Posted : 7 months ago by Samuel Taylor



We’re delighted that both APTEM, FISSS and CMI are once again the headline sponsor of UVAC’s National Conference this autumn. 

Both APTEM and FISSS will be hosting whole conference workshops whilst CMI’s Anthony Painter will be one of our afternoon keynote speakers.


Opportunities for growth that integrating AI / Large Language Models (LLM) into higher apprenticeship offerings can afford 

This panel session will be discussing  the role(s) for LLMs in the delivery of higher apprenticeships, creating operational efficiencies using LLMs, improving overall learning delivery and teaching quality using LLMs and the ethics around use of LLMs. The panel includes:

  • Prof. Darryll Bravenboer, Professor of Higher Education and Skills at Middlesex University
  • Steve Dewhurst, Independent HE Consultant
  • Erica Farmer, Co-Founder at Quantum Rise Talent Group
  • Prof. Paul Fergus, Full Professor in Machine Learning at Liverpool John Moores University
  • Terry Hodgetts, Director, Corporate Client Solutions at Aston University
  • James Love, Head of Product at Aptem


Streamlining apprenticeship delivery framed around the apprentice experience to improve productivity, performance and inform apprenticeship management system requirements – Richard Bloxam Director of Product Strategy FISSS

In this workshop FISSS will highlight how UVAC Degree Apprenticeship Knowledge Network partnering has surfaced key EPA challenges informing solutions, compliant processes, and data reporting for quality assurance.


More about our headline sponsors:

Aptem Apprentice, the leading end-to-end apprenticeship delivery system for the HE sector, is already used by 30% of universities delivering degree apprenticeships, and nearly 100,000 learners daily.  Underpinned by unrivaled sector expertise, Aptem enables you to enrol high volumes of students, meet Ofsted/ESFA requirements, and confidently evidence progression and completion.

CMI is the only Chartered professional body in the UK dedicated to promoting the highest standards of Management and Leadership excellence. CMI gives managers and leaders, and their organisations, the skills they need to improve their performance and create an impact through professional qualifications and apprenticeships.

FISSS, a passionate not-for-profit, expertly guides Universities through apprenticeships with insight into best practice. Powering ACE360, the sector’s most reliable and cost-effective EPA management platform, FISSS and ACE360 together enable universities to excel. Trusted by HE, FISSS and ACE360 foster a bond of unparalleled reliability and innovation.

Whether you join the UVAC National Conference, in person or as an online delegate, you’ll find that our APTEM, FISSS and our other event sponsors and exhibitors have a wealth of knowledge and resources to share with you.




Choose one session from the following: 

1.Going for Growth: Productivity, Policy and Performance in Higher and Degree Apprenticeships. A model for managing growth – Jane Welbourn & Lee Jones, Leeds Beckett 

  1. How to get MORE mileage with the handbrake up: Higher Degree Apprenticeships – Dr Trevor Gerhardt, Kent Business School & Becky Quew-Jones, University of Portsmouth 
  1. All you need to know about Higher Technical Qualifications – David Rowley, NCFE & Prof. Liz Cleaver, UVAC 
  2. Supporting high quality at a time of growth: Using a systems-thinking approach to determine quality system requirements in university delivered higher and degree apprenticeships – Andy King, Nottingham Trent University 
  1. Enhancing Productivity, Policy Implementation and Performance by integrating the Apprentice Learner Journey within the University Student Experience Framework – Dr David Oloke, University of Brighton


Choose one session from the following: 

  1. Degree Apprenticeships in England: motivations of degree apprentices and employers –Dana Dabbous, Andrea Laczik & Josh Patel, Edge Foundation 
  1. Exploring the potential of work- based projects carried out as part of degree apprenticeships to contribute to workplace productivity – Prof. Jonathan Garnett, Garnett Professional Development  & Paula Reynier, Leeds Trinity University 
  1. Upskilling Graduates of Degree apprentices: finding workplace solutions in learning in and from practice – Dr Sue Elmer & Katie Simpson, Leeds Trinity University 
  1. Widening Participation in Higher and Degree Apprenticeships – Associate Prof. Rachael Johnstone, University of Exeter & Karen Squire, University of Exeter Business School 
  1. ‘Rebuilding high performance leadership following the great resignation’ – Prof. Elaine Limond, University College Birmingham


Degree Apprenticeships and Levy 2.0Anthony Painter, CMI

Final Keynote  – Sam Callear, Deputy Director of Policy,  IfATE


Check out the full conference programme and book your place today


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