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Leading the transformation in FE
It’s the role, and the opportunity, of the leader to model the change they envision...
Happy Valentine's Day - Rekindle your career romance!
This Valentine’s Day, we’re taking an un-conventional approach to the traditional message. We are encouraging...
The gritty components of transformation in FE
In an environment where funding is desperately scarce, it is vital that leaders have processes...
Who you gonna call? How ‘ghosting’ has moved into #Apprenticeships
In the dating world, it’s the dreaded term that has come to mean 1 person...
Skills gaps exasperated by short-term hiring patterns
Short Attention Span: Hiring Often Neglecting the Future by Focusing on Fulfilling Immediate Needs,  Dynamic changes in...
Leading the transformation in FE
Leading the transformation in FE
Happy Valentine's Day - Rekindle your career romance!
Happy Valentine's Day - Rekindle your career r...
The gritty components of transformation in FE
The gritty components of transformation in FE
Who you gonna call? How ‘ghosting’ has moved into #Apprenticeships
Who you gonna call? How ‘ghosting’ has moved i...
Skills gaps exasperated by short-term hiring patterns
Skills gaps exasperated by short-term hiring p...

 

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Matt Hamnett, Director, MH+A

Leading the transformation in FE

Feb 15, 2019 / FE Voices

It’s the role, and the opportunity, of the leader to model the change they envision for the organisation. That means the chief executive is principally a principal. Throughout this piece, I...

Happy Valentine's Day - Rekindle your ca…

Feb 14, 2019 / FE Voices

This Valentine’s Day, we’re taking an un-conventional approach to the traditional message. We are encouraging candidates to focus on themselves and ensure they are in a role they truly love! Did...

Matt Hamnett, Director, MH+A

The gritty components of transformation …

Feb 14, 2019 / FE Voices

In an environment where funding is desperately scarce, it is vital that leaders have processes in place to align resources with organisational purpose, strategy and transformation priorities. Under this heading, I...

Who you gonna call? How ‘ghosting’ has m…

Feb 14, 2019 / FE Voices

In the dating world, it’s the dreaded term that has come to mean 1 person cutting off another entirely, without reason. But now ‘ghosting’ has entered Apprenticeships too, causing headaches in...

Kay Cooper, Korn Ferry managing director, Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) EMEA

Skills gaps exasperated by short-term hi…

Feb 13, 2019 / FE Voices

Short Attention Span: Hiring Often Neglecting the Future by Focusing on Fulfilling Immediate Needs,  Dynamic changes in business and a lack of focus on the future are impacting the way hiring professionals...

Pearson and NCFE have been awarded contr…

Feb 13, 2019 / FE Voices

Pearson and NCFE have been awarded contracts to deliver the first three T Levels from 2020. A major milestone was reached today (13 February) as contracts to develop, deliver and award...

How to Become an External Quality Assure…

Feb 13, 2019 / FE Voices

We get a lot of people asking us how to become an External Quality Assurer (EQA), and it’s easy to see why. EQA is one of the most highly coveted...

Matt Hamnett, Director, MH+A

How to unleash the talent already in you…

Feb 13, 2019 / FE Voices

The hard yards of transformation Don’t assume that new levels of performance will always mean new staff. Leaders should look to unleash and grow the talent of colleagues already in the...

Rebecca Garrod-Waters, CEO of Ufi Charitable Trust

Forget scrapping GCSEs, we need educatio…

Feb 12, 2019 / FE Voices

The digitisation of the workplace is not some distant future loosely imagined, it is here now. Our education system exists to equip people with the skills they need to join the...

Matt Hamnett, Director, MH+A

Policy Cycle Blights FE: Colleges Leader…

Feb 12, 2019 / FE Voices

Constant and substantial changes in the policy context make setting strategy in a further education college incredibly difficult. Leaders should chart their own course. Strategy should, by its nature, be about...

The Chair of the Education Select Committee, Robert Halfon MP

GCSEs have had their day - Sector Respon…

Feb 11, 2019 / FE Voices

The Chair of the Education Select Committee, Robert Halfon MP, will call for a radical re-think of England’s education system today (11 February 2019), including abandoning GCSEs for 16-year olds. Young...

Matt Hamnett, Director, MH+A

Good Strategy Is Crucial For FE Transfor…

Feb 11, 2019 / FE Voices

Particularly given their challenging operating context, the purpose of a further education college is one of the most powerful tools which leaders can use to drive their transformation. Just about every...

The Scale of #STEM Skills Gender Gap In …

Feb 11, 2019 / FE Voices

Deemed to be a national crisis by some industry experts and costing the UK economy £1.5 billion a year according to a report published in the Institution of Mechanical Engineers...

Annie Summun, Director, Kisiel Group

CITB’s Skills and Training Fund: Promoti…

Feb 11, 2019 / FE Voices

With over 35 years’ management experience in different sectors, my focus is on promoting excellence and best practice in the construction industry. From the marbled floors and golden lights of Harrods...

Volkswagen Group Apprentices Bound for S…

Feb 11, 2019 / FE Voices

Apprentices from across family-owned Swansway Motor Group took part in the Volkswagen Group outward bound course as part of their course. Jack Moore, who is working towards his Level 3 Customer...

Matt Hamnett, Director, MH+A

FE Can Learn From The Success Of Other S…

Feb 10, 2019 / FE Voices

There is evidence to suggest that most public service transformations fail – but also that successful transformations share a certain set of characteristics. A 2018 McKinsey Centre for Government survey of...

Matt Hamnett, Director, MH+A

Seven Lenses of Transformation for FE - …

Feb 09, 2019 / FE Voices

There is a great deal that college leaders can learn from transformations in other sectors and disciplines which may appear unrelated to further education. I have always been interested in how insight...

Why cloud technology is shaping Higher E…

Feb 08, 2019 / FE Voices

The challenge of doing more with less remains a key consideration for higher education leaders and gradually cloud technologies are becoming established as an innovative and cost-effective way to meet...

Matt Hamnett, Director, MH+A

The 5 causes of poor performance in FE -…

Feb 08, 2019 / FE Voices

If you interrogate the data and read the Ofsted reports of poorly performing further education colleges, it is possible to identify a set of common causal issues… I reviewed the...

Lesley Davies OBE, Principal and Chief Executive of The Trafford College Group

The long and winding road to transformat…

Feb 07, 2019 / FE Voices

There is no doubt that any merger, especially with a college that was in difficulty both financially and in terms of quality, is a serious undertaking but in the case...

Matt Hamnett, Director, MH+A

College performance compared to other se…

Feb 07, 2019 / FE Voices

Recent college performance. The performance of further education colleges compares poorly with organisations in the wider education, health and social care sectors… At the end of 2016/17, 13 per cent of further...

James Rudoni, Managing Director of Mates at Mind

Breaking mental health stigma must start…

Feb 07, 2019 / FE Voices

Over the last two years, mental health has become a key boardroom issue in Britain, but the gap between the perception of how much has been achieved and the reality...

Matt Hamnett, Director, MH+A

The introduction of T levels - Chapter 1…

Feb 06, 2019 / FE Voices

The next major reform on the further education conveyor belt is the introduction of ‘T levels’ – the latest iteration of government’s full-time programme specification for 16 to 18-year-olds. T levels...

Job roles ideal for an #AgeingPopulation

Feb 05, 2019 / FE Voices

Statistics from the Office for National Statistics has revealed that there were 11.9 million UK residents who were aged 65 years and over in 2015 — a figure which means...

Matt Hamnett, Director, MH+A

The further education operating context …

Feb 05, 2019 / FE Voices

Delivering any form of public service is extremely difficult. Expectations are high, resources are scarce, it is not always clear what success looks like or even who the customer is… Public...

Beating the odds, and the system to tran…

Feb 04, 2019 / FE Voices

New research funded by the Further Education Trust for Leadership (FETL) reflects on how leaders might ‘beat the odds, and the system’ to transform college performance. The piece "Beating the odds...

The Value Of Raising Awareness Of FE Tea…

Feb 04, 2019 / FE Voices

The Pathways to Further Education programme aims to raise awareness of FE teaching as a career option amongst final year undergraduates and post-graduates with relevant industry experience, bringing skilled individuals...

How To Support Mental Health on #Nationa…

Feb 04, 2019 / FE Voices

According to statistics, 4th February is the most common day for employees to call in to work sick unnecessarily. Whether it’s a migraine or the flu, or more suspicious excuses from...

Graham Hasting-Evans, Managing Director, NOCN

Why NOCN is helping the UK navigate the …

Feb 04, 2019 / FE Voices

Few people reading this won’t be aware that the UK’s productivity gap with other developed countries is a longstanding threat to our international competitiveness in highly uncertain, volatile times. Stubbornly propping...

Dr Nick Smith, Principal at Oxford Home Schooling

Exam Culture Is Impacting Mental Health …

Feb 04, 2019 / FE Voices

A third of primary school parents say exams are making their children stressed, according to a study looking into the pressure pupils are put under during their school years. Research by...

Dr Nicola Rollock, Reader in Equity and Education in the Department of Educational Studies at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Bullying and stereotyping blocking profe…

Feb 04, 2019 / FE Voices

Bullying and stereotyping blocking professorial path for black women, says report. A culture of bullying and stereotyping means black academics have to work harder and employ mentally draining strategies to try...

Walk in the shoes of a footwear designer…

Feb 03, 2019 / FE Voices

It’s the dreaded question for youngsters who are set to finish secondary education — ‘Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?’ At the time, the question can seem horrifically...

Aftab Hussain, Strategic ILT Lead, Bolton College

The Importance of Context For a Digital …

Feb 02, 2019 / FE Voices

When colleagues at Bolton College started to develop the chatbot service one of the early milestones that was reached was the chatbot's ability to call back your name when you used the...

Where Does Teaching Fit Into The #Future…

Feb 02, 2019 / FE Voices

Living in the technological age, teaching and learning is continuously evolving and adapting in line with new digital developments. But where will that see the education sector heading in a...

We need to talk about post-graduate depr…

Feb 01, 2019 / FE Voices

As a student, university was a great experience. I met lots of likeminded people, studied interesting subjects, and – at the end of it – I left with a degree...

What Are Key Skills For Future Leaders? …

Feb 01, 2019 / FE Voices

The start of the new year has brought much speculation into what the top jobs will be, not only for the year, but for the future too. With this in mind...

Univerisities Minister Sets Vision For #…

Jan 31, 2019 / FE Voices

Chris Skidmore spoke at the Royal Academy of Dramatics Arts, outlining his priorities for the role and his view for the future of the higher education sector: Thank you for inviting...

Breda Leyne, Senior Associate, SDN

Has end-point assessment removed the nee…

Jan 31, 2019 / FE Voices

You’d be surprised how many times SDN get asked this question – mainly from assessors who deliver frameworks and are worried they will be out of a job when their...

Sector Response to CBI's 'Getting Apprenticeships Right: Next Steps'

Sector Response to CBI's 'Getting Appren…

Jan 31, 2019 / FE Voices

The CBI has launched a report 'Getting Apprenticeships Right: Next Steps'. The CBI report recommends that the Government must give the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IfA renamed as...

The Institute Is Now Responsible For All…

Jan 31, 2019 / FE Voices

Today (31 Jan) the Institute for Apprenticeships officially became the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (the Institute). From today the Institute is responsible for Technical Qualifications, which is the main...

New IfATE Logo

IfA becomes The Institute for Apprentice…

Jan 30, 2019 / FE Voices

The Institute for Apprenticeships (IfA), becomes the Institute for Apprenticeships & Technical Education (IfATE) as the Institute takes over responsibility for Apprenticeships and T Levels. The new name change ushers...

Julie Sinclair, Head of Development and Innovation Unit at Capital City College Group

We need to talk about maths!

Jan 30, 2019 / FE Voices

“I’m no good with maths” “Maths just isn’t my strong point” “I don’t do maths!”   How often have you heard statements like this – not just from students, but maybe members of your...

6 Ways Technology Will Change Health and…

Jan 29, 2019 / FE Voices

Governments around the world have set out specific health and safety guidelines to ensure that businesses are operating with the wellbeing of their employees in mind, and if they aren’t...

Can apprenticeships address the UK's STE…

Jan 29, 2019 / FE Voices

Deemed to be a national crisis by some industry experts and costing the UK economy £1.5 billion a year according to a report published in the Institution of Mechanical Engineers...

Councillor Stephen Lambert, Executive Director, Education4Democracy CIC

WHAT NOW FOR PREVENT? ANTI-RADICALISATIO…

Jan 28, 2019 / FE Voices

PREVENT, part of the Government’s annual £40m counter terrorism strategy, seeks to challenge the impact of extremism and radicalisation by “encouraging debate’ in local communities, schools, colleges and universities. In...

Tom Crump, Education Programme Manager at Apple Solution Expert for Education, GBM and Sync

The Benefits of #EdTech: Top 5 Challenge…

Jan 28, 2019 / FE Voices

This year we may see national tech companies, such as Apple, Microsoft and Google, working together with the UK’s education system to ensure our graduates are future proofed against the...

Ailin O’Cathain is the Head of Policy for the Federation of Awarding Bodies

Securing Public Confidence in Regulated …

Jan 25, 2019 / FE Voices

Written to respond to ‘Qualifications Wales (Monetary Penalties) Regulations: Correcting Misconceptions’ published on 24 January 2019: We welcome the responsive manner in which Qualifications Wales deals with concerns raised by our...

Driving Change: Education is a Powerful …

Jan 25, 2019 / FE Voices

Almost one hundred delegates from across the country attended attended South Eastern Regional College’s (SERC) Driving Social and Economic Change Conference on Thursday 24 January at La Mon Hotel and Country...

Dr Paul Phillips, CBE – Principal & Chief Executive, Weston College

Employers must seize the opportunity to …

Jan 25, 2019 / FE Voices

It can’t have escaped your attention that further education is undergoing a major shift towards workplace learning. Locally and nationally, we’re experiencing widening skills gaps in numerous sectors, which requires government...

Philip Blaker, Chief Executive, Qualifications Wales

Qualifications Wales (Monetary Penalties…

Jan 24, 2019 / FE Voices

Written to correct any misconceptions contained in the article, ‘Qualifications Wales: the penalty cap has to fit’ published on 22 January 2019. As the regulator our principal aims relate to protecting the...

January 2019 Apprenticeships Starts Stil…

Jan 24, 2019 / FE Voices

ONS have released the latest Apprenticeships and Traineeships statistics this morning (24 Jan) showing that there has been an overall fall in the number of young people starting an apprenticeship...

Mismatch between career aspirations and …

Jan 23, 2019 / FE Voices

The mismatch between children’s career aspirations and labour market demand could undermine the fourth industrial revolution, says a new report by the OECD and Education and Employers. For the first time World Economic Forum delegates will...

Reskilling for the Fourth Industrial Rev…

Jan 22, 2019 / FE Voices

The cost of reskilling millions of “stranded workers” displaced by the Fourth Industrial Revolution and other factors over the next decade workers will largely fall on the government, with the private...

Eight Ways to Crush the Career Blues in…

Jan 21, 2019 / FE Voices

January can be tough. A combination of debt, cold weather, time since Christmas, low motivation and failed New Year’s resolutions sees the most depressing day of the year also known...

David Price, Wellbeing Expert and CEO of Health Assured

Staff Depression increases 22% on #BlueM…

Jan 21, 2019 / FE Voices

Calls to EAP provider increased by 22% on 'Blue Monday' 2018 The fun of the festive season is over, everyone is back at work and the nights are dark and cold. Worsened...

Mark Cushway, CEO of The Inspired Group

The Loneliness of Leadership in Crisis

Jan 18, 2019 / FE Voices

No one watching, listening or reading the news recently can have ignored the issue of leadership, whether that is within FE, on a national level, or even at a global...

Dr Paul Phillips, CBE – Principal & Chief Executive, Weston College

Blame culture following an error of judg…

Jan 18, 2019 / FE Voices

I thought I would start my article for the New Year with some basic physics, after all, we are being told to ratchet up our technical agendas!  Somewhat facetious maybe, but...

Stephanie Mason, Head of Further Education and Skills, RSM

#Brexit and beyond: What can the further…

Jan 18, 2019 / FE Voices

As we embrace the new year, Stephanie Mason, head of further education at RSM predicts some of the key themes for the sector in 2019:  Brexit could have a profound impact...

Wendy Wilkinson, Associate, Strategic Development Network (SDN)

Apprenticeships for existing staff - wha…

Jan 17, 2019 / FE Voices

Although apprenticeship starts are down, the apprenticeship levy is now driving a wider variety of employers to get involved with apprenticeships with many looking to upskill existing staff rather than...

Rob Slane, Head of Marketing, EMSI UK

Major New Report on the STEM Skills Shor…

Jan 17, 2019 / FE Voices

We often hear from the Government, media and employer groups that Britain faces a shortage in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) skills. However, what we rarely hear are specific details...

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