Early Careers Development Conference 2017

BPP recently attended the Early Careers Development Conference hosted by Symposium on the 6th July which took place in the Chelsea Harbor Hotel, London.

Now in its third year, the Early Careers Summit has quickly become recognised as an industry leading conference for in-house Early Talent professionals. The summit provides a platform to learn about and discuss the latest trends, best practices and innovative solutions to attract, develop and retain emerging talent in highly competitive markets.

Given the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy, now is no better time to gain as much insight that will allow employers to review and benchmark early careers strategy and programmes. This year the summit focused on reviewing early career strategies in light of the levy and political and economic changes such as Brexit, and finally to ensure current and future organisational talent needs are secured.

Other areas that were covered and topical this year was uncovering both the strategic and practical elements needed to develop and deliver; early engagement, internship, work experience, apprenticeship and graduate programmes that align to your organisational talent agenda.

Daron Locke, Group Commercial Director at BPP presented alongside Pauline McGee from BDO. This session covered the impact of the Apprenticeship Levy on Early Career programmes and how the professional services sector in particular is beginning to adapt its school leaver and graduate proposition in respect of apprenticeships. The associated considerations, practicalities, risks and challenges with doing so were also discussed.

It was a great to kick start the Symposium event and to share our insight with employers as we seek to help levy payers maximise the opportunity the levy brings. As Pauline (BDO) stated the Professional Services training model can in places be easily adapted to meet the needs of apprenticeships as the culture of training is well established, but there are many parallels which can be drawn from employers as they look to implement their strategies regardless of sector. The quality of questions asked also highlighted just how far employers have come in the last 12 months in understanding apprenticeships and the benefits they bring for new and existing staff.

For more information or to speak to someone on the Apprenticeship Levy then visit our 'meet the team' section on our employers page.