27 January 2020

Our first Annual Conference of the new decade promises to be our best yet. Here are ten reasons why:

1. It features our first ever Awards evening

Our conference will feature our inaugural Awards evening. Join us, as we celebrate and recognise the achievements of our members and Centres' inspiring staff and learners..

Nominations for the Awards are now open, and close on 20 March. You can read descriptions of the Awards and nominate here.

2. It champions social mobility

Our Awards evening continues our mission to champion social mobility in the further education and skills sector. We want to raise awareness of the individuals and organisations who create opportunity and transform lives through their education provision.

3. We present an insightful overview of the further education and skills sector

Our focus for this year’s Conference is to look at the current landscape of further education. Our keynote speeches and workshops will present the biggest questions and issues currently facing the sector – the ideal opportunity to get up to date with what’s happening.

4. Leading voices in the sector will have their say

As always, we will be welcoming leading figures from the further education and skills sector to the Conference. Our Chief Executive, Paul Eeles, will be on hand to welcome you to the Conference. You will also hear talks from several leading voices. We’ll be revealing speakers in the coming days and weeks, so watch this space for more updates!

5. Jaz Ampaw-Farr is joining us once again

Speaking of leading voices in the sector, the brilliant Jaz Ampaw-Farr will be joining us for the second year in a row.

Jaz is a TED Talks speaker and former contestant on The Apprentice who overcame a tragic childhood to become an inspiring trainer and speaker. She was our headline speaker at last year’s Conference, while this year she will host the event.

Her keynote address from last year is well worth watching - you can do so here.

6. Hundreds of practitioners from the sector will be attending

Last year, our Conference attracted just under 300 delegates. Our audience is predominantly made up of practitioners, curriculum leaders along with governors, principals and other stakeholders from across the sector.

As a result, our Conference is a great opportunity for businesses as well as individuals. If professionals working in education are amongst your target market, this is the perfect chance to get your brand in front of them by sponsoring or exhibiting at our Conference. 

Become a sponsor the Conference here, or become an exhibitor here.  

7. You’ll be helping to improve people’s lives

The money we generate through the Conference goes back into doing what we can to advance the education and skills of individuals. Whether that’s through writing high-quality qualifications or assessments, providing Access to Higher Education Diplomas, or supporting colleges through our membership offer. Join us at our Conference to support our mission. 

8. You get to participate in workshops

The Conference gives you the chance to improve your practice through interactive workshops. There’s plenty of opportunity to gain new ideas to take back to your organisation and collaborate with others, which brings us on to our next point…

9. Plenty of networking opportunities

With so many delegates from a variety of organisations attending, the Conference is a great opportunity to make connections with others from the sector.

10. Early bird tickets are now available!

You can now take advantage of our early bird offer for non-members. Until 31 March, tickets are just £75 so don’t miss out on this discount!

For members it’s even better, as your organisation gets a limited number of free places. If you've used your free places, you can benefit from the early bird rate.

Head over to our event page to book your place.

We hope to see you there in May!