How Digital and Tech Apprenticeships Work - Free Webinar

This free webinar will bring you up to date with the latest changes, explore what other digital and tech businesses are doing and show you were to go for help. Join Richard Freeman, Chris Palk, Mark Heholt, Ann Potterton, Claire Hopkins and Bob Soper-Dyer to explore the issues that matter to you.

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Speaker Biographies

Join us to explore:

What is the day to day reality of having an apprentice?

Chris Palk, MD, DabApps

Chris will be talking about why he decided to work with apprentices to enhance his business. Outlining his experience of the management of digital and tech Apprenticeships, Chris will provide a practical example of how the money and training has worked for his organisation.

Digital apprenticeships: make the most of the opportunities

Mark Heholt, Head of Apprenticeships, the Tech Partnership

New digital apprenticeship standards enable you to train new talent into a wide range of roles from digital marketing to cyber security, network engineering to software development and many more roles besides.  In this session, Mark will guide you through the landscape to help you understand what apprenticeship training could make sense for your business. And with the new Apprenticeship Levy now in place, Mark will explain in simple, non-jargon terms, how you can take advantage of it, whether or not you are a Levy payer, to make sure you know how to access the funding support that is available to support you in training your apprentices.

How to work with training providers and recruit the right apprentice

Ann Potterton, Co-Executive Director, Sussex Council of Training Providers (SCTP)

Ann will be exploring how you can work with training providers to create the apprenticeship that works for your organisation. Experienced in apprentice recruitment, Ann will also be providing insight in how to recruit the right apprentice for your business.

How to get your organisation ready to support an apprentice

Claire Hopkins, Founding Director, Ideal

Claire has worked with apprentices since 2012 and will be sharing what she has learnt, what you need to think about before taking on an apprentice and her top tips on how to make your organisation the supportive environment in which an apprentice can thrive.

Why apprenticeships are good training option

Bob Soper-Dyer, Head of Apprenticeships, BT

Bob has been running an apprenticeship programme for 9 years and will be talking about how a well-planned apprenticeship programme and progression routes can support organisational culture and how training invested in apprenticeships compares to other methods of training. He will also be discussing BT’s new apprenticeship programme aimed at training existing employees.

The Webinar will be chaired by Richard Freeman, Lead Project Consultant for Sussex Council of Training Providers (SCTP).

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Biographies

Chris Palk, MD, DabApps

Chris's background is in the financial services sector, managing large IT projects for city banks and financial institutions such as Morgan Stanley and Lehman Brothers. He has been Managing Director at DabApps in sunny Brighton for the last five years as it has grown from 3 to 28 employees, including several apprentices. Chris is responsible for business development, project management as well as company management and direction.

Mark Heholt, Head of Apprenticeships, the Tech Partnership

Mark Heholt has been Head of Apprenticeships at the Tech Partnership for the past five years. Amongst other things, he is responsible for developing apprenticeship and degree apprenticeship standards such as digital marketing, cyber security and software development.  Previously, he was a Business Development Manager at Cisco where he was responsible for developing technology sales opportunities to public sector customers across Europe.

Ann Potterton, Co-Executive Director, Sussex Council of Training Providers (SCTP)

Ann is Co-Executive Director of The Sussex Council of Training Providers and Apprenticeships In Sussex. Prior to this, she was CEO of the Institute of Telecommunications Professionals and one of the key architects in the UK’s IT and telecoms Apprenticeship programme for SMEs. Ann was also once UK & Ireland Operations Director of EF Education, and has run extensive Management and Leadership programmes for organisations such as Amex, Level3, Virgin Atlantic and Barclays.

Claire Hopkins, CEO, Ideal

Working with co-founder Mo Merrick, Claire created a company combining customer-focused account management with a highly skilled in-house engineering group, which continues to build long-term partnerships by listening to its customers and delivering on its promises. With the 2017 appointment of Mike Henson as managing director, Claire moves to a founding director role in which she can apply her entrepreneurial and strategy skills in support of the executive management team.

Bob Soper-Dyer, Head of Apprenticeships, BT

Bob manages BT Group’s apprenticeship programmes consisting of circa 1900 learners across 15 frameworks and still growing. BT’s apprenticeship scheme has been in place for over 50 years and they are registered as an employer provider.  With EE joining BT they will be recruiting around 2000 apprentices this year (17/18).  Currently offering 15 apprenticeship “frameworks/standards” which is likely to expand further over the coming year, they include engineering, ICT, finance, HR, Software and Network engineering, cyber security plus customer service and business admin. He has helped to create four new trailblazer standards covering cyber security, software and network engineering plus digital media. Apprentices view their placement as a long-term career opportunity. 97% of BT apprentices complete their learning program and they have a 93% attrition rate after completion, (i.e. 7% leave within 5 years of completion).

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