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Celebrating success where it matters
In teaching, success is measured by other people’s achievements; hardly a surprise then that the...
Apprenticeship Starts data is out... and they are down again!
DfE today (12 Jul) published their latest Apprenticeships and Traineeships Aug-April 2017/18 statistical release. There have...
The Digital Campus: a key element in solving the rising challenge for UK education
The days of cold, impersonal lecture halls, with rows of students diligently writing notes are...
How to ask your employer for education funding
Some adults may feel that they could bring more to their role with the right...
FE and Football – two of my favourite things
I’m sure I’m far from alone when I say it’s a bit tricky concentrating on...
Celebrating success where it matters
Celebrating success where it matters
Apprenticeship Starts data is out... and they are down again!
Apprenticeship Starts data is out... and they ...
The Digital Campus: a key element in solving the rising challenge for UK education
The Digital Campus: a key element in solving t...
How to ask your employer for education funding
How to ask your employer for education funding...
FE and Football – two of my favourite things
FE and Football – two of my favourite things

 

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Dr Julie Mills, Principal & Chief Executive, Milton Keynes College

Celebrating success where it matters

Jul 16, 2018 / FE Voices

In teaching, success is measured by other people’s achievements; hardly a surprise then that the annual Students of the Year Awards is for me, and for many of my colleagues...

Apprenticeship Starts are down again

Apprenticeship Starts data is out... and…

Jul 12, 2018 / FE Voices

DfE today (12 Jul) published their latest Apprenticeships and Traineeships Aug-April 2017/18 statistical release. There have been 290,500 apprenticeship starts reported to date between August 2017 and April 2018 for the...

Joe Rabah, Managing Director for EMEA, RMG Networks

The Digital Campus: a key element in sol…

Jul 11, 2018 / FE Voices

The days of cold, impersonal lecture halls, with rows of students diligently writing notes are numbered and the further and higher education sectors would be wise to heed this. Today’s...

How to ask your employer for education f…

Jul 11, 2018 / FE Voices

Some adults may feel that they could bring more to their role with the right knowledge and training. However, it’s possible that many people think that they can’t speak to...

Milton Keynes College Football Academy

FE and Football – two of my favourite th…

Jul 11, 2018 / FE Voices

I’m sure I’m far from alone when I say it’s a bit tricky concentrating on work today as we anxiously wait for kick-off in the World Cup semi-final against Croatia...

Simon Ashworth, Chief Policy Officer, the Association of Employment and Learning Providers

Simon Ashworth speaks about speed bumps …

Jul 11, 2018 / Podcasts

Click the link below to hear AELP's Chief Policy Officer, Simon Ashworth talk about speed bumps in the shadows, SMEs and employability at the AELP's 2018 Summer Conference. {https://soundcloud.com/user-544546889/simon-ashworth-speed-bumps-in} Copyright © 2018...

Stephen Lambert, Director of Education4Democracy.

Government Needs to Take back Control of…

Jul 10, 2018 / FE Voices

‘For the Few Not the Many?’: A Responsible Government Needs to Take back Control of England’s Further Education Colleges as Part of a National Education Service Say Stephen Lambert and...

Keeping children safe in education (KCSI…

Jul 09, 2018 / FE Voices

On 3rd September 2018, the Department for Education’s statutory guidance, ‘Keeping children safe in education (KCSIE) 2016’ will be updated. Safeguarding and duty of care experts, EduCare, have taken a...

Dr Julie Mills, Principal & Chief Executive, Milton Keynes College

A Lordly Reminder of the Value of Part-T…

Jul 09, 2018 / FE Voices

Barely noticed or reported on, the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee has released a report on the state of funding for post-school education. Not a punch was pulled as it...

Chirag Shah, CEO of Nucleus

Further Education Has Evolved: Apprentic…

Jul 09, 2018 / FE Voices

In the past year, the number of apprentices in England has continued to drop despite the government’s introduction of the new apprenticeship levy. As a result there are complaints of...

Chloe Anthony-Pillai, Social and Content Lead for HowNow.

#EdTech Startup transforms the way busin…

Jul 06, 2018 / FE Voices

There has been a great deal of change over the last few years in how we use technology in our method of training staff. Technology has either been a help...

Coleg Cambria CEO David Jones

Cambria@5 - CEO reflects on five years o…

Jul 05, 2018 / FE Voices

The merger between Deeside College - of which I was Chief Executive and Principal - and Yale College in Wrexham was first mooted around a decade ago, as the Welsh...

Simon Ashworth, Chief Policy Officer, the Association of Employment and Learning Providers

Simon Ashworth speaks about Apprenticesh…

Jul 04, 2018 / Podcasts

  Click the link below to hear AELP's Chief Policy Officer, Simon Ashworth's views on Apprenticeship Funding from the AELP's 2018 Summer Conference. {https://soundcloud.com/user-544546889/simon-ashworth-apprenticeship} Copyright © 2018 FE News

Steve Lawrence, Managing Director of East Essex Vocational Training Ltd (EEVT)

The Great Debate on Apprenticeship Refor…

Jul 04, 2018 / FE Voices

The first in a series of sessions, designed to provide an opportunity for sector leaders to debate and share ideas on current and future FE and Skills policy, the Great...

Paul Feldman, Chief Executive, JiscPaul Feldman, Chief Executive, JiscPaul Feldman, Chief Executive, Jisc

Digital skills crucial to the success of…

Jul 03, 2018 / FE Voices

The government’s industrial strategy notes that “within two decades, 90% of jobs will require some digital proficiency, yet 23% of adults lack basic digital skills.”  Jisc has made clear to government...

Chris Thomson, Education Consultant and former sixth form college principal.

The Law of Diminishing Mission

Jul 03, 2018 / FE Voices

Maybe you’ve heard the one about the three brickies on the building site? They’re all asked what they’re doing The first says: ‘Laying bricks’ The second: ‘Building this wall’ The third: ‘Building a...

Why aren’t companies doing more to capit…

Jul 02, 2018 / FE Voices

What would you do with £3 million if the government gave your company access to that tax-free sum to put towards an apprenticeship programme? If the stats around the topic...

Delivering the Apprenticeship Standards

Jul 02, 2018 / FE Voices

"Where do I start?",  "What do I need to do?", "How do I put together over a year long study programme to cover this standard?", "What can I show the...

Stephen Lambert, Director of Education4Democracy.

FREE SCHOOLS: AN IDEOLOGICAL RATHER THAN…

Jun 29, 2018 / FE Voices

DISCOVERY School, the first Free school in Newcastle, will close its doors this summer following a damning Ofsted report which revealed plummeting standards, weak leadership and dangerous, ‘’riotous’’ behaviour amongst...

Apprenticeships for Business - The Impac…

Jun 29, 2018 / FE Voices

Apprenticeships have undergone a massive change, a change which puts employers at the heart of the apprenticeship brand. With apprenticeships now being offered as higher, degree and masters levels they...

Tom Bewick, Chief Executive of the Federation of Awarding Bodies (FAB)

Tom Bewick on T levels

Jun 28, 2018 / Podcasts

The principal of technical educational reforms, as first identified by the Sainsbury review, is absolutely welcomed by the awarding industry. The UK really needs to up its game. We need to...

Fredrik Högemark, CIO and founder of EMG – Educations Media Group.

Which Universities Produce the Most Succ…

Jun 28, 2018 / FE Voices

It’s fair to say that for a lot of people, their first opportunity to directly influence the direction in which their lives are going is when they’re deciding what to...

Apprenticeships and Skills Minister Anne Milton

Greater flexibility for apprenticeship l…

Jun 27, 2018 / FE Voices

Following the government’s announcement yesterday (26 Jun) on allowing large employers to transfer up to 10% of their apprenticeship levy funds to multiple businesses: Mark Dawe, CEO at the Association of...

Jennifer Coupland, Director, Professional & Technical Education, Higher and Further Education Directorate, Department for Education

Jennifer Coupland on T levels and Indust…

Jun 27, 2018 / Podcasts

Jennifer Coupland, Director, Professional & Technical Education, Higher and Further Education Directorate, Department for Education talks to FE News about T levels and Industry Placements, both were we are now...

Could Consultancy Combat Levy Chaos?

Jun 27, 2018 / FE Voices

As the Apprenticeship Levy moves into its second year of establishment, media reports suggest that the government legislation – billed to drive three-million apprenticeships by 2020 – has not been...

Simon Ashworth, Chief Policy Officer, the Association of Employment and Learning Providers

Simon Ashworth speaks about Subcontracti…

Jun 26, 2018 / Podcasts

  Subcontracting has been the area that has seen the most questions raised by AELP members over the past six months. In January there was a significant change in the subcontracting...

Paul Joyce, Deputy Director of Further Education and Skills, Ofsted

Paul Joyce speaks about 20% Off the Job …

Jun 26, 2018 / Podcasts

There remain some issues with apprenticeship reforms, but Paul believes things are getting better, and beginning to bed down.  Inspections "We're still seeing a very mixed picture on inspection," says Paul "We are unfortunately...

Sir Gerry Berragan, Chief Executive, Institute for Apprenticeships

Sir Gerry Berragan's @IFAteched Speech f…

Jun 25, 2018 / Podcasts

Sir Gerry starts his speech with an update on the progress being made in the four months since they rolled out the faster and better service improvements in February. Apprenticeship Standards Online...

Apprenticeships and Skills Minister Anne Milton

.@AnneMilton Speech from @AELPUK Summer …

Jun 25, 2018 / Podcasts

Click the link below to hear Anne Milton's speech at the AELP's 2018 Summer Conference. {https://soundcloud.com/user-544546889/anne-milton-aelp-speech-in} Copyright © 2018 FE News

Apprenticeships and Skills Minister Anne Milton

Anne Milton talks about Social Mobility…

Jun 25, 2018 / Podcasts

A year into her role as Apprenticeships and Skills Minister, Anne Milton chats to FE News about the career progression route from entry level 2 to level 7 in work based...

70% of FE staff consider quitting as workloads and stress levels rise

70% of College staff consider quitting a…

Jun 25, 2018 / FE Voices

Seven-in-ten further education (FE) staff working in FE Colleges in England have considered leaving the sector, as workloads rise and many suffer from stress, according to a poll by the...

Sam Taylor, Head, The Assessors Guild

Formative and End Point Assessors are un…

Jun 22, 2018 / FE Voices

The Assessors Guild is the Professional Membership Body for the assessor and quality assurance practitioner community. Assessors, both formative and End Point are at times under-represented and need professional recognition...

Simon Adams, Regional Director for Teach In

Observation lesson preparation tips: adv…

Jun 21, 2018 / FE Voices

Simon Adams, Regional Director for Teach In, specialists in matching school staffing needs with the best available teachers and teaching assistants using creative recruitment solutions, shares his advice on how...

Lily Gets Behind Women in Engineering Da…

Jun 20, 2018 / FE Voices

To celebrate Women in Engineering Day on Saturday 23rd June, we caught up with Engineering Apprentice, Lilly James, to ask her about her job and course, and to hear her...

AELP's Mark Dawe on Degree Apprenticeships

Podcast 5 with AELP's Mark Dawe on Degre…

Jun 20, 2018 / Podcasts

This is part 5 and our final part of our Wembley tour series of podcasts with Mark Dawe, Chief Executive of the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP). In...

Richard Shea, Managing Director, EMEA Search at Futurestep

Retrain older workers to overcome £182bn…

Jun 19, 2018 / FE Voices

This year's update of PwC's Golden Age Index shows that the OECD has continued its gradual progress towards greater engagement of older people in the workforce. Iceland, New Zealand, Israel...

Susanna Lawson is the co-founder and director of OneFile

Diversity in Tech is a Must

Jun 19, 2018 / FE Voices

A few weeks ago, I went to a Solidarity in Tech event about how to increase inclusion in tech. To be honest, I didn't really know what to expect, but the discussions really opened...

Education and Training in the Catering I…

Jun 18, 2018 / FE Voices

The catering industry continues to grow year on year, with new trends and restaurant designs influencing how the industry approaches food, and customer’s attitudes towards restaurants and the food that...

Susanna, co-founder of software company OneFile, and Jane, founder of training organisation Successful Mums

Helping businesses retain returning mums

Jun 18, 2018 / FE Voices

New research by businesswomen Susanna Lawson and Jane Knight aims to help employers gain a better understanding of how to support women returning to work after maternity leave and retain...

Dan Wright, CEO of The Chartered Institution for Further Education

A Moment of Optimism: How Innovation in …

Jun 15, 2018 / FE Voices

This is an important moment for further education. On March 29th 2019, after forty-five years of membership, Britain will leave the European Union. It is the kind of change that...

ERSA Employability Awards 2018 winners a…

Jun 15, 2018 / FE Voices

The winners of the 2018 ERSA Employability Awards, sponsored by Clarion Futures, were announced last night at a special evening ceremony in London attended by the Minister for Employment, Alok...

James Reed, Chairman, REED Recruitment

Widening Participation - What Oxbridge c…

Jun 14, 2018 / FE Voices

Last week I went to see the brilliant theatre production Hamilton in London. The cast perform eight shows a week and tickets are sold out months in advance within hours...

Petra Wilton, director of strategy for the Chartered Management InstituteAnn Francke, chief executive of the Chartered Management Institute

Apprenticeship and Levy Statistics: June…

Jun 14, 2018 / FE Voices

This morning new figures from the Department for Education reveal that the number of apprenticeship starts have fallen significantly, once again, which brings the effectiveness of the new apprenticeship levy...

Stephen Lambert, Director of Education4Democracy.

The Employment Guarantee Bill: YOUTH UNE…

Jun 13, 2018 / FE Voices

Stephen Lambert calls for a state funded blue-print to abolish long-term joblessness in Post-Brexit North. YOUTH unemployment is still a major problem both at home and abroad. Four in 10 of...

Andy Durman is Managing Director of the Labour Market Insight specialists, Emsi UK.

People Power: Does the UK Economy Have t…

Jun 13, 2018 / FE Voices

We have teamed up with City & Guilds to produce a report looking into the issue of current and projected skills gaps in the UK. The report – People Power:...

Mark Dawe discusses SME's and Apprenticeships

Podcast 4 with Mark Dawe discussing SME…

Jun 12, 2018 / Podcasts

This is part 4 of our series of podcasts with Mark Dawe, Chief Executive of the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP). In this episode, we chat about SME’s...

Charlynne Pullen, Head of Data and Evaluation, the Education and Training Foundation (ETF)

Why does FE workforce data matter?

Jun 11, 2018 / FE Voices

Staff Individualised Records (SIR) data is collected by the Education and Training Foundation (ETF) on an annual basis from all types of provider across the FE and training sector. Data...

House of Lord’s Economic Affairs Committ…

Jun 11, 2018 / FE Voices

The Lord’s Economic Affairs Committee report, published today (11 Jun), "Inquiry into the Economics of Higher, Further and Technical Education" will make for some challenging reading in government.  But beneath...

Education Secretary Damian Hinds

Funding for governor and trustee trainin…

Jun 11, 2018 / FE Voices

Damian Hinds speech at National Governance Association conference (9 Jun), where he sets out plans to boost training for governors and strengthen accountability of academies: I want to begin with a huge...

Universities Minister Sam Gyimah

Delivering value for money in the age of…

Jun 07, 2018 / FE Voices

The Universities Minister calls for a better deal for students at the HEPI annual conference: Thank you Nick. It is a pleasure to be here today at HEPI’s annual conference. HEPI has...

Stephen Lambert, Director of Education4Democracy.

NORTH EAST COLLEGES ARE DOING WELL, BUT …

Jun 07, 2018 / FE Voices

Some colleges need to up their game if they’re to give young people the opportunities they deserve. STEPHEN LAMBERT says colleges and sixth forms can boost students’ grades – and get...

Julia Anne George

Why are CEOs so slow to promote gender b…

Jun 06, 2018 / FE Voices

Why most CEOs are failing to successfully gender balance their businesses The new millennium is already into its 18th year and yet the representation of women in top decision-making positions remains...

The Rt Hon John Hayes CBE MP, being granted a fellowship of the City and Guilds London Institute

MP John Hayes granted Fellowship of the …

Jun 06, 2018 / FE Voices

Local MP, The Rt Hon John Hayes CBE MP, has been granted a fellowship of the City and Guilds London Institute for his ‘outstanding contribution to the field of education.’ To...

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

Keeping the plates spinning over the Whi…

Jun 05, 2018 / FE Voices

Before the Whitson holiday, I was (like most of my colleagues) exhausted, and when I walked around the College I could see the strain on the faces of staff. The...

Mark Dawe on 20% off the job

Podcast no.3 with AELP's Mark Dawe discu…

Jun 04, 2018 / Podcasts

Here is podcast number 3 that we recorded with Mark Dawe, Chief Executive of the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP). This episode Mark chats about 20% off the...

EPA qualifications: How will they help?

Jun 04, 2018 / FE Voices

Demand for End Point Assessors Much has been written about the new arrangements for assessing apprentices and how different this is, with “new skills” needed. With large numbers of apprenticeship schemes already...

Stephen Spriggs, Managing Director, William Clarence Education

University League Tables - Notoriously s…

May 31, 2018 / FE Voices

The Guardian’s university league tables are out and the headline news is that Nottingham Trent University has overtaken Nottingham University, “a member of the elite Russell Group” in the ranks. I...

Kate Temple-Brown, Strategic Consultant, Temple Brown Consulting

How the Apprenticeship Levy can help the…

May 31, 2018 / FE Voices

The hospitality industry is facing many challenges and with Brexit on the horizon, things could be about to get even tougher. Strategic Consultant Kate Temple-Brown explains how the Apprenticeship Levy...

AELP's Mark Dawe podcast on Pre-Apprenticeships & Level 2

Podcast no.2 with AELP's Mark Dawe discu…

May 31, 2018 / Podcasts

Here is podcast number 2 that we recorded with Mark Dawe, Chief Executive of the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP). This episode Mark chats about pre-Apprenticeships and Level...

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How to attract the best students

May 31, 2018 / FE Voices

Eager to boost your sixth form or college application numbers? According to research by the Association of Colleges, there were 269 colleges in England, 26 colleges in Scotland, 14 colleges...

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