Details of next year’s ‘even bigger and better’ FE Week apprenticeship conference revealed

Details of the 2016 FE Week Annual Apprenticeship Conference and Exhibition (AAC) have been finalised — and it’s set to be even bigger and better than the first time around.

Birmingham’s International Convention Centre (ICC), which already hosts the Association of Colleges annual conference, will be home to the second annual AAC for three days from Wednesday, March 16.

More than 600 delegates attended AAC 2015

The 2015 event attracted more than 600 delegates to Westminster’s Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in March across just two days.

Speakers at the event, hosted by broadcaster and journalist Kirsty Wark, included Skills Minister Nick Boles, Shadow Business Secretary Chuka Umunna and the then-House of Commons Education Select Committee chair Graham Stuart, who used the conference to launch the committee’s report on apprenticeships and traineeships for 16 to 19-year-olds.

But the new venue will mean more variety and a bigger exhibition area, workshops and plenty more besides — not to mention the extra day.

Shane Mann, managing director of FE Week publisher Lsect Ltd, said the 2016 line-up would cement the conference reputation for attracting big, influential names.

He said: “Our inaugural AAC was a resounding success, and we want to build on that with a bigger venue and a bigger and even better programme to match.

“We will once again be getting speakers from across the FE and skills sector and beyond, and enticing the most influential politicians, from both government and opposition, out of the Westminster bubble and onto our stage.

AAC 2016 will take place at the ICC Birmingham.
AAC 2016 will take place at the ICC Birmingham.

“I am also delighted that our key partners, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, the Association of Employment and Learning Providers and AAC Headline Sponsors OCR, will again be working with us closely on this year’s event.”

Would-be delegates are being urged to save the date, register their interest here and keep an eye out for further announcements about booking information, speakers and other activities, in FE Week and at later this year.

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