Articles from Richard Daniel Curtis

“Oh, someone’s dealing with that” Supporting mental health in FE

“Oh, someone’s dealing with that.” is a phrase that I have heard from both further education and higher education staff. What they are referring to is the mental health of their learners.

Robotics - A new era in Vocational Training?

Last week saw the European Vocational Education Week take place. This pan-Europe event celebrates the work of the sector and discusses the reforms taking place.

The unintended impact our brain has on our learners

The brain is a pretty amazing organ, it does so many wonderful things, what’s not to love about it? It helps us make decisions, it controls our emotions, I mean it’s incredibly useful.

A culture for supporting apprentices

Alone in a room with a computer, Harriet (not her real name), is sat in front of a computer panicking. She has no idea what to do or what’s expected of her, she’s been told to ‘do the marketing’ and given no guidance. Harriet is a Digital Marketing Apprentice and has been taken on by a company, who like many others, like the idea of a cheap employee. She has not been given an induction, just a series of passwords for the company’s social media accounts and a briefing on what the company does.

Who looks after the apprentices?

Who’s educating the workers about apprentices?

The overlooked gap in the apprenticeship industry and what some training providers are doing about it

With the apprenticeship levy just around the corner many training providers are working with their large (and smaller) employers to scale up the size of their apprenticeship programmes. However, there’s an inherent problem in the current apprenticeship model.

Looking after the mental wellbeing of young people

Next month I’m chairing a London conference on mental health in the workplace and it’s got me thinking about the work we do in the FE sector. Whether you are working with apprentices or in a higher education setting, the pressure on the young people is evident in today’s fast-paced technological world.

Report: How the workforce feel about supporting apprentices

The recent report by The Mentoring School, "How the workforce feel about supporting apprentices", summarises the results of a survey conducted with 100 random employees, including employees, self-employed people, team leaders, middle managers, senior management and CEOs or directors.


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