Day 1

09:00 AM


Keynote Speech

Rt Hon Ed Miliband MP, Leader of the Opposition


Setting the Scene

Chair: Lee Elliot Major, Director of Development, Sutton Trust
  • Ian Walsh, Partner and Managing Director, Boston Consulting Group
  • Ben Page, Chief Executive, Ipsos Mori

11:00 AM

11:30 AM

Quality and Qualifications: Ensuring Vocational is Not Second Best

Chair: Graham Stuart MP, Chair of the Education Select Committee
  • Jeremy Benson, Director of Policy, Ofqual
  • Lesley Davies, Director of Quality, Standards and Research, Pearson UK
  • John Spierings, Executive Officer, Reichstein Foundation
  • Joanne Harper, Principal, UTC Reading

12.30 PM

01:30 PM

Keynote Speech

Chair: Martin Doel, Chief Executive, Association of Colleges
  • Andreas Schleicher, Director for Education and Skills at the OECD

02:00 PM

Keynote Speech

  • Matthew Hancock MP, Minister of State for Skills and Enterprise

02:30 PM

Employer Engagement: Can We Have Real Apprenticeships For All?

Chair: Chris Husbands, Professor of Education, Institute of Education
  • Andrea Bodner, Training Manager, Webasto
  • Frank McLoughlin, Principal, City and Islington College
  • Claire Paul, Head of Entry Level Talent, BBC
  • David Keeling, Chief Operating Officer, Bango
  • Rob Wall, Head of Education and Employment Policy, CBI

04:00 PM

Higher Ambitions In Practice

1. German employer and apprentice (Webasto: Andrea Bodner and Isabel Schreck)
2. UK employer and apprentice (Bango: David Keeling and Tanya Stittle)
3. Students from the ‘My Higher Ambitions’ youth event, to present back the views of the young people on vocational education
4. BME Student Experiences of Apprenticeships   (Jeremy Crook)

05:00 PM

Day 2

09:00 AM


  • Coffees from 9am.

09:25 AM

09:30 AM

Keynote Speech

Chair: Mark Anderson, UK MD, Pearson  
  • Professor Alison Wolf, Professor of Public Sector Management, King’s College London

10:00 AM

Keynote Speech

Chair: James Turner, Director of Programmes and Partnerships, Sutton Trust
  • Sir Michael Barber, Chief Education Advisor to Pearson

10:30 AM

11:00 AM

Changing Attitudes – How Can We Ensure Apprenticeships and Practical Qualifications are Respected?

Chair: Conor Ryan, Director of Research and Communications, Sutton Trust
  • Professor Ursula Renold, Head of Research Centre, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology
  • Tami McCrone, Senior Research Manager, NFER
  • Moshen Ojja, Associate Principal, Ark Globe Academy
  • Nick Wilkinson, Parent

12:00 PM

Rapporteur Session

  • Ian Nash, Education Consultant

01:00 PM