ColegauCymru Annual Conference 2019

Devolution and Delivering Public Value in Education

Date: 12 June

Where: Mercure Hotel, Cardiff

Tomorrow we bring together a series of experts from across the UK to discuss some of the hot topics in education, training and skills and how we can work together to make a positive difference. Drawing on a wide range of informative contributions, we will inspire attendees to think about the contributions their organisations make to this agenda.

Investment in further education colleges is not just financial, it is social and societal, contributing to the wider public good. Set against the backdrop of twenty years of devolution, this conference will explore the role of further education institutions and their partners in delivering social improvement, economic development, and public value.

Join us to consider the role of further education in tackling some of the biggest issues facing twenty-first century society, both in Wales and beyond.

Tickets - £185 +VAT

Morning Workshops


‘Maximising the Value of Apprenticeships to Wales’ report – what next


At this time of change, City & Guilds and the National Training Federation for Wales (NTfW) commissioned an independent review of the apprenticeship system in Wales to provide vital insight to help inform Welsh Government policies and support the practical delivery of apprenticeships.

A set of recommendations based on the findings for the Welsh found that:

  • There needs to be more speed and agility in policy formation and implementation
  • There needs to be better measures of quality with stewardship from a single body
  • For teaching, learning and assessment, there needs to be a clearer picture of what ‘excellent looks like’ with robust performance indicators so there is no doubt for apprenticeship providers in what they should be aiming for.

This workshop will be led by David Phillips, Executive Director at City & Guilds and he will be joined by a panel to discuss your views and ideas on Apprenticeships in Wales.

A link to the report and response is available HERE


Made in Wales qualifications: A balancing act of the Big Four


The ‘Made in Wales’ approach to 21st Century qualifications offers people a passport to their future in the world of work wherever that takes them. There are four key ingredients for any new qualifcation – but what are they and why do they matter? And how do we get the balance between them right to create the best possible offer for learners and employers in Wales and beyond?

In this session, Qualifications Wales Associate Director Cassy Taylor discusses how new qualifications are being developed and delivered for Wales using reliability, validity, manageability and engagement. Join the conversation on what getting the balance right means for qualifications?


50 years of innovation, partnerships and progression – what next?


As the OU celebrates its 50th year, we’ve had the opportunity to take stock and to think about learning for the next 50 years. Studying with the OU will continue to be life changing for many and we want to find new ways to work with partners to provide opportunities for all students who haven’t traditionally held higher education within their sights.

We provide unique opportunities for those learners who are in work, have caring responsibilities, work-limiting health conditions and disabilities. As the economy changes, we can work together to ensure all learners have opportunities to upskill and reskill through innovative lifelong learning. Progression to higher education isn’t always accessible to everyone; the Open University is different as we offer distance and part time learning opportunities that can fit around people’s lives.

The Open University in Wales are relatively new to working with colleges. We want to share our innovative learning opportunities with you - from informal learning and access courses to degrees and degree apprenticeships - and find out what you need for learners to succeed in progression pathways through partnership with us. Let’s work together to equip our learners for the skills needed to succeed throughout the next 50 years!


Shaping the future landscape of post 16 learning in Wales


Wales has a strong and broad post 16 system that we continually need to refine in an ever-changing environment. This workshop aims to redefine the future policy direction of post 16 learning; to strengthen, simplify and better align all learning pathways across Wales.

We will:

  • Review the Welsh policy context including PCET reform over the coming years
  • Consider external influences that are driving change including technical education reform in England and what it means for Wales
  • Identify how learning pathways could be clarified and simplified and explore options for change up to and including degree Apprenticeships in Wales
  • Seek to secure an initial collaborative model for development

Afternoon Workshops


Vocational Qualifications - Made in Wales, for Wales


WJEC is Wales’ largest awarding body and has been been developing and awarding qualifications for over 70 years. Since early 2015, WJEC has placed an increased importance on its vocational portfolio, strengthening and broadening the range and type of qualifications offered. In this workshop, Sarah Harris, WJEC's Assistant Director Vocational Qualifications will set out the organisation's vision for vocational qualifications over the next three years and will seek feedback from attendees to help shape priority actions in the short, medium and long term.


Opportunities and challenges for developing Bilingual Learners' Skills


Following a review of our work by the Welsh Government’s Task and Finish Group, the role of the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol was extended to the post-16 sector recently. This workshop will include a brief introduction to the Welsh language and bilingualism strategy and action plan for the sector. The workshop will focus on discussing the challenges as well as creating solutions to the challenges. We will also identify opportunities for us to work together and jointly plan in order to realize the action plan and reach the target of a million Welsh speakers by 2050.


The potential of education 4.0: “revolutionising” education in Wales


We are now firmly in the midst of the fourth industrial revolution where technology is constantly changing the way we live, work and play. This session will celebrate some of the recent initiatives that have put Wales at the forefront of digital practice as well as looking at how technology is impacting on the current and future workplace, whilst providing an opportunity for senior leaders to discuss whether their current curriculum is preparing their students for the future world of work. In addition, Jisc will highlight, through its education 4.0 agenda, how the fourth industrial revolution technologies e.g. artificial intelligence, automation and robotics can be embraced by colleges to transform their teaching, learning and assessment and business processes


International Activity - Implementing the right model for my organisation


Brexit has focused minds in the UK’s technical vocational education and training (TVET) sector on the value, benefits and risks of international engagement. The UK government recently launched its new International Education Strategy and Wales’ Minister for the Welsh Language and International Relations is creating a new international strategy for Wales.

So, how can your organisation implement a robust approach to business planning/due diligence so that any risk in international activity is reduced?

Jonathan Ledger, TVET Specialist at the Department for International Trade (DIT) and Lesley Davies, Chair of the UK Skills Partnership will lead an interactive workshop on:

  • Implementing a robust business model to pre-test international work
  • Using DIT Support Services to develop international activity
  • Exploring the role of the UK Skills Partnership (UKSP) to promote UK TVET overseas

DRAFT Agenda

8:30 - 9:15 Registration, Exhibitions and Refreshments
9:15 - 9:20 Welcome - Jennifer Jones, BBC
9:20 - 9:40 Chris Jones, Group CEO, City and Guilds
9:40 - 10:30 Four Nations, Four Leaders: Common Challenges, Different Approaches - Panel of FE Leaders from four Nations
10:30 - 10:55 The Further Education Contribution to Wales - Minister for Education, Kirsty Williams AM
10:55 - 11:10 Refreshments, Exhibitions & Networking
11:10 - 12:10 WORKSHOPS
12:10 - 12:55 Lunch
12:55 - 13:15 People and Place: How where you live and learn matters - Neil McInroy, Chief Executive, The Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES)
13:15 - 13:30 Localised value of a global approach to skills - Jonathan Ledger, Technical and VET Specialist for the UK Government Department for International Trade (Education)
13:30 - 14:30 WORKSHOPS
14:30 - 14:50 Refreshments, Exhibitions & Networking
14:50 - 15:10 Adapting to Change, Lessons for the 21st Century - Julie-Ann Haines, Chief Customer Officer, Principality Building Society
15:10 - 15:25 So, what do we do next? - Dafydd Evans, Chair of ColegauCymru
15:25 - 15:30 Close - Jennifer Jones, BBC

Sponsorship and Exhibition Opportunities

We are planning our June annual conference on “Devolution and Delivering Public Value in Education” and would like to offer you an opportunity to support our conference and partner with us this year.

Post compulsory education is, and should be, about so much more than simply skills delivery.  Further education institutions are ‘anchor’ institutions within communities, providing not just education, learning and skills, but meaningful employment, opportunities for social advancement and contributing to community cohesion.

Investment in further education is not just financial, it is social and societal, contributing to the wider public good.  At a time when cost risks being prioritised over value, the 2019 ColegauCymru conference explores the role of further education institutions and their partners in delivering social improvement, economic development, and public value.  These challenges are not new but have become increasingly important in recent years.  Join us to consider the role of further education in tackling some of the biggest issues facing twenty-first century society, both in Wales and further afield

We plan to pull on examples from across the Four Nations as well as have some international input on the day. The Conference audience will be college leaders, wider education leaders, senior government officials and public policy professionals and there will be ample opportunities to network with education experts and wider influencers from communities around Wales.

Sponsorship packages

Gold
£3,000 +VAT
Top level logo recognition
Full page advert in delegate pack
Article published on our website
Sponsor’s information featured in the delegate brochure
Key message sent to delegates and included in the marketing emails
Deliver a workshop
Exhibition space
2 delegate passes
Acknowledgement in opening and closing remarks
Copy of delegate list
Display of your logo on the ‘graphics loop’ shown in the main conference hall and seminar rooms
Silver
£1,500 +VAT
Half page advert in delegate pack
Sponsor’s information featured in the delegate brochure
Exhibition space
2 delegate passes
Copy of delegate list
Display of your logo on the ‘graphics loop’ shown in the main conference hall and seminar rooms
Bronze
£400 +VAT
Sponsor’s information featured in the delegate brochure
Exhibition space
1 delegate pass
Display of your logo on the ‘graphics loop’ shown in the main conference hall and seminar rooms

Sponsorship and Exhibition opportunities are available, please see our brochure for more details.

Conference Sponsors

Main Stage Speakers

Skills and the Ever Changing Landscape of the UK

Chris Jones, Group CEO, The City & Guilds Group

The Further Education Contribution to Wales

Minister for Education, Kirsty Williams AM

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Building an economy for all: colleges as anchors

Neil McInroy, Chief Executive, The Centre for Local Economic Strategies

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Localised value of a global approach to skills

Jonathan Ledger, Technical and VET Specialist for the UK Government Department for International Trade (Education)

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Being a 159 Year Old Challenger

Julie-Ann Haines, Chief Customer Officer, Principality Building Society

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So, what do we do next?

Dafydd Evans, Chair of ColegauCymru

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