Policy Forum for Northern Ireland

Priorities for apprenticeships in Northern Ireland: standards, promotion and the impact of policy

Morning, Wednesday, 4th October 2017

Belfast

THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED



This timely seminar will bring together stakeholders and policymakers to consider the future for apprenticeship provision in Northern Ireland.


Delegates will examine the implementation of the Apprenticeship Levy - along with its impact on employers - and on the delivery of the Securing our Success and Generating our Success strategies, as well as Departmental priorities for the future.


Those attending will also discuss how apprenticeships fit into the aims of the industrial strategy - including higher level apprenticeships, and for industries targeted for growth by the Strategic Advisory Forum and skills barometer - as well as how to best promote apprenticeships as an attractive option for young people.


Further sessions will look at the priorities for raising standards in apprenticeships, including the role of inspectors, providers and learning institutions in promoting excellence in qualifications - including through enhanced collaboration - and the latest thinking on ensuring that qualifications are of high quality, are flexible and of relevance to the needs of young people and the wider economy.


A keynote address will be delivered by Michael Gould, Assistant Director of the Youth Policy Division, Department for the Economy.



Guest of Honour

Michael Gould

Assistant Director of the Youth Policy Division, Department for the Economy

Guest of Honour

Michael Gould

Assistant Director of the Youth Policy Division, Department for the Economy

Chair

Dr Stephen Farry MLA

Northern Ireland Assembly

Speakers

Professor David Jones

Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education and Students, Queen’s University Belfast

Richard Kirk

Regional Director, Institution of Civil Engineers

Helen Bready

Nations Head of Policy and Stakeholders, City and Guilds

Gareth Hetherington

Associate Director, Ulster University Economic Policy Centre

Senior speaker confirmed from CBI

Senior speaker confirmed from Education and Training Inspectorate

Jackie Henry

Senior Partner, Northern Ireland, Deloitte

Senior speaker confirmed from FSB