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The Aptem Higher Education Forum May 2024

Aptem Higher Education forum members met online in May 2024 for a day of sharing best practices, guest speaker and Aptem team presentations, and Q&A.
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Webinar recap: How Aptem Assess is ideally placed to support your Additional Learning Support (ALS) strategy

Compliance specialist David Lockhart-Hawkins joined Aptem Product Owner Rachael Stewart for a webinar to discuss the recent enhancements to Aptem Assess and the latest funding rules ...
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Lifetime Training using Aptem Checkpoint in early adopter programme

Hear from the Aptem team and Dom Wilkinson, Lifetime Training, how Aptem's new AI-powered features will benefit apprenticeship providers.
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Rien Sach appointed as Aptem Deputy CEO

We're delighted to announce the appointment of Rien Sach as Deputy CEO at Aptem. Read more to learn about Rien's background, his new role, and ...
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Webinar: AI-powered innovation in apprenticeship delivery through Aptem Enhance

Hear from the Aptem team and Dom Wilkinson, Lifetime Training, how Aptem's new AI-powered features will benefit apprenticeship providers.
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Webinar: The future of UCAS apprenticeships

We were delighted to collaborate with UCAS to deliver a webinar covering UCAS’s transformative plans for the apprenticeship sector. Delivered by guest speaker, Pete Milsom, ...
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Webinars

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Aptem Enhance: AI-powered innovation in apprenticeship technology

Hear from the Aptem team and Dom Wilkinson, Lifetime Training, how Aptem’s new AI-powered features will benefit apprenticeship providers. Towards the end of 2022, artificial ...
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Aptem Enhance: AI-powered innovation in apprenticeship technology

Hear from the Aptem team and Dom Wilkinson, Lifetime Training, how Aptem’s new AI-powered features will benefit apprenticeship providers. Towards the end of 2022, artificial ...
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Aptem Enhance: AI-powered innovation in apprenticeship technology

Hear from the Aptem team and Dom Wilkinson, Lifetime Training, how Aptem’s new AI-powered features will benefit apprenticeship providers. Towards the end of 2022, artificial ...
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Introducing Aptem's Communications Connector with Microsoft Teams
We introduced a Communications Connector in April 2024 to allow customers to bring their organisation’s Microsoft Teams license into Aptem. This offers learners and tutors a secure, familiar and consistent experience, enabling them to schedule, reschedule, and cancel meetings and reviews. This 15-minute session showcased how this connector works and provided a Q&A session to answer any related questions.
Navigating challenges in apprenticeship systems: Enrolment dropouts, administrative hurdles, and rigid review procedures
This webinar dived into the thorny challenges of apprenticeship delivery, showcasing how Aptem is designed to help training providers succeed. Our expert panel comprised former heads of apprenticeships; each of whom has walked in the shoes of apprenticeship providers, understanding both the demands of the sector and the varying capability of apprenticeship management systems on the market. 
2024/25 Apprenticeship funding rules – key changes from the draft, with David Lockhart-Hawkins
In this 30-minute webinar, David talked through the headlines in the draft changes and guided providers in giving their feedback in preparation for the final release later in the Spring.
The future of UCAS apprenticeships
Delivered by guest speaker, Pete Milsom, UCAS Partnership Manager, the session showcased UCAS’s vision to provide parity to apprenticeships by creating one consolidated place for people to discover and access higher education and apprenticeship options.
Aptem Enhance: AI-powered innovation in apprenticeship delivery
Following the successful launch of our first AI-driven enhancement, Aptem Checkpoint, this session showcased how we’re continuing to develop a series of tools to help apprenticeship providers spend less time on admin and more time with learners. We shared our AI-powered Aptem Enhance strategy and were joined by Dom Wilkinson, Product Owner at Lifetime Training who shared how Lifetime has already embraced the first of these features.
Ofsted in the HE sector - insights from an inspection nominee
In this webinar, Ian Harper, Commercial & Business Development Director at Buckinghamshire New University shares his experience of being an Ofsted inspection nominee. Ian is joined by Kerry Boffey, CEO & Founder of the Fellowship of Inspection Nominees (FIN) who gives her expert views on the key themes highlighted by Ian.
Foundations for profitability - with Vince Hannant from Melior Esse

In this webinar, Vince Hannant, Founder of business consultancy, Melior Esse, discusses principles that your apprenticeship business should have in its process and operations to ensure you are in control of key decisions that influence your profit margins.

Preparing for your SAR submission – with Kerry Boffey, CEO & Founder at FIN

Regular self-assessment is crucial for apprenticeship providers in ensuring quality assurance. Led by Kerry Boffey, the session provided practical insights, best practices, and tips for effective SAR submissions. The Aptem team demonstrated how to extract information from Aptem to showcase your provision’s performance effectively.

Aptem Checkpoint - first look at independent AI-driven learner progress checking

Aptem Checkpoint is our first AI-driven product which independently checks learner understanding, helps evidence progress and acts as a supportive tool to successful completion. We were joined by Ryan Palmer, CEO of YMCA and one of Aptem Checkpoint’s first customers. 

How ITPs can survive and thrive in an inflationary market

The Strategic Development Network (SDN) and Aptem recently teamed up to produce a white paper aimed at helping Independent Training Providers (ITPs) negotiate the uncertain economic and policy landscape. This webinar brings together a panel of its contributors, including Alex Miles, Managing Director of Yorkshire Learning Providers, to discuss the strategies explored in the white paper. 

Preparing for an ESFA Audit with Aptem

This webinar, hosted by Tony Allen, an expert and consultant in apprenticeships and compliance, and Freya Ni Chleirigh, Aptem Product Owner, compliments Aptem’s recently released eBook and provides information on how to prepare for Audit and maximise the support you can get from your apprenticeship management system – Aptem.

Exploring AI's transformative potential in apprenticeships: Insights from industry leaders

The session provides valuable insights from industry leaders as they candidly shared their reflections and firsthand experiences in identifying both opportunities and obstacles across crucial domains – broadening participation, enhancing the learner experience, driving operational efficiency and sector-wide retention.

Revolutionising Apprenticeships: Unleashing the Power of AI and Language Technology

Presented in collaboration with apprenticeship and AI expert, Sean Williams, the session explored the opportunities presented by AI and Large Language Models for the apprenticeship sector, and covered how you can manage the ‘watch outs’ of these advancements in technology.

 

Enhancing the evolution of apprenticeship technology through AI and Large Language Models

A panel of product and technology experts from Aptem comprehensively explore how apprenticeship technology should apply elements of language technology, to better support training providers to reap benefits. We delve into the dynamic role technology assumes and outline Aptem’s strategic approach to integrating AI into our product roadmap.

Addressing the challenges surrounding employer engagement

Presented in partnership with apprenticeship expert, Bally Bhogal, the session provided some insights into how you can effectively engage employers with the apprenticeship journey and overcome some of the key challenges we commonly hear from the sector.

 

Costing and Recognition of Prior Learning and Experience (RPLE), linked to recent audits

Presented in partnership with Seren Skills, the session explored the challenges providers face in relation to RPLE, as identified in recent audits, and provided valuable insight into the applications of RPLE and the factors to consider in light of the new funding rules. 

Quality, curriculum and compliance: how to avoid a funding headache

Presented in partnership with Compliance Specialist, Tony Allen, and Katie Thornton, Director of Quality and Performance at Ensis Solutions, the session explored how providers can balance quality, curriculum and compliance to create engaging apprenticeships that meet funding requirements.

Understanding the 23/24 apprenticeship funding rules

On 31 March 2023, the Department for Education released the 23/24 Apprenticeship Funding Rules. We partnered with compliance specialist, David Lockhart-Hawkins, to walk through the new planned rules, focusing on key changes and clarifications of the funding rules, and the potential impact on providers in implementing the new rules.

The grab for growth: recruiting with integrity

Presented by Kerry Boffey, CEO and Founder of the Fellowship of Inspection Nominees (FIN), the session focused on the growth of apprenticeships and the challenges faced by providers as they increase learner numbers.

Apprenticeship engagement and compliance with David Lockhart-Hawkins

If last visits or progress reviews are what you measure risk of retention by, you’re a little behind the times. This webinar was hosted by David Lockhart-Hawkins, Director & Strategic Consultant in Apprenticeship Compliance and Implementation. David looks at best practices in monitoring your apprentice engagements and practical strategies to reduce funding risks including looking at the compliance role of engagement data, rules around compliance, best practices in measuring apprentice engagement data and more.

Identification of Additional Learning Support needs

This webinar introduced Aptem Assess: a new cognitive assessment tool that enables you to seamlessly identify and respond to learning needs. The webinar showcased how Aptem Assess provides a better way for you to integrate assessment into your onboarding, without lengthy processes for learners, external logins or the need to manually chase assessment completion.   

Ofsted for training providers: What to look out for in 2022/23

Hosted by Kerry Boffey, CEO and founder of the Fellowship of Inspection Nominees (FIN), this webinar provided insight into what senior leaders and heads of quality might expect from an Ofsted Inspection over the coming months. 

 

Compliance challenges with the the 22/23 funding rules

Led by compliance expert, David Lockhart-Hawkins, this session focused on some of the core difficulties faced by providers in efficiently implementing the new rules. David covers key changes to and clarification of the funding rules, and the potential impact on providers.

Developing a healthy compliance culture with David Lockhart-Hawkins

Is your approach to compliance creating an unhealthy working environment? Does the fear of error drive business behaviours? This webinar looks at how to create a healthy balance that is aware of risk but promotes transparency. Designed for leaders and managers, in addition to those who work in a compliance role, this webinar examines how they approach compliance in their organisation.

Understanding the updated Apprenticeship Accountability Framework with David Lockhart-Hawkins

In May 2022, the Department for Education released the updated Apprenticeship Accountability Framework Technical Specification for 2021 to 2022. These included a new measure for minimum apprenticeship provider performance level, with overall all-age QAR of less than 60% meaning provision ‘needs improvement’, and a rate of less than 50% meaning provision is ‘at risk’. This session looked to address provider questions.

How to manage change effectively in your workplace with Henry Cohen

Research from McKinsey and Company shows 70% of all transformations fail and this figure is concerningly rising. Whilst change is a constant, successfully implementing change, whether this is a technology change or other organisational change, requires a good change management strategy. 

Henry Cohen, who has more than two decades of experience in managing large-scale, global business and technology change programmes, talks through the key factors behind an effective change management strategy and delivery.

Learner Reviews webinar with Tony Allen

Tony Allen is an expert consultant who offers his knowledge of the skills system and the government’s apprenticeship reform programme, acquired through fourteen years in the Skills Funding Agency, to help training providers and employers. In this webinar he talked through Learner Reviews: The role of learner reviews in the apprenticeship journey; The benefits of effective learner reviews; Why learner reviews are important; What happens if you don’t get them right; 7 steps to effective learner reviews. Shaun Elliott, Product Director at Aptem, walked through Aptem’s review functionality.

Big data in education and training

Why is Big Data important in the education and training sector? How will it shape the sector and delivery models in the future? How can you extract insightful information that can guide your organisational strategy? Host, Mark Abrahams, Head of Research at Aptem, explores these questions and more.

What is to be done about the UK’s skills deficit?

With the pandemic creating sectoral crises and Brexit affecting skilled labour migration, the UK’s skills deficit and misalignment needs urgent attention. With presentations by Dr Fiona Aldridge, Director for Policy and Research at the Learning and Work Institute and Dr Deborah Talbot, Employment and Education Editor at Aptem, this webinar looked at just why skills are so essential to the economy and wellbeing, and what policies the UK needs to ensure economic competitiveness and a secure society.

The future of learning delivery is blended

Trends towards blended learning and use of remote technologies have accelerated over the pandemic. Driven by pragmatics but also users who reap flexibility and access for hard to reach groups (parents, those with disabilities etc.). Post-pandemic expect a move to more use of blended learning. In this webinar Aptem’s Head of eLearning, Steve Hargreaves, took a pedagogic look at what teaching might work best remotely and face-to-face, and visions for an ideal blended learning experience.

Creating a digital literacy culture and using technology to enhance learning

The appetite for digital solutions has increased exponentially and there is huge opportunity to use technology to enhance learning. Watch our webinar with Georgina Burton, Head of Implementation, sharing her experience of developing digital literacy within organisations and building a digital culture that supports the use of technology within our sector.

Exploring alternative talent pools for recruiting employability professionals

Aptem has commissioned a piece of research in partnership with the IEP about the employability practitioner labour market, to help employability providers as they consider how they scale their workforce to meet growing demand.

Catch up on the presentation of this research, including a Q&A section at the end where employability providers who were able to attend the session raised some important points.

Changes, challenges and the role of digital in future employability programmes

Elizabeth Taylor from ERSA joined Tony Carr, 4Front Partners and Richard Alberg, Aptem, to discuss the changes, challenges and the role of digital in the future of employability and delivery of employability programmes.

How to manage employer engagement with Tony Allen and Ben Drain

Hosted by Tony Allen, an expert and consultant who offers his knowledge of the skills system and the government apprenticeship reform programme, and Ben Drain, Apprenticeships, Operations and Quality Director at Pareto Law, this webinar discussed best practices in employer engagement.

State of the Art Tech for Employment programmes

Aptem’s CEO, Richard Alberg, presents a view of today’s employability challenges and demonstrates how technology platform Aptem Employ can help job seekers back into work quickly and for the long term.

What role will behavioural sciences play in the post-pandemic employment recovery?

The Covid-19 crisis has disrupted employability, causing a rise in unemployment and redundancies that have taken a negative toll on the nation

Dr Darren Coppin, Founder and Head of Research considers the role behavioural sciences can, and should, play in the recovery of employability after the crisis.

A demonstration of Aptem’s Intelligence Dashboard for Universities

Aptem’s Richard Alberg and Mandy Crawford-Lee from UVAC held a webinar for Universities to discuss and demonstrate how they can use Aptem’s free Intelligence Dashboard to view market positions, identify opportunities and make data-driven strategic decisions.

How to manage employer engagement with Tony Allen and Ben Drain

Hosted by Tony Allen, an expert and consultant who offers his knowledge of the skills system and the government apprenticeship reform programme, and Ben Drain, Apprenticeships, Operations and Quality Director at Pareto Law, this webinar discussed best practices in employer engagement.

State of the Art Tech for Employment programmes

Aptem’s CEO, Richard Alberg, presents a view of today’s employability challenges and demonstrates how technology platform Aptem Employ can help job seekers back into work quickly and for the long term.

Upcoming events and webinars

In-person events

The National Degree Apprenticeships Conference 
Tuesday | 18 June 2024 | Register here

This event covers the latest updates from key national bodies and experts on improving the design and delivery of degree apprenticeships. Engage with a series of best practice case studies covering effective and reflexive course design, improving partnership working and collaboration with employers and monitoring and supporting apprentices to bolster completion rates.

Aptem Head of New Business, Sean Baker will be speaking alongside Sammy Shummo, Group Director of Apprenticeships, on the topic of managing and monitoring degree apprenticeships with digital tools.

Upcoming thought leadership webinars:

Adopting AI in your organisation  from ‘why’ to ‘how’

Thursday 23 May | 11am – 12pm | Register here

You are invited to hear from Rob Aitchison, a consultant to established companies and start-ups around their strategic and safe application of AI. He offers his perspective and advice for organisations planning their next steps in AI adoption.
 
How to build a best-in-class progress review process
Friday 13 September | 11am – 12pm | Register here

Apprenticeship providers are unlikely to need convincing of the benefits of conducting meaningful, motivational, and data-driven progress reviews. But like many of your counterparts, you may be struggling to achieve this in practice. In this webinar, Chris Cherry, Strategic Director at SDN, offers a toolkit to help you make that all-important switch from KSB-led to objective-led progress reviews. The session will include a Q&A, hosted by Louise Doyle from Mesma, with Shenay Cantelo-Poppe, Director of Quality and Apprenticeship Delivery from Future Talent Learning, whose approach to progress reviews Louise describes as ‘the best I have seen’.

Upcoming Product Briefing webinars:

Customers will be invited to these training sessions via email.

Aptem Masterclass: Making best use of Reviews functionality
Tuesday 18 June 2024 | 11am – 12pm