Maytas Conference 2017 attracts record number of delegates

On Thursday, June 15 employers, training and skills providers gathered from around the country to celebrate the annual Maytas Conference 2017. Tribal Maytas is our learning management solution for work-based learning providers and employers and this year’s conference was promising to be the best yet – with a record number of 170 delegates and 59 organisations in attendance.

The event took place at the Radisson Blu East Midlands Airport, with a packed agenda including product developments, twelve breakout sessions, networking opportunities as well as our fun evening dinner and entertainment. This year we wanted customers to get as involved as possible – so we set up exclusive social media competitions with prizes to be won, as well as giving them the opportunity to ask speakers questions live through Slido, our audience interaction app.

Only 11 months had passed since our last conference, and when Tribal’s Mike Fisher (Maytas and e-track Product Manager) took to the stage, it was evident that even in that short space of time a lot had changed. Key topics of the conference included the introduction of the apprenticeship levy, as well as quality improvement and apprenticeships standards.

Popular sessions this year included The Apprenticeships ILR-Getting it Right and a session ran by the ESFA (Education Skills Funding Agency). A big thanks to our customers John Lewis and Skills Training UK who both hosted breakout sessions. 

The conference concluded with an enlightening panel session, titled ‘Empowering learners in the new world’ featuring Tony Allen (CEO of Allen Apprenticeships and Skills), Sophie Farrington (Quality Assurance Manager at John Lewis Partnership), Barry Barrett-Mold (Quality Improvement and Apprenticeships Consultant) and Tribal's Mike Fisher, Carla Martinho and Matt Butson. The panel took questions on apprenticeship levy funding, Ofsted and even how the new government will affect the market.

We received some great feedback from delegates, with one stating that it was the ‘best conference they had been to’ and others saying they found it to be 'really informative', 'detailed' and 'exciting'.

The evening was celebrated with a drinks reception and dinner accompanied by the appearance of our special brand ambassadors – owls to reflect the new Tribal brand. Delegates were then treated to a cabaret performance by magician Darren Campbell, who combined card tricks with a balancing act that had the whole room holding their breath.

The conference could not happen without the support and attendance of the Maytas customer base. Thank you to all who attended, presented and held sessions – we hope to see you again next year.