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The AELP Autumn Conference,
9 - 10 September 2020:

The AELP ‘Business
Recovery Conference’

The AELP Business Recovery Conference 2020


Covid-19 means there will be a ‘new normal’. We may not know what exactly what that ‘normal’ looks like yet, but we know that the skills sector will need to change and adapt to support business recovery.


We have therefore taken the decision, in these unprecedented circumstances, to re-brand our autumn conference as the Business Recovery Conference.

Throughout the Business Recovery Conference, we will:
  • Focus on training providers, colleges and any other provider that is working to support employers to get back on track through the recruitment and training of new staff, or of retraining their existing workforce.
  • Focus on making sure we can help young people and unemployed adults into apprenticeships, traineeships and pre-employment programmes to maximise their chance of securing and sustaining employment.
  • Focus on how all skills and employment providers can optimise their delivery model.
  • Focus on ensuring providers have the very latest government guidance updating providers on a safe and effective return to work, giving the best chance of business recovery and success.


The Business Recovery Conference will be hosted entirely online. This format recognises the probability that large gatherings will still not be allowed at the time of the conference.

We also recognise that the autumn will be a busy time for sector organisations and are committed to delivering a flexible conference for our delegates. Our online format will enable delegates to select and register for specific sessions that they feel are of particular relevance. It will also enable organisations to assign different members of their management team to focus on particular sessions.


The Business Recovery Conference will take place on Wednesday 9th and Thursday 10th September.

We have taken the decision to schedule our conference at this time so that we will have access to robust sector and economic data that will helps us plan for the future. We are also hopeful that the conference will follow the lifting of lockdown, at a time when organisations have had time to re-establish their working patterns.


The AELP Business Recovery Conference on 9-10 September 2020 is the flagship skills event of the year.

Keynote speakers include:

  • Apprenticeships and skills minister Gillian Keegan
  • Shadow skills minister Toby Perkins
  • West Midlands mayor Andy Street
  • ESFA apprenticeships director Peter Mucklow
  • CBI UK policy director Matthew Fell
  • California apprenticeships chief Eric Rood
  • Ofsted deputy director Paul Joyce
  • AELP chairman Martin Dunford.

Employers and providers are also heavily represented as well as independent thinktanks. 


Across the two days, the event’s main themes will be:
  1. Post-Covid employment and skills challenge
  2. Re-engagement with young people and employers
  3. Regulation and funding of the skills sector post-pandemic
  4. Provider operational methodology in new circumstances: best practice 
  5. Ofsted’s approach to inspection, Ofqual regulation and future of assessment
  6. Role of data and research in supporting the recovery effort


AELP Member Rate
£100 per organisation

Non-member Rate
£275 per organisation

Each booking entitles up to 10 delegates from that organisation access to the Business Recovery conference.

Should your organisation want more than 10 delegates to access the conference, you can make another booking.


The Business Recovery Conference will be held on the Zoom video conferencing platform. Delegates are required to access the conference by downloading the software onto their computer or mobile app, using version 4.5.0 or higher. Should the delegate access the conference using the browser window, some zoom functions maybe unavailable.

A final confirmation email along with links to the main session as well as the workshop sessions will be sent to delegates on the week of the conference. All delegates will be checked in via a waiting room in way of checking the delegate booking and anyone else trying to use the link may interrupt the delegate’s access to the conference.

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