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Using #Apprenticeships to improve diversity and reduce skills gaps in aviation

Baroness Vere of Norbiton, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport

In a speech made at the Royal Aeronautical Society, Baroness Vere of Norbiton discusses engineering and education: Good morning everyone. It’s a real pleasure to join you today (24 June 2019). And to have this opportunity to address such an...

Completion rates aren’t the be all and end all, here’s what training providers SHOULD be tracking.

In the apprenticeship sector, everyone’s always talking about completion rates. They’re agenda items, in the news, and in Ofsted reports. And because of this, timely completions are an important focus for training providers. They need to get as many apprentices over...

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Matt Glotzbach, CEO of Quizlet

Gamifying Learning: Making Education Eng…

Jun 27, 2019 / Featured Article

In April, Damien Hinds, the UK’s Education Secretary, called upon schools, businesses and technology developers to “realise the huge potential of technology to transform our schools so that teachers have the time to focus on teaching”. His call to action comes off the back of years of growth for the education...

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Jaguar Land Rover encourages more girls to join engineering industry

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Jun 25, 2019 / FE Video

Today is #InternationalWomenInEngineeringDay and at Jaguar Land Rover we want to continue to inspire the engineers of tomorrow. #INWED19 pic.twitter.com/AOpi8fXb6s — Jaguar Land Rover (@JLR_News) June 23, 2019 Jaguar Land Rover has gone into the classroom to encourage more girls to become engineers. The result is a heart-warming video to mark International...

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Every FE leader in England writes to the…

Jun 27, 2019 / Sector News

In an unprecedented move, the leaders of every general further education college in England have joined forces to write an open letter to the Chancellor and Secretary of State for Education urging them to “answer the calls from business” and respond to the “challenges of technological change and Brexit”  by...

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February is of course the month of Valentine's Day, the day on which Hallmark and Interflora make a huge profit and thousands of people do their best to speak of love and adoration.

One of the greatest tales of love and humour in the long history of literature and music is the tale of Figaro, his love for Susanna and the complex intrigue entered into to foil the amorous advances of his master, the Count Almaviva, with the aid of the Countess. To prove that even Further Education is not immune to the fateful day of roses and chocolate, the Welsh National Opera (WNO) welcomed students from Merthyr Tydfil College of the Performing Arts to a workshop and performance of Puccini's "The Marriage of Figaro".

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The workshop event continued over a period of a week at a venue in Merthyr, and culminated in the students" performance at the Wales Millennium Centre. Included in this performance was a piece of musical theatre created and designed by the students themselves. The performance of this piece took place on the opening night of the WNOs production of "The Marriage of Figaro" by Puccini on Saturday 11th of February.

The musical theatre piece was a representation of their experience with the dress rehearsal for "The Marriage of Figaro", dealing with their thoughts and emotional responses to the music and the dramatic action on stage. The workshop was the ideal opportunity for the students of the college in performance and musical studies to work with some of the WNOs most respected performers.

In any performance art, the concept of arriving and never developing is alien to success. An awareness of the new strength and diversity that a different audience can bring to any performance or display is vital to the continued evolution of artistic expression. Coming at a time of increased concern over the erosion of our rights to express ourselves and the clamping down on acts of protest in Parliament Square before our own elected officials, music, dance, theatre and art could prove an invaluable medium for self "“ expression and release.

Jethro Marsh

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