9:30 am - 4:00 pm
“It is vital to widen opportunities for disadvantaged learners to access and succeed in degree apprenticeships, and there is further to go to encourage minority ethnic and disabled learners to follow this route.” Nicola Dandridge, Chief Executive, Office for Students
Degree apprenticeships are a key qualification to facilitate widening access, however the profile of degree apprenticeships needs to be raised and it is vital that practitioners are able to give prospective students high quality information, advice and guidance about their options.
This NEON summit will allow widening access practitioners to hear from policy makers, other practitioners and employers. It will enable us to discuss the progress of degree apprenticeships so far and how we can raise awareness of this important qualification amongst those currently under-represented in higher education. The event will take place on Friday 22 November in central London.
- Gain an understanding of the opportunities, and challenges, degree apprenticeships offer potential students from groups traditionally under-represented in higher education.
- Learn from recent research about the effectiveness of degree apprenticeships in widening access.
- Explore ways to raise awareness of degree apprenticeships through examples of best practice.
- Hear why degree apprenticeships are a key qualification for businesses.
This event is for: widening access and/or student recruitment senior managers and officers; careers advisors in schools; staff involved in NCOPs; any staff involved in providing information, advice and guidance about routes to higher education.
- Nicola Turner MBE, Head of Access and Participation, Sector Practice, Office for Students
- Ian Pretty, Chief Executive, Collab Group
- Andy Dowling, Business Development Manager for Apprenticeships, University of Derby
- John Cope, Head of Education and Skills, Confederation of British Industry
- Sarah Cowan, Policy and Programmes Manager, National Centre for Universities and Business
- Declan Turner, Consultant at Wavehill: Economic and Social Research
- Elizabeth Gorb, Director of Apprenticeships, Manchester Metropolitan University
- Flavia Ojok, Project Officer and Stephanie Hughes, Acting Lead Project Officer, Derbyshire & Nottinghamshire Collaborative Outreach Programme (DANCOP)
10:10 Keynote: Degree apprenticeships – The challenges and opportunities for widening access
10:40 Keynote: How are degree apprenticeships widening access at the University of Derby
11:30 How to move more learners towards degree apprenticeships
12.15 Keynote: Widening access to degree apprenticeships
13:40 NEON Research
14:10 Addressing the challenges and opportunities
15:10 Panel discussion – Why must government, business and higher education continue to expand degree apprenticeships to widen access to higher education?
16:00 End of event
Membership organisation rate: £169 – 35% discount for members
Non-member organisation rate: £259
Please email Maria-Anna Petrou if you are unsure of your organisations NEON Membership status or click here.
Date: Friday 22 November
Time: 9.30am registration, 10am start until 4pm
Location: London, 9 minute walk from King’s Cross Station