Articles from Kirstie Donnelly

Kirstie Donnelly on localism, employment and change

FE News speaks to Kirstie Donnelly, City & Guilds managing director, at the Association of Colleges conference.

Kirstie Donnelly on how to respond to FE budget cuts

  Kirstie Donnelly, UK managing director for training body City & Guilds, gives FE News her views on the government’s recent FE budget cuts.

Creative thinking needed to address the vast skills and unemployment challenges that lie ahead

“We’re in an economic emergency”, the Chancellor declared as he unveiled his latest one-year spending review on 25th November. The message was a stark one and indeed, with an economic recession looming, and unemployment set to surge to 2.6 million people when furlough ends, we’re yet to see the full extent of the Covid-19 pandemic’s impact on the economy.

It’s time for Government to ditch the outdated ‘one size fits all’ formula for UK economic recovery

 Pretty much every part of people’s lives has been affected by the Coronavirus pandemic this year, with the job market as no exception. Indeed, with the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) forecasting 3.4 million people to be out of work this year, an increase of 260% on the start of the year, it’s clear that unemployment is skyrocketing. Despite latest figures showing we’re no longer in recession, the economy is still 8.2% smaller than its pre-Covid level and with further economic uncertainty looming on the horizon, it is likely the worst may be yet to come.

FE Whitepaper: Why a ‘German style’ system is not the silver bullet solution to improving our FE system

At a recent House of Commons Education Select Committee roundtable event I attended, the discussion turned to the benefits of adopting a ‘German style’ FE system here in the UK. While now is absolutely the time to be looking at the vital changes we need to make to futureproof our FE and skills system, I have never believed in trying to import another country’s education system wholesale, in particular because it has been developed to tackle different skills needs and operate in an entirely different ecosystem.

Making a commitment to be held accountable for meaningful change

@CityandGuilds Groups's very own interpretation of the Theory of Change  Yesterday (20 Apr) we published our baseline Social Impact Report. It’s something I’m incredibly proud of; our very own interpretation of the Theory of Change. A robust framework by which we can evidence how everything we do across City & Guilds Group is helping people into secure and sustained employment, making businesses stronger, and producing skilled and productive societies.

Lifetime Skills Guarantee: Creative thinking needed to address vast skills and jobs challenges that lie ahead

Following the Government "Lifetime Skills Guarantee" announcement that adults in England without an A-level or equivalent will be offered a fully funded college course, Kirstie Donnelly MBE, CEO at City & Guilds Group, responds:

Lack of focus on further education could cripple the UK labour market if we don’t act now

#UntappedPotential  The UK’s labour market is amidst a transformational and unpredictable period driven by a changing political landscape and rapidly advancing technologies.

The Augar Review brings a wave of welcome recommendations: but without action it’s just an FE wishlist

Last week the much anticipated Augar Review made waves in national media for its recommendations on changes to tuition fees. But the 200 (or so) page report – commissioned by Theresa May to investigate a malfunctioning post 18 education system – goes much further than the general public realise.

Digital Credentials: Rethinking the currency of qualifications #FutureofEducation

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