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1 December 2009
Lakeside Conference Centre, Aston University, Aston Triangle, Birmigham , England, B4 7ET

This conference represents one of the outcomes of the partnership between fdf (Foundation Degree Forward) The Higher Education Academy (HEA) and the Quality Assurance Agency(QAA) and is supported by the Higher Education Funding Council England (HEFCE).

Employer engagement is a complex area of activity and is of increasing importance both in the policy development of government and in the strategic development of Higher Education Institutions .

This conference builds on a QAA event held in July 2009 where participants were presented with the general findings of a survey into approaches to  the quality assurance of employer responsive provision and discussed the contents of a forthcoming QAA publication on this area of activity.

The aims of this conference are:

  1. to present the QAA  survey findings in more detail
  2. to launch a QAA publication on the quality assurance of employer responsive provision
  3. to present a range of approaches to quality assurance of employer engagement from 9 HEFCE funded projects that have been identified and supported by the partnership
  4. to have an understanding of FDFs: Employer Based Training Accreditation(EBTA) scheme

Who should attend:
This conference is designed for HEI dissemination and because we expect a high level of interest we are restricting attendance to a maximum of 2 delegates per institution.

The event will be a combination of presentations of findings and interactive sessions


  1. the launch of a QAA publication
  2. an appreciation  of the implications for institutions in responding to this agenda
  3. experience of the range of approaches to the quality assurance of employer engagement and work based learning
  4. knowledge of EBTA

This is a one day conference open to Higher Education practitioners whose remit includes employer engagement and work based learning.

To book your place on the conference click here. Allocation of workshops will be on a first come first served basis.

Click here for a copy of the programme



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