The Derbyshire Network

TDN Conference 2016

Last Friday saw the annual conference return to The Derbyshire Hotel for its third year.

We had an excellent line up of speakers prepared and they delivered sessions on a wide range of topics.

First up was Mark Dawe, Chief Executive of AELP who spoke of the work they are doing on behalf of providers through lobbying the DfE around the requirements for the new Apprenticeships register and sub-contracting rules.

Next up was Jim Carley, Managing Director of Carley Associates who delivered a thought provoking slot around employer engagement and the steps that we all should be taking to get employers thinking about having to pay for training and selling your quality provision effectively.

Following Jim, we had David Prinn from CETTAcademy giving us a thorough update on the changes and developments of English and maths GCSE’s and functional skills are going through and what it could mean for learners applying for Apprenticeships.

Following lunch we had an eye opening presentation from the Editor of FE Week, Nick Linford. Some of the figures and potential future scenarios laid out in his presentation were astonishing. The big headlines coming out of Nick’s presentation were:

  • Is the £2.4bn going to be enough?
  • Do we fully understand what it is going to have to pay for?
  • Will large employers negotiate down with providers?
  • What will be the impact of Universities delivering management degree apprenticeships?

We would like to thank all our speakers for giving their time to speak to our members during such a busy time of ever changing goalposts and doing their best to make some sense of it all!

All presentations are in the members section of the TDN website, so log-in and take another look at what our speakers had to say.


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As a not-for-profit membership organisation we work with training providers from Derby, Nottingham, Newark, Chesterfield, Leicestershire, Northampton, Mansfield, Sheffield, Cambridge, Sutton Coldfield, Glossop and further afield to share knowledge and expertise to drive up standards of training to the benefit of all.

We also became the first consortium of Independent Training Providers operating nationally to achieve a ‘Good’ grade under the new Ofsted framework in November 2015.

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