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Sector Response to the Conservative Party FE Manifesto
The Conservative Party manifesto has been launched today. We thought it would be helpful to...
Liberal Democrats Manifesto - Change Britain’s future
We thought it would be helpful to share the Liberal Democrats manifesto on Lifelong learning,...
Challenging negative stereotypes in FE
Palvinder Singh, Vice Principal Growth and External Relations at Leeds City College reflects on 2016...
UK Productivity falls by 0.5% - Sector Response
GREAT ON JOBS, POOR ON LIVING STANDARDS AND PRODUCTIVITY New figures released today from The Office for...
Labour Party Manifesto - TOWARDS A NATIONAL EDUCATION SERVICE
Education is what empowers us all to realise our full potential. When it fails, it isn’t...
Sector Response to the Conservative Party FE Manifesto
Sector Response to the Conservative Party FE M...
Liberal Democrats Manifesto - Change Britain’s future
Liberal Democrats Manifesto - Change Britain’s...
Challenging negative stereotypes in FE
Challenging negative stereotypes in FE
UK Productivity falls by 0.5% - Sector Response
UK Productivity falls by 0.5% - Sector Respons...
Labour Party Manifesto - TOWARDS A NATIONAL EDUCATION SERVICE
Labour Party Manifesto - TOWARDS A NATIONAL ED...

 

Conservative Party FE Manifesto

Sector Response to the Conservative Part…

May 18, 2017 / FE Voices

The Conservative Party manifesto has been launched today. We thought it would be helpful to highlight the section that cover Further Education, Work Based Learning and Employability. At the end...

Liberal Democrats Manifesto - Change Bri…

May 17, 2017 / FE Voices

We thought it would be helpful to share the Liberal Democrats manifesto on Lifelong learning, Apprenticeships and innovation with you: Lifelong opportunities to learn We need to grow the country’s skills base...

Palvinder Singh, Vice Principal Growth and External Relations, Leeds City College

Challenging negative stereotypes in FE

May 17, 2017 / FE Voices

Palvinder Singh, Vice Principal Growth and External Relations at Leeds City College reflects on 2016 and looks to the future of Further Education. “Never in my career have I seen as...

UK Productivity falls by 0.5% - Sector R…

May 17, 2017 / FE Voices

GREAT ON JOBS, POOR ON LIVING STANDARDS AND PRODUCTIVITY New figures released today from The Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that labour productivity fell by 0.5% in the first quarter of 2017, compared...

Labour Party Manifesto - TOWARDS A NATIO…

May 16, 2017 / FE Voices

Education is what empowers us all to realise our full potential. When it fails, it isn’t just the individual that is held back, but all of us. When we invest in...

Jonathan Cribb, Senior Research Economist, IFS

IFS Response - Labour party manifesto

May 16, 2017 / FE Voices

The Labour party is due to publish its June 2017 election manifesto later today. Below you will find detail on recent IFS analysis, which may help to contextualise and assess...

Derrick Jones, Director, KPMG in the UK

Reimagine Education - Why education coll…

May 12, 2017 / FE Voices

Students in a merged educational family could see a pathway for their studies from their secondary phase through A levels, further education or apprenticeships, and on to university. Employers would...

 David Wilson, RSM, VAT Director

There’s no such thing as a VAT-free lunc…

May 11, 2017 / FE Voices

Many schools and colleges throughout the United Kingdom could benefit from a VAT windfall of tens of millions of pounds, plus interest, thanks to the European Court.   Under EU VAT law...

Padworth College

An education system for everyone

May 11, 2017 / FE Voices

When the education budget was published in March, the government announced its intention to press ahead with the opening of more free schools. The government has pledged 500 new free...

The Association of Colleges publishes it…

May 10, 2017 / FE Voices

Colleges call on the next Government to invest in more opportunities for students The Association of Colleges publishes its General Election Manifesto The Association of Colleges (AoC) has published its General Election...

Liberal Democrats pledge £660M funding b…

May 10, 2017 / FE Voices

The Liberal Democrats are yet to announce their full manifesto, but have pledged £7bn investment in schools & colleges, with a £660M funding boost for FE. The Liberal Democrats have announced they...

What are the Labour Party plans for FE?

May 10, 2017 / FE Voices

Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour Party, will today outline Labour’s transformational plan to invest in a National Education Service to ensure no one is held back and create a...

The changing role of the assessor in app…

May 09, 2017 / FE Voices

Changes to apprenticeships in England mean big changes to the assessor role. This article looks at some of the main ones and what these will mean in practice for you...

Iain Salisbury, Salisbury Consult

The 20% Rule - Good Intentions & Dir…

May 09, 2017 / FE Voices

There has been a lot of talk regarding the new strict rules that all Apprenticeships after April 2017 have to evidence 20% off the job training, with employers and providers...

Enterprising Young People Missing Out

May 08, 2017 / FE Voices

An exciting new project aimed at promoting self-employment as a real career option for students is being piloted in Dorset. Called the ‘Samee Project’, it was formed following a report...

Padworth College

Brexit Means We Need A More Global Brita…

May 05, 2017 / FE Voices

Over the past nine months there has been much speculation over Brexit, with many of us wondering what the consequences will be for education as well as our cultural and...

Push for more Apprenticeships must conti…

May 03, 2017 / FE Voices

4 million quality apprenticeships are a feasible commitment for a new government to adopt during the next Parliament, according to the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) whose training...

Lindsay McCurdy, Chief Executive, Apprenticeships 4 England

What is happening to the apprenticeship …

May 02, 2017 / FE Voices

Over the past few months the apprenticeship sector has been turned upside down and inside out! The long awaited RoATP list was published and included over 400+ new training providers, some...

We want Education, not Rejection!

May 02, 2017 / FE Voices

A Case Study on NEET and socially excluded youth enrolled on the Skills to Succeed (S2S) course in a Further Education (FE) College This article critically explores the Level 1 Skills...

Government's 3 million Apprenticeships …

Apr 28, 2017 / FE Voices

Apprenticeship training providers have reacted with unprecedented dismay to government cuts to the funding that helps support smaller businesses offering apprenticeships.   Areas of the country face becoming close to ‘apprenticeship deserts’...

FE News helping employers to understand …

Apr 26, 2017 / FE Voices

Stewart Segal explains 3aaa Apprenticeships partnership with FE News and how FE News are helping UK employers to understand the Apprenticeship Levy by covering different views and facts that come with this...

Dr Paul Phillips is principal and chief executive of Weston College, Weston-super-Mare

English And Maths - Opportunity Or Threa…

Apr 20, 2017 / FE Voices

The recent announcement that the English and maths agenda is here to stay for the time being is no surprise.    Recently I had the pleasure of being a speaker at the...

Sector Response to Snap General Election…

Apr 18, 2017 / FE Voices

Prime Minister Theresa May has called a snap General Election on the 8th June. One thing we do know is that Government will enter into a time of Purdah, so...

Education Secretary Justine Greening

Education at the heart of our plan for B…

Apr 18, 2017 / FE Voices

The Education Secretary sets out her vision to support all young people to access a good school and make the most of their talents. Good morning everyone. It’s really a pleasure to...

Delivering the extended work experience …

Apr 18, 2017 / FE Voices

T-levels are being introduced in an attempt to address two major problems:  the lack of parity between academic and vocational education and currently low levels of awareness of attractive alternatives...

Procurement pause for apprenticeship tra…

Apr 12, 2017 / FE Voices

The government is committed to investing in high-quality apprenticeships to make sure all employers have the skills they need, and young people and adults alike across the country have a...

Getting Ready for T-Levels

Apr 12, 2017 / FE Voices

During the recent Annual Apprenticeship Conference in Birmingham, I picked up three major points about T-Levels. Number one, everybody is talking about them. Number two, in the midst of all...

Chief Secretary to the Treasury, The Rt Hon David Gauke MP

Get involved in making sure that apprent…

Apr 11, 2017 / FE Voices

Investment in the people who will deliver the first ever National Infrastructure Delivery Plan for the UK. We’ve done a lot to help the next generation of people in construction get...

Sector Response to GCSE English and Math…

Apr 10, 2017 / FE Voices

The Department for Education (DfE) have confirmed that learners who do not achieve grade 4 or grade D in GCSE English and Maths will have to re-take the GCSE again...

Nicola Whiteman, Senior Policy Officer, Papworth Trust

What steps does the Government need to t…

Apr 10, 2017 / FE Voices

Here are Papworth Trust’s top ten recommendations… We recommend an automatic entry route back onto Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) for claimants who have fallen out of work within a year We...

The apprenticeship levy has come into fo…

Apr 06, 2017 / FE Voices

New levy to double annual investment in home-grown skills The government is officially launching its apprenticeship levy today (6 April 2017) as part of the biggest shake-up of skills for a...

Accidents Can't Be Prevented

Apr 05, 2017 / FE Voices

ACCIDENTS CAN’T BE PREVENTED! I realise that the word accident is usually applied to any kind of unwanted and unpleasant incident but accident has a very clear and well defined meaning...

Oliver Sidwell, Co-founder of RateMyApprenticeship

RateMyApprenticeship’s data shows a posi…

Mar 31, 2017 / FE Voices

With the introduction of the Apprenticeship levy next month, there has never been a more exciting time within further education. Apprenticeships are set to get a boost in funding, and...

Flagship apprenticeships policies will n…

Mar 31, 2017 / FE Voices

Apprenticeship Levy and three million ‘starts’ target need sectoral and regional focus The Government’s flagship apprenticeships policies have a worrying lack of focus and will not fill widening skills gaps unless...

The Rt Hon Brandon Lewis MP

Introducing a Degree Apprenticeship thro…

Mar 30, 2017 / FE Voices

It is really quite satisfying that radical reform, and the ambition that this has got is not being led by ministers - or anyone in Whitehall - but by policing...

Local Skills Case Study Research Report

Mar 30, 2017 / FE Voices

The Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015 made clear the Government’s intention to accelerate the process of ceding more responsibility for delivering a range of services to the local level...

An economic evaluation of the National C…

Mar 30, 2017 / FE Voices

The National Careers Service is a nationally branded careers and skills advice service that is available free to adults and young people in England. Anyone aged 13 and over can...

Liberate new youth employment programme …

Mar 29, 2017 / FE Voices

The Work and Pensions Committee report says the Government's new youth employment programme, the Youth Obligation, must be unlinked from Universal Credit. The link makes an important source of employment...

Sector Response to the new Education and…

Mar 28, 2017 / FE Voices

Justine Greening, Secretary State for Education, announced today that The Skills Funding Agency (SFA) and The Education Funding Agency (EFA) are to merge to become one body from April to be...

The Rt Hon Justine Greening MP

SFA and EFA merge to become the Educatio…

Mar 28, 2017 / FE Voices

New agency to provide joined-up education and skills funding The Education Funding Agency and Skills Funding Agency are to merge to become one body, the Secretary State for Education announced today The...

Dr Fiona Aldridge, Assistant Director for Research & Development, Learning and Work Institute.

Reducing Gender Inequalities in Engineer…

Mar 28, 2017 / FE Voices

Earlier this year Holly Broadhurst, a Design Engineer from JCB Compact Products won the Higher and Degree Apprentice of the Year Award at the National Apprenticeship Awards. In recounting her story...

Siôn Simon, Labour candidate for West Midlands Mayor

Siôn Simon ‘Tories in London have turned…

Mar 22, 2017 / FE Voices

The Tories in London have turned their back on apprenticeships and are selling short our talented and ambitious young people.   I’m campaigning to be the Mayor of the West Midlands and...

Peter Marples, Joint Owner, 3aaa – Aspire Achieve Advance

THE NEW REGISTER OF APPROVED TRAINING PR…

Mar 22, 2017 / FE Voices

The register of approved training providers RoATP has now been published and the dust is beginning to settle. We thought it might be time to take a look at the...

Jon Adams, Executive Director, Activate Learning

Industry partnerships are key to closing…

Mar 20, 2017 / FE Voices

The government’s industrial strategy has reaffirmed its commitment to developing the technical, engineering and construction skills our country needs to maintain a competitive edge. The strategy comes at a time when...

Jim Carley, Managing Director, Carley Consult Ltd

RoATP – The Case for Market Entrants

Mar 20, 2017 / FE Voices

Following the publication of the first Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers (RoATP), the rigor of the SFA’s selection process has come under fire, but is this criticism fully justified?   Over 1,700...

Andy Richardson, CEO, Dynistics

Navigating the Apprenticeship Levy lies …

Mar 17, 2017 / FE Voices

The promised new qualifications achievement rates dashboard (QAR) for apprenticeships, education and training may have been delayed but the role of technology and more specifically, dashboards, is still vital when...

Sector Responds to the RoATP

What is the Sector Response to the Regis…

Mar 15, 2017 / FE Voices

The new Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers has been released (click here for more info). So what is the sector response to the RoATP? David Hughes, Chief Executive of the Association...

Top quality apprenticeship training prov…

Mar 14, 2017 / FE Voices

Through the register, organisations that have met the criteria will deliver top-quality training for individuals and employers. The Department for Education (DfE) and the Skills Finding Agency (SFA) have today (14 March...

Skills funding letter: April 2017 to Mar…

Mar 14, 2017 / FE Voices

The skills funding letter is published annually and sets out the government’s funding priorities for the skills system. It includes information for the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) to set provider...

Errol Ince, Assistant Principal, London South East Colleges

MESMA DELIVERS A QUALITY JOB FOR COLLEGE…

Mar 14, 2017 / FE Voices

A London college has turned to a web-based management tool to secure quality assurance during a spate of strategic mergers. Over the last three years Bromley College has undergone a...

Dr Neil Bentley, Chief Executive, WorldSkills UK

Championing success through Competitions…

Mar 14, 2017 / FE Voices

The recent news that that the overall achievement rate for people passing their apprenticeship has fallen has caused, quite rightly, a large amount of discussion. The reported decline does follow a...

Ros Letellier

Five reasons to love the new apprentices…

Mar 13, 2017 / FE Voices

With only weeks to go before the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy, the condensed timeframe for what are extremely complex and consequential changes to the further education system has left...

‘The Fabsters’: Deborah Tillett, Mary Cripps Warwick, Helen McAnally, Janette Faherty, Fran Parry

Our condolences to the family of Janette…

Mar 10, 2017 / FE Voices

Janette Faherty OBE Sadly on Friday 3rd March Janette Faherty OBE passed away after a short illness. Janette's family are trying to raise money for North London hospice and have set up a Just Giving page in...

Sector response to the Chancellor’s Spri…

Mar 08, 2017 / FE Voices

With the Chancellor’s pledge to raise investment in schools to £10 billion, to provide £500-million for the introduction of new ‘T-Levels’, set aside £300m to support new PhDs and STEM subjects...

Steve Keith, Employer Brand Manager, EY UK&I

Apprenticeships – a fast-track career op…

Mar 07, 2017 / FE Voices

The subject of apprenticeships is regularly debated. But despite government led initiatives, investment in the quality of apprenticeships and the breadth of employers now offering these programmes, there is still...

#NAW2017 - The Apprentice's Voice

Mar 07, 2017 / FE Voices

Friday 10th March 2107 - Case Study Boots Chartered Manager Degree Apprentice, Amie Norman, 23 Amie Norman, Lead Assistant Supply Manager at Boots, tells us about the benefits of studying a Chartered...

Sector Response to the Chancellor’s Tech…

Mar 06, 2017 / FE Voices

In response to the Chancellor’s post-16 years technical education reforms, backed by over £500 million per year, to be announced at the March 2017 Budget Alice Barnard, CEO, Edge said: ‘Edge welcomes the...

Judith Doyle, Principal and CEO of Gateshead College

Lifelong learning is key to economic gro…

Mar 06, 2017 / FE Voices

Workforce development along with wider adult training have always been critical to a re-gion's economic prosperity and wellbeing. Recent years have seen an overall reduction in government spending on adult education...

Sector response to BEIS Committee review…

Mar 03, 2017 / FE Voices

The Sector responds to the recent Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee review of the Industrial Strategy Green Paper Julian Gravatt, Assistant Chief Executive of the Association of Colleges (AoC)...

Joanne Harper, Principal of UTC Reading

The Value of Technical Education

Mar 03, 2017 / FE Voices

There has been a great deal of news commentary in recent months about the introduction of a new wave of grammar schools.  Whilst I am not going to get into...

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