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Have your say on review of the National Occupational Standards for Health

As the Sector Skills Council for Health, @SkillsforHealth are responsibile for developing and maintaining a nationally recognised level of competences for healthcare occupations across the UK - the National Occupational Standards (NOS).

Record nominations expected as 5th annual Our Health Heroes launches, recognising those at the heart of our NHS and care sector

The national healthcare awards dedicated to shining a light on support workers, Our Health Heroes, is back! And this year hundreds of nominations are expected, both from staff and the public, as we recognise the herculean efforts of our NHS and social care people in 2020.

Skills for Health launches social media toolkit for healthcare sector #HealthSocialTools

National research confirms COVID-19 impact on NHS workforce skills

A report released today, 2nd September, by Skills for Health confirms that the pandemic has had wider than expected consequences on our NHS and wider health and care workforce which will continue to significantly influence service delivery for some time to come.

Skills for Justice and Skills for Health launch Emergency Service Collaboration Survey to support workforce transformation

The demands on providing effective emergency services are significant. The delivery of Ambulance, Fire and Rescue and Police services is taking place alongside a backdrop of challenges created by public expectations, reduced resources, advances in technology and greater accountability.

New framework from Skills for Health supports plans to “transform attitudes” to mental health

Prime Minister Theresa May recently announced plans to “transform attitudes” towards mental health, as part of a new Government strategy to create a “shared society”.

Welsh Clinical Healthcare Support Apprenticeship Framework published will support Covid-19 demand on NHS

@skillsforhealth - The revised Apprenticeship Framework for Clinical Healthcare Support staff has recently been approved by Welsh Government for use in the health sector in Wales.   As the Sector Skills Council for health in Wales, with extensive experience of developing Welsh apprenticeships for the health sector, Skills for Health are proud to have project managed this framework development in partnership with Health Education and Improvement Wales (HEIW) and NHS health boards. Its introduction is well-timed as health boards and health employers recruit additional support staff to meet the increasing demands placed on our NHS by Covid-19.

Cross-sector Covid-19 customer service training launched to support organisations re-open safely & boost public health confidence

@SkillsforHealth, the Sector Skills Council for Health are proud to be involved in a new cross-sector partnership with sister organisation People 1st International (@P1stgroup), the employer-led skills body for the UK's hospitality, retail, travel and aviation industries, to develop an online customer service training solution tailored for organisations to re-open safely post Covid-19.

Alliance congratulates employers committed to new diplomas

The Alliance of Sector Skills Councils (the Alliance) has applauded the committed employers who have participated through the Sector Skills Councils (SSCs) educational institutions in preparing the Diploma qualification for the current school year. The chairman of Alliance and chief executive of Skills for Health, John Rogers, said: "I can only applaud the commitment that thousands of employers have already made to the success of the Diploma programme that will not only provide young people with new learning opportunities but also ensure that they are better prepared for work." More than 5,000 employers were key to the delivery of the new qualification for students aged between 14 and 19, which combines general and applied learning to develop skills for a wide range of careers. It is expected to become one of the three main educational choices, to sit alongside GCSEs/A-Levels and Apprenticeships. Due to the overwhelming support from employers, young people are able to be provided with a combination of the essential knowledge and skills that universities and employers looks for, and experience different learning environments with the emphasis on leaning in a business context. Over the next three years, twelve more Diplomas are expected to be launched, and significant employers already supporting the Diplomas include the NHS, BT, Vodafone and Bovis. The managing Director of Be Onsite, the not for profit arm of Bovis Lend Lease, Val Lowman, said: "For many years now, the industry has been campaigning to ensure that workers come into the sector with the right skills. The C&BE Diploma is an excellent platform for shaping tomorrow’s workforce and we are very excited to be part of this innovative programme."

National Covid-19 Workforce Survey launched to understand future NHS, health & care sector skills needs

@SkillsforHealth are launching a national Covid-19 Workforce Survey to help understand the critical skills required to rebuild a sustainable, productive, and flexible health and care workforce for the future.

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Providing trustworthy and positive Further Education news and views since 2003, we are a digital news channel with a mixture of written word articles, podcasts and videos. Our specialisation is providing you with a mixture of the latest education news, our stance is always positive, sector building and sharing different perspectives and views from thought leaders, to provide you with a think tank of new ideas and solutions to bring the education sector together and come up with new innovative solutions and ideas.

FE News publish exclusive peer to peer thought leadership articles from our feature writers, as well as user generated content across our network of over 3000 Newsrooms, offering multiple sources of the latest education news across the Education and Employability sectors.

FE News also broadcast live events, podcasts with leading experts and thought leaders, webinars, video interviews and Further Education news bulletins so you receive the latest developments in Skills News and across the Apprenticeship, Further Education and Employability sectors.

Every week FE News has over 200 articles and new pieces of content per week. We are a news channel providing the latest Further Education News, giving insight from multiple sources on the latest education policy developments, latest strategies, through to our thought leaders who provide blue sky thinking strategy, best practice and innovation to help look into the future developments for education and the future of work.

In May 2020, FE News had over 120,000 unique visitors according to Google Analytics and over 200 new pieces of news content every week, from thought leadership articles, to the latest education news via written word, podcasts, video to press releases from across the sector.

We thought it would be helpful to explain how we tier our latest education news content and how you can get involved and understand how you can read the latest daily Further Education news and how we structure our FE Week of content:

Main Features

Our main features are exclusive and are thought leadership articles and blue sky thinking with experts writing peer to peer news articles about the future of education and the future of work. The focus is solution led thought leadership, sharing best practice, innovation and emerging strategy. These are often articles about the future of education and the future of work, they often then create future education news articles. We limit our main features to a maximum of 20 per week, as they are often about new concepts and new thought processes. Our main features are also exclusive articles responding to the latest education news, maybe an insight from an expert into a policy announcement or response to an education think tank report or a white paper.

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FE Voices was originally set up as a section on FE News to give a voice back to the sector. As we now have over 3,000 newsrooms and contributors, FE Voices are usually thought leadership articles, they don’t necessarily have to be exclusive, but usually are, they are slightly shorter than Main Features. FE Voices can include more mixed media with the Further Education News articles, such as embedded podcasts and videos. Our sector response articles asking for different comments and opinions to education policy announcements or responding to a report of white paper are usually held in the FE Voices section. If we have a live podcast in an evening or a radio show such as SkillsWorldLive radio show, the next morning we place the FE podcast recording in the FE Voices section.

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In sector news we have a blend of content from Press Releases, education resources, reports, education research, white papers from a range of contributors. We have a lot of positive education news articles from colleges, awarding organisations and Apprenticeship Training Providers, press releases from DfE to Think Tanks giving the overview of a report, through to helpful resources to help you with delivering education strategies to your learners and students.

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We have a range of education podcasts on FE News, from hour long full production FE podcasts such as SkillsWorldLive in conjunction with the Federation of Awarding Bodies, to weekly podcasts from experts and thought leaders, providing advice and guidance to leaders. FE News also record podcasts at conferences and events, giving you one on one podcasts with education and skills experts on the latest strategies and developments.

We have over 150 education podcasts on FE News, ranging from EdTech podcasts with experts discussing Education 4.0 and how technology is complimenting and transforming education, to podcasts with experts discussing education research, the future of work, how to develop skills systems for jobs of the future to interviews with the Apprenticeship and Skills Minister.

We record our own exclusive FE News podcasts, work in conjunction with sector partners such as FAB to create weekly podcasts and daily education podcasts, through to working with sector leaders creating exclusive education news podcasts.

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FE News have over 700 FE Video interviews and have been recording education video interviews with experts for over 12 years. These are usually vox pop video interviews with experts across education and work, discussing blue sky thinking ideas and views about the future of education and work.

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The FE Newsroom is home to your content if you are a FE News contributor. It also help the audience develop relationship with either you as an individual or your organisation as they can click through and ‘box set’ consume all of your previous thought leadership articles, latest education news press releases, videos and education podcasts.

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