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Striking a balance: engaging employers in the skills system to achieve better outcomes for learners

Striking a balance: engaging employers in the skills system to achieve better outcomes for learners

Equipping workers with critical skills is key to widening access to secure and good quality work. A well-skilled labour force would deliver economic benefits too, with employers more able to grow and improve...
Harnessing productivity through skills – from puzzle to plan​

Harnessing productivity through skills – from puzzle to plan​

In 2019, CIMA, one of the founding bodies of the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants, celebrated 100 years of serving business. For the anniversary,...
Inspiration from a micro EpAO on their Ofqual recognition journey

Inspiration from a micro EpAO on their Ofqual recognition journey

Back in 2020, the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (the Institute, @IFAteched), announced the transfer of the EQA of end-point assessment to @Ofqual, or,...
Students need to focus on practicing assessment skills, not just on catching up on lost learning

Students need to focus on practicing assessment skills, not just on catching up on lost learning

Students, teachers and parents are all tired of hearing about lost learning and the need for ‘catch up’ caused by the pandemic and I completely...
Will Young People Be Prepared For Green Jobs? The Catch22Minutes Podcast

Will Young People Be Prepared For Green Jobs? The Catch22Minutes Podcast

The government has pledged to create two million green jobs by 2030. But according to consultancy PwC, just 1.2% of all advertised job roles in...
How Can Social Mobility Improve Youth Employment? The Catch22Minutes Podcast

How Can Social Mobility Improve Youth Employment? The Catch22Minutes Podcast

Many of us have experienced the benefits of our social capital when job hunting – whether it’s a referral from a friend of a friend,...
Inclusive Recruitment: The Catch22Minutes Podcast

Inclusive Recruitment: The Catch22Minutes Podcast

Workplace diversity and inclusion is an increasing area of focus for businesses large and small. From bringing in a broader range of perspectives to understanding your...
Are Apprenticeships the Answer? The Catch22Minutes Podcast

Are Apprenticeships the Answer? The Catch22Minutes Podcast

In the latest figures, apprenticeship starts are down by about 7% compared to last year. That was despite financial incentives being put in place to...
How has the role of finance professionals in further education shifted over the past year, with the enforced move to remote working?

How has the role of finance professionals in further education shifted over the past year, with the enforced move to remote working?

The true impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on further education will not entirely reveal itself for years. That said, new data covering the first year...
Lockdown lessons: What can schools and colleges learn from universities?

Lockdown lessons: What can schools and colleges learn from universities?

As the adage goes: "For a fair selection everybody has to take the same exam (because) if you judge a fish by its ability to...