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Amanda Hamilton, Chief Executive, NALP

Do your students want a career in law? Q…

Aug 20, 2018 / Featured Article

You’ve got to feel sorry for today’s young folk: they missed out on the golden age of TV lawyers. Sure, they’ve got the show with Ygritte from Game of Thrones...

Victoria Shepherd, Service Excellence Manager at Arqiva

STEM skills crisis: Female engineers can…

Aug 17, 2018 / Featured Article

According to the A Level Results announced yesterday (16 Aug), the proportion of women entering STEM subjects has only increased slightly over the past 5 years, from 42.0% in 2013 to...

Lisa O’Loughlin, Principal of The Manchester College

Why we should rethink our ideas of educa…

Aug 16, 2018 / Featured Article

On A Level Results Day, Lisa O’Loughlin, Principal of The Manchester College, discusses why we should rethink our ideas of educational success: Results day is a celebration of all learning –...

Stephen Lambert, Director of Education4Democracy.

Farewell Citizenship - A Level results o…

Aug 16, 2018 / Featured Article

STATUTORY CITIZENSHIP AND A TRAINED TEACHER SHOULD BE IN EVERY SCHOOL AND COLLEGE. Today (16 Aug), 1,000 students received their A-level Citizenship results for the last time. The Government has scrapped...

Ben Rowland, Co-Founder of Arch Apprentices

Changing perceptions: Apprenticeships ar…

Aug 16, 2018 / Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships have undergone an incredible change in recent years as their focus has shifted from being primarily blue‐collar professions, such as construction or engineering, to business and head office functions...

Ellie Bennett, a Civil Engineering Lecturer at Stephenson College in Leicestershire.

All SET for teaching success: Why I swap…

Aug 15, 2018 / Featured Article

Ellie Bennett has just completed a PGCE with the support of the Education and Training Foundation’s SET for Teaching Success programme, which is helping to boost the delivery of Science...

Kerry Boffey, CEO of Adult Learning Improvement Network (ALIN)

Creating choices, developing skills and …

Aug 14, 2018 / Featured Article

The choice of subjects available within education and training for young people today have never been greater, with so many options seemingly on offer. However, for some young people from...

Jane Ross, Head of Public Sector, UK and Ireland, Zoom Video Communications

#EdTech Continues to Enhance Learning an…

Aug 13, 2018 / Featured Article

Last week (7 Aug) the Education Secretary asked the technology sector to demonstrate how new technology could spearhead a classroom revolution, how to roll this out more widely across the country, and to...

John Mountford, Development Director, Semta International

Developing ‘demand driven’ international…

Aug 10, 2018 / Featured Article

There is a growing global acknowledgement that employer driven Technical, Vocational Education and Training (TVET) is a vital ingredient for global economic and social development. It is also widely accepted that...

Pete Hannah, Head of Channel, UK and EMEA regional director, Zyxel

The bell has rung on the traditional cla…

Aug 09, 2018 / Featured Article

In the week that Education Secretary Damian Hinds has challenged the tech industry to launch an education revolution for schools, colleges and universities, Pete Hannah, Head of Channel, UK&I, Zyxel looks at why...

Jacquie Mutter, CEO, OCN London

The seven essential digital survival ski…

Aug 08, 2018 / Apprenticeships

Almost 12.6 million of the adult population lack basic digital skills and around 72 per cent of employers (in a report by the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee)...

Stephanie Mason, Head of Further Education and Skills, RSM

Don't let inadequate data impact your fu…

Aug 08, 2018 / Featured Article

As the academic year comes to a close, you’d think that minds would be turning to holidays but instead leadership teams within providers will be focusing on Individualised Learner Record...

Smita Jamdar, Partner and Head of Education, Shakespeare Martineau

Convenience is key: Flexible learning dr…

Aug 07, 2018 / Featured Article

Working life is changing and gone are the days when people stayed within the same job or profession for their whole working lives. The ability to learn completely new skills...

Richard Holmes, Director of Wellbeing at Westfield Health

Why employees in further education need …

Aug 06, 2018 / Featured Article

Richard Holmes, Director of Wellbeing at Westfield Health, discusses why colleges and organisations in further education need to encourage openness around mental health, improve support services for employees, and how...

James Reed, Chairman, REED Recruitment

Why summer work experience is so importa…

Aug 03, 2018 / Apprenticeships

With the summer holidays now in full swing, many students will be enjoying a well-earned break, spending the time relaxing with family and friends. But the month ahead is also...

Jim Carley, Managing Director, Carley Consult Ltd

RoATP Consultation & Refresh: What H…

Aug 02, 2018 / Featured Article

It’s been nine months since the most recent RoATP application window shut, and we’ve since been waiting with bated breath for news about how the register may re-open and be...

Kelly Scott, Account Director, Education, for VIRTUS Data Centres

The big #EdTech challenge: Digitally pow…

Aug 01, 2018 / Featured Article

Technology is embedded firmly in the DNA of Imperial College London. For the world class institution, technology makes course delivery engaging, compelling and interactive. No longer are students tied to...

Kirsty McHugh, Chief Executive, ERSA

Do you fancy a challenge?

Jul 31, 2018 / Featured Article

Do you fancy a challenge? These were the words which launched the Government’s new Challenge Fund and it appears the answer from a lot of you is ‘yes’. For those of...

Jamie E Smith, Executive Chairman, C-Learning

Employability in the 21st Century. Prep…

Jul 31, 2018 / Featured Article

Digital disruption. An often used phrase but for visible evidence of its impact take a look at the high street where names such as Blockbuster, Maplin and Toys R Us...

Protected Work Experience: Helping disad…

Jul 30, 2018 / Featured Article

For many young people the transition from school to further education or employment can be a difficult one to negotiate. For those with multiple disadvantages the difficulties are far greater. Three...

James Burrows, Technical Director, Immersive VR

The confidence builder: Why VR could bec…

Jul 27, 2018 / Featured Article

The very essence of VR is its ability to transport the user to a completely different environment and scenario in both a believable and engaging way. In this way, VR...

Emma Finamore, Editor, AllAboutSchoolLeavers.co.uk

To see a genuine shift in careers advice…

Jul 27, 2018 / Apprenticeships

The stars seem to be aligning for the Gatsby Benchmarks, or at least getting closer to being aligned, as the adopting of these standards gains popularity and central government throws...

Bob Marsh, Business Development Manager, Clarion UK

Lifetime Achievement award winner Bob Ma…

Jul 26, 2018 / Featured Article

Bob Marsh leads our Employment Service, a specialist service led by and in partnership with Deaf* People. Bob was keen to come and work for us in 2002 as he...

Kirstie Mackey, Head of LifeSkills created with Barclays

Embedding employability into education e…

Jul 24, 2018 / Featured Article

The world of work is changing dramatically. Economic, societal and technological forces are leading to increased global collaboration, agile working and automation. Matthew Taylor’s report on modern working practices painted a...

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FE Survival, Financial Viability, Insolv…

Jul 23, 2018 / Featured Article

FE is big business. 2.2 million students study with various providers each year, in a £7billion turnover business. Many people say FE shouldn’t be regarded as a business. They point to a...

Stephen Lambert is a Newcastle City Councillor and a community governor for Newcastle City Learn – the adult education service.

‘FINISHED AT 50’: Do employers and the F…

Jul 20, 2018 / Apprenticeships

ALTHOUGH UNEMPLOYMENT has fallen again across the country with more people in full-time and part-time paid work, one group that has been ignored is the over-50s – a growing demographic...

Saboohi Famili, CEO & Principal, Epping Forest College

#BelieveInKindness How education can cha…

Jul 19, 2018 / Featured Article

I was born in Iran, lived, studied and worked there till I was 28 and became a refugee in UK in 1999 after an uprising in Iran and whilst I...

Rod Bristow, President of Pearson UK

Hands-on, career-focused qualifications …

Jul 18, 2018 / Apprenticeships

Unprecedented technological changes are disrupting the global economy and transforming jobs. At the same time, as an education company, we’re engaged in a growing debate about how education can provide...

7 different things to do on a gap year i…

Jul 18, 2018 / Apprenticeships

Will Potterton of Leavers Hoodies Company looks at the options available for college leavers who plan to embark on a gap year in 2018. College and university leavers often choose to...

Neil Wolstenholme, Chairman, Kloodle

Of Sugar And Spice And All Things Pay: T…

Jul 17, 2018 / Featured Article

The gender pay gap has been in the news a lot recently, mainly driven by the new Gender Pay Gap (GPG) regulations introduced by the Government. These rules have encouraged...

Sabine Schnorr is Senior Director, Europe at Rosetta Stone

Why We Should Encourage Modern Foreign L…

Jul 16, 2018 / Featured Article

It’s often said that children pick up new skills quickly; that their brains are like sponges and that they absorb information more rapidly. There’s also a perception that it’s easier...

Stewart Segal: Is it just the off-the-job rules affecting apprenticeship starts?

Is it just the off-the-job rules affecti…

Jul 16, 2018 / Featured Article

I had a number of responses from my FE News article last week on the 20% off the job training (OTJT) rules.  Many agreed that in most cases the 20%...

Are T Levels the Answer to Employability…

Jul 13, 2018 / Featured Article

Our system of technical education is not working for employers or for learners. We have a system that is difficult to navigate and qualifications that do not train people in...

Hema Tank, Associate Dean at The London Institute of Banking & Finance

Why university is not the only route to …

Jul 13, 2018 / Apprenticeships

As the Associate Dean of the University College at The London Institute of Banking & Finance, some might wonder why I’ve come out so strongly in defence of apprenticeships (FENews...

Heather Melville OBE, chair of the Chartered Management Institute’s CMI Women Network

We need to crack the glass pyramid to ge…

Jul 12, 2018 / Featured Article

June 27th saw the midway report of the government-backed Hampton-Alexander Review, which revealed stuttering progress towards the target of achieving 33% representation of women on FTSE 350 executive boards by...

Arnie Skelton, Managing Director, Effective Training & Development Ltd

STUDENT RETENTION - MOTIVATION MATTERS

Jul 12, 2018 / Featured Article

Firstly, as a student myself, and then as a lecturer, I have always been interested in motivation: what makes someone tick. My 10 years’ experience as a lecturer gave me...

Greg Slade, Head of Health and Fitness at The Training Room

Are soft skills more important than educ…

Jul 11, 2018 / Featured Article

A study last year showed that the business leaders of tomorrow believe people skills will be the key to business success despite the fact we are entering a truly technological...

David T. Blonder, Data Protection Officer, BlackBerry

Ethical hacking – a helpful tool for add…

Jul 10, 2018 / Featured Article

With the education sector battling funding cuts the Department for Education has recommended addressing the shortfall by being as cost-effective as possible. Whether it’s changing stationery suppliers, finding cheaper utility providers...

Stewart Segal is CEO of Aegis Management Services Ltd and an AELP board director

Managing the 20% Off-the-Job Training Ru…

Jul 09, 2018 / Featured Article

At the AELP National Conference, it was confirmed by the AELP member survey and the response to a question on the day that the rules around the requirement to deliver...

Saboohi Famili, CEO and Principal of Epping Forest College (EFC)

Leading from the edge. The story of unpr…

Jul 06, 2018 / Featured Article

A primed College gets ready to join one of the largest and leading colleges in UK. Saboohi Famili, CEO and Principal of Epping Forest College (EFC) joined her post at...

Carl Sheen, Head of Training and Product Development

Are we using #EdTech to the best of its …

Jul 05, 2018 / Featured Article

The evolution of technology has been the catalyst for some serious changes in the way we teach and learn. For the further education (FE) sector, technology is at the heart of...

Dr Dan Bishop is a Senior Lecturer at Brunel University London

Emotional Contagion: A Route to Student …

Jul 04, 2018 / Featured Article

As an academic in a UK Higher Education Institution, I have witnessed a sharp increase in the number of students suffering from stress, anxiety and depression. This seems to reflect a...

Richard Marsh, Apprenticeship Partnership Director, Kaplan Financial

A Year of Tipping Points for Apprentices…

Jul 03, 2018 / Featured Article

Apprenticeships - what’s new for 2018/19? I can remember Association of Learning Providers conferences with an audience of 200 people; last week we had an AELP conference with 600 seated and...

Austen Smart, co-founder Future DJs

How DJing can help with development of s…

Jul 03, 2018 / Featured Article

In 2016 my partners and I noticed that UK exam boards AQA, OCR and Eduqas were recognising DJ decks as a musical instrument alongside the piano, violin or guitar and...

Deborah Millar, Group Director of Digital Learning Technologies, Grimsby Institute Group

Is technology delivering for special edu…

Jul 02, 2018 / Featured Article

From interactive whiteboards that aid language learning to virtual reality headsets that allow visual content to be delivered in a compelling way, technology has the potential to yield strong results...

Sarah Timmis, Researcher, Reform

Successfully embedding #EdTech into scho…

Jun 29, 2018 / Featured Article

The world of work is changing. A central issue for educators today is equipping every pupil with the skills they need for the future workplace. Currently, too many are being...

Emma Finamore, Editor, AllAboutSchoolLeavers.co.uk

Why more girls should be doing engineeri…

Jun 29, 2018 / Apprenticeships

We celebrated International Women in Engineering Day on June 23rd, but there’s plenty more work to be done in addressing the shocking gender imbalance in the industry. Apprenticeships should be a part...

Sarah Horner, Head of Policy and Communications, Learning and Work Institute

We need an international benchmark of ex…

Jun 28, 2018 / Featured Article

It’s easy to groan at the latest apprenticeship statistics and think that it’s another executive failure, it’s less easy to look beyond this and offer ideas on how to turn...

Ian Fordham, Education Director, Microsoft UK

From Student to Scientist: How technolog…

Jun 27, 2018 / Featured Article

Our universities currently find themselves in an uphill battle to meet the expectations of a growing population of students and their wavering expectations. Here, higher education leaders are held back...

Richard Shea, Managing Director, EMEA Search at Futurestep

Have you mastered the art of talent acqu…

Jun 26, 2018 / Featured Article

The age of disruption powered by technological advancement is seeing business models, industries and working practices transform. The questions is: To keep up with the industry, will businesses embark on a...

Personalised, automated and collaborativ…

Jun 25, 2018 / Featured Article

It’s a sign of the times that the fastest way to get the family together is to unplug the wifi. According to research by Gartner by 2020 there will be...

Stephen Lambert, Director of Education4Democracy.

There are more things that unite than di…

Jun 22, 2018 / Featured Article

The Late Jo Cox MP told us there are more things that unite than divide us. Can we as a society and educational sector bridge the ethnic and social divide...

Phil Golding, Managing Director, SupplyTrain CIC

Don't Reform the Reforms!

Jun 22, 2018 / Featured Article

It’s too early to ‘reform’ the apprenticeship reforms because numbers are declining at SMEs. When the latest apprenticeship start figures were released on 14th June showing a 52% decline from March...

Dr Chris Payne, CEO ITS Group

Apprenticeships – is it a Boom or Bust j…

Jun 21, 2018 / Featured Article

It was spring of 2011, sat in a packed conference room, somewhere in London, where I vividly recall listening to Doug Richard as he set out his agenda when the...

Emma Stallwood, Digital Media and Marketing Executive, GPRS Recruitment

Struggling to Recruit Apprentices? The I…

Jun 21, 2018 / Featured Article

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the past 12 months, you’ll be aware of the struggles we are having as a country to sell apprenticeships to the emerging...

By Anne Sheehan, Enterprise Director, Vodafone UK

3 Ways to Supercharge Productivity - Cul…

Jun 20, 2018 / Featured Article

The productivity challenge is one we are familiar with.  However, rather than being a story of doom and gloom, we believe it offers the opportunity for UK businesses to look...

Helen Wilson, Sales Director of GPRS Recruitment

Struggling to Recruit Apprentices? Top T…

Jun 20, 2018 / Featured Article

“Research released today featuring in this morning's CityAM, shows that almost half of businesses that operate an apprenticeship scheme under the new guidelines are struggling to recruit apprentices, leading to...

Kevin Faulkner, Director of Banham Academy

How can we convince SMEs that hiring an …

Jun 20, 2018 / Featured Article

The value of apprentices in the workplace is still shockingly overlooked, which is a serious error from employers. The benefits of investing in apprentices and the immense value they can...

Neil Wolstenholme, Chairman, Kloodle

T Levels and the quest for equal opportu…

Jun 19, 2018 / Featured Article

The whole purpose of the T Levels is to develop the skills which meet the business needs in the economy. In theory, they sound a great idea, but to do...

Dr Derek Richards, Director of Clinical Research & Innovation at SilverCloud Health

From student to employee: the importance…

Jun 18, 2018 / Featured Article

Starting university can be a stressful time for students. Moving away from home and family, students can often find themselves far from people they would have normally relied on for...

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