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With the enormous economic growth in Asia's developing countries, there are worries that the UK is falling far behind in the fields of innovation and enterprise. The balance of payments has shown that we are no longer one of the top dogs in a field which, over many years, has produced pioneers such as Isambard Kingdom Brunel, Sir Frank Whittle, Sir Christopher Cockerell and Frank Williams.

The announcement that James Dyson, another of our most famous innovators, is setting up a new Academy of Design and Innovation is therefore extremely welcome. The academy is being created to encourage development in the talented young engineers of the future. Commenting on the announcement, Charles Leigh, General Manager for Construction and Engineering Technology at City and Guilds said: "It is timely and appropriate that this issue is widely debated in business, government and education circles and that collectively we find a solution"¦."

An opportunity to Spread Expertise

Charles Leigh continued: "Whilst the Chancellor recognises that Britain needs to specialise in high skills professions such as engineering, Dyson has taken the bull by the horns and put forward a practical solution, supported by the Government and key business players such as Rolls-Royce and BAe, who value good vocational training and already work closely with City and Guilds.

An academy of design is a good starting point and linking its work to that of the academies currently under development by the engineering-related sector skills councils should raise the profile of engineering as a career and developing world-class talent. If we are serious about nurturing innovation and entrepreneurial skills, should we not consider extending such specialist academies throughout the UK? We need to build on such initiatives and explore a better way of spreading expertise throughout the whole of the FE sector"¦."

Essential Early Progression

It is the Construction and Engineering Manager's belief that the way to inspire future generations of engineers is to hook them in early. Exposing them to the opportunities and career progression available to them, and also to what skills and competencies they will need should garner interest. Specialist academies of excellence will be better equipped to ensure that mathematics and science are put into context, thus inspiring future generations of innovative and entrepreneurial learners. Practical hands-on experience and contextualising learning and theory at an early age would mean a sea change in the way that subjects are taught.

Charles Leigh concluded by saying: "A key challenge for the UK is to highlight the numerous opportunities available in this fast-moving industry. Specialists within the industry anticipate that the 2012 Olympic Games will create 50,000 news jobs in engineering within the next six years and this should encourage fresh talent into the profession. But the clock is ticking against us.

"We have less than six years to achieve this and we must remember that to train up the next generation of young people within engineering will take at least a decade and longer for them to achieve this potential," he continued. "Therefore, we need to start investing in the development of tomorrow's talented innovators and entrepreneurs if we are to maintain our engineering heritage"¦."

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The FE News Channel gives you the latest education news and updates on emerging education strategies and the #FutureofEducation and the #FutureofWork.

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.

Education Video Interviews

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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FE News has a free events calendar to check out the latest conferences, webinars and events to keep up to date with the latest education news and strategies.

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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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If you want to write a thought leadership article, share your ideas and vision for the future of education or the future of work, write a press release sharing the latest education news or contribute to a podcast, first of all you need to set up a FE Newsroom login (which is free): once the team have approved your newsroom (all content, newsrooms are all approved by a member of the FE News team- no robots are used in this process!), you can then start adding content (again all articles, videos and podcasts are all approved by the FE News editorial team before they go live on FE News). As all newsrooms and content are approved by the FE News team, there will be a slight delay on the team being able to review and approve content.

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