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    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...

    Sector Response to Robert Halfon being a…

    Jul 19, 2016 / Featured Article

    Robert Halfon has been announced as Minister of State for Apprentices & Skills. Robert who is the MP for Harlow, was also the first MP to employ a full time...

    Sector Response to Stephen Evans announc…

    Jul 19, 2016 / Featured Article

    Stephen Evans will take over in September as CEO at Learning and Work Institute, following the departure of David Hughes who will become CEO at Association of Colleges.  Stephen who has...

    Stability is everything

    Jul 17, 2016 / Featured Article

    A new Prime Minister, an exit from Europe, Area Review, devolution and a new Head of Ofsted. One wonders if the above parameters will gel together or whether it will...

    Providers must engage fully with Prevent…

    Jul 15, 2016 / Featured Article

    Ofsted have given clear warning that in the next academic year, all providers will need to engage fully with the Prevent duty.  In their recent report, Ofsted used findings from 37...

    A Postcard from Kentucky

    Jul 14, 2016 / Featured Article

    With headlines screaming ‘skills shortages’, you could be forgiven that I was catching up with recent news here, but these were the stories dominating the recent SkillsUSA National Leadership and...

    Sector response to Department for Educat…

    Jul 14, 2016 / Featured Article

    The Department for Education (DfE) will now be taking responsibility for Further Education, Skills and Apprenticeships. Justine Greening has been announced as the new Education Secretary today. Here is the Number...

    Skills Plan: is it a flash in the pan or…

    Jul 14, 2016 / Featured Article

    So the Sainsbury Review and the Government’s response, the Skills Plan, is finally out. It’s clearly a good thing that professional and technical education has been recognised as a credible...

    New Prime Minister - Opportunity to Driv…

    Jul 13, 2016 / Featured Article

    As a new Prime Minister arrives in Downing Street we wait to see if she will change the Minsters within education and business.  Many people in the sector will be...

    Tread carefully in taking forward Sainsb…

    Jul 12, 2016 / Featured Article

    The Association of Employment and Learning Providers has given a generally positive welcome to the Sainsbury Review on Technical and Professional Education (TPE) for 16 to18 year olds and the...

    The last year of normal

    Jul 12, 2016 / Featured Article

    So we have survived another Academic year. At the end of this month Academic Year (AY) 2015/16 will finish and AY 2016/17 will begin. Amongst training providers it is a time of...

    Sector Response: Ofsted report on inadeq…

    Jul 12, 2016 / Featured Article

    According to the Ofsted report: How well are further education and skills providers implementing the ‘Prevent’ duty? Too many further education colleges and skills providers are leaving their learners at...

    Why Further Education and Schools Must C…

    Jul 11, 2016 / Featured Article

    I was recently invited by City & Guilds to take part in a panel discussion at The Telegraph Festival of Education, held at Wellington College on 23rd and 24th June...

    FE Sector Response to Lord Sainsbury’s S…

    Jul 07, 2016 / Featured Article

    The Post 16 Skills Plan - developed in response to the independent report into technical education, from an expert panel chaired by Lord Sainsbury - ‎proposes replacing the current outdated system...

    Rethinking skills development

    Jul 06, 2016 / Featured Article

    Personally, I have always believed the success of an economy is based on the will and skill of individuals to be as productive as possible. The more productive we are...

    Kirsty's thoughts on the impact of Brexi…

    Jul 06, 2016 / Featured Article

    What a week. The Brexit vote was a seismic shock, the political repercussions of which are still reverberating. It’s impossible to know where we’ll be tomorrow, let alone next month...

    Keep calm and seize the initiative…..

    Jul 05, 2016 / Featured Article

    Well if we wanted to live in “interesting times” we have them right now by the bucketful – a lame duck government, a non-existent opposition and seemingly no Brexit plan. No-one...

    Are apprenticeships really for all?

    Jul 01, 2016 / Featured Article

    I was delighted to see the Government’s recent advertising campaign promoting the benefits of apprenticeships, giving much needed air time to the many and varied opportunities that exist. It’s great...

    Edge’s Career Footsteps campaign and Bac…

    Jun 28, 2016 / Featured Article

    I can hardly believe we’re half way through 2016 and almost at the end of Edge’s Career Footsteps campaign which we launched back in February. The idea was born out of...

    Rivers of funding: The Skills Minister N…

    Jun 27, 2016 / Featured Article

    We filmed the Skills Minister Nick Boles keynote address at the AELP annual conference. The Minister reassured the audience that pre-Brexit plans were still being rolled out and even more...

    After the Referendum

    Jun 26, 2016 / Featured Article

    So it has happened. The atavists have won. Leave managed to encourage enough of the disempowered in the cities and the viscerally conservative shire English to come out and vote...

    How will Brexit affect the FE sector? Th…

    Jun 24, 2016 / Featured Article

    With a vote of 51.9% to leave the EU, how does this affect the Further Education, Work Based Learning and Employability sectors? We have asked a number of the sector's...

    Problems of a Market Model of VET: What …

    Jun 17, 2016 / Featured Article

    This article is written by Paul Hager, Emeritus Professor, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia and was developed from conversations I had with Paul on the Reimagining FE conference at Birmingham...

    Globalisation is a reality – but are we …

    Jun 17, 2016 / Featured Article

    Right now you can’t go a day without hearing about the EU referendum and the impact it could have on our economy. But whatever your stance may be, the UK...

    Effectively preparing learners for work …

    Jun 17, 2016 / Featured Article

    No matter which way you look at it, receiving negative employer feedback is a “fail” where work experience is concerned. Not only has your College’s reputation amongst local employers been...

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