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The AO-Forum Announces a Comprehensive Program for Upcoming 2024 Conference in London, 1st May

The AO-Forum Announces a Comprehensive Program for Upcoming 2024 Conference in London, 1st May

Gordon Associates, organisers of the AO-Forum, are delighted to announce the agenda for its highly anticipated conference, taking place on the 1st May in London. Designed to provide awarding organisations with critical updates, insights, and strategies for navigating the evolving landscape of vocational qualifications, this event promises to be an invaluable resource for all stakeholders in the field of technical education and beyond.

The conference will kick off at 09:00 with registration and networking in the exhibition area, setting the stage for a day filled with informative sessions, interactive discussions, and further industry networking opportunities.

Highlights of the Conference Include:

  • 09:45 Welcome Address by Ben Smith, AO-Forum Chair
  • 09:45-10:30 “An Update from IfATE”: The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IfATE) will discuss the latest on review cycles, engaging employers, and an update on the forthcoming SkillsCompass tool, an AI tool to detect changing labour market requirements that may involve or stimulate AO market entry. This session is essential for anyone involved with End-Point Assessments (EPAs) or technical education.
  • 10:30-11:15 “Election Implications for Education” with Steve Besley: Explore the potential impacts of upcoming elections on the education sector, including insights into policy directions and the future landscape of vocational qualifications.
  • 11:40-12:30 “Unlocking International Opportunities” by Jenny Patrickson: A guide to expanding the reach of UK qualifications internationally, addressing the challenges and strategies for success in a global market.
  • 13:30-14:00 “Qualifications Wales – Open For Business!” with Elaine Carlile: An overview of the regulatory landscape in Wales, offering crucial information for awarding bodies looking to operate or already operating in the region.
  • 14:00-14:30 “Question Time with the Regulators”: An interactive Q&A session providing a platform for addressing pressing issues with representatives from CCEA, Qualifications Wales, and IfATE.
  • 14:30-15:15 “Manifesto for AOs in a Changing World” by John McNamara: A forward-looking session that considers the future challenges and opportunities for Awarding Organisations, proposing actionable strategies for navigating the changing world.

The day will conclude with a closing address by Ben Smith.

This conference is a must-attend for awarding bodies, educational institutions, policymakers, and professionals within the vocational qualifications sphere. It offers a rare opportunity to gain comprehensive insights into the current and future state of technical education, policy implications of forthcoming elections, international expansion strategies, and much more.

  • Location: Woburn House, 20-24 Tavistock Stock Square, London, WC1H 9HQ
  • Date & Time: Wednesday 1st May, 2024, 9am – 4pm
  • Website:
  • Registration: Attendees are encouraged to register early to secure their participation in this pivotal event.

Register here

Early Bird £135 + VAT (Closes at the end of March)

Standard Price: £170 + VAT

Contact: For press inquiries and additional information, email: [email protected], or call: +44 (0)1242 529820.

About AO-Forum: Now nearing its 10th anniversary, the AO-Forum is an annual conference which attracts 100-150 delegates each spring. The aim of the AO-forum is to provide pragmatic, down-to-earth advice to awarding bodies. Many of our speakers are senior AO practitioners who discuss their own projects, processes and experiences with a view to sharing best practice with their peers. The AO-Forum provides delegates with the latest news from the regulatory bodies and the conferences feature key representatives from UK regulatory and other industry bodies.



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