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Sue Pember awarded CBE for services to Adult Education

HOLEX is delighted that Sue Pember has been recognised for her work in adult education. Sue has been our Policy Director for four years and has worked relentlessly on behalf of the sector and the adult learner. She is seen as a sector leader in adult and further education and gives her time freely to mentor and support service and college leaders.

HOLEX board member Dipa Ganguli honoured in Queen’s New Year Honours list

@HOLEXPolicy is delighted that one of our board members @Dipa_Ganguli Prinicipal of @SuttonCollege has been honoured in the Queen’s New Year Honours list. 

No time to lose – A Post 16 Plan for the Economic Statement

In light of the unprecedented set of conditions that could lead to 2.5 million young people and adults being unemployed in the autumn, Holex on behalf of adult community providers and their learners asks government to make decisions now  on a range of interventions that when implemented could ease this situation and give people hope and improve the economy.  This paper sets out a range of measures for the immediate and longer term. The first section covers practical changes that would instantly support adult education learners and place them in a better place to look for employment when the economy picks up. The second section details action that government should consider to ensure skills development and training is a central element of the recovery process.

Susan Pember discusses her four pressing issues in Adult Education

We chat with Dr Susan Pember, Director of Policy at HOLEX about her four pressing issues that the UK faces, which adult education and training can help resolve. We caught up with Susan just after her speech at the AELP annual conference. She left the stage after rousing applause for highlighting, to SFA and EFA Chief Peter Lauener, her views on the current Apprenticeship end point assessments. She commented during the Q&A 'It's morally wrong to start an apprentice on a programme when you don’t know how they are going to be tested at the end".  

Susan Pember outlines future challenges for Apprenticeship providers

FE Adviser Susan Pember outlines the future challenges and opportunities for Apprenticeship providers at the AELP 2013 annual conference. Funding is very tight, but skilling the UK's work force is essential. Therefore it is a very good time to be an Apprenticeship provider, particularly if you are delivery high quality provision, according to Susan.She says Apprenticeship providers should keep an eye on the future, and think about what raising the participation age could mean for them and the needs of the overseas workforce. Susan also highlights how far the UK Apprenticeship system has progressed, citing an employer and colleague who for years believed Germany's Apprenticeship model was the best but is now advocating the UK's system.Click on the video below to hear what Susan has to say:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VIENqkkocP0

Keeping England Learning - COVID-19 Requests from HOLEX

@HOLEXPolicy have responded to @GillianKeegan's letter of 23 March 2020 which set out the government’s response to COVID-19 in relation to the Adult Community Education (grant funded) providers and independent / private providers:   Gillian Keegan,Parliamentary Under Secretary of State Apprenticeship and Skills,Department for Education,Sanctuary Buildings,20 Great Smith Street,LONDON,SW1P 3BT

Classroom Learning and Apprenticeships: A Twin Level 2 Offer for 16-18 Year Olds

It is time to regroup and determine an offer for the 16-18 year old that the school system forgotI meet many young people who through no fault of their own have found it impossible to get 5 GCSEs at level 4.

Adult Education staff recognised in New Year's Honours 2020

HOLEX is delighted that 5 of our members have been honoured in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list.

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