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Richard Marsh, Apprenticeship Partner Director, Kaplan UK

Success for all

Feb 27, 2017 / Featured Article

What does the decline in Apprenticeship success rates actually mean? Preparing to speak at the Ofqual conference this week and reviewing with the recent release of Apprenticeship success rate data has...

Sandy Lindsay MBE, Chair of the IoD and North West Business Leadership Team Skills Groups

Mind the [Skills] Gap

Feb 24, 2017 / Featured Article

Sandy Lindsay MBE, Chair of the IoD and North West Business Leadership Team Skills Groups, discusses efforts to close the skills gap in the North West of England, and how...

The overlooked gap in the apprenticeship…

Feb 23, 2017 / Featured Article

With the apprenticeship levy just around the corner many training providers are working with their large (and smaller) employers to scale up the size of their apprenticeship programmes. However, there’s...

Deborah Tillett, FIEP

How will the Work and Health Programme I…

Feb 22, 2017 / Featured Article

Since the results of DWP’s Umbrella Agreement have been released, the focus has shifted to the procurement of the Work and Health Programme (WHP), with more details becoming available from...

Nus Ghani MP, Chair of the Apprenticeships Diversity Championships Network

Sector Response to the Apprenticeship Di…

Feb 21, 2017 / Featured Article

The Apprenticeship Diversity Champions Network (ADCN) has been launched today to help promote diversity within apprenticeships. The network of 23 employers includes organisations such as Roll Royce, BBC, BAE Systems...

Peter Wylie, Director of Education, Baker Dearing Educational Trust

UTCs are not the problem

Feb 21, 2017 / Featured Article

For 150 years England has got technical education wrong and no political party can claim they have come up with a solution that works. The only Education Minister who had...

Dr Paul Phillips Principal and Chief Executive of Weston College, Weston-super-Mare

We Cannot Be All Things To All People

Feb 20, 2017 / Featured Article

Further education is now a mixed economy in terms of creating a sustainable plan for future skills development and corresponding delivery. Our work encompasses traditional 16-19 and adult learning, the latter...

Mark Dawe, Chief Executive of the Association of Employment and Learning Providers

Flexible approaches are key to the Brexi…

Feb 17, 2017 / Featured Article

Let’s tip our hat to the government for saying in the Industrial Strategy green paper that there will be flexibility for the new Institutes of Technology to adopt different models...

David Hughes, Chief Executive of the Association of Colleges (AoC)

Fairer funding means a fairer future

Feb 16, 2017 / Featured Article

Fair funding for colleges will help more young people and adults, as well as businesses, get the skills they need. And we know that skills is very much on the...

Janet Clark, ATL Education Policy Adviser

Is skills policy now too ‘employer-led’?

Feb 16, 2017 / Featured Article

A consultation on the Institute of Apprenticeships (IfA) strategic plan closed last week. You can read ATL’s response to the proposals here. Another consultation, this time on the IfA’s draft...

Stefan Drew

Why Teaching is a Dying Profession ... D…

Feb 15, 2017 / Featured Article

The agricultural revolution was followed by the industrial revolution and we have now entered the digital revolution. The digital revolution means the end of teaching as we know it. Am I being...

Tim Bailey, Partner at Xsite Architecture

Preparing the next generation to take on…

Feb 14, 2017 / Featured Article

With rapid advances in technology, a new political landscape and an ever growing urban population – times are indeed changing. If we are to meet the needs and demands of our...

Alex Swann, Director, Lesniak Swann

So, you have been asked to deliver a new…

Feb 13, 2017 / Featured Article

We’ve been rebranding colleges, other institutions and businesses since 2002. Given the fluid nature of the FE sector currently, such as area reviews, we realise more and more colleges will be...

Kevin Wilkinson, Prisons Business Manager City & Guilds

The proof that education really does pay

Feb 09, 2017 / Featured Article

I was lucky enough to spend the day today with John. An ex-offender, John knew he wanted to turn his life around and was given the opportunity to study for...

Mark Farrar, Chief Executive of AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians)

The Apprenticeship Levy: Helping to fulf…

Feb 07, 2017 / Featured Article

As the Government has recently highlighted, apprenticeships work. According to Skills Minister Robert Halfon, over 90% of apprentices currently go into work or further training. It’s therefore no surprise that...

CMI's Petra Wilton

Labelling the Apprenticeship Levy as a “…

Feb 06, 2017 / Featured Article

According to Einstein the definition of insanity is “doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results”. So when applied to the world of training – where we...

Dr Paul Phillips is principal and chief executive of Weston College, Weston-super-Mare

Our Emergency

Feb 06, 2017 / Featured Article

On BBC2 recently there was the start of a documentary that followed the life of surgeons and patients in a busy hospital. I caught up with the programme after reading...

Welcome focus on skills in Industrial St…

Feb 03, 2017 / Featured Article

The long awaited Industrial Strategy Green Paper has finally seen the light of day and the TUC very much welcomes the fact that pro-active government intervention is back on the...

A challenge - grasping opportunity in un…

Feb 02, 2017 / Featured Article

If we doubted that we lived in “uncertain times” I doubt we doubt that now!  So far 2017 has been a year to either stay under the duvet or to...

Mike Thompson, Head of Apprenticeships at Barclays

The Apprenticeship Levy should help peop…

Feb 02, 2017 / Featured Article

As the Apprenticeship Levy approaches, more and more people are shining a spotlight on apprenticeships and discussing the role they will play in the lives of individuals and businesses in...

Kirsty McHugh, ERSA Chief Executive, FE News

DWP is running out of time to get JCP’s …

Feb 01, 2017 / Featured Article

Last week saw the government miss a prime opportunity to correct the direction of travel and put the Jobcentre Plus (JCP) juggernaut on the right track for jobseekers.  You may well...

Ruth Gilbert, CEO of the Career Colleges Trust

Building Our Industrial Strategy- FE c…

Feb 01, 2017 / Featured Article

It is a time of real change for the UK, the US and indeed the world. The Government is responding to this change, setting out its vision for post-Brexit Britain in...

Focus on 3 million apprentices by 2020 l…

Jan 31, 2017 / Featured Article

The government has made a commitment to 3 million new apprentices in England between 2015 and 2020. This target, contained first in the Conservative Party 2015 General Election manifesto, and...

Building Our Industrial Strategy - more …

Jan 31, 2017 / Featured Article

As we near the end of January and many of us are lamenting our failed New Year resolutions to drink less/eat more healthily/visit the gym more often/empty our email inbox...

Reflections on responses to the Industri…

Jan 29, 2017 / Featured Article

The ongoing need for developing not just higher level vocational qualifications and training, but also a way of providing that need is advanced by the new industrial strategy proposal. But...

The Institute for Apprenticeships board …

Jan 26, 2017 / Featured Article

The eight new members of the Institute for Apprenticeships board have been announced: Dr Katherine Barclay Sir Gerry Berragan Bev Robinson Paul Cadman Dame Fiona Kendrick Dame Asha Khemka Robin Millar CBE Toby Peyton-Jones   -  The eight...

Steve Hewitt

Curriculum planning: the sun is shining …

Jan 26, 2017 / Featured Article

The eye of a hurricane is famously calm - an eerie normality before inevitable chaos. And so it is, currently, with funding for curriculum planning. But there are still things you...

David Way

Institute for Apprenticeships – A Time t…

Jan 24, 2017 / Featured Article

Responsibilities for integrity, quality and funding give the new Institute for Apprenticeships a potentially vital and lasting role in the national skills infrastructure but only if its role is fully...

Invest in outstanding technical educatio…

Jan 24, 2017 / Featured Article

I am delighted and hugely encouraged to see Government placing a strong focus on technical education and STEM skills in its proposed Industrial Strategy. These are matters close to my heart...

Stefan Drew

What's Wrong With FE Websites?

Jan 23, 2017 / Featured Article

I remember the heady days when we didn't have websites, server problems, SEO issues and all those delights so many FE marketers suffer today. But we now live in more enlightened...

Richard Marsh, Apprenticeship Partnership Director at Kaplan UK

Awards, Hockey sticks and the end of the…

Jan 23, 2017 / Featured Article

This Friday was the 13th National Apprenticeship awards, as ever one of the highlights of the Academic year. I have only been to 7 of the 13 ceremonies but they...

New Industrial Strategy Green Paper to p…

Jan 23, 2017 / Featured Article

The Prime Minister today launched a new Green Paper called Building our Industrial Strategy. The Green Paper has a significant implications for the Further Education and Skills sector: Overhaul of technical education...

Ellie Garraway, Chief Operating Officer, Youth at Risk and Mark Sargeant, Director of Business Development, Partnerships & Marketing, Prevista

‘How do we move from the predictable to …

Jan 19, 2017 / Featured Article

It seems that the environment for young people is becoming increasingly complex. In order to best prepare for a complex world it is essential that we invest in educating or...

Dr Neil Bentley, Chief Executive, WorldSkills UK

Success in Competitions will raise Appre…

Jan 19, 2017 / Featured Article

2017 is shaping up to be a significant year for us all. Aside from the uncertainty around Brexit, this year we will see the apprenticeship levy come into force and...

Jack Parsons, CEO of yourfeed

Is industry failing its future workforce…

Jan 19, 2017 / Featured Article

I’ve got an idea. What if industries began to realise that their future workforce depended on their support of young people? What if they played a more active role in...

John Rogers, Chief Executive of Skills for Health

New framework from Skills for Health sup…

Jan 17, 2017 / Featured Article

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”. John Rogers, Chief Executive of...

The Keys to Successful Business Developm…

Jan 16, 2017 / Featured Article

Going into 2017, organisations in the Further Education and Independent Training Provider sectors will have their own “New Year’s resolutions” to achieve their goals and to grow their business. However...

Emily Follis, Policy Manager at London Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Government must do more to make apprenti…

Jan 12, 2017 / Featured Article

The Coalition Government of 2010 brought with it a welcome commitment to increase the number of apprenticeships in the UK and to breathe life into vocational education. Politicians of all...

RIPE FOR REFORM

Jan 11, 2017 / Featured Article

We face a major challenge in our training and skills sector. The need for more highly skilled people, trained effectively in order to grow our economy and raise productivity is...

Matt Walton, Chief Product Officer and Kathryn Skelton, Head of Strategy, FutureLearn

The coming of age of digital education

Jan 06, 2017 / Featured Article

As technology evolves and digital natives make up more and more of the population, it is becoming the norm to expect access to high quality content and experiences from any...

Institute for Apprenticeship pre-launch…

Jan 06, 2017 / Featured Article

This week we have all been invited to comment upon the draft strategic guidance for the new Institute for Apprenticeships. This is a very government way of proudly showing off...

Sector response to the Institute for App…

Jan 04, 2017 / Featured Article

Further details of how the Institute for Apprenticeships (IfA) will operate have today been set out in draft strategic guidance. The Institute for Apprenticeships will be responsible for approving new apprenticeship...

Enabling Traineeships to Grow

Dec 22, 2016 / Featured Article

The Department for Education has published this week some outcome data for the first full year (2013-14) of the Traineeship programme.  71% of young people who completed the programme obtained...

A silk shirt or a string vest?

Dec 21, 2016 / Featured Article

The announcement of the Apprenticeship Levy in George Osborne’s budget statement in November 2015 caught many businesses by surprise. The upcoming launch is generating a huge number of column inches...

Transatlantic Marketing Lessons: How do …

Dec 17, 2016 / Featured Article

We are often told that what happens today in the US will happen here tomorrow. So what can we learn about FE marketing from US colleagues? Well let me start by...

IR35 – lessons from the past

Dec 15, 2016 / Featured Article

What a time we live in! Brexit, the deficit, a generational lack of investment in training and devaluation of the pound, have combined to create a toxic formula, resulting in...

Using apprenticeships to empower the UK’…

Dec 15, 2016 / Featured Article

The average duration of the working life is getting longer, making the traditional model of linear career progression increasingly rare, often being replaced by the portfolio career.1 This creates a...

The impact of education on wellbeing and…

Dec 13, 2016 / Featured Article

While we’ve known for some time that our experiences of the education system can have a lasting impact on our lives – good or bad – in the past it...

Apprenticeship reform, the levy and the …

Dec 12, 2016 / Featured Article

The clock is ticking By anyone’s standards apprenticeship reform will be profound and dramatic. It has been a hot topic for those involved in it but for those outside these circles...

What do the Pisa results mean?

Dec 08, 2016 / Featured Article

Every three years Dr Andreas Schleicher of the organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) reveals the results of tests on 15 year-olds from across the globe in English, maths...

LEVY PAYING EMPLOYERS SHOULD BE TRUSTED …

Dec 08, 2016 / Featured Article

The influential Public Accounts Committee this week warned of “risks” associated with the method of funding the apprenticeship levy – but I think its fears are misguided. MiddletonMurray has been...

Things can only get better?

Dec 07, 2016 / Featured Article

In general, people expect the next generation to do better and have more opportunities than the previous generation. But there's growing concern that this expectation is breaking down, that intergenerational...

The Apprenticeship Levy – Problems

Dec 06, 2016 / Featured Article

The Apprenticeship Levy is set to apply from May 2017 and in its original proposed form was intended to encourage businesses and employers to create meaningful apprenticeships.  However, the current proposal...

Robert Halfon's Apprenticeship Legacy

Dec 06, 2016 / Featured Article

If luck is an essential requirement for successful generals then timing is really important for Ministers who want to make a lasting difference. Robert Halfon has set out his priorities...

VETERAN TALENT IS A MISSED OPPORTUNITY F…

Dec 05, 2016 / Featured Article

I’d spent half my life in the Army, but leaving as a 28-year-old veteran was more daunting than anything else I’d faced. Where I would ultimately be lucky and find...

The Key Role of Local Labour Market Insi…

Dec 02, 2016 / Featured Article

One of the main pledges in the Government’s recent Prison Safety and Reform White Paper (which FE News reported on here), is to give greater empowerment to prison governors, putting them...

We’re all about giving people the chance…

Nov 30, 2016 / Featured Article

It’s hard to go a week without hearing about the challenges facing the education sector. And with the constant structural changes and new policies, it is easy to understand why. On...

Giving Thanks from Across the Pond

Nov 30, 2016 / Featured Article

I just returned from the AoC Conference in Birmingham to celebrate our American Thanksgiving with family. This year’s trip the U.K. afforded me the first opportunity to interact with our...

Public Accounts Committee: More measur…

Nov 29, 2016 / Featured Article

The Committee of Public Accounts recommends today that the Government must broaden the range of measures it will use to evaluate its apprenticeships programme. Particularly around measuring the success of...

University isn’t a “one-size-fits-all”

Nov 29, 2016 / Featured Article

Many businesses and education providers still feel that university is the best option for young people setting out in the world of work. This might explain why more people than...

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