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This event will bring together prospective and current apprentice employers, apprentices, training providers and accrediting bodies to explore the benefits if apprenticeships within the advanced therapies industry and hear the latest developments in the delivery of advanced therapy apprenticeships from the Advance Therapies Apprenticeship Community.

05 March 2019

The audience will hear from inspirational apprentices as they share their experiences and from employers from across the sector who will give insight into the impact that apprentices are having on their organisations.

There will also be an opportunity to receive top tips and advice from the experts on starting your own apprenticeship scheme and be enlightened during a myth busting session around apprenticeships.

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10:00 – 10:30 Registration, refreshments and networking

10:30 – 10:35 Welcome
James Miskin, Chief Technical Officer, Oxford BioMedica

10:35 – 10:45 Introduction to CGT Catapult and the UK ecosystem
Keith Thompson, Chief Executive Officer, Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult

10:45 – 11:00 Keynote
Ian Campbell, Interim Executive Chair, Innovate UK

11:00 – 11:20 Securing the advanced therapies talent pipeline through apprenticeships: the vision
Stephen Ward, Chief Manufacturing Officer, Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult

11:20 – 12:00 Why did we choose to hire apprentices? What are the practicalities? – Chaired by Fungayi Chidothe
Clive Shepherd, Apprentice Manager, Oxford University
Linda Randall, Executive Director, Allergan
Sheena Pumford, HR Director, Cobra Biologics
Richard Shortland, Senior OD Manager, NHSBT

12:00 – 12:40 Our experiences as apprentices – Chaired by Kate Barclay
Zack Sawyer, Technician Scientist Apprentice, Autolus
Mike Devey, Technician Scientist Apprentice, Biologics Development, Allergan
Jodie Paterson, Technician Scientist Apprentice, Cobra Biologics
Emily Bird, Technician Scientist Apprentice, Replimune 

12:40 – 13:00 Case study: My employment journey
Nick Page, Chief Operating Officer, Oxford BioMedica

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch and networking

14:00 – 14:30 Apprenticeships: Myth busting with the experts
Dr Kate Barclay, Institute for Apprenticeships, Life Sciences Trailblazer & Independent Consultant

14:30 – 15:00 What next for apprenticeships in advanced therapies
Miles Lagan, Commercial Growth Manager, Forth Valley College 
Angela Gill, Apprenticeship Development Manager, Open University
Samantha Alsbury, Head of Professional Development, TOPRA 

15:00 – 15:15 Closing remarks
Dr Stephen Ward, Chief Manufacturing Officer, Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult

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