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    Dr Deirdre Hughes OBE, Director, DMH & Associates Ltd

    We are letting Britain's young people do…

    Aug 16, 2017 / Featured Article

    Informal encounters and random acts of kindness from employers, mentors and volunteers alone will not solve much needed careers guidance for Britain’s young people At exam results time there is always...

    Kelle McQuade, Lead Business Development Manager, TQUK

    Assessors Face Unique Challenges Adjusti…

    Aug 16, 2017 / Featured Article

    I don’t know about you, but I could use a vacation. Maybe Antarctica. You know, a placid landscape where things, more or less, stay the same from one week to...

    Lesley Davies OBE, Principal/CEO at Trafford College and Greater Manchester Apprenticeship Company representative

    A Lesson in Collaboration

    Aug 15, 2017 / Featured Article

    Over the next few weeks, thousands of young people will be considering their next steps as they prepare to receive their exam results. The 17th and 24th August will be daunting days for many...

    Dr Dawn Morley, Lecturer in Higher Education, University of Surrey

    Is apprenticeship learning a thing of th…

    Aug 15, 2017 / Featured Article

    For centuries traditional apprenticeship models have existed to hand down skills and experience to the next generation. The master worked closely with the apprentice coaching, role modelling and even reprimanding...

    Sue Husband, Director of the National Apprenticeship Service

    Apprentices at Exam Results Time

    Aug 14, 2017 / Featured Article

    As the arrival of exam results days loom – Thursday 17th August for A Levels and Thursday 24th August for GCSEs – thousands of young people will be receiving their...

    Stefan Drew

    What’s Your Room Occupancy Rate THIS Wee…

    Aug 14, 2017 / Featured Article

    NHS Internal Auditors led by Prof Tim Briggs recently said the NHS needs to put its house in order before asking for more cash, Prof Briggs says the NHS spends...

    The unintended impact our brain has on o…

    Aug 10, 2017 / Featured Article

    The brain is a pretty amazing organ, it does so many wonderful things, what’s not to love about it? It helps us make decisions, it controls our emotions, I mean...

    Phillip Speed, Education Finance Specialist, Nucleus Commercial Finance

    Apprenticeship Levy: unanswered question…

    Aug 09, 2017 / Featured Article

    The Apprenticeship Levy has brought major change for employers and training providers alike – but it seems to be the SMEs (as is often the way) that are feeling the...

    Tim Chewter, Head of Research & Communications, the Strategic Development Network (SDN)

    I want to become an end-point assessor –…

    Aug 08, 2017 / Featured Article

    I want to become an end-point assessor – where do I start? Apprenticeship end-point assessment is new. New assessment plans continue to be published and new Apprentice Assessment Organisations (AAO) are...

    AELP's Mark Dawe discusses the Non-Levy Apprenticeship ITT

    We mustn’t restrict employer choice with…

    Aug 07, 2017 / Featured Article

    The new invitation to tender (ITT) for non-levy apprenticeship allocations is a major improvement on last year’s procurement exercise with one significant caveat.  It is really fantastic that the new...

    Fleur Sexton, joint managing director, PET-Xi

    The opportunity of apprenticeships must …

    Aug 07, 2017 / Featured Article

    Among the five million plus teenagers who will receive their GCSE results this month, far too many disadvantaged young people will not get a decent pass in English and Maths...

    Jake Tween, Funding and Apprenticeships Manager, ILM

    Getting to grips with off-the-job traini…

    Aug 04, 2017 / Featured Article

    Jake Tween, Funding and Apprenticeships Manager at ILM, comments on the challenge presented by the 20% rule It’s hard to believe it’s been almost four months since the new apprenticeship...

    Ruth South, Head of Graduate and Apprenticeship Programmes, Capgemini

    Apprenticeships help unlock tomorrow’s t…

    Aug 03, 2017 / Featured Article

    Youth unemployment is a persistent problem in the UK. There are clear areas of skills gaps, particularly in the technology industry due to its pace, where qualifications being gained by...

    Paul Broadhead, Head of Community & Education Outreach, Rolls-Royce

    Rolls-Royce: How can employers diversify…

    Jul 31, 2017 / Featured Article

    For over a century, apprenticeships have played an important role in developing Rolls-Royce’s reputation for creativity and excellence. For us, diversity is essential to maintaining our world class offer, and...

    Jane Hyde-Walsh, Founder and Director of the Staffroom

    Is it time to change our approach toward…

    Jul 27, 2017 / Featured Article

    In the ever changing world of FE and work based learning and as the role of the assessor changes significantly in the current climate of apprenticeship reforms and delivery of...

    Rosie Gloster, Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Employment Studies

    What can training providers do to increa…

    Jul 25, 2017 / Featured Article

    Using behavioural insights to examine benefit claimants' approaches to training opportunities New research has identified the key influences on whether benefit claimants attend training, including the effect of being ordered to...

    Richard Marsh, Director of Apprenticeship Partnerships, Kaplan Financial

    The evolving art of setting apprenticesh…

    Jul 24, 2017 / Featured Article

    For a change we have been an employer this week – buying in Degree Apprenticeship training for the shiny new Apprentices that we have hired. As you would expect one of...

    Peter Cobrin, independent commentator and practitioner in the education and training sector

    The Murky Side of Clearing

    Jul 21, 2017 / Featured Article

    Five years ago, I wrote an article on the perils of clearing that began like this: “On August 15 an 18-year-old near you will take a leap in the dark.”...

    Tom Symonds, CEO, Immerse

    How can VR reduce the cost of learning i…

    Jul 20, 2017 / Featured Article

    For those involved in the provision and consumption of further education, there are several challenges to overcome. Available finance is often limited on both the side of the education provider...

    Louise Doyle, Director, MESMA

    FIVE STEPS TO (SELF-ASSESSMENT) HEAVEN

    Jul 19, 2017 / Featured Article

    AS the FE and wider skills landscape shifts, an effective self-assessment and the improvement plan that shakes out from this, is a key Ofsted expectation, says Louise Doyle, a further...

    Audrey Bodman, Outshine

    Make the first call count – use these TW…

    Jul 18, 2017 / Featured Article

    The sectors I work with use the phone to contact employers to identify training and job opportunities for their customer base. Many people share with me their concerns about the market...

    David Cormack, Strategic Account Director at System Group

    DRIVING APPRENTICESHIPS: A QUESTION OF I…

    Jul 17, 2017 / Featured Article

    APPRENTICESHIPS will be an even more relevant and plausible path to career success in the transport and logistics sector as the Apprenticeship Levy unfolds, says David Cormack, strategic account director...

    Alice Barnard, Chief Executive of Edge

    EBacc belongs in the past, not post-Brex…

    Jul 17, 2017 / Featured Article

    As any charity Chief Exec will tell you, a large part of the job is looking ahead and planning. Budgets, investments, campaigns, events, staffing – there is a calendar, a...

    Martin Doel, FETL Professor of Leadership in FE and Skills, University College London, Institute of Education

    Adult Education – Has its time come agai…

    Jul 12, 2017 / Featured Article

    One of my greatest regrets whilst Chief Executive at the Association of Colleges was in our failure, with partners, to arrest the decline of adult education funding. Adult education proved...

    Alice Barnard, Chief Executive of Edge

    Scrapping GCSEs at 16 isn't headline new…

    Jul 11, 2017 / Featured Article

    Last week, headlines ran ‘Corbyn and Greening clash on skills gap’ after Labour Party leader, Jeremy Corbyn, and Education Secretary, Justine Greening, each addressed the British Chambers of Commerce on...

    Ben Sweetman, Business Development Director at QA

    Putting the tech into technical educati…

    Jul 10, 2017 / Featured Article

    With the Conservatives using their recent election manifesto to reaffirm their pledge to create three million more apprenticeships for young people by 2020, the role of the education sector in...

    Deborah McVey, Managing Director, Deborah McVey Ltd

    Learning walks: What have they become?

    Jul 07, 2017 / Featured Article

    Learning walks are full of potential to support awareness of the quality of learners’ experiences, provide opportunities for reflection, and get teams excitedly making the improvements they seek. Yes, full...

    Stefan Drew

    How AI & Chatbots Are Changing Educa…

    Jul 05, 2017 / Featured Article

     Is the FHE teaching capability and capacity improving as fast as it should? Some of our knowledge about teaching and learning go back to Greek times and still hold true. But...

    Paul Warner, Director of Research and Development, AELP

    Post 16 –Skills reforms – taking the tim…

    Jul 03, 2017 / Featured Article

    The technical and professional education reforms (variously known as the Sainsbury reforms or, more officially, the Post-16 Skills Plan) represent yet another huge shift for our sector. The noise from...

    Fran Parry, MD, Bright Sparks

    People regeneration is as important as p…

    Jun 29, 2017 / Featured Article

    As I write it is a year since the UK voted by a slim margin to leave the EU; the Conservative government has pledged £1b to the DUP to support...

    Richard Marsh, Apprenticeship Partnership Director, Kaplan

    A new minister has landed….

    Jun 28, 2017 / Featured Article

    ‘I believe that employers are the future, teach them well and let them lead the way…’ Personally I think that it is a shame that we feel so rudderless when...

    Jane Hyde-Walsh, Founder and Director of the Staffroom

    ESFA release additional guidance about 2…

    Jun 26, 2017 / Featured Article

    The ESFA have today (26 June) published new guidance on the 20% off the job training rule for new apprenticeships as part of current reforms. The guidance for both employers...

    Simon Kelleher, Head of Education and Skills at Policy Connect

    With Westminster in political turmoil it…

    Jun 26, 2017 / Featured Article

    Listening to both Chancellor Philip Hammond’s somewhat gloomy Mansion House speech and the Queen’s Speech this week, we are reminded of the extent to which skills has risen-up the political...

    Kevin Rowan, Unionlearn Director

    Where apprentices go, unions are

    Jun 26, 2017 / Featured Article

    With the unionlearn Annual Conference this July focusing on Apprenticeships as its theme, unionlearn Director Kevin Rowan discusses the ways that unions are supporting high quality schemes in the workplace...

    Alan Rae, © Here copyright consultancy

    YouTube – friend or foe?

    Jun 23, 2017 / Featured Article

    At a recent CPD session with lecturers at a Scottish FE college, I asked a group of 16 staff, representing the curricular width of a large college, what they used...

    Tony Allen, CEO, AAS Ltd

    “You STILL require 3 million apprentices…

    Jun 23, 2017 / Featured Article

    So, the latest apprenticeship vacancy advertisement stats have been published. These show a drop from an average of 15,000 or so a month to just 70 in May….yes 70! Now I...

    Andy Durman, Managing Director Emsi UK

    Getting to Grips with the Challenge of T…

    Jun 22, 2017 / Featured Article

    Since the beginning of the year, we’ve been doing a lot of work around T-Levels, much of which has focused on demonstrating how the routes can be mapped to local...

    Dr Brian Marien, founder and director of Positive Group

    Teacher retention - isn’t it time we too…

    Jun 21, 2017 / Featured Article

    Dr. Brian Marien, Founder and Director of Positive Group, specialists in evidence- based programmes to improve psychological wellbeing and build resilience enabling individuals and teams to fulfill their potential, discusses...

    Chris Kirk, Managing Director, Digitalme and Jonathan Finkelstein, CEO and Founder, Credly

    Connecting the Dots: How digital credent…

    Jun 20, 2017 / Featured Article

    In a few months, school leavers will be getting their GCSE and A Level results, turning thoughts towards their future careers. Will they continue studying? Or start an apprenticeship? Perhaps...

    Paul Irving, Managing Director, Skillswork

    Strong and stable apprenticeships that a…

    Jun 19, 2017 / Featured Article

    Firstly, let me apologise for the title of this article because if you are anything like me, I’m sure you will have by now reached the stage of uncontrollably articulating...

    Deborah McVey, Managing Director, Deborah McVey Ltd

    Improving teaching and learning: Are we…

    Jun 15, 2017 / Featured Article

    How do we improve teaching and learning? It's a big question isn't it? Some times though, it’s a question that perhaps we shouldn’t ask. This might sound a little odd...

    Selina Stewart, Education and Training Foundation's lead on Prevent

    Prevent duty – as important as ever

    Jun 14, 2017 / Featured Article

    Sadly the Prevent duty’s relevance has become even more obvious since the horrific events recently in Manchester and London. Over the last year we have seen terrorism driven by right wing...

    Andy Durman, Managing Director Emsi UK

    How Careers Information can Direct Peopl…

    Jun 13, 2017 / Featured Article

    I wrote recently about the danger of careers information getting lost in the seemingly never ending changes being imposed upon colleges. In the conclusion to that piece, I said that...

    Joe Chetcuti, Director of Front

    Marketing and Student Recruitment - what…

    Jun 12, 2017 / Featured Article

    Joe Chetcuti – Director of Front – discusses what the FE sector can learn from the commercial world when it comes to marketing and attracting students. The competition to attract students...

    Rob May is CEO at ABE and a Board Member at the Federation of Awarding Bodies.

    FRONTIER MARKETS ARE CHALLENGING, BUT CA…

    Jun 08, 2017 / Featured Article

    With the vocational education market looking volatile, many colleges and assessment organisations in search of double-digit growth are starting to look further afield to reap rewards. The possibilities offered by international...

    Dr Steve Davies, Director of Courses, Diploma MSC

    What lessons can the FE sector learn fro…

    Jun 06, 2017 / Featured Article

    Delivering high quality, career-relevant courses and skills in partnership An age-old complaint of many employers is that students leave FE and HE without qualifications and skills relevant for the workplace. Providing...

    Dan Wright MIEP, CEO The Chartered Institution for Further Education

    Why we must reinforce the professionalis…

    Jun 05, 2017 / Featured Article

    In 2004 I left the hospitality industry in which I had worked for many years to enter the world of work based learning, a field that was unfamiliar to me...

    Ian Pretty, CEO, Collab Group

    Priorities for FE and skills in the next…

    Jun 02, 2017 / Featured Article

    Regardless of which party wins the general election, there will be many challenges to face in the next Parliament: Brexit negotiations, lagging productivity levels, skills gaps in key industries—these challenges...

    Liberal Democrats launch their vision f…

    Jun 01, 2017 / Featured Article

    Gone are the days when the ‘three r’s’ of Reading ,’Riting and ‘Rithmetic got you the job you needed to buy a house, start a family, and experience lifelong job...

    Norman Crowther, Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL)

    The Vocational Election?

    Jun 01, 2017 / Featured Article

    As we enter the last week of the general election it is interesting to see - and really positive - that both parties are taking seriously post 16 education and...

    Hilary Read, Read On Publications Ltd

    Practical help for end-point assessors a…

    May 31, 2017 / Featured Article

    This is an update to my last article on the changing role of assessors within new apprenticeships. The pointers below are based on the CPD courses I run for teachers...

    Alan Woods OBE is the CEO of VTCT

    Protecting quality apprenticeship provis…

    May 31, 2017 / Featured Article

    Last month’s announcement that the Education and Skills Funding Agency is cutting apprenticeship provision funding allocations for non-levy paying employers was unsurprisingly met with widespread dismay within the industry. Many...

    HELP TO ENGINEER THE FUTURE

    May 30, 2017 / Featured Article

    With the UK struggling to fill the nationwide skills shortage across a variety of industries, apprenticeships are a vital avenue for businesses to consider. In line with this skills deficit...

    Chris Thomson, Education Consultant

    Why do some college leaders fail in thei…

    May 29, 2017 / Featured Article

    There are a million and one reasons why some college leaders fail in their ambition to improve their colleges. The key to success lies in overcoming self-doubt, argues Chris Thomson... Over the...

    Deborah McVey, Managing Director, Deborah McVey Ltd

    Are we kryptonite to our super hero teac…

    May 26, 2017 / Featured Article

    Teaching is a mystery. I don’t mean the many questions about what makes great learning though. The real mystery, the beautiful truth that can never really be measured is the...

    Andy Richardson, CEO, Dynistics

    Can data analytics give FE establishment…

    May 25, 2017 / Featured Article

    Can data analytics give FE establishments the edge during stormy times? Despite being part of the government’s reforms to increase the number of apprenticeships to three million by 2020, the latest...

    Julie James AM – Welsh Labour Minister for Skills and Science

    Skills for a Growing Economy

    May 25, 2017 / Featured Article

    Skills for a Growing Economy Julie James AM – Welsh Labour Minister for Skills and Science Knocking on doors around my constituency of Swansea West during this general election its clear what...

    Lee Dover, Consultant, 2020 Vision

    The Terrorism threat: what education ins…

    May 24, 2017 / Featured Article

    Editor's Note: After the tragic events in Manchester this week, this article is a timely reminder of how important it is to keep our learners safe. Our thoughts and prayers...

    What does the election mean for learning…

    May 22, 2017 / Featured Article

    We’re less than three weeks away from a General Election that will shape our country for years to come. How do the main party’s election pledges stack up? The polls suggest...

    FE Provider Destroyed by Lack of Audit

    May 22, 2017 / Featured Article

    FE is audited to death We get regular Ofsted audits and breathe a sigh of relief when we know our curriculum and teaching is good or outstanding. We undergo rigorous finance...

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