Apprentices and School Leavers Conference 2018
5 December @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm£449.00 - £499.00
It’s back and better than ever. We’re really excited to be hosting the 5th 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.
- HR Directors / Managers / Business Partners
- Heads of Talent and Talent Managers
- Early Careers Recruitment Managers
- Learning and Development Heads / Managers
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- 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.
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- 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 to be announced soon
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.
Programme to be announced soon
Previous conference speakers
CHAIR- Neil Weller, Partner, Troup Bywaters + Anders / Chair, LAAN
Neil joined Troup Bywaters + Anders in 1984 and became Managing Partner in 2007. He entered the industry following an indentured apprenticeship path and is passionate about giving young people from all walks of life the same opportunities he had.
Neil formalised Troup Bywaters + Anders' apprenticeship scheme in 2012 in anticipation of the introduction of the levy, however the initiative started as early as 2009 as the organisation was trying to help youngsters in the recession of that time. Apprentices currently form 20% of the business with 44 employed through this initiative with a 90% retention rate.
The scheme has been externally recognised as the best apprenticeship programme in the country for a business of Troup Bywaters + Anders' size. Neil acted as lead employer to develop approved Level 3 and Level 6 design Trailblazers, simultaneously setting bespoke college courses which historically had not met the needs of the company.
Neil is also chair of the London Apprentice Ambassadors Network encouraging other businesses to join and increase their apprenticeship drive with a particular emphasis on diversity and equality.
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.
Laura Boswell, Apprenticeships and Skills Manager, Channel 4
Laura Boswell is Channel 4's Apprenticeships and Skills Manager, where she looks after apprenticeships, work experience, grass roots outreach and skills development for the creative industries. Prior to Channel 4, Laura worked at Arts Council England, supporting young people to engage in arts practice and promoting the benefits of the arts in wider society.
As part part of her work Arts Council England, Laura helped to set up the charity UK Young Artists which helps young people begin careers in the creative industries and form collaborative relationships with artists and arts organisations around the world.
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.
Charlotte Adams, National Apprenticeship Programme Consultant, RBS
Charlotte is the RBS National Apprenticeship Programme Consultant, works in Manchester and looks after over 500 apprentices across the Bank from the start of their Apprenticeship journey through to their successful completion.
Charlotte has worked in a number of roles across the Bank, in both Resourcing and within Early Career during her 11 years with RBS. Over recent years has recruited over 500 apprentices on to the programme, and most recently moved to the Programme Consultant role. With a completion rate of 85% for 2015 starters, and RBS achieving 4th in the 2017 RateMyApprentice rankings, Charlotte is really passionate about the apprenticeships at RBS and helping build future talent for the Bank.
Mike White, National Apprenticeship Manager, RBS
Mike White is currently the National Apprenticeship Manager for RBS, he has worked for RBS for 37 years, starting from school, in many different roles from Branch Cashier through to Senior Resourcing Manager looking after the recruitment of new staff into the NatWest & RBS branch networks.
Mike is from Blackpool, based in Manchester & moved into the Apprenticeship Manager role in early 2015. He has developed the RBS Apprenticeship proposition over the past 2 years, increasing the number of apprentices in RBS from 50 to over 600 across the UK. This number is expected to increase to over 1000 apprentices over the next 2 years.
He has contributed to RBS being the 4th Top Apprentice Employer in the 2017 RateMyApprentice survey (increase for 54th place in 2015) & BPP Top Large Employer 2016.
Mike is a member of Scottish Apprenticeship Advisory Board & an active member of a number of Trailblazer groups developing new standards.
Andy Smyth, Early Talent & Apprenticeships Manager, TUI Group
Andy is the Early Talent & Apprenticeships Manager at the TUI Group, as well as a City & Guilds Trustee, Chair of the City & Guilds Industry Skills Board and Chair of the Trailblazer Special Interest Group, developing the Pilot First Officer Apprenticeship Standard.
He leads the strategy, development and management of Early Talent & Apprenticeships for TUI in line with business needs and government policy. This includes governance of the company's apprenticeship programmes which were awarded OFSTED Grade 2 in 2011 and 2016.
Andy had led the work of modernising the delivery of qualifications to match business processes: enabling apprenticeships and vocational programmes to extend in to new business functions. He is a regular contributor to government policy boards, having worked with the LSC, SFA, BIS and now the iFA, ESFA and DfE on learning and skills matters and how they contribute to growth, inclusion and productivity.
Holly Weaver, Account Director, TARGETrecruit
Holly started her career in recruitment 8 years ago, working as an agency recruiter for the IT contract market. She moved into graduate recruitment with PwC in-house, spending her time working closely with universities to build up relationships and pipelines to manage her business unit’s requirements and fulfil their recruitment needs.
Since joining TARGETrecruit Holly has used this expertise working across a variety of projects in the Banking, Construction and Utilities sectors identifying top talent and delivering a great candidate journey. Holly has extensive experience delivering assessment days and is BPS Level A qualified.
Neeta Barot, Apprenticeships Business Development Manager, London South Bank University (LSBU)
Neeta Barot is the Apprenticeships Business Development Manager at London South Bank University (LSBU). Neeta is part of an apprenticeship team of eight which include Apprenticeship Account Managers and Administrators providing a one stop shop for employers and apprentices and ensuring compliance. LSBU deliver 10 Higher and Degree Apprenticeships and currently has 300 apprentices from over 85 employers.
Brendan Robinson, Commercial Manager, Transport for London
Brendan Robinson is currently the Commercial Manager at TFL and also the Lead Sponsor for the Quantity Surveying Apprenticeship, Member of the RICS and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
Originally from Cape Town, Brendan has been a QS for 14 years, and moved to the UK in 2015.
Ben Ellis, Early Talent & Apprenticeships Manager, TUI UK & Ireland
Ben leads the operational delivery of Early Talent & Apprenticeship programmes and has significant operational experience in the travel industry having worked for a number of businesses in a variety of destinations worldwide covering customer facing activity, resort management and formal health & safety management across large geographic regions.
He has worked in secondary education for over 10 years during which his department, History, was awarded OFSTED Outstanding during subject surveys, he has also contributed to overall schools achievements of Outstanding by OFSTED and equivalent by ISI. Ben now leads a field based team for TUI supporting learners in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
Charlie Bagnall, Apprentice, Troup Bywaters + Anders
Charlie complete his Level 3 apprenticeships with Troup Bywaters + Anders after attending South Thames college for 2 years on a day release basis. He is a student member of CIBSE and currently attends LSBU and is working towards the end goal of becoming a chartered engineer.
Charlie has worked on many projects at Troup Bywaters + Anders for clients within the commercial and financial sectors.
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