Introduction
Introduction

Join us for this association-focussed conference on Education and Development - suitable for Heads of Department, Directors and Managers of Learning, Education, Professional Development, eLearning as well as staff involved in creating programme content and setting examinations.

  • Hear from two learning development experts about how they are building education programmes to deliver professionalism and member value in their associations;
  • Understand more about Ofqual regulation and how this is undertaken;
  • Find out about the impact of globalisation and how associations are facing increased competition in the provision of education;
  • Understand the place that soft skills have within your education programme and why they should not be overlooked;
  • Get the inside track on how to get started on an e-learning programme, what’s involved and what are the benefits to members;
  • Already offering e-learning? - find out how to build on your existing platform to create more advanced programmes;
  • Hear how about building successful online communities for learners;
  • Learn more about setting computer-based assessments and examinations that are rigorous and fair to candidates;
  • Look ahead to the next trends and developments in education and development.
     
Agenda
Agenda

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9.00 AM
Enjoy a hot drink and meet your fellow delegates, speakers, conference sponsors and exhibitors.
9.30 AM
The chairman will welcome delegates, introduce the conference theme and explain the day’s format.

Speakers

Valli Rajagopal

CEO
Digital Learn Ltd

9.35 AM

Globalisation is driving many changes and influencing the way that education is delivered.  The digital transformation of schools, universities and workplaces mean that current and future generations of members expect to source their education  on-line.  Association students also expect ease of access to programmes with great service and support; high-quality content delivered in appealing and stimulating formats and 24/7 availability.   Associations are increasingly fighting competition from other associations, academic bodies and commercial providers who are all keen to access the association market as a potential revenue stream.  To compete successfully in this landscape, an association must have credibility and be seen as a trusted and authoritative source of information.   Another important factor particularly for Millennials and GenZ is that an association’s programme is multi-cultural and facilitates global connections and networks. 

Speakers

Ros Leah

Head of Professional Development
Association of Chartered Certified Accountants

10.05 AM

Ofqual, the statutory regulator of qualifications, examinations and assessments in England, have been regulating qualifications provided by over 150 awarding organisations, since 2010. Why? So that professional bodies, employers, learners and universities can be confident that qualifications – whether they are GCSEs or vocational qualifications, on subjects ranging from history to fish husbandry -  are reliable indicators of knowledge, skills and understanding.

In this session, Claire will explain more about how Ofqual does this and the benefits of regulated qualifications to professions and professional bodies.

Find out:

  • How regulated qualifications can support the development of your sector
  • How you can influence qualification design, delivery and regulation
  • How you can get your qualifications regulated

Speakers

Claire Gill

Senior Manager, Vocational and Technical Qualifications
Ofqual

10.35 AM
A chance to clarify points raised with the speakers and to discuss key points.
10.50 AM
Enjoy a hot drink and meet your fellow delegates, speakers, conference sponsors and exhibitors.
11.20 AM
11:20 Creating a purposeful learning and development programme based on Professional Standards, to re-engage the sector, drive membership progression and generate income

The CIEH was a long-established association that was forced to reinvent itself across every aspect of its organisation or face eradication.  One critical area of transformation was to dial-up professionalism within the sector through the creation of newly designed, contemporary learning pathways.  A set of professional standards was built within which sits a complex competency framework.  This became the DNA against which all learning programmes are delivered. A significant development was to create a learning programme with specific objectives; to re-engage the practising workforce and to create a push/pull mechanism through the membership grades. This substantial piece of work has now delivered a number of outcomes, some unexpected, which have helped to re-energise the CIEH's membership.  

The presentation will consider:

  • Why the failing state of the CIEH demanded that a new approach be taken
  • What consultations were undertaken with stakeholders
  • What steps were taken to ensure buy-in from the board and members
  • How the standards and framework have been designed and how this fits with the association's overall strategy and vision
  • What does the new programme deliver to its participants
  • Feedback from the first cohort of students and mentors
  • What are the wider benefits in terms of engagement and reputation
  • What were the costs of this project and how will this be recouped through income generated
  • What can other associations learn from this experience
11:50 Taking your first steps into building a member career development pathway

The BPA is seeking to improve the reputation and knowledge of those working in its sector by setting out some agreed standards to be reached from entry level onwards.  This will evolve into a fully described career pathway, with agreed levels of knowledge and experience at each stage.  Once in place, this could lead to the development of an education programme and qualifications.  This will benefit individuals who need to demonstrate their skills and employability. The concept is to create a more positive perception of the parking industry; to create a structure to encourage career longevity and to educate members about an industry enjoying many changes and developments.

  • Mapping the industry and career stages
  • Agreeing the attainment levels at each stage
  • Getting buy-in from the board
  • Involving members in the process
  • How will this information be used in the future for member development purposes
  • On the horizon - education programmes and qualifications 
12:20 - Questions & Discussion

Speakers

Sarah Feeley

Professional Development Manager
The British Parking Association

Abi Lammas

Executive Director; Learning and Professional Development
Chartered Institute of Environmental Health

Chance to discuss and raise questions with Ofqual's representative Claire Gill

Speakers

Claire Gill

Senior Manager, Vocational and Technical Qualifications
Ofqual

12.30 PM
Enjoy a light lunch and visit the exhibition of suppliers and services
1.15 PM
Many associations offer excellent technical, professional or vocational education programmes appropriate to all levels of their membership and expertise.  Increasingly, employers are seeking evidence of soft skills in their workforce - the ability to communicate; negotiate; work in a team; provide good customer service and at a higher level, manage teams and resolve conflict.  What is driving the need for this type of education?  The speaker will describe how soft skills training has been introduced into an extensive education portfolio and the impact it has made.

Speakers

Richard Ellithorne

Membership Services Director
Builders Merchants Federation

1.45 PM

Join experts at round tables for short briefings on important issues, approaches and policies for 10 minutes followed by 20 minutes questions and discussion. 

Each Briefing will be repeated so delegates can attend two in the hour.


 

Associations recognise a need to introduce an element of soft skills training and support to sit alongside their technical offerings. At the same time they also recognise the challenges in doing so. The themes can be not what the members are typically interested in. And in the case of presentations, public speaking and personal impact the subject matter can be a disincentive so that people shy away from them, making it harder to attract delegates. Yet it’s these very skills that can enable the member to flourish and make the most of their technical potential. 

  • What makes for an effective soft skills workshop? 
  • How do they work?
  • How do you integrate them into your programme?
  • How do you find the right trainer to run them? 
  • What support should you give and get to make the event a success and a fixture in your calendar?

John Scarrott, Trainer and ACC credentialed Coach for the AoAE will share his ideas in these areas. He will draw on his experience of launching soft-skills events with the AoAE and the Institute of Data and Direct Marketing amongst others to start a discussion. 

Speakers

John Scarrott

Trainer and Coach
John Scarrott Training and Coaching

How to take the educational events you are already running and extend them to regional or global audiences. 

This briefing will feature a case study of how one medical association has moved from dipping a toe in the water in 2010, to webcasting becoming a cornerstone of their educational activities.  

Speakers

Martin Shepherdly

CEO
BeThere Global

Developing eLearning can be a significant investment, but there are ways to gain the benefits of an eLearning offer, while minimising the cost.

This expert briefing will consider:

  • The different business models that can be used to deliver eLearning
  • The strategic advantages and disadvantages of the different models
  • Getting the most out of an eLearning solution

Speakers

Valli Rajagopal

CEO
Digital Learn Ltd

2.15 PM

How the Royal Society of Biology combined opportunity and relevance to create the incentive that their students needed to develop their presentation skills.

Sometimes people put off developing their soft skills workshops because they can’t see the opportunity to use them. They think they can ‘get by’ with what they have. This is a shame because of course they can, but what more could they achieve by working on these areas?

In this session, I share how the Royal Society of Biology created an opportunity for their students that was positioned to enable them to take it and make the most of it. How it equipped the students with the tools and confidence to present their ideas, right there and then and enhance the value of their Accreditation Conference for attendees and students.

Speakers

John Scarrott

Trainer and Coach
John Scarrott Training and Coaching

How to take the educational events you are already running and extend them to regional or global audiences. 

This briefing will feature a case study of how one medical association has moved from dipping a toe in the water in 2010, to webcasting becoming a cornerstone of their educational activities.  

Developing eLearning can be a significant investment, but there are ways to gain the benefits of an eLearning offer, while minimising the cost.

This expert briefing will consider:

  • The different business models that can be used to deliver eLearning
  • The strategic advantages and disadvantages of the different models
  • Getting the most out of an eLearning solution
2.45 PM
Meet your fellow delegates and visit the exhibition of suppliers and services.
3.15 PM

parallel sessions - choose one option

Join this workshop and find out how to plan and prepare to introduce e-learning into your association.  

Find out what are the costs and time involved and how to set up a project team
Learn more about the technology involved 
Look at the various financial options available such as partnering with an LMS supplier
Understand the importance of sourcing and curating expert content - will this be member-driven or specially commissioned?

Participants will create an outline digital learning plan during the session.

Speakers

Valli Rajagopal

CEO
Digital Learn Ltd

Mark Parrish

Managing Director
Cortexa

Once you have your e-learning platform and have some on-line courses, how do you maximise your portfolio and increase the commercial opportunities available.   Hear from one association who have successfully done this.

Speakers

Gaynor Lewis

Head of Commercial Development
Institute of Leadership & Management

4.00 PM
  • The theory underpinning tests design and delivery
  • Analysis of test performance to ensure test is working correctly
  • Maintaining quality in established examination design
  • How can rigour be maintained for higher level qualifications when using computer based exams

Speakers

Barry O'Sullivan

Head of Assessment Research & Develepment
British Council

4.30 PM
  • Mobile learning; rapid e-learning deployed quickly to large groups; 
  • Podcasting
  • Virtual learning environments 

Speakers

Philip Allen

Head of Learning
Personal Investment Management and Financial Advice Association

5.00 PM
A chance to clarify points raised with the speakers and to discuss key points.

 

Speakers
Speakers

Philip Allen

Head of Learning
Personal Investment Management and Financial Advice Association

Richard Ellithorne

Membership Services Director
Builders Merchants Federation

Sarah Feeley

Professional Development Manager
The British Parking Association

Claire Gill

Senior Manager, Vocational and Technical Qualifications
Ofqual

Abi Lammas

Executive Director; Learning and Professional Development
Chartered Institute of Environmental Health

Ros Leah

Head of Professional Development
Association of Chartered Certified Accountants

Gaynor Lewis

Head of Commercial Development
Institute of Leadership & Management

Barry O'Sullivan

Head of Assessment Research & Develepment
British Council

Mark Parrish

Managing Director
Cortexa

Valli Rajagopal

CEO
Digital Learn Ltd

John Scarrott

Trainer and Coach
John Scarrott Training and Coaching

Martin Shepherdly

CEO
BeThere Global

 

Venue & Hotels
Venue & Hotels
The Event is hosted by ETC Venues Prospero House.

 

Location

241 Borough High Street
London
SE1 1GA

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Options & Fees
Options & Fees

The Conference is open to employees of Associations, Societies, Federations and other membership organisations.

Price Options

Early Booker

Valid 1st - 30th April 2019: £345.00 plus VAT

Standard

Valid after 30th April 2019: £445.00 plus VAT