Apprenticeship Conference

3rd April 2023 Location: TechnoPark

The aims of the conference will be:

  • To enhance the levels of knowledge on what makes a quality apprenticeship across the university group
  • To share good practice on the design and delivery of apprenticeship programmes
  • To provide a forum for networking across the university group
  • To inform ongoing development activity in support of the delivery of the university group’s apprenticeship programmes

All colleagues, both academic and professional services, who are involved in supporting the delivery of apprenticeship programmes are invited to attend.

It will be a full day event, provisional times being 09.30 - 16.00.  

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Provisional Programme



09.30- 10.15 Opening and Key note




Jonathan Lawson, Manchester Metropolitan University

10.15 – 11.00

Plenary session


The journey so far and where do we go from here.   Aidan Friend and David Burns

A summary of the history of apprenticeships within Coventry University Group from their introduction through the rapid growth to get us where we are today. What does the future hold? How do we continue to deliver excellent programmes and make a difference to our learners and employer partners

11.00 – 11.20


11.20 – 12.20

Safeguarding in action and the new British Values Protocol.  

David Burns and Gemma Lavery


A session to explore:

How the University Group safeguarding standard is applied in real safeguarding (&Prevent) case studies.” 

Ben Crook (NWSLC)







Progress Reviews and Apprentice Mentoring

Emma Hill and Ben Grocott

A session to explore.

The purpose of Progress Review Meetings

What good academic mentoring of apprentices looks like

12.20 – 13.20


 Networking Sessions will run from 12.50 – 13.20

·       Work Based Learning Advisors 

·       Business Development 

·       Compliance 

·       New to apprenticeship delivery 

·       Sharing practice (for staff experienced in delivery) 

13.20 – 14.20

The new University Group British values protocol and its application in the “classroom

David Burns


Apprenticeship Design Principles (intent)

Martin Jenkins

Integrated Apprenticeships – sharing practice

Ben Vivian & Kerry McGreavey

14.25 – 15.25

Senior Leadership Apprenticeship (Sharing Practice)


Jackie Whitehouse


Key concepts when working in partnerships: engaging with employers


Jess Bishop and Karen Roscoe


15.30 – 16.00

Plenary Session

Key note and closing remarks