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Preferential treatment of Main Providers over Supporting Providers and Employer Providers – Find an Apprenticeship Provider

I am fortunate to work with a large number of training providers and to have worked for Colleges and private training providers in a variety of roles and many sectors, more recently in my role as a Non- Executive Director, and Chairman. I have developed organisations to offer high-quality apprenticeship provision that is recognised by employers and by learners, this is through the satisfaction survey and ensuring accurate benchmarking / impact measurement. One of the mechanisms for promotion that I inform all providers to utilise is to ensure that the ‘find an apprenticeship provider’ is updated, and to ensure that when meeting with clients they use the results from FE Choices Annual Survey to inform part of their decision making.

Home and Flexible Working is About Retaining Talent

I am fortunate to work with a large number of businesses in a number of sectors in my role as a Non-Executive Director. During the past two weeks, I have had the benefit of undertaking over 30 Business Surgeries for business owners – again in many sectors, including all areas of the education sector. I no longer am at the sharp end of Education but that has enabled me to stand back, observe and be more objective about the situation the sector finds itself in. 

Narrow and Deep – Managing Success and Achievement

National Achievement Rates for #Apprenticeships  Another weekend in self-isolation with the TV, Wine, Dogs and Sarah for company, what more could I ask for other than honing my cake baking skills (including my application for the 2021 Bake Off) and cooking breakfast and dinner, which I enjoyed immensely, I took time out to look more closely at the National Achievement Rates for Apprenticeships published for 2018/19. 

You Need a Job to go back to – Now Is the time to be Flexible and Work with your Employer!

I have had the pleasure of helping over 40 businesses in the past three weeks with my business surgeries.

Business Reinvention, when reinvention is needed

Berkshire Hathaway, Royal Dutch Shell, IBM, Lego, Old Spice, U2, Madonna, Artic Monkeys, The Beatles, David Bowie, The Cure and The Clash. What do they all have in common? 

Reforms to subcontracting for learners over 16

Government consultation With all of the ‘Consultations’ that are out at the moment, all have been extended due to COVID-19 apart from the reforms to subcontracting for learners over 16 consultation, call me a cynic but, it seems clear that the die is cast by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) regarding their implementation of what was set out in the consultation. The ESFA clearly have a ‘bee in their bonnet’ regarding subcontracting, and specifically about the delivery of sport related provision for young people delivered under subcontracting arrangements.

There must be something wrong with Leadership and Management Apprenticeships

I am not going to get into a debate about whether there should have been an explosion in the number of L3, L5, L6 and L7 – Leadership and Management Apprenticeships, if it is where the levy should be spent, if the volumes of people undertaking them are appropriate and indeed if we, the Public Purse, should be funding MBA and Degree Level Management Qualifications at all. 

One Simple Measure from the ESFA – and it won’t Cost a Penny

Suspend #EPA! Whilst there has been widespread disappointment across the sector about @ESFAgov not guaranteeing profiled payment for providers – we cannot see any medium term benefit in that, especially as it comes with the sting in the tail of not being able to furlough staff, we have continually advocated one simple change which the ESFA could introduce quickly, would cost nothing, would indeed save money and would support learners, employers and progressions. 

Time To...

William Penn, an historic American politician, once remarked, “Time is what we want most, but... what we use worst.” He wasn’t wrong. 

Private Training Providers - stay positive and plan - don’t be surprised that you weren’t invited to the ball - nothing changes

So with great anticipation the Secretary of State for education and his Skills Minister has delivered no flexibility to the PTP part of the skills sector. It wasn’t a surprise to me given the requests put forward, particularly for funding that were never deliverable.

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