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    Tom Bewick, President of TAEF and co-founder of Franklin Apprenticeships LLC

    England is teaching America a thing or t…

    Dec 11, 2017 / Featured Article

    How England is teaching America a thing or two about scaling successful apprenticeship Winston Churchill was a famous Anglo-American – one of only a handful of people that the United...

    Bryan Campbell, Senior Security Researcher at Fujitsu UK & Ireland

    From high value target to smart ninja: T…

    Dec 08, 2017 / Featured Article

    Always on the look-out for sizeable data sources they can compromise, cyber attackers are creative and resourceful individuals who often strike when least expected. For example, weekends are one of...

    Wendy Breakell, Consultant Advisor on employability and employer engagement

    No one's talking about degree apprentice…

    Dec 08, 2017 / Featured Article

    “No-one’s talking about degree apprenticeships” So said a member of audience on a recent edition of Question time. And he was right. The panel, including Angela Rayner, Labour’s shadow education minister, made...

    Richard Daniel Curtis, CEO of The Mentoring School at the European Vocational Education Week

    Robotics - A new era in Vocational Train…

    Dec 07, 2017 / Featured Article

    Last week saw the European Vocational Education Week take place. This pan-Europe event celebrates the work of the sector and discusses the reforms taking place. The Mentoring School were invited to...

    Helen Wilson, Sales Director of GPRS Recruitment

    Talent Acquisition is changing

    Dec 07, 2017 / Featured Article

    GPRS Salary & Benefits Survey launch reveals: Talent Acquisition is changing GPRS Recruitment has released its latest WBL Salary & Benefits Survey, affirming that the talent acquisition landscape has changed...

    Martin Hamilton, Futurist, Jisc

    A teachable moment: The Edtech UK Global…

    Dec 06, 2017 / Featured Article

    This year’s Edtech UK Global Summit, held last week in London, was a triumph. It was packed with energetic updates from all over the sector - government policy makers, entrepreneurs...

    Charlotte Bosworth, Managing Director Innovate Awarding

    Employer Providers – is it the way forwa…

    Dec 06, 2017 / Featured Article

    The Register of Apprenticeship Providers (RoATP) has seen an increase in employers putting themselves forward to become employer providers, and it is likely this will increase when the new register...

    Adrian Anderson, Chief Executive, University Vocational Awards Council

    The Apprenticeship Levy – Will Employers…

    Dec 05, 2017 / Featured Article

    Look back on the Government's announcement in 2015 to introduce the apprenticeship levy and the key justification for this was that employers weren't investing enough in the training and development...

    Councillor Stephen Lambert, Director, Education4Democracy.

    A NEET SOLUTION TO THE FAILURE ON YOUTH …

    Dec 05, 2017 / Featured Article

    NORTH EAST DEVOLUTION BOTH NORTH OF THE TYNE AND SOUTH COULD BE A NEET SOLUTION TO THE REGION’S ‘’STUBBORN’’ YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT PROBLEM WRITES STEPHEN LAMBERT DESPITE THE slight fall in unemployment...

    Nick Isles, Director, Corporate Agenda

    A New Industrial Strategy Needs New Lead…

    Dec 04, 2017 / Featured Article

    The long awaited Industrial Strategy White Paper has finally been published. And it makes good reading. There is a strong emphasis on backing winning sectors with winning general purpose technologies...

    Chris Webb – CEIAG Coordinator/Careers Adviser – The Ruth Gorse Academy, Leeds

    Careers in the Curriculum – How can we h…

    Dec 01, 2017 / Featured Article

    Those of us working in the career development sector were buoyed recently by the speech given by the Minister for Apprenticeships and Skills, Anne Milton, at the Careers Education and...

    Iain Patton, Chief Executive at the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC)

    Colleges prove size doesn’t matter when …

    Nov 30, 2017 / Featured Article

    Colleges have a big challenge in front of them and they’re taking it seriously. The challenge? The United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). These are 17 of the most pressing...

    Dr Deirdre Hughes OBE Chair, National Careers Council, England 2012 – 2014 and former Commissioner UKCES 2011 -2015

    Reflections on a forthcoming Careers Str…

    Nov 30, 2017 / Featured Article

    The Department for Education (DfE) has announced it is publishing shortly a new and long-awaited careers strategy for England. Therefore, it seems timely to share some reflections, given five years...

    Richard Marsh, Apprenticeship Partnership Director, Kaplan Financial

    Know What a Win Looks Like - Meaningful …

    Nov 29, 2017 / Featured Article

    More than 3m starts, 372 days in learning & 20% off the job Our apprenticeship reforms will support an increase in the quality & quantity of apprenticeships … so said...

    James Sheppard, Director, Equals

    Briefing for a Successful STEM Building

    Nov 28, 2017 / Featured Article

    Many institutions are seeking to expand their STEM capacity and teaching capability to meet national, regional and local policy ambitions, attract investment, increase student numbers and enhance skills for the...

    Malcolm Cooper, MD, MCA Cooper Associates

    Can a college operate efficiently withou…

    Nov 27, 2017 / Featured Article

    A manager I recently spoke to who came into FE from the automotive industry explained the horror she felt when realising that not only did her College not have process...

    Charlie Mullins OBE, Founder of Pimlico Plumbers

    Hammond’s Hopeful Budget Is Just a Woefu…

    Nov 24, 2017 / Featured Article

    In recent times, we’ve been greedily feasting on an abundance of political news, good, bad and ugly. With Brexit, multiple scandals, and a whole lot of reshuffling going on –...

    Bill Quinn, Managing Director, Future Cert

    Closing the IT skills gap from within ed…

    Nov 24, 2017 / Featured Article

    If you work in the IT sector or education - or simply read a newspaper - there’s no need to tell you that a chronic shortage of qualified IT professionals...

    Simon Ashworth is chief policy officer of the Association of Employment and Learning Providers

    Coming to America – 5 million apprentice…

    Nov 23, 2017 / Featured Article

    The USA is famously referred to as ‘the land of opportunity’, but is that true for UK providers? Earlier this month a trade mission of 15 delegates visited Washington DC...

    The Sector Responds to the Budget

    Sector response to the Chancellor’s Autu…

    Nov 22, 2017 / Featured Article

    Today (22nd November) the Chancellor Philip Hammond announced the budget. Further Education and Skills were key to this budget, against a backdrop of reduced economic growth and Brexit. The Chancellor...

    Jane Hyde-Walsh, Founder and Director of the Staffroom

    What is Effective CPD?

    Nov 22, 2017 / Featured Article

    Research on CPD demonstrates that many teachers and trainers do not participate in professional development activities and the most common reasons given are conflicts in work schedules and an absence...

    Stephen Spriggs, Managing Director, William Clarence Education

    The rise of entrance exams... and the kn…

    Nov 21, 2017 / Featured Article

    Gaining entry to a top university is the benchmark for ambitious, high-performing students and the standard route into higher education has always been the A-level. Yet with more universities introducing...

    Alex Meikle, ECA Director of Skills and Employment

    Apprenticeships need equal billing with …

    Nov 20, 2017 / Featured Article

    If I were to give you two options – take up an electrical apprenticeship in which over four years you would earn over £60,000, or go to university, at the...

    Chris Thomson, Education Consultant and former sixth form college principal.

    Two ways of thinking about staff trainin…

    Nov 17, 2017 / Featured Article

    It is a truth universally acknowledged, at least in Further Education, that the high road to outstanding quality lies in the ‘sharing of good practice’. The idea is so emotionally appealing...

    Mark Anderson, Managing Director, ACG Compliance

    5 common signs of workplace bullying

    Nov 16, 2017 / Featured Article

    It’s prominent in most workplaces, it’s one of the most talked about aspects of working life, yet, it is still on the rise and evidently, we aren’t doing enough to...

    Alastair Campbell, the Sultan of Spin, chats with Gavin O'Meara, FE News

    Podcast with Alastair Campbell on improv…

    Nov 15, 2017 / Featured Article

    We chat with Alastair Campbell (aka the Sultan of Spin) and ask for his advice on how to improve the reputation and PR in FE, to the nation, to employers...

    Councillor Stephen Lambert, Director, Education4Democracy.

    ARE MODERN APPRENTICESHIPS WORKING IN TH…

    Nov 15, 2017 / Featured Article

    LAST AUTUMN the Government launched its industrial strategy, with new look apprenticeships, at Gateshead College in the north of England. The then skills minster, Robert Halfon, announced an extra £170m...

    Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the UK Labour Party

    Jeremy Corbyn interview. Jeremy chats ab…

    Nov 14, 2017 / Featured Article

    We chat with Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour Party about his plans for Further Education, Skills and Employability. We ask Jeremy about his plans for Further Education and Skills in...

    Angela Middleton, Chairman and Founder of MiddletonMurray

    We need to talk about careers advice in …

    Nov 14, 2017 / Featured Article

    There is a severe lack of informative and aspirational careers advice in the UK. As a nation we are underperforming, under-motivated and are nowhere near as productive as we should...

    Arnie Skelton, Head of Business Development Unit, Epping Forest College

    TOP TEN TIPS FOR MAKING MONEY FROM LEARN…

    Nov 13, 2017 / Featured Article

    Having spent 11 years as a FE lecturer, and a further 20 running my own L&D business, I was recently appointed on a 1-year contract to set up and manage...

    Emma Finamore, Editor, AllAboutSchoolLeavers.co.uk

    Equal Pay Day 2017: Women basically wor…

    Nov 10, 2017 / Featured Article

    Despite the Equal Pay Act in 1970, women still earn less than men in Britain today. In fact, the current gender pay gap means women effectively stop earning relative to...

    Sally Latham, A-level Philosophy Lecturer

    Why we cannot lose A-Levels in FE Colleg…

    Nov 08, 2017 / Featured Article

    The fact that Further Education is woefully underfunded is not news. Nor is the fact that FE colleges are reducing the curriculum offered. According to research by the Association of...

    Ben Hughes is Vice Principal (Industry Engagement) at Pearson College London

    The Future of Skills

    Nov 07, 2017 / Featured Article

    I recently chaired an event hosted by Pearson College London’s Centre for Industry Engagement exploring why, after years of innovation and collaboration between educators and industrialists, soft skills remain such...

    Dr. Brian Marien, Founder and Director of Positive Group

    Mergers: Managing Change

    Nov 06, 2017 / Featured Article

    In the further education sector, a growing number of colleges are exploring the possibilities of a merger. There are, of course, obvious benefits: mergers present an opportunity to combine resources...

    Richard Marsh, Apprenticeship Partnership Director, Kaplan Financial

    Apprenticeship Service developments: Ref…

    Nov 03, 2017 / Featured Article

    The latest DfE data shows that there are now over 11,000 employers who have opened their Apprenticeship Service (AS) levy account (end of September ‘17). Steady if not spectacular progress. Those...

    Jake Tween, Head of Apprenticeships, ILM

    Five Years on: pushing through the Richa…

    Nov 03, 2017 / Featured Article

    When Doug Richard revealed the findings of his review, he said; ‘No matter who I speak to, everyone agrees that apprenticeships are a good thing’. Five years on, and we’re...

    Ruth South, Head of Graduate and Apprenticeship Programmes, Capgemini

    Changing perceptions – The first digital…

    Nov 02, 2017 / Featured Article

    As the first female Doctor Who is set to feature on our screens, widening gender perspectives of this iconic British character, Capgemini has also crossed a milestone from a gender...

    learndirect receive additional investment

    learndirect receive additional investmen…

    Nov 01, 2017 / Featured Article

    Sky news have reported that learndirect have received an additional investment of £5 Million. According to the Sky News report the additional investment comes after learndirect prepare to potentially reveal a £70...

    Chris McLean is Deputy Principal at Milton Keynes College

    Rising with the robots – FE’s greatest c…

    Nov 01, 2017 / Featured Article

    When was the last time you saw a science fiction film where the robots were entirely benevolent? From Terminator to the Daleks, from Hal in 2001 to the Borg in...

    Stefan Drew

    The Death of the Conventional College

    Oct 31, 2017 / Featured Article

    When we look around and see the FE landscape it’s easy to think that is the norm and that it will continue in the same way for years. It will NOT. Education...

    Five ways to prepare your apprentices fo…

    Oct 30, 2017 / Featured Article

    The end-point assessment is designed to provide a robust, independent and rigorous test of an apprentice’s skills and competence at the very end of the training programme. But the key role...

    John Yarham, Vice Chair of Careers England and CEO of Futures Advice, Skills and Employment

    What did your careers adviser ‘tell’ you…

    Oct 27, 2017 / Featured Article

    As a newly qualified careers adviser in the 1990s, I used to get quite upset by the stories of old- fashioned careers advice that people told me they had experienced...

    Rod Harris, Operations Director, Intequal

    Blended learning brings benefits all rou…

    Oct 26, 2017 / Featured Article

    Learning while you’re earning is a popular career path for many young people so it’s hardly surprising that, according to the British Council, there are currently over 900,000 people on...

    Emma Finamore, Editor, AllAboutSchoolLeavers.co.uk

    Head teachers need to know how often the…

    Oct 25, 2017 / Featured Article

    Many head teachers underestimate how often subject teachers – who do not have careers advice training – are asked about careers by students, new research has found. The same survey showed that...

    Claire Findlay, Head of Technology Apprenticeship Programme, Barclays

    The importance of technology apprentices…

    Oct 24, 2017 / Featured Article

    Increasingly, technology is at the heart of everything we do, and is integral to the success of our economy, but there is a shortage of digital skills across the UK...

    Roger Dawe CB OBE, Chair of the Career Colleges Trust

    Getting the right relationship between e…

    Oct 20, 2017 / Featured Article

    I was delighted to take over as Chair of the Career Colleges Trust in June and it has been a busy few months. What Career Colleges are doing is crucial for...

    Sallyann Baldry, Apprenticeships Consultant, Federation of Awarding Bodies (FAB)

    Success Hinges on the Gateway

    Oct 19, 2017 / Featured Article

    The Federation of Awarding Bodies opens its two day conference in Leicester today (19 Oct) to 370 delegates, with End Point Assessments undoubtedly taking centre stage in the keynote speeches...

    Tony Allen, CEO, AAS Ltd

    Apprenticeship starts are down…… Don’t P…

    Oct 18, 2017 / Featured Article

    The social media feeds are ‘tweeting’ away again! This time there is much debate regarding the latest apprenticeship start numbers, and what they might mean for policy in the short-term...

    Andrew Walker, Managing Director, TQUK

    Imagine you’re going on a road trip from…

    Oct 17, 2017 / Featured Article

    Google Maps fails to plot the driving route from the new TQUK office in Sale, Manchester to the Shibuya area of Tokyo – simply pointing out ‘Sorry, we could not...

    Mark Dawe is chief executive of the Association of Employment and Learning Providers

    Party conferences diary – social mobilit…

    Oct 17, 2017 / Featured Article

    As a south London boy but not quite with the ‘grime’ accent to match, I had to mind my h’s during the party conference season. At Labour, it was okay...

    Richard Marsh, Apprenticeship Partnership Director: Kaplan Financial

    Two steps forward and one step back: or …

    Oct 16, 2017 / Featured Article

    Reacting to the reduction in Apprenticeship starts between May-July 2017 This week the government has published its regular quarterly Apprenticeship data. For the past 5 years these quarterly reports have shown...

    Karla Archibald, Business Development Manager, EMSI

    How LMI can help your college design the…

    Oct 13, 2017 / Featured Article

    In his comments to the recent AoC Autumn Curriculum Conference, Ofsted’s Deputy Director, Paul Joyce made a number of interesting observations about the current state of curriculum planning in the...

    Sector Response to 61% drop in Apprenticeship starts

    Sector Response to 61% decrease in Appre…

    Oct 12, 2017 / Featured Article

    The DfE has released their Statistical First Release on the number of Apprenticeship starts from 1st May to 31st July 2017 (which is the first quarter after the introduction of...

    David Russell, CEO, The Education and Training Foundation

    Apprenticeship route to QTS

    Oct 11, 2017 / Featured Article

    QTS-spotting The recent announcement by Justine Greening about creating an apprenticeship route to QTS has opened up a fascinating and important debate about teaching qualifications and professional formation. While some have...

    Charlynne Pullen, Head of Data and Evaluation, the Education and Training Foundation (ETF)

    Last few weeks to submit workforce data

    Oct 10, 2017 / Featured Article

    The deadline is fast approaching to submit your 2016/17 workforce data to the national Further Education (FE) workforce data service, SIR Data Insights. The service is run by the Education...

    Arnie Skelton, Head of Business Development Unit, Epping Forest College

    FE FUTURE? NOT AS WE KNOW IT….

    Oct 09, 2017 / Featured Article

    Are we still too embedded to the academic model of Further Education? Is the core provision st­­ill too focused on curricula, levels, and qualifications? Is FE as it stands, sleepwalking...

    Chris Thomson, Education Consultant and former sixth form college principal.

    When you know you’re wrong, you’re right…

    Oct 06, 2017 / Featured Article

    The best thing written about leadership pre-dates the Harvard Business Review. In fact it pre-dates Harvard, pre-dates the English language, even. It was written in what we now call Ancient...

    Joe Crossley, Business Development Director, of Qube Learning

    A degree is not necessarily for all indi…

    Oct 05, 2017 / Featured Article

    There is an out-dated view held by some that Apprenticeships are for those who were unable to get into University. The Apprenticeship Reforms has afforded Qube Learning the opportunity to...

    Maren Deepwell is chief executive of the Association for Learning Technology

    FELTAG: are we making it happen?

    Oct 04, 2017 / Featured Article

    At a recent Inside Government event, FELTAG 2017: Embracing Digital Technology in Further Education, I followed speakers including Bob Harrison, one of the original FELTAG members like me, and William...

    Ben Verinder, Director, Chalkstream

    The secret to recruitment and retention?…

    Oct 03, 2017 / Featured Article

    At this time of year further education managers ponder spreadsheets and graphs of recruitment data. This ritual is often accompanied by the uncomfortable realisation that rates of conversion from student...

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