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    Moments of Choice

    Aug 25, 2016 / Featured Article

    The decision about what to do after education is an important one for all young people. But, according to our Moments of Choice report, the process of making this decision is made...

    A new and enriched QTLS coming in Septem…

    Aug 24, 2016 / Featured Article

    Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) is a sought after status, with over 1800 teachers and trainers being awarded each year.  When asked the reasons, applicants say that QTLS provides...

    Government apprenticeship levy proposals…

    Aug 22, 2016 / Featured Article

    It’s been one of those ‘it never rains but it pours’ or ‘all the buses arriving at the same time’ kind of weeks. We have had the proposals for the...

    Apprenticeships: learning from Leitch

    Aug 21, 2016 / Featured Article

    With apprenticeship policy very much in the spotlight, I was interested to read a new report by John Denham, “Employer Support for Higher Level Skills”. As Secretary of State for Innovation...

    Realities, realities, realities

    Aug 18, 2016 / Featured Article

    It is A Level results day and the College is almost full. Staff in Further Education since incorporation have moved to the agenda of becoming a business with the learner...

    New research suggests vocational qualifi…

    Aug 18, 2016 / Featured Article

    On A level results day one of the key questions facing many young people is whether their new qualifications give an opportunity for progression into higher education. Our new report...

    We’re not there yet on the apprenticeshi…

    Aug 16, 2016 / Featured Article

    We’ve had a few days to absorb the details of the government’s latest apprenticeship levy announcements and already my inbox is full of comments from AELP members on what they...

    Levy Announcement raises more questions …

    Aug 15, 2016 / Featured Article

    The government’s eight week delay in their latest announcements about the apprenticeship levy, funding rates and standards leaves raises as many questions as it answered.  This is not surprising when...

    Those who can – put their #headstogether

    Aug 15, 2016 / Featured Article

    Three children in every classroom have a diagnosable mental health disorder. I’ll just let that sink in for a moment. Formerly, a reasonably taboo subject, mental health in children and young...

    At last, an Apprenticeship funding syste…

    Aug 15, 2016 / Featured Article

    So, after a short delay, we have had the publication of the post Levy funding details. Labelled as ‘Funding changes’ I think the government has been unusually modest, this is actually...

    Why Some College Restaurants Need to Clo…

    Aug 15, 2016 / Featured Article

    Why bother with college restaurants? What function do they serve? Like all commercial activities in colleges they should be there to enhance the students’ learning and experience.  Their income generation purpose...

    Apprenticeships and Skills Minister Robe…

    Aug 12, 2016 / Featured Article

    Apprenticeships and Skills Minister Robert Halfon comments on today's Apprenticeship Levy Announcement:  "My passion for apprenticeships and skills stem from a simple truth:  they represent a huge ladder of opportunity for...

    Sector Response to the Apprenticeship Le…

    Aug 12, 2016 / Featured Article

    The long awaited Apprenticeship Levy funding update was released today. Here is the link to the full details on the Apprenticeship funding document. How has the Levy update been received...

    Apprenticeship Levy (August 2016) - The …

    Aug 12, 2016 / Featured Article

    It has now been confirmed by the Government that the Apprenticeship Levy will go ahead as planned from April 2017.  This finally will stop the speculation about the future of...

    Tackling Muslim employment inequalities …

    Aug 11, 2016 / Featured Article

    Is there anything untouched by Brexit? Well in the employment support sector, the answer is, frankly no. The Women and Equalities Select Committee published an important report today calling on...

    From A Levels to International Apprentic…

    Aug 11, 2016 / Featured Article

    It is arguably one of the most pivotal days in the education calendar and in recent years A Level Results day has afforded a great opportunity to promote apprenticeships to...

    School’s out for summer

    Aug 11, 2016 / Featured Article

    While the lack of sunshine might suggest otherwise, summer is most definitely here. As schools and colleges close and everyone heads off on their hols, this month I am focused...

    All Change

    Aug 09, 2016 / Featured Article

    So what’s new? Well, there are lots of new employer-designed apprenticeship standards available (some of them are great, some not so great…), the apprenticeship levy is coming, there will be...

    Do employers appreciate the 'price' of a…

    Aug 08, 2016 / Featured Article

    Remember going on holiday before the Euro. You’d change your Sterling into Pesetas and feel like you were a millionaire!. Then you’d discover that 1 peseta wouldn’t by you the...

    Government’s Post-16 skills plan overloo…

    Aug 04, 2016 / Featured Article

    There’s lots of positivity in the sector around the Government’s new Post-16 skills plan, and yes it’s an extremely positive thing that technical pathways are to be given the same...

    From Priti to Penny – Inheritance issues…

    Aug 04, 2016 / Featured Article

    The new DWP Ministerial team has arrived as storm clouds gather.  Stephen is spending more time with his family; whilst Priti is promoted. In their place we have a surfeit...

    The Answer to “Superficial” Area Reviews…

    Aug 02, 2016 / Featured Article

    In a recent article for TES, Roger Brown, emeritus professor of higher education policy at Liverpool Hope University and currently chair of Barton Peveril Sixth Form College in Eastleigh, made...

    Post-16 skills plan – shining a light on…

    Jul 29, 2016 / Featured Article

    Vocational education in this country has been subject to a number of reviews over the past few years. Despite the overall consensus that high quality technical pathways are important, Government...

    Colleges merge to form London South East…

    Jul 29, 2016 / Featured Article

    I am delighted to announce that Greenwich Community College and Bexley College have today formally merged with Bromley College of Higher and Further Education to create London South East Colleges. The...

    Working towards an Effective Apprentices…

    Jul 29, 2016 / Featured Article

    When 3aaa established a team earlier this year to initiate discussions with employers who will be paying the Apprenticeship Levy from April 2017, we thought we might have been a...

    It's a balancing act!

    Jul 29, 2016 / Featured Article

    We live in a digital world and it affects all aspects of life, including education. It is such a part of the world of learning that it's not even a...

    Angela Middleton discusses the Apprentic…

    Jul 27, 2016 / Featured Article

    In November 2015 the government announced the new Apprentice Levy but many businesses are still not sure exactly what that means and even we, as providers of apprentices, are still...

    Training! Training! Training!

    Jul 27, 2016 / Featured Article

    The EU referendum, whatever the outcome, has highlighted the need to stress the purposes of further education.  Along with the skills shortage, we are experiencing a lack of appropriate and...

    FE At Risk: Clear & Present Danger

    Jul 26, 2016 / Featured Article

    FE is at Risk. No I don’t mean the ongoing lack of funding, Area Reviews or even Inspections.  Those are risks we are all well aware of.  The risks I refer...

    Prioritising the new DWP Secretary of St…

    Jul 22, 2016 / Featured Article

    DWP has a brand new ministerial team with only Lord Freud staying on from the previous incumbency. New ministers at Minister of State grade for Employment and for Disability, Work...

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