Upcoming webinar

Making the most of apprenticeships

Wednesday 21 June, 2:00pm BST

Apprenticeships are under the spotlight, with changes to the way they are designed and delivered, as well as to how they are funded.

In this live 60-minute webinar, we explain what you need to know about the changes to apprenticeships in England. We also provide guidance on how you can maximise the opportunities they create - regardless of whether your organisation is paying the apprenticeship levy or already operates an apprenticeship scheme.

The webinar covers:

  • apprenticeship reforms, including the apprenticeship levy and the funding practicalities for levy-paying and non-levy-paying employers;
  • changes to the design and delivery of apprenticeships, including the transition from frameworks to standards and the requirement for independent end-point assessment;
  • the beneficial impact of using apprenticeships on workforce planning, including by attracting new talent, realising the potential of existing employees and reducing attrition;
  • where to start if you do not have an apprenticeship scheme, including identifying apprenticeship opportunities, and the challenges of setting up a scheme;
  • how to maximise your return on investment;
  • gaining leadership buy-in for your apprenticeship scheme;
  • tips on finding and selecting a training provider;
  • public-sector apprenticeship targets; and
  • potential future changes to the system, including to funding.

There is also a case study of an award-winning apprenticeship programme.

The webinar includes a Q&A session. Register now to submit your questions to the speakers.

Webinar speakers

Simon Ashworth Mike Thompson

Simon Ashworth is chief policy officer for the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP). AELP is a national trade association, representing the interests of more than 800 organisations delivering vocational learning, sustainable employment and employability support. AELP members deliver 76% of England's apprenticeships plus other skills and employment programmes.




Mike Thompson has been working in Barclays for over 25 years in a variety of frontline and support leadership roles across the business. For the last six years, he has worked in HR where he has built up extensive experience implementing management and leadership development programmes and employee engagement programmes. His achievements include the roll-out of the highly successful Leadership Excellence Programme across the UK, Africa and Europe and the implementation of the Barclays Apprenticeship Programme, which is recognised as one of the UK's leading programmes.