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OCR is the headline sponsor of this year’s national conference of the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP). AELP is the leading trade association for vocational learning and employment providers in Britain. OCR is also committed to sponsoring AELP's national conferences in 2014 and 2015.
The format of AELP's 2013 conference on 10 - 11 June has undergone a major revamp to showcase the best quality provision in skills training and welfare-to-work, as well as offering delegates the opportunity to debate the hot topics of the day. The ‘Strictly Skills and Employment’ event for 2013 will include a packed programme of very topical workshops as well as the main plenary sessions.
The first day of the event will feature only employers, providers and learners – the voice from the front line. Funding agency chiefs will participate in a panel discussion on the second day while the conference ends with skills minister Matthew Hancock offering the government’s view of a skills strategy for the future, followed by opposition spokesman Gordon Marsden giving an alternative perspective.
The event will have themed plenary sessions on a range of topics including delivering a quality service, apprenticehips and traineeships, as well as future skills strategies - the view from Westminster.
The conference chair is an unparalleled expert in terms of sector leadership and experience. Chris Humphries CBE, the former chief executive of the UK Commission for Employment and Skills, will use his knowledge to facilitate a lively debate among the platform speakers and the audience.
AELP Chief Executive Graham Hoyle said:
"A marked feature of AELP’s decade long existence is that it has never stood still as an organisation developing services and a voice for its members, and the national conference is no exception. Employer and learner satisfaction rates are at an all-time high, so it is only right that a significant part of this year’s event should be dedicated to showcasing the best provision on offer.
I am delighted that OCR is the headline sponsor of the AELP national conference. OCR’s leadership is steeped in experience in the FE and skills sector which makes the awarding body an ideal partner for our event. We look forward to working closely with OCR to grow the conference still further over the next three years."
OCR Chief Executive Mark Dawe said:
"AELP is the big player in work-based learning and its annual conference is the key event in the calendar for all those in the sector.
With our vocational heritage and our partnership with the FE and skills sector, OCR is delighted to take this opportunity to support the excellent work of AELP and of all the different learning providers it represents. Addressing the needs of the work-based learning sector is a priority for us and, I believe, vital to the UK's economic success."
The AELP national conference 2013 ‘Strictly Skills and Employment’ takes place on 10-11 June 2013 at the Novotel London West, W6 8DR. For further information and booking details, please visit the conference website.