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Empowering Futures Conference and Awards 2023

AIM’s inaugural Empowering Futures Conference and Awards was held on Thursday 9th November 2023 at the East Midlands Conference Centre in Nottingham and attracted over 250 people from across the UK.

Influential and inspiring speakers from across the education and training sector impressed audiences with their passionate and stimulating presentations.

"Inspirational speakers"

“…highly motivational and informative”

“…so much more inspiring than internal CPD”

“… lovely speakers, approachable and very relevant”

“Great set-up, be great if the organisation can grow and set up nationally”

“Very well curated AIM!”

“Great event, very well organised – Thank you”

“Nice approach, involved and engaging” 


Speakers and presenters 

  • David Hughes, Chief Executive, Association of Colleges
  • Robert Nitsch CBE, Delivery Director, Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education
  • Lord Simon Woolley, Member of the House of Lords
  • Sarah Moors, Head of Early Careers and Staff Apprenticeships, BBC Academy
  • Professor Sheila McQueen, Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Trust Academy Accredited Learning Centre
  • Karl George MBE, Partner, RSM UK Consulting LLP
  • Sak Awan, Director of Employability & Skills
  • S Knights Recruitment & EPA Hub
  • David Penney, Director of Education and Marketing Communications, UCAS
  • Kira Dyer & Jocelyn Underwood, Power Up Agency
  • Karl George, Partner, RSM UK Consulting LLP
  • Claire Louise Holdcroft, Lead Course Liaison Tutor, Leeds Trinity University
  • Angela McGibbon & Jo Fletcher Saxon, Adult and Higher Education, Ashton Sixth Form College
  • Callum Harrison, Head of Training, Development and Delivery, The Retrofit Academy CIC   
  • Simon Hilton, Business Development Lead, Capital Tutorials

Special offer

Anyone who attended the eLearning workshop run by Simon Hilton at Capital Tutorials is eligible for three free eLearning courses. Please see for details.


AIM Empowering Futures Awards

2023 Empowering Futures Winners

These prestigious awards highlighted excellence, innovation, and commitment to learners' success.

Award winners

Apprenticeship Employer Provider of the Year
Winner: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
Highly commended: B:Music Ltd

Apprenticeship Training Provider of the Year
Winner: Hull College Group
Highly commended: PRCA

Access to Higher Education Centre of the Year 
Winner: Redcar and Cleveland College
Highly commended: Weston College

Bespoke Accreditation Centre of the Year
Winner: CNTW NHS Trust Academy Accredited Learning Centre
Highly commended: Independent Funeral Directors

Quality Mark Provider of the Year
Winner: Actes
Highly commended: RAF Association

Impact Award
Winner: HMP Swansea
Highly commended: Activating Creative Talent CIC


Read more about our winners and download photographs from the day