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    Strong incentives for employers to participate in apprenticeship provision is vital
    In the study, People and Policy: A comparative study of apprenticeship, researchers from Oxford University's...
    The future for FE – a vision for the next five years
    Paul McKean, head of FE and skills at Jisc, the education sector’s technology solutions not-for-profit,...
    Change Of Storm On The Horizon
    The magnitude of change and to some extent unanswered questions on the horizon point to...
    Kaplan response: Institute for Apprenticeships draft Quality Statement
    Kaplan response: Institute for Apprenticeships draft Quality Statement We have decided to publish our response to...
    Levy Paying Employers v Training Providers
    Business Sense by The Leadership Team The ‘big bang’ was due to happen on 1st May...
    Strong incentives for employers to participate in apprenticeship provision is vital
    Strong incentives for employers to participate...
    The future for FE – a vision for the next five years
    The future for FE – a vision for the next five...
    Change Of Storm On The Horizon
    Change Of Storm On The Horizon
    Kaplan response: Institute for Apprenticeships draft Quality Statement
    Kaplan response: Institute for Apprenticeships...
    Levy Paying Employers v Training Providers
    Levy Paying Employers v Training Providers

     

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    Strong incentives for employers to parti…

    Oct 18, 2017 / FE Voices

    In the study, People and Policy: A comparative study of apprenticeship, researchers from Oxford University's Department of Education have for the first time reviewed apprenticeship participation on a global scale...

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    Flashback Friday! 13th October

    Oct 13, 2017 / FE Voices

    Welcome to Flashback Friday 13th October, where we take a look back through time at the year: 2016: Goodbye Sub-Contracting, Hello Partnerships by Roger Francis, Director, Creative Learning Partners Ltd 2015: New term, new demand...

    The future for FE – a vision for the nex…

    Oct 12, 2017 / FE Voices

    Paul McKean, head of FE and skills at Jisc, the education sector’s technology solutions not-for-profit, discusses how colleges and skills providers can become efficient and financially stable, while also providing an...

    Dr Paul Phillips CBE, Principal and Chief Executive of Weston College

    Change Of Storm On The Horizon

    Oct 12, 2017 / FE Voices

    The magnitude of change and to some extent unanswered questions on the horizon point to an uncertain future for the FE sector. It is astonishing that, as a sector with the...

    Richard Marsh, Apprenticeship Partnership Director: Kaplan Financial

    Kaplan response: Institute for Apprentic…

    Oct 10, 2017 / FE Voices

    Kaplan response: Institute for Apprenticeships draft Quality Statement We have decided to publish our response to this consultation because: we feel that it is important that there is public debate about this...

    Flashback Friday

    Flashback Friday! 6th October

    Oct 06, 2017 / FE Voices

    Welcome to Flashback Friday, where we take a look back through time at the 6th October in the year: 2016: An exciting and positive development for digital skills by Susan Easton, Head of...

    David Kitchen is Managing Director of the specialist FE Consulting firm The Leadership Team.

    Levy Paying Employers v Training Provide…

    Oct 05, 2017 / FE Voices

    Business Sense by The Leadership Team The ‘big bang’ was due to happen on 1st May 2017. Employers now paying into their digital account and in the absence of the expected...

    How can we provide a diverse economy whe…

    Oct 04, 2017 / FE Voices

    The news last week that the proportion of students taking arts subjects has fallen to its lowest level in a decade cause alarm. As the arts curriculum narrows, so does...

    GOVERNMENT FREEZES TUITION FEES TO EASE …

    Oct 02, 2017 / FE Voices

    The announcement that the Government is to freeze tuition fees at £9,250 and lift the income level that triggers loan repayments to £25,000 is obviously helpful – but no-one should...

    Education Secretary Justine Greening

    New education and skills measures announ…

    Oct 02, 2017 / FE Voices

    Education Secretary outlines plans to provide opportunity for all and ensure we have the skills needed for a modern, post-Brexit economy. Education Secretary Justine Greening has yesterday (1 Oct) announced a series...

    Alison Birkinshaw is the President of the Association of Colleges and Principal of York College

    Negative marketing damages reputation

    Oct 02, 2017 / FE Voices

    We’ve all seen negative marketing, the comparison adverts, the schools that put up league tables of GCSE results in order to attract students from a neighbouring competitor.  Indeed, some colleges...

    David Hughes is the Chief Executive of the Association of Colleges

    Decades of cuts cannot continue

    Sep 29, 2017 / FE Voices

    Colleges are transformational – they help people make the most of their talents and ambitions and drive social mobility; they help businesses improve productivity and drive economic growth; they are...

    Flashback Friday

    Flashback Friday! 29th September

    Sep 29, 2017 / FE Voices

    Welcome to Flashback Friday, where we take a look back through time at the 29th September in the year: 2016: It’s our duty to use digital data if it supports learners by Phil...

    Stephen Evans, Chief Executive, Learning and Work Institute

    Time to invest in our future: what the B…

    Sep 28, 2017 / FE Voices

    As the Conservatives prepare for their first conference since the General Election, speculation is rife over the personalities in the government and its direction of travel. Beyond this, the November...

    Chairman Ken Hills and CEO Andy Palmer

    What Happened? learndirect board Q&A…

    Sep 27, 2017 / FE Voices

    Q1   Why did standards dip within learndirect leading to the poor Ofsted report? A1 It is the board’s belief that much of the press coverage fails to understand the complexities of...

    Chairman Ken Hills and CEO Andy Palmer

    learndirect responds to sensational medi…

    Sep 27, 2017 / FE Voices

    learndirect Limited, the UK’s largest provider of skills, training and employment services has appointed PR consultancy Media House International to help counter the misconceptions and ill-informed debate that currently surrounds...

    Young people deserve more contact time

    Sep 27, 2017 / FE Voices

    The education of young people is important not only to individuals, but to this country as a whole. To be a prosperous UK, particularly in a post-Brexit world, we need to...

    Alison Birkinshaw is the President of the Association of Colleges and Principal of York College

    Education Funding – You Get What You Pay…

    Sep 25, 2017 / FE Voices

    You will have heard the saying ‘price is what you pay, value is what you get’.  Well, various reports have recently highlighted the fact that our students aged 16-19 get...

    Flashback Friday

    Flashback Friday! 22nd September

    Sep 22, 2017 / FE Voices

    Welcome to Flashback Friday, where we take a look back through time at the 22nd September in the year: 2016: Devolution and localism: what will happen to colleges? by David Corke, Director of...

    Mark Dawe, Chief Executive, Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP)

    Apprenticeships as driver of social mobi…

    Sep 21, 2017 / FE Voices

    The unintended consequences of the Apprenticeship Reforms on the social equality of the young and the most disadvantaged. Time to act before a generation is lost. The apprenticeship reforms have...

    Garry Phillips, CEO of West London College

    Up to two thirds of businesses who quali…

    Sep 20, 2017 / FE Voices

    Millions of pounds of apprenticeship levy money, aimed at increasing the vocational skills of the nation, is apparently going unused by businesses.  According to new research by Evolve Learning Group Ltd and West London College only one in three (32%)of employers who...

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    Flashback Friday! 15th September

    Sep 15, 2017 / FE Voices

    Welcome to Flashback Friday, where we take a look back through time at the 15th September in the year: 2016: Functional Skills Funding – The Achilles’ Heel Of The Apprenticeship Reforms? by Roger...

    Retaining and developing the teaching wo…

    Sep 12, 2017 / FE Voices

    Today, (12 Sept), the National Audit Office (NAO) has published their report, "Retaining and developing the teaching workforce" on teacher recruitment and retention. Kevin Courtney, Joint General Secretary of the National...

    Jill Whittaker, FCA, Managing Director, HIT Training

    Don't spoil the ship for an ha’peth of t…

    Sep 11, 2017 / FE Voices

    Falling learner numbers, Ofsted inspections in the news for all the wrong reasons, pauses and restarts to the ESFA tendering process… anyone would think that the apprenticeship market is in...

    Mark Farrar, Chief Executive, AAT

    Autumn Budget 2017: the Apprenticeship L…

    Sep 11, 2017 / FE Voices

    The Autumn Budget is scheduled to take place in November; the first Autumn Budget held since 1996. Ahead of this, AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) has written to Chancellor Phillip...

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    Flashback Friday! 8th September

    Sep 08, 2017 / FE Voices

    Welcome to Flashback Friday, where we take a look back through time at the 8th September in the year: 2016: Apprentices can earn up to 270% more over their lifetime than university...

    Stephen Evans, Chief Executive, Learning and Work Institute

    Time to tackle burning injustice of disa…

    Sep 07, 2017 / FE Voices

    Today (7 Sept), Learning and Work Institute launch "Opportunity For All", a collection of essays by leading thinkers on increasing employment opportunities for disabled people. With an employment rate gap...

    Paul Thorn is the Managing Director of School-Toilets.co.uk

    Wudu washing: is your college catering t…

    Sep 05, 2017 / FE Voices

    Islam is the second largest religion in the UK, with Muslim people making up around 5% of the total population. For that reason, it’s important to make sure that students...

    Dr Brian Marien, founder and director of Positive Group

    Social and emotional learning and its po…

    Sep 04, 2017 / FE Voices

    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...

    Richard Marsh, Apprenticeships Partnership Director, Kaplan UK

    Who deserves a £2,000 pound apprenticesh…

    Sep 01, 2017 / FE Voices

    Who has lost out in the new Apprenticeship funding system? I was recently reminded that this time last year I wrote an article about the launch of the Apprenticeship funding bands...

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    Flashback Friday! 1st September

    Sep 01, 2017 / FE Voices

    Welcome to Flashback Friday, where we take a look back through time at the 1st September in the year: 2016: Who deserves a £1,000 Apprenticeship? by Richard Marsh, Apprenticeships Partnership Director, Kaplan...

    Petra Wilton, Director of Strategy, Chartered Management Institute

    Awareness of degree apprenticeships is s…

    Aug 30, 2017 / FE Voices

    In the last fortnight, more than a million GCSE and A-level students have collected their exam results and many will now be moving onto the next stage of education. Of...

    Alistair Jarvis, Chief Executive, Universities UK

    Is there a crisis of confidence in our u…

    Aug 29, 2017 / FE Voices

    Universities are under intense scrutiny and in danger of being unfairly categorised as elite, aloof and detached from individuals, communities and day-to-day challenges. In the UK, it seems to be open...

    David Kitchen is Managing Director of Consultancy firm, The Leadership Team

    Running a Balanced Business

    Aug 29, 2017 / FE Voices

    Business Sense from The Leadership Team The difficulties faced by large funded training providers like First 4 Skills and learndirect is a huge blow to learners, staff and other providers in the...

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    Flashback Friday!

    Aug 25, 2017 / FE Voices

    Welcome to Flashback Friday, where we take a look back through time at this day in the year: 2016: Exam results: teenage anxiety and the rise of the BTEC by Olly...

    GCSE results for England - Sector Respon…

    Aug 24, 2017 / FE Voices

    As the first of the reformed GCSEs in English language, English literature and mathematics, are being issued, today's (24 Aug) GCSE results show: Across English language, English literature and maths, there...

    Dr John Gordon, Senior Lecturer in Education, University of East Anglia

    Research finds new GCSEs in English and …

    Aug 24, 2017 / FE Voices

    Study on reading in schools challenges new English exams Research from the University of East Anglia (UEA) suggests that approaches to reading linked to new GCSEs in English and English Literature...

    Eileen Milner, the new Chief Executive of the ESFA

    Sector Response to Eileen Milner's appoi…

    Aug 23, 2017 / FE Voices

    Eileen Milner has been announced as the new ESFA Chief Executive from November 2017. Eileen will replace Peter Lauener, the current Chief Executive Officer of the ESFA, who has held the post...

    English Education: World Class? - Sector…

    Aug 23, 2017 / FE Voices

    In their major new report out today (23 Aug), English Education: World Class?, UCL Institute of Education and Education Policy Institute (EPI) have identified what these new grades mean in terms...

    Andrew Cormack, Chief regulatory adviser, Jisc

    A year to get your act together: how uni…

    Aug 22, 2017 / FE Voices

    It’s out with the old and in with the new in May 2018 as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) sweeps into effect to replace the Data Protection Act (DPA)...

    Esin Akdogan, an Oxford student from Hackney

    If Oxford was attracted to me, it’s beca…

    Aug 22, 2017 / FE Voices

    For children from state schools, the odds are still stacked against them winning a place at Oxbridge. Earlier this year, Professor Les Ebdon, director of the Office for Fair Access...

    Graham Hasting-Evans, Managing Director, NOCN Group

    Accelerating Apprenticeship and Technica…

    Aug 21, 2017 / FE Voices

    The Reform of our apprenticeship system (Trailblazers) and technical education (T-Levels) is crucial to the future successful running of our economy in a competitive Global environment.  If done in the...

    Building a Creative Nation with the Furt…

    Aug 18, 2017 / FE Voices

    A great deal is said about the growth of the creative industries and skills shortages. but less is said about the specific challenges to educators, particularly at post-16. At Creative &...

    Thomas Cavanagh, Academic Manager at Open Study College

    What can you do if you didn’t get the gr…

    Aug 17, 2017 / FE Voices

    What can you do if you didn’t get the grades you wanted? This week, teenagers across the country had the anxious wait for their A-level results.  But what can you do...

    A-Level Results: STEM uptake is a solid …

    Aug 17, 2017 / FE Voices

    The latest A-level results have shown there has been a strong uptake in entries to science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects and more young women studying these disciplines.  Exasol, provider...

    A level results day 2017 - Sector Respon…

    Aug 16, 2017 / FE Voices

    A Level results day 2017 (17 Aug) and as of midnight, 416,310 applicants have been already accepted into higher education through UCAS. This still reflects is a decrease of 7,570 people...

    Higher Apprenticeships: Good for busines…

    Aug 15, 2017 / FE Voices

    Sussex Skills Solutions, the joint venture between Sussex Coast College Hastings and Sussex Downs College, is the premier provider of apprenticeships and skills training in Sussex. As students across the county...

    Young people from disadvantaged backgrou…

    Aug 14, 2017 / FE Voices

    In the week in which thousands of students receive their A-Level results, education charity Teach First has found that those born in the poorest postcodes of the country have just...

    Ken Reid, Director of Curriculum, recently retired after 38 years at Leeds City College

    How to deliver fantastic community learn…

    Aug 14, 2017 / FE Voices

    “There are lots of considerations but three key things jump out: the importance of finding a member of staff who not only has the right skills base but who also...

    Patrick Watson, Managing Director, Montrose Public Affairs Consultants

    Careers Guidance in need of a Strategy

    Aug 11, 2017 / FE Voices

    This month  four organisations  in the careers guidance space have come together to create a new alliance: The Career Management Quality Alliance (CMQA  Frustrated by government toing and froing on...

    Growing fee fears among young people - S…

    Aug 10, 2017 / FE Voices

    The proportion of young people who think they are likely to go into Higher Education when they are old enough has fallen to the lowest level since 2009, according to...

    Benn Carson, Carson Recruitment

    Time for change...

    Aug 10, 2017 / FE Voices

    Back in March, with the Apprenticeship Levy imminent, I wrote about the potential effects on recruitment, and gave my opinion that employers would begin paying very close attention to their...

    Dr Elle Boag, Social Psychologist at Birmingham City University

    How to respond when one child does well …

    Aug 10, 2017 / FE Voices

    We all know that there is an increasing pressure to perform well academically in order to be successful in an increasingly competitive world; we also understand that not all children...

    Rachel Shorrock, Director, System Group

    REGISTER FOR SUCCESS

    Aug 09, 2017 / FE Voices

    WITH official figures showing that a little under half of the employers eligible to register on the government’s apprenticeship system had done so by May this year, Rachel Shorrock of...

    “Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber” - Df…

    Aug 08, 2017 / FE Voices

    A leaked memo from a Google employee titled “Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber”, in which women were described as less suited to coding than men, has attracted widespread comment and criticism in the...

    Graham Woodham, Programme Head of Social Work, Skills for Care

    Social work degree apprenticeships: A di…

    Aug 08, 2017 / FE Voices

    Programme Head of Social Work at Skills for Care, Graham Woodham talks us through the upcoming social work degree apprenticeships and the opportunities that come with this different way of...

    What matters is what works

    Aug 07, 2017 / FE Voices

    Since taking the reins at ERSA in 2010, I have been struck by the wealth of information and evidence that exists within ERSA members, but also astonished by the extent...

    Sport and Uniformed Steve Settle, Public Services Curriculum Leader, Salford City College

    Beautiful, Inspirational, Humbling: Tut…

    Aug 04, 2017 / FE Voices

    “My eyes are now wide open and I can see that the Army Reserves are saving lives. From a personal perspective, the experience I had in Kenya was a humbling...

    Concern raised over Non-Levy Funding Med…

    Aug 03, 2017 / FE Voices

    The Association of Employment and Learning Providers have raised concern over a clause in the Non-Levy Funding ITT around DfE sign off on press releases and media contact surrounding the...

    Further Education Area Review Reports - …

    Aug 03, 2017 / FE Voices

    Department for Education today (3 Aug) published the report and recommendations from the Further Education Area Reviews. Sector Response to the Area Review Recommendations David Hughes, Chief Executive of the Association of...

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