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Milton Keynes College and Aston Martin @RedBullRacing apprenticeships offer podium start for careers

Milton Keynes College and Aston Martin Red Bull Racing are offering six apprenticeships to would-be engineers seeking a life in the fastest of fast lanes in the world of Formula One.

Principal Appointed for new Institute of Technology at Bletchley Park

The consortium led by Milton Keynes College behind plans for a new Institute of Technology (IoT) at Bletchley Park has appointed its first principal. Alex Warner is currently Director of the Technology Faculty for one of the group partners, Activate Learning which operates Further Education (FE) colleges across Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Surrey. He says, “I was involved in the early bidding process, developing a vision for an IoT at the Park and I could not be more thrilled and excited. It’s a huge honour and responsibility being the first principal. It’s a dream job because we’re starting with a blank page and the possibilities are endless. From the very moment I was offered the job I just knew I had to grab it with both hands.”

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Arts for the economy's sake: #STEM vs Creative Skills

Arts for the economy's sake I spend a lot of time promoting STEM subjects, especially when it comes to encouraging girls and women to study them.

Cutting crime and the skills gap: Taking the risks for big rewards in prison education

Earlier this week, I shared a radio studio with a colleague from HMPPS who was explaining the work of the New Futures Network (NFN), a key driver within the Ministry of Justice’s Education and Employment Strategy for adult prisoners, which links employers and prisoners to find staff for one and work for the other.

#Democracy – Time for a national conversation

For most of us in Further Education, democracy is a core British Value.

Love nurses, love fire fighters, but #LoveOurColleges too!

The government’s announcement that austerity is over will undoubtedly encourage a clamour of voices from all areas of public service asking for more cash in next month’s Autumn Statement.

Everyone wins when business and education work together

Once upon a time, professional educators decided what students needed to learn and taught it to them. The value of lessons in vocational skills for example, was in some way dependent on how current was the knowledge of a lecturer. I remember talking to a garage proprietor in the West of England who complained that his apprentice had been wasting his time learning how a carburettor works, years after the last car to have such a device had rolled off the production line.

How the benefits system and poor advice are holding back apprenticeships

The benefits system is stopping young people from disadvantaged backgrounds from reaching their potential, because many of them just can’t afford to start an apprenticeship. A number of benefits aren’t available to people over the age of eighteen who study for more than sixteen hours a week, even though the limit for those taking traineeships is almost double that at thirty hours.

Employers should think very carefully before choosing apprenticeship providers offering cut-price deals

Don’t risk your investment by choosing the wrong apprenticeship provider, says Tracey Matthews, Assistant Principal for Apprenticeships, Milton Keynes College, as it launches its Real Apprenticeships campaign:

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