NIACE at the 2015 party conferences

25 September 2015

NIACE, in partnership with the AoC, are hosting fringe events at both the Labour and Conservative Party Conferences. Titled, ‘3 Million Apprenticeships: Quantity over Quality?’ –  our events will bring together representatives of Government, the Skills Sector, Employers and leading thinkers to explore how the Government can achieve their apprenticeship target, without compromising on quality.    

NIACE will be using this opportunity to set out further thinking on our Apprentice Charter concept, and we will be sharing our latest publication with delegates.

David Hughes, CEO of NIACE, said: 

“To achieve the Government’s target of a further 3 million apprentices by 2020, we need to make sure that apprenticeships are a high quality and accessible option for both employers and individuals.  

We are using this year’s Party Conferences to promote our concept of the Apprentice Charter, which will establish what a quality apprenticeship looks like, and reward and celebrate those employers who provide them. It will support learners to make informed decisions about where to apply, foster competition and collaboration in the labour market to drive up the quality of apprenticeship opportunities.  This will ultimately help get more people onto apprenticeships, keep them there, help them become more productive and progress onto higher level programmes or into work.  

Apprenticeships are at the forefront of the Government’s agenda and it is critical that that we get this right, if we are to maximise a return on investment by employers, Government and the apprentices themselves. “


NIACE at the Labour Party Conference (sponsored by NOCN

Discussion: 3 Million Apprenticeships: Quantity over Quality?

When: Tuesday 29 September, 8:15-9:30am

Where: Brighton Metropole Hotel, Hall 7 – Avon

Chair: David Hughes, Chief Executive NIACE 

Speakers include:

  • Gordon Marsden MP, Shadow Skills Minister 
  • Nick Pearce, Director at IPPR
  • Dominic Gill, Apprenticeship lead, Microsoft 
  • Amelia Jury – Apprentice, National Society of Apprentices


NIACE at the Conservative Party Conference (sponsored by NOCN

Discussion: 3 Million Apprenticeships: Quantity over Quality?

When: Monday 5 October – 8:00-9:30am

Where: Manchester Midland Hotel, Derby suite, 

Chair: John Widdowson, AoC President and Principal of New College Durham

Speakers include:

  • Chris White MP, Member of the Business, Innovation and Skills Select Committee
  • Mike Cherry, Policy Director, Federation of Small Business
  • Andrew Haldenby, Director, Reform 
  • Poppy Wolfarth – Apprentice, National Society of Apprentices


For more details on our recent Apprentice Charter publication, click on this link here