Countdown to milestone 10th Annual Apprenticeship Conference

Organisers have announced keynotes from apprenticeship minister Robert Halfon MP, shadow minister Seema Malhotra MP and His Majesty’s Chief Inspector, Sir Martyn Oliver.

Organisers have announced keynotes from apprenticeship minister Robert Halfon MP, shadow minister Seema Malhotra MP and His Majesty’s Chief Inspector, Sir Martyn Oliver.

1 Feb 2024, 8:50


The countdown to the 10th Annual Apprenticeship Conference (AAC) is in its final stages with organisers announcing final keynote speakers.

This flagship event, renowned for bringing together apprenticeship employers, providers, and enthusiasts, is set to be the biggest yet, with over 1,200 delegates expected to attend. Taking place at the International Convention Centre (ICC) in Birmingham on the 26th and 27th of February.

The AAC will serve as a platform for crucial political dialogue, especially given the proximity of the upcoming General Election. Keynote speeches from the apprenticeship minister, Robert Halfon and Seema Malhotra MP of the Labour Party are particularly noteworthy. Their participation promises to shed light on each party’s stance and policies on apprenticeships, offering invaluable insights to delegates.

Sir Martyn Oliver, the newly appointed Chief Inspector of Ofsted, will make his first major education conference appearance since his appointment earlier this year. Sir Martyn’s session is highly anticipated, as it is expected to shed further light on his vision and priorities for the education sector.

Sir Martyn Oliver, HMCI Ofsted
Sir Martyn Oliver HMCI Ofsted

Adding to the conference’s high-profile speaker lineup, Rory Stewart, a distinguished political thinker, will deliver a keynote speech on “Politics, Populism and the World”. This session is set to offer a profound understanding of global political dynamics, drawing from Stewart’s extensive experience.

A cornerstone of the AAC is its extensive workshop program. Over the two-day event, more than 60 workshops will be offered, covering a wide array of topics relevant to apprenticeships. These workshops are delivered by partners such as the Department for Education, Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education, Ofsted, and Ofqual, among others. The breadth and depth of these sessions underscore the conference’s commitment to advancing the apprenticeship agenda.

Highlights video of AAC 2023.

A highlight of the AAC will be the Gala Dinner and Awards Evening on Tuesday. This sell-out event will host an audience of 550 people, eagerly awaiting the results of the AAC Apprenticeship Awards. The gala dinner not only celebrates the achievements within the apprenticeship sector but also offers an unparalleled networking opportunity for the attendees.

The conference will also feature a bustling exhibition hall, where more than 50 exhibitors will showcase their latest offers and products.

FE Week, as the proud media partner, will be covering the event in detail. Organised by FE Week’s publisher, EducationScape, the conference is a testament to the continued importance and evolving nature of apprenticeships in the UK’s education and workforce landscape.

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