The changing landscape of Apprenticeships and the Skills Agenda for SMEs in the new normal

This event will give you an insight on what is happening locally and a solution based approached responding to the needs of employers and supporting the renewal of the economy.

Since March 2020 all our lives have been impacted significantly by COVID 19 and subsequent actions taken to tackle the virus. The government now faces the challenge of managing the nation’s health and renewing the economy.

It is clear that we will encounter changes to the way we work, what we do and the way we do it. As we go about meeting the challenges head on, we will undoubtedly need help and we will be asking ourselves the fundamental questions:

• Is our business ready?
• Are our customers ready?
• Are our employees ready?

This event will give you an insight on what is happening locally and a solution based approached responding to the needs of employers and supporting the renewal of the economy.

Matt Jackson, President of The Sheffield Chamber of Commerce will provide you with an overview of the economic landscape in Sheffield, with a sharp focus on the Skills Agenda.

You will hear first hand from Bev Moxon of the Education & Skills Funding Agency on national skills initiatives including changes in Apprenticeships, the benefits of Apprenticeship standards, and funding opportunities.

We are also delighted that Andrew Hartley, Commercial Director of Sheffield College will be able to tell you about the ways in which The Sheffield College is supporting local employers so that they have a skilled workforce for the future that will be critical to reviving our economy.

The question and answer session gives you the opportunity to grill our panel. Perhaps more importantly it gives you the platform to have your say on what you feel needs to be done to shape the Skills Agenda as we move forward into ‘new normal’.

This event is brought to you by Sheffield College, the region’s largest Further Education College, in partnership with the Sheffield Chamber of Commerce and Industry.


  • 09.00 Welcome to the event and the changing economy and skills agenda
    Matt Jackson, President, Chamber of Commerce
  • 09.15 Apprenticeship Reforms, Apprenticeship Standards and Support for SMEs
    Bev Moxon, Education Skills Funding Agency (ESFA)
  • 09.30 Sheffield College, supporting apprentices and post COVID response
    Andrew Hartley, Commercial Director, The Sheffield College
  • 09.45 Questions and Panel Discussion
    Chair: Matt Jackson, President, Sheffield Chamber of Commerce
  • 10.00 Close


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