Early Careers and Apprenticeships Programme

Early Careers and Apprenticeships at Talent Acquisition Conferences programme

The Early Careers and Apprenticeships Conference will look at the best ways to leverage and enhance your apprenticeship schemes and make the most of levy to develop your own talent, coupled with the most effective strategies to improve your early career strategies – including graduates, trainees and work experience to build a strong future talent pipeline.

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Day 1
14 Feb 2019

Chair’s opening remarks

Join Lizzie Crowley (Skills Policy Advisor at CIPD) who will introduce the key themes of the conference.
Lizzie Crowley, CIPD123
Lizzie Crowley, CIPD

Opening keynote: the importance of a robust early careers strategy for long-term business success

Mike Thompson – Member of Government Apprenticeship Delivery Board. Jamala Osman – Ex-Apprentice/TedTalks Speaker. Bringing in early talent and developing them into future leaders is key to ensure the long-term success of our businesses. But what does a robust early careers strategy look like and what should we focus on to attract young talent and retain them in the long term? Session title: The importance of a robust early careers strategy for long-term business success The opening keynote will focus on: the key elements of an effective early career strategy to attract new talent motivating and engaging young talent to develop...
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Jamala Osman, Social Entrepeneur123
Jamala Osman, Social Entrepeneur
Mike Thompson
Mike Thompson, Government Apprenticeship Delivery Board123
Mike Thompson, Government Apprenticeship Delivery Board

Case study: integrating apprenticeships in your business strategy to build your talent pipeline

Sarah Bohn – Early Careers Manager, Pret-A-Manger. Apprenticeships are one of the most sustainable ways to tackle the skills shortage, as they allow organisations to develop the skills they need both for now and for the future. This session will outline a practical example of successfully integrating apprenticeships into the overall business strategy. Session title: Integrating apprenticeships in your business strategy to build your talent pipeline Learning points include: creating a holistic apprenticeship strategy that develops your talent pipeline at all levels attracting and selecting the best fit apprentices for your own organisational culture getting organisational buy-in to ensure apprentices...
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Sarah Bohn
Sarah Bohn, Pret-A-Manger123
Sarah Bohn, Pret-A-Manger
10:40-11:00

Coffee and networking

Developing the skills and capabilities of award-winning apprenticeship teams

To make the most of the opportunities offered by apprenticeships, organisations need to develop teams with the right skills and capabilities to drive successful schemes.  Session title: Developing the skills and capabilities of award-winning apprenticeship teams In this case study session, the winners of Best Apprentice Scheme and Overall Winner of the CIPD People Management Awards 2018 will show you their experience of: building a dedicated apprenticeship team following the introduction of the levy developing the right skills and capabilities in existing employees finding the right way of working to add real value to the business
Mark Corden, Specsavers123
Mark Corden, Specsavers

Case study: using blended learning to deliver high-quality, flexible apprenticeships

The session will examine: how using high-quality media and learner analytics can re-imagine the delivery of apprenticeships from a learner, employer and provider perspective. how blended learning can meet the needs of different organisations and their talent as well as offering a singular and coherent approach to managing the learning and development journey.
Mark Mckenna, Mindful Education123
Mark Mckenna, Mindful Education

Panel discussion: working with education and training providers to reduce the risk of skills mismatch

Nick White – Head of Junior Talent EMEIA at Fujitsu. Cathy Strachan – HR Manager L&D at MBDA UK. Sarah Bohn – Early Careers Manager at Pret-A-Manger. Sarah Leijten – Head of Bradfield Horizons (Careers & HE) at Bradfield College. Creating a strong link and cooperation between employers and educational institutions is paramount to ensure new talent acquires the skills and capabilities organisations actually need. Session title: Working with education and training providers to reduce the risk of skills mismatch This joint panel of employers and training providers will discuss: working together ensure a match between education and the needs of...
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Sarah Leijten
Sarah Leijten, Bradfield College123
Sarah Leijten, Bradfield College
Sarah Bohn
Sarah Bohn, Pret-A-Manger123
Sarah Bohn, Pret-A-Manger
Nick White
Nick White, Fujitsu123
Nick White, Fujitsu
Cathy Strachan
Cathy Strachan, MBDA UK123
Cathy Strachan, MBDA UK
12:50-13:40

Networking lunch

Case study: Making the best of the levy to create high-quality apprenticeship schemes

Cathy Strachan – HR Manager L&D at MBDA UK. The apprenticeship levy supports organisations in delivering apprenticeships not only for graduates and school leavers, but also for more experienced profile and to to reskill the existing workforce. Session title: Making the best of the levy to create high-quality apprenticeship schemes The case study in this session will focus on how to make the most of the levy and create high-quality apprenticeships, including: maximising funding to address current skill shortages in your organisations using internal to reskill your existing workforce and tackle your skills shortages avoiding the potential pitfalls of rapidly...
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Cathy Strachan
Cathy Strachan, MBDA UK123
Cathy Strachan, MBDA UK

Panel discussion: Getting under the skin of young employees to understand their real needs

Lilley Deevey – Apprenticeship and Recruitment Co-ordinator, Crown Worldwide and Chair of the London Young Apprentice Ambassador Network. Jordan Drakes – HR Apprentice at MBDA UK. Sue Lenkowski – HR and Talent Consultant at Plexus Ltd. Julie Broad – Company Graduate Development Manager at Rolls Royce. A lot has been discussed around the needs of different generations, whether or not new generations have different expectations than the older ones – but what do the actual younger generations say about their needs and expectations at work? Session title: Getting under the skin of young employees to understand their real needs This panel...
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Jordan Drakes, MBDA UK123
Jordan Drakes, MBDA UK
Lilley Deevey, Crown Worldwide123
Lilley Deevey, Crown Worldwide
Sue Lenkowski, Plexus123
Sue Lenkowski, Plexus
Julie Broad
Julie Broad, Rolls-Royce123
Julie Broad, Rolls-Royce
14:50-15:20

Coffee and networking

Case study: Using mentoring and coaching as tools to engage and develop early talent

Julie Broad – Company Graduate Development Manager at Rolls Royce. Developing resilience and a growth mindset in early talent is essential to help them grow, engage and retain them – coaching and mentoring are powerful tools to support their development and well-being. Session title: Using mentoring and coaching as tools to engage and develop early talent This case study will show you a practical example of: implementing internal coaching and mentoring programmes for new talent ensuring your early talent get the right support to reach their full potential increasing your early talent capabilities while developing your existing workforce
Julie Broad
Julie Broad, Rolls-Royce123
Julie Broad, Rolls-Royce

Case study: Developing an outstanding graduate programme to attract a diverse talent pool

Nick White – Head of Junior Talent EMEIA at Fujitsu. Effectively communicating your brand, values and culture will help strengthen your competitive position in early career job market. But how do we do it right to specifically attract more diverse early talent to our organisations? Session title: Developing an outstanding graduate programme to attract a diverse talent pool This session will focus on aligning an attractive and inclusive graduate programme to overall business strategy working more collaboratively with universities to develop the skills an organisation need implementing leadership and secondment initiatives to increase retention
Nick White
Nick White, Fujitsu123
Nick White, Fujitsu

Chair’s closing remarks

Hear Lizzie Crowley (Skills Policy Advisor at CIPD) summarise the key learnings of the conference.
Lizzie Crowley, CIPD123
Lizzie Crowley, CIPD