Conference 2015

Higher Education, Skills, Apprenticeships and Employability – Policies, Funding and Practice

Date:      Thursday 26th November 2015

Venue:    etc.venues Maple House, 150 Corporation Street, Birmingham B4 6TB

Cost:       From £180 per delegate

Conference content

 This one day conference will cover:*

Higher Education, Technician and Professional Level Skills

  • An overview and interpretation of Government policy and what it means for HEIs, FECs and private training providers
  • BIS, HEFCE and Skills Funding Agency (SFA) priorities
  • Working with employers to develop the skills of the existing workforce and those entering employment

Higher Apprenticeship and Degree Apprenticeship

  • How HEIs are working with employer trailblazers, professional bodies, large employers and SMEs
  • Government co-investment and funding for Higher Apprenticeship and Degree Apprenticeship including the Apprenticeship Levy and the employer as purchaser
  • Opportunities and competitive challenges for HEIs and FECs

Recruiting Students following Level 3 Vocational Programmes and Partnerships with Awarding Organisations

  • Reaching new cohorts of learners, widening access and meeting employer demand for higher level skills provision

LEPs, City Devolution, localism and the Skills Agenda

  • How HEIs and FECs can and are responding

Good Practice Case Studies, focused on:

  • How HEIs and FECs are engaging in Higher Apprenticeship and Degree Apprenticeship
  • Placements and Enhancing Employability

*Conference content subject to change – see Full Conference Programme here.

Conference fees

UVAC Members

Non Members

Conference place – 26th November 2015 – includes conference entry, conference materials, lunch and refreshments





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How to book

To book your place, download and complete the booking form and return it to us by email to

Overnight accommodation

This is a one day conference and accommodation is not included, however if you wish to stay overnight, you can find a list of nearby hotels here.  UVAC takes no responsibility for any booking made with these hotels, nor should the provision of this information be taken as an endorsement of them.  Please call the hotels for up to date tariff information.

Presentations from Conference 2015 #uvac2015



Skills Funding Agency

Sheffield Hallam University Part 1

Sheffield Hallam University Part 2

Sheffield Hallam University Part 3

Sheffield Hallam University Part 4

University of Winchester and Fujitsu

Southampton Solent University and Balfour Beatty

AQA, City and Guilds and NCFE

Knowledge Quarter

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