The skills minister will be speaking at this year’s Association of Colleges annual conference.

Anne Milton’s address is guaranteed to be one of the highlights of this year’s event, which will be held at ICC in Birmingham on November 14 and 15.

The news of her appearance at one of the FE sector’s biggest annual events comes days after she spoke at the Conservative party conference, at which she discussed the need for “flexibility” in the new apprenticeships system.

David Hughes, AoC chief executive, said he was “delighted” that Ms Milton would be speaking at the conference.

“It’s such a good opportunity for her to set out the government’s vision for education and skills and the critical role colleges will play in achieving that vision. I know that AoC members will be looking forward to hearing from her and posing their questions.”

Other confirmed speakers at the two-day conference will include Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, Ofsted’s chief inspector Amanda Spielman, and the writer and broadcaster Matthew Syed.

This is only the second time the sector will have had the chance to hear from the apprenticeships and skills minister directly, after she spoke at the Association of Employment and Learning Providers conference in June, just days after she took up the role.

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