delivery model and the subsequent increase in the number of programmes it runs.

Prior to joining NG Bailey, he spent 10 years at Wolseley UK in a number of learning and development related roles, including operations training manager where he was responsible for the day-to-day management of the business’s national apprenticeship programme and the on-going training requirements of its 15,000 employees.

Frank has more than 15 years’ experience in L&D related roles including work for a FTSE100 business and time spent as an independent development consultant with several blue chip clients.

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12 December
9:00 am - 4:30 pm
£449.00 - £499.00
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Hilton Hotel, Canary Wharf, London
South Quay, Marsh Wall
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