James Nevin, founder and partner of Blue Engineering, was at the event with his apprentices William Wilding and Elijah Sserunjogi. William and Elijah study at UEL on the civil engineer apprenticeship programme.
Mr Nevin said, "I enjoyed speaking with the Minister, and I was delighted to introduce my high-achieving apprentices to her. She showed a keen interest in their experiences of work and study.
"The event was excellent at demonstrating the collaborative relationship between UEL, apprentices, and employers, which is key to making apprenticeships work for all."
During the session, Ms Milton (pictured above, centre) shared her own experiences as an NHS nurse.
Philip Ojedapo, a second year digital and technology solutions apprentice at UEL and IT department employee, said it was a good opportunity to network with other apprentices.
He said, "I enjoyed talking with apprentices from other apprenticeships across a range of sectors. We had the chance to share ideas and experiences, which was useful. It was good talking with the Minister too, she's clearly passionate about apprenticeships and how they benefit society."
Sadaf Alvi, head of academic and employer partnerships at UEL, also addressed delegates. She said, "This was a key moment for UEL's apprentices and employer partners, to renew and enhance our relationships with them, and recognise the progress we have made in the past few years around providing high-quality apprenticeships. We deeply value these relationships, and I would welcome discussion from potential employers about how we can engage and develop strong partnerships to provide apprenticeships to their employees in the future."