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Who were the winners at the TES FE Awards 2017?
A great evening was had by all celebrating the most outstanding colleges, training providers and...
Industry response to the Department for Education's latest NEET statistics
In response this morning’s NEET stats revealing that young people not in education, employment or...
The Effect
“I find the staff we've recruited from prisons are among the best colleagues we've got."...
Regional disparities will be widened by new government apprenticeship levy
Cross-party line up of mayoral candidates backs call for levy to be replaced with £5.1...
Do apprenticeships have a bad image?
According to reports in the media, apprenticeships are great. They’re becoming more and more popular...
Who were the winners at the TES FE Awards 2017?
Who were the winners at the TES FE Awards 2017...
Industry response to the Department for Education's latest NEET statistics
Industry response to the Department for Educat...
The Effect
The Effect
Regional disparities will be widened by new government apprenticeship levy
Regional disparities will be widened by new go...
Do apprenticeships have a bad image?
Do apprenticeships have a bad image?

 

TES FE Award Winners 2017

Who were the winners at the TES FE Award…

Feb 27, 2017 / FE Voices

A great evening was had by all celebrating the most outstanding colleges, training providers and individuals within the FE sector at the TES FE Awards on Friday 24th February at the...

Industry response to the Department for …

Feb 23, 2017 / FE Voices

In response this morning’s NEET stats revealing that young people not in education, employment or training (NEET) decreased slightly for the 19-24 and 16-24 age groups and remained the same...

The Effect

Feb 21, 2017 / FE Voices

“I find the staff we've recruited from prisons are among the best colleagues we've got." - James Timpson, CEO of Timpsons. We've discussed both the benefits that hiring ex-offenders brings to...

Clare McNeil, IPPR Associate Director for Work and Families

Regional disparities will be widened by …

Feb 20, 2017 / FE Voices

Cross-party line up of mayoral candidates backs call for levy to be replaced with £5.1 billion devolved ‘Skills Levy’ to boost investment in ‘left behind' areas London and the South East...

Do apprenticeships have a bad image?

Feb 15, 2017 / FE Voices

According to reports in the media, apprenticeships are great. They’re becoming more and more popular and have huge backing from the government, so it seems odd to read in a...

DfE responds to City & Guilds recent…

Feb 14, 2017 / FE Voices

City & Guilds recently polled 500 senior decision makers from a range of organisations to ask them about their skills and recruitment needs and gauge their opinions about the impending...

Andy Richardson, CEO, Dynistics

How dashboards can help FE colleges to g…

Feb 14, 2017 / FE Voices

While it’s always been necessary for Further Education (FE) providers to collect, generate and disseminate marketing information, its effective use has never been so vital. Struggling after years of underfunding...

Employers still in the dark about forthc…

Feb 13, 2017 / FE Voices

Concerning lack of knowledge uncovered less than two months until introduction of levy A third (33%) of UK employers who will be eligible to pay the new apprenticeship levy from this...

Association of Colleges (AoC)

Colleges forced to refer students with m…

Feb 07, 2017 / FE Voices

New research carried out by the membership organisation, the Association of Colleges (AoC) [i], has revealed that three quarters (74%) of further education colleges in England[ii] have been forced to...

Eric Baker

THE TRAINING REVOLUTION

Feb 07, 2017 / FE Voices

As a committed vocational trainer it is hard to admit that I’ve attended some pretty poor training sessions. I find it even harder to admit that I may have presented...

Association of Colleges launches consult…

Feb 01, 2017 / FE Voices

The Association of Colleges (AoC) has today launched a consultation with its members on proposals for the future shape and focus of the Association. This is part of the review...

Skills Minister Robert Halfon, FEnews

The Apprenticeships and Skills Minister …

Feb 01, 2017 / FE Voices

Robert Halfon: careers speech at Westminster Academy   I am delighted to have the opportunity today to talk to you about lifelong careers, which will play a significant part in this government’s...

Allister Jordan, Researcher for CASCAID Ltd.

Building our Industrial Strategy - The r…

Feb 01, 2017 / FE Voices

On 23rd January the Prime Minister Theresa May revealed plans for a new, more interventionist, industrial strategy, designed to boost the post-Brexit UK economy. The plan was published in a 132...

Sector Response to the Provisional Appre…

Jan 26, 2017 / FE Voices

The provisional apprenticeship figures were released today relating to Q1 2016/17 (August 2016 to October 2016). Here is the link to the full stats Summary of the main figures: There have been...

The future is online

Jan 23, 2017 / FE Voices

Who would be a student today? What was once a relatively carefree occupation – an exciting step into the adult world, the opportunity to study for a career – is...

Judith Doyle, Principal and CEO of Gateshead College

Priorities to drive a Working North East

Jan 19, 2017 / FE Voices

The start of a new year gives us a chance to refocus and make sure that we are heading in the right direction. 2017 will be a significant year for us...

Labour MP's launch Adult Education campa…

Jan 18, 2017 / FE Voices

61 MPs write to Apprenticeships and Skills Minister demanding publication of overdue adult education strategy MPs call on government to bring back ‘Night Schools’ and evening classes for adults Government’s...

Kate Jolliffe

Hello 2017. The stakes for apprenticeshi…

Jan 11, 2017 / FE Voices

Somewhat perversely, modern humans have traditionally adopted January as the month for new resolutions. Looking forward, not backwards, and planning for the year ahead (hopefully with renewed optimism) gets us...

Bev Jones, Director of Operations and Digital Development at the Career Colleges Trust

Are our teachers, trainers and assessors…

Jan 10, 2017 / FE Voices

A recent article in  Edtech Review looks at how 14 to 30 year olds are using social media platforms and whether they are appropriate for use in education.   This is an...

Matt Wingfield, Chief Business Development Officer, Digital Assess

Will technology reverse the fortunes of …

Jan 06, 2017 / FE Voices

From January the digital apprenticeship service opens up creating a marketplace for employers and enabling organisations to choose training providers, advertise vacancies and select an assessment organisation. The digital apprenticeship...

Learning to be flexible in a year of cha…

Dec 21, 2016 / FE Voices

The reason I took up yoga was to become more flexible - well, that and to gain a blessed rest from the children. I can't say I'm good at it...

Why Trump's infrastructure projects will…

Dec 13, 2016 / FE Voices

During his Presidential campaign, Republican candidate Donald Trump made much of reviving the nation’s construction industry by undertaking big infrastructure projects which would create jobs. It’s true that the sector...

From Damascus to Doctorate

Dec 12, 2016 / FE Voices

Rami Bouhassoun’s journey to west London has been a long and traumatic one which started when he left a war torn Syria in 2014, after it became too dangerous to...

 Sam Blyth and Beverley Jones

Making Digital Literacy Measurable and A…

Dec 09, 2016 / FE Voices

By helping further education colleges to prepare students for their future careers in industry, we’re addressing an issue high on the agenda for academia and industry alike: the UK skills...

NEW JOBS DRIVE LAUNCHED BY FE QA SOFTWAR…

Dec 07, 2016 / FE Voices

A specialist technology firm is gearing up for expansion in 2017 as it looks to create new jobs on the back of demand for its education quality assurance software for...

The value of internationalism in educati…

Dec 06, 2016 / FE Voices

In recent months the value of internationalism (which advocates greater political and economic cooperation among nations and peoples) has been overshadowed by certain political events, including the Brexit motion and...

Why grades come second to work experienc…

Dec 01, 2016 / FE Voices

After 15 years working with owners of fast-growth businesses and five years helping young people boost their employability, I’m convinced we can do more to encourage school-leavers to cultivate the...

Ofsted Annual Report – sector response

Dec 01, 2016 / FE Voices

A world class education system is within our grasp – but only if serious capacity challenges are urgently addressed, says Ofsted's outgoing Chief Inspector. Sir Michael Wilshaw today hailed the “remarkable...

Survival of the Smartest

Nov 30, 2016 / FE Voices

The employer levy is fast approaching and this will soon shape the way many employers fund their apprenticeships. With 20,000 employers having to pay the levy, what is the best...

College-Employer partnerships: the key t…

Nov 29, 2016 / FE Voices

As an employer, I am well aware of the skills gaps so many industries are facing. Recruiting is often a challenge and finding the right people for specific roles is...

How can we support learners to develop e…

Nov 22, 2016 / FE Voices

Recent research by the Chartered Institute for Management Accounts (CIMA) found that eight out of 10 school leavers ‘lack essential business skills’ and that this ‘increases staff stress and causes...

Six steps to successfully win the revisi…

Nov 15, 2016 / FE Voices

A recurring question students will always have is how can they win the revision battle? With revision timetables being issued shortly for mock exams and mental health once again in...

How to make an interim senior appointmen…

Nov 14, 2016 / FE Voices

There is a view that the success of an interim lies in deciding from the outset exactly what you want to achieve and what gap you are seeking to fill...

Take Politics Out of Education

Nov 08, 2016 / FE Voices

The title is a thing often said but it is not acted upon sadly. Let’s start now. The older I get the more I resent the amount of money, time, and...

Prison reform white paper opens door to …

Nov 04, 2016 / FE Voices

Training and employment providers have given an unreserved welcome to the government’s Prison Safety and Reform White Paper. Some AELP members have been lobbying for 10 years on the issue of...

Lights, Camera… Numeracy! Introducing St…

Nov 03, 2016 / FE Voices

It’s your first day as a runner in a film studio. You have a challenging to-do list, and as you run through the various sets and back lots, you meet...

Settlement reached in judicial review ov…

Nov 01, 2016 / FE Voices

A settlement has been reached ahead of the judicial review hearing over the Government’s decision to grant permission for a new school sixth form in Hornchurch, London. The judicial review was...

Government inaction on careers provision…

Nov 01, 2016 / FE Voices

The Government’s failure to address inadequacies in careers guidance is unacceptable and Ministers must act to improve provision as a matter of urgency to ensure young people are equipped with...

Danger of vital skills programmes stalli…

Nov 01, 2016 / FE Voices

Training boss Mark Dawe has challenged ministers to use the Chancellor’s spending review to step up their investment in skills programmes essential to give a post-Brexit Britain the workforce it...

The role of recruitment in the context o…

Oct 27, 2016 / FE Voices

Teaching practice has come a long way from its earliest predecessors and since lecturing staff are at the centre of everything that goes on in colleges it follows that by...

Sector response to the Technical and Fur…

Oct 27, 2016 / FE Voices

The Technical and Further Education Bill proposals were published today. The bill builds upon measures set out in the government’s post-16 skills plan, developed in response to an independent report from an...

Adopting the Apprenticeship Levy

Oct 26, 2016 / FE Voices

"The business community sees the Apprenticeship Levy as a way to solve skills shortages, with concerns raised about levels of understanding of the challenges and opportunities ahead.” Rebecca Hayes, Director of...

Apprenticeship Levy Announcement by Pete…

Oct 26, 2016 / FE Voices

As our previous news released this morning highlighted, the Government have now finalised the details of the Apprenticeship reforms so it is all systems go for all employers across the...

AELP response to the Apprenticeship fund…

Oct 25, 2016 / FE Voices

AELP CEO Mark Dawe said:   AELP is pleased that the government were true to their word and treated the apprenticeship consultation as just that – a consultation.  While there are clearly...

The Labour response to the Apprenticeshi…

Oct 25, 2016 / FE Voices

Speaking following the Government’s U turn on apprenticeship funding proposals, Gordon Marsden, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Apprenticeships said:  ‘The Government have had to make a major u-turn to their original proposals...

Federation of Awarding Bodies announces …

Oct 18, 2016 / FE Voices

The Federation of Awarding Bodies (FAB) is delighted to announce the appointment of Paul Eeles and Terry Fennell as Chair and Vice Chair, respectively, of the membership organisation for vocational...

QTLS offers hope and opportunity

Oct 13, 2016 / FE Voices

I’m a member of the Society for Education and Training (SET) and this last year I undertook professional formation at Barnsley College to gain my QTLS.  (Qualified Teacher Learning and...

SIR Data Insights gets sector support

Oct 11, 2016 / FE Voices

This summer the Education and Training Foundation launched a new free workforce data service for the FE sector, covering all types of provider. The SIR Data Insights service is a...

How can you measure progress in employab…

Oct 07, 2016 / FE Voices

In an ideal and simplistic world an effective work preparation programme should give your learners three things: Employer Awareness – are your learners aware of the employers in the local area...

Employability skills: The most pressing …

Oct 06, 2016 / FE Voices

The 9th Annual CBI/Pearson Education and Skills Survey was released recently. This is an opportunity for 500 organisations, collectively employing 3.2 million people, to have their say on the key...

The Apprenticeship Levy and Me

Oct 06, 2016 / FE Voices

The looming change of funding for apprentices raises questions for employers, providers and learners alike.  Is this a carefully thought-out plan to increase the number of apprentices in line with...

UCAS can prove the key to greater backin…

Oct 03, 2016 / FE Voices

Despite the very serious threat of cuts to 16-18 apprenticeships, the Government’s apparent enthusiasm to push on with the levy and achieve the 3m target does at least build a...

We aim to educate and train the next gen…

Oct 03, 2016 / FE Voices

UTC Reading, a University Technical College that delivers computer science and engineering excellence aims to spread a better understanding of the currently over-complex system which makes it hard for young...

A levels are not the only route

Sep 20, 2016 / FE Voices

This year around half a million students are entering higher education – a record number. But whilst the volume of students with A levels remains fairly constant, there has been...

Many apprentices are ahead of graduates …

Sep 19, 2016 / FE Voices

The latest ONS research comparing graduate and apprentice earnings show that nearly a third of graduates now earn less per hour than the average worker who has gone down the...

Business Rates: What you need to know

Sep 16, 2016 / FE Voices

In what has been billed as the biggest change in a generation, the process of the 2017 business rates revaluation is well under way. Richard Farr, partner at national property...

Have you added your nominations for the …

Sep 16, 2016 / FE Voices

Nominations for TES FE Awards 2017 in association with the Education and Training Foundation are now open. In total there are 16 award categories, from teacher of the year and best teaching and...

ATL's Dr Mary Bousted becomes new TUC Pr…

Sep 14, 2016 / FE Voices

Dr Mary Bousted, General Secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) has been elected as the new President of the TUC. She was elected at this morning’s General...

3aaa Levy Project Managers Take the Pain…

Sep 14, 2016 / FE Voices

Levy paying employers are beginning to realise that they need to maximise value from their levy contribution, the question is how do employers make it happen? For many employers, this is...

‘Widespread’ sexual harassment in school…

Sep 13, 2016 / FE Voices

A report published today by the House of Commons Women and Equalities Committee exposes the shocking scale of sexual harassment and sexual violence that is not being tackled effectively in British schools and colleges.  The Sexual harassment and...

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