Following on from National Apprenticeship week and marking almost one year since the apprenticeship levy came in, IoD Essex are holding a Q&A session with experts from within this field to review what is happening with training in Essex and to answer your questions when it comes to investing in training and skills.
Investing in training and skills is even more important as we inch closer to Brexit. Seamus Nevin, head of policy research at the Institute of Directors, said less than a fifth of the IoD’s members understood how to reclaim their funds to train apprentices and 40 per cent did not understand how the training courses worked. Additionally, many employers are not yet clear on how to benefit from working with training providers to ensure courses in subjects for which they need are provided and communication from government has created a lot of confusion.
This panel Q&A session will enable you to put your questions to our experts and learn how you can recruit, through engaging with education, and develop your own talent to fill skill shortages both now and post-Brexit, whilst helping enhance the future of Essex's young people.
Additionally, our sponsors the Employment and Skills Board and the Careers and Enterprise Company will provide you with details and be available to discuss how you can help grow your own talent for your company, whilst helping the career prospects of Essex's students.
Andrew Sparks – Principal, Chelmsford College
Andy joined the College in September 2014 with 19 years’ experience working in Further and Higher Education across a number of vocational sectors. After starting as a new blood lecturer at Suffolk College in 1995 he progressed through the ranks, becoming a Senior Teaching Practitioner.
Andy’s managerial career began at Otley College where he took up the post of Curriculum Manager of Technology and latterly Director of Business Services before joining Writtle College as Head of Further Education. Andy originally trained as an Auto Electrician in Ipswich and is still active within the sector through his ongoing involvement with the Institute of the Motor Industry. Andy's wider interests include walking, canoeing and surfing.
Ashley Phillips - Apprentice with Maycast-Nokes (Apprenticeship National awards 2017 - regional winner)
Ashley progressed through an advanced apprenticeship and is now part-way through his higher, with the future view to take on a degree apprenticeship, should the opportunity arise. He believes that his experience can be used to help others, and has been partaking in events with Maycast-Nokes to help young people choose a path for their future, and has seen the impact it has been having, with some individuals arriving for interviews with Maycast.
Ashley has also signed on to the young apprenticeship ambassador network. He believes the first years of an apprenticeship are the most challenging, but also the most important in helping you to develop, which is why he is so interested and dedicated to helping people take those first steps.
Seamus Neavin - Head of Policy Research at the IoD
Seamus has extensive public policy experience. Prior to joining the IoD, he worked in the policy unit of a party in the Northern Ireland Assembly, the public affairs division of a major UK third sector organisation, for a leading international think tank, and for an economic policy research institute operated jointly between the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and the University of Oxford.
Seamus is a regular commentator across radio, print, online and television media. Seamus is a member of numerous groups including the Department for Education's Teaching Excellence Framework advisory group, the Business Enterprise Reference Group at Ofsted, the Vocational and Technical Qualifications Stakeholder Group at Ofqual, the Migration and Brexit Advisory Group at the University of Surrey and the University of Sussex, and the Stakeholder Reference Panel at the Institute for Apprenticeships.
Amanda Rawlings - Business Development Manager, Adult Community Learning
Amanda has worked in the apprenticeship sector for 17 years. She has worked with a raft of employers both large and small and on a range apprenticeship provision including IT, Business, Care, Management and Accounting. Currently employed at ACL Essex County Council, she heads up the Employability and Enterprise Team, delivering apprenticeships and professionally accredited learning programmes across the county.
Paula Hornett - Lead Commissioner for Post 16 Education Essex County Council
Paula has over 30 years’ experience working to promote sustainable post 16 progression, though the delivery of quality Careers Education and Information, Advice and Guidance. Throughout her career to-date, she has led diverse delivery teams and managed large scale capital investments projects; aiding the development of programmes which have contributed to a continuous improvement in young people’s engagement in learning and sustainable employment outcomes.
Paula has extensive experience of collaborative working with a wide range of stakeholders across the Eastern Region, affording her an insight into the future skills requirements of key business sectors within Essex and neighbouring authority areas.