The STF Annual Conference and Awards was held on Tuesday 27 and Wednesday 28 September 2016 at Crieff Hydro. Kaye Adams hosted the event for the second year in a row. For the Award Ceremony, she was joined by Judith Ralston.

Conference theme

`Towards New Horizons: Training for a better Scotland’

Looking forward

This year’s conference focussed on the future – what the learning and skills landscape might look like in the coming years. New Employability programmes, a new Apprenticeship Levy and an expansion of DSYW activity are just a few of the things set to influence the skills agenda in Scotland. And of course, there’s the fall-out from Brexit. The conference sought to provide a snapshot of how the future might look – scanning the skills horizon to see the challenges that will need to be addressed – and the opportunities that are likely to exist.

Responding to change

The last 12 months have been challenging for many training providers in Scotland with progressive reductions in the contribution rates for some Modern Apprenticeships – and significant cuts in the Employability Fund. The conference examined how these changes have impacted on members – and provided practical support to help members respond to these changes and move forward.

Programme details

Conference Brochure (PDF)



Speed Networking sessions

Click here for details about the Speed Networking sessions

Sponsors and exhibitors

SQA is the main sponsor of the event this year. Other sponsors are:

The following organisations will be exhibiting at the conference: