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SMALL BUSINESSES FEAR THE UK WILL GET ‘LEFT BEHIND’ IF THE GOVERNMENT DOESN’T ADDRESS SKILLS #LoveOurColleges
Over half (58%) of small to medium-sized businesses (SMEs) across the UK are warning that...
Matt Hancock is Proud to be Dyslexic #MadeByDyslexia
Matt Hancock's speech to the Made By Dyslexia global summit about the challenges he has...
#FEsavedME - Now I want to help do the same for others #CollegesWeek #LoveOurColleges
Changing lives is part of the day job at Stockton Riverside College. No one knows...
Headteacher has answer to new Ofsted requirements
The changes to Ofsted judgements and how to manage them ... Ofsted will launch a consultation...
5 ways to sustain productivity when the clocks go back
The shortening of daylight hours and lack of exposure to sunlight during the winter months...
SMALL BUSINESSES FEAR THE UK WILL GET ‘LEFT BEHIND’ IF THE GOVERNMENT DOESN’T ADDRESS SKILLS #LoveOurColleges
SMALL BUSINESSES FEAR THE UK WILL GET ‘LEFT BE...
Matt Hancock is Proud to be Dyslexic #MadeByDyslexia
Matt Hancock is Proud to be Dyslexic #MadeByDy...
#FEsavedME - Now I want to help do the same for others #CollegesWeek #LoveOurColleges
#FEsavedME - Now I want to help do the same fo...
Headteacher has answer to new Ofsted requirements
Headteacher has answer to new Ofsted requireme...
5 ways to sustain productivity when the clocks go back
5 ways to sustain productivity when the clocks...

 

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SMALL BUSINESSES FEAR THE UK WILL GET ‘L…

Oct 17, 2018 / FE Voices

Over half (58%) of small to medium-sized businesses (SMEs) across the UK are warning that the country risks being ‘left behind’ if the Government doesn’t address skills gaps through education...

Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care

Matt Hancock is Proud to be Dyslexic #Ma…

Oct 16, 2018 / FE Voices

Matt Hancock's speech to the Made By Dyslexia global summit about the challenges he has faced and the great benefits he has gained from being dyslexic: My name’s Matt Hancock, I’m...

Lesley Graham, Principal, Stockton Riverside College

#FEsavedME - Now I want to help do the s…

Oct 16, 2018 / FE Voices

Changing lives is part of the day job at Stockton Riverside College. No one knows that more than their newly appointed Campus Principal Lesley Graham. As a former stay at home...

Headteacher has answer to new Ofsted req…

Oct 16, 2018 / FE Voices

The changes to Ofsted judgements and how to manage them ... Ofsted will launch a consultation on the new set of inspection categories in a new framework in January, in the...

5 ways to sustain productivity when the …

Oct 16, 2018 / FE Voices

The shortening of daylight hours and lack of exposure to sunlight during the winter months can cause us to feel down and less able to cope. Not only do our immune...

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

Time to fight for the sustainability of …

Oct 16, 2018 / FE Voices

The recent decision from Government not to increase finance support for the Further Education sector is a damning indictment on all we do for young people and adults. Some commentators may...

From The Classroom to the Boardroom: How…

Oct 15, 2018 / FE Voices

The lack of gender diversity is present in all aspect of our society with a big focus in the work environment, however, is not the only place where it can...

5 Trends that will drive Digital Transfo…

Oct 15, 2018 / FE Voices

Digital transformation (also known as DT) describes the application of digital technologies to business processes, assets and products. Businesses can benefit greatly from Digital Transformation as it is one of the...

Paul McKean, Head of FE and Skills, Jisc

Driving Digital Strategy: calling for Go…

Oct 15, 2018 / FE Voices

The UK has both a precocious capability and critical mass in EdTech. Global EdTech market is predicted to reach £243.8bn by 2022 and the UK is home to some of the...

FE Soundbite 465

It's all kicked off now! FE Soundbite 46…

Oct 13, 2018 / FE Voices

It is with great sadness that we heard that 3aaa is no more... That is a lot of specialists within the sector, learners and employers who have had a very worrying...

3aaa go into receivership after ESFA ter…

Oct 11, 2018 / FE Voices

Aspire Achieve Advance 3aaa apprenticeship training provider termination of contracts. In conjunction with recent investigations, ESFA have issued notices to terminate contracts with 3aaa. The notices will bring the contracts to...

If you’re delivering standards like fram…

Oct 11, 2018 / FE Voices

Many providers are still struggling to deliver apprenticeship standards effectively.   The problem is, they’re trying to deliver them like frameworks. Unlike frameworks, the new standards focus on learning rather than assessment, and the KSBs have to be evidenced and recorded...

Ruchi Nandita, Consultant at WHISHWORKS

Escaping the Digital Maze: APIs Lead the…

Oct 11, 2018 / FE Voices

In the past decade, higher education institutions have invested heavily in modern information systems to provide new and innovative digital experiences for their students, lecturers, administrators, and other stakeholders. But as...

UTCs: are they delivering for young peop…

Oct 11, 2018 / FE Voices

A new report published today (11 Oct) by the Education Policy Institute (EPI) undertakes a detailed analysis of the provision and performance of University Technical Colleges (UTC), before examining whether UTCs are...

UK companies can't afford to ignore ment…

Oct 10, 2018 / FE Voices

Greg Clark, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, urges mental health awareness in the workplace this World Mental Health Day. Look under the bonnet of any thriving company...

David Price, CEO & wellbeing expert, Health Assured

Tackling loneliness in the workplace

Oct 09, 2018 / FE Voices

Are your employees lonely? Loneliness has been described as a looming public health concern in the UK. A report by the British Red Cross and Co-op revealed over 9 million people...

Anne Milton, Apprenticeships and Skills Minister

National Apprenticeship Service to focus…

Oct 08, 2018 / FE Voices

Today, Monday 8 October, the Education Select Committee published its report on the quality and effectiveness of apprenticeships and the training providers delivering them.  Over the next two years, the National...

Gordon Marsden, Shadow Skills Minister

Select Committee highlights many failing…

Oct 08, 2018 / FE Voices

Commenting on the Education Select Committee's Apprenticeship Report, Shadow Skills Minister Gordon Marsden has said: With this wideranging and penetrating Report on the Government's record, the Select Committee has highlighted many of...

New College Stamford Supports Colleges W…

Oct 08, 2018 / FE Voices

Further Education Colleges are an essential part of the education system. New College Stamford is one of 266 colleges in England educating 600,000 16-19 year olds, 300,000 apprentices, 1.4 million adult...

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

Setting funding bands so low they reduce…

Oct 08, 2018 / FE Voices

Government should adopt MPs’ recommendations on the apprenticeship reforms without delay. The recommendations in the Education Committee’s report, expertly steered by Robert Halfon MP, are to be warmly welcomed and the...

Rt Hon Robert Halfon MP, Chair of the Education Committee

Both Government and the IFA should make …

Oct 08, 2018 / FE Voices

The Education Committee published its Sixth Report of Session 2017-19, The apprenticeships ladder of opportunity: quality not quantity today (8 Oct). Examining both the quality of current apprenticeship provision and the effectiveness...

Julian Gravatt, Deputy Chief Executive of the Association of Colleges

Making apprenticeships accessible for al…

Oct 08, 2018 / FE Voices

Today's (8 Oct) new report by the Education Committee raises a lot of interesting and valid points, however, more needs to be done. Extending the amount of time levy paying employers...

Smarter working practices through using …

Oct 05, 2018 / FE Voices

Employment and labour market: ONS has today published its latest productivity figures. They show that in Quarter 2, 2018, UK labour productivity grew by 1.4% compared with Quarter 2 2017, however productivity...

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Hammond releases the purse strings... a …

Oct 05, 2018 / FE Voices

You couldn't escape the Tory Party Conference in the news today. It appears my old MP Geoffrey Cox nearly stole the show, but there was plenty of exciting outcomes for...

The West Midlands Levy Network Group

This Levy game's been a learning curve f…

Oct 05, 2018 / FE Voices

West Midlands Local Authorities come together to tackle the Apprenticeship Levy. Eleven local Councils have joined forces to tackle and navigate their way through the Apprenticeship Levy and it is proving...

Mark Trewin, Director of Creative, Digital & Science Industries, City College Plymouth

Empowering Businesses’ Digital Transform…

Oct 04, 2018 / FE Voices

Tech Nation 2018 reports that the tech industry is expanding 2.6 times faster than the rest of the UK economy. Digital transcends traditional industry boundaries; pervading all sectors from business to...

The Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP

Sector Response: Extra £90M in funding a…

Oct 03, 2018 / FE Voices

The government has announced a package of reforms to ensure the Apprenticeship Levy provides people with the skills they need to succeed.  In his speech at the Conservative Party Conference on...

David Hughes, Chief Executive, Association of Colleges

COLLEGES RESPOND CAUTIOUSLY TO THE SECRE…

Oct 02, 2018 / FE Voices

Association of Colleges is the national voice for further education, sixth form, tertiary and specialist colleges in England. We represent almost 95% of colleges – our members educate and train...

Education Secretary Damian Hinds

£38 million being made available to firs…

Oct 02, 2018 / FE Voices

Education Secretary Damian Hinds has today (2 October) announced a series of new education and skills measures to make sure every child has access to a world-class education at every stage...

Charlie Mullins OBE, Founder of Pimlico Plumbers

An Apprenticeship Shake Up with No Bubbl…

Oct 02, 2018 / FE Voices

For months now, Brexit has been soaking up all the political oxygen in the UK, so, you can imagine my excitement when I saw “Apprenticeship Levy Shake-up”, flash up in...

John Green, operations director at System Group

Blazing a trail for young people through…

Oct 01, 2018 / FE Voices

As hundreds of thousands of young people continue to ponder their next move post A Levels, national training provider System Group is urging many to consider new apprenticeships like the...

Not for them: Why aren’t teenagers apply…

Sep 28, 2018 / FE Voices

Apprenticeships should be available through UCAS-style application system, sixth-formers say: A new study, by education marketing consultancy GK and Partners, claims three-quarters (75%) of sixth-formers would consider an apprenticeship more seriously if degree...

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Egeszsegere EuroSkills - FE Soundbite 46…

Sep 28, 2018 / FE Voices

We hope you had a great week. Team UK are away in Budapest, Hungary for EuroSkills... so we wish the Team all the best. We hope to toast “Egeszsegere” to the...

Online learning bolsters chances of prom…

Sep 27, 2018 / FE Voices

FutureLearn, the online social learning platform owned by The Open University, has today published new research revealing that employees’ chances of promotion and securing a new role are enhanced by...

Clare Armstrong, employment lawyer at Slater and Gordon

One in four women still have a #Weinstei…

Sep 27, 2018 / FE Voices

…with more than a third experiencing sexual harassment in the last 12 months, study shows. A year after the Harvey Weinstein scandal broke, a new study has found that more than...

Annika Fagerstrom, Head of Consumer Products, Epson UK

Students struggle to fulfil potential as…

Sep 26, 2018 / FE Voices

  As students prepare to embark on university life, new research commissioned by Epson for its EcoTank printer range has revealed that two thirds (66%) of 18-19 year olds will find...

John Cope, CBI Head of Education and Skills

Education is the number one driver of pr…

Sep 24, 2018 / FE Voices

Shadow Education Secretary Angela Rayner has announced plans for a Labour government to save cash strapped schools over half a billion pounds a year through a major shake-up of the...

Is Technology Affecting your Mental Heal…

Sep 24, 2018 / FE Voices

  Tech-free tourism: the rise of digital detox holidays For years, experts in science and mental health have warned about the damaging effects of too much screen time. But how harmful are...

David Price, CEO & wellbeing expert, Health Assured

Five ways to keep your employee’s spirit…

Sep 24, 2018 / FE Voices

During autumn the seasonal shift away from summer and the arrival of colder weather can leave employees feeling unmotivated. To avoid the seasonal change having a detrimental impact on your business...

FE Soundbite 462

More Funding Cuts! - FE Soundbite 462

Sep 21, 2018 / FE Voices

We hope you had a great week. Funding took centre stage again: Severe squeeze on further education and sixth-form funding in England Congrats to Ann Gravells, we re-published an article...

Universities minister Sam Gyimah

Further education students are shunning …

Sep 20, 2018 / FE Voices

A survey of more than 37,000 students (14,292 from further education) shows more than two thirds of further education (FE) students are turning to each other and their lecturers for...

Jisc’s chief executive Paul Feldman

National learning analytics service seek…

Sep 20, 2018 / FE Voices

The world’s first national learning analytics service has been launched for the UK’s further and higher education sectors (FE and HE). It has the potential to transform students’ learning experience, support their...

Cybersecurity advice for the Education s…

Sep 19, 2018 / FE Voices

The education sector has the highest rate of ransomware of all industries and the compliance environment is becoming more complex by the day. IT organizations are constantly having to adapt to new digital...

MAC recommendations will lead to crippli…

Sep 18, 2018 / FE Voices

Universities UK has responded to the report from the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) looking at the impact of migration from the European Economic Area (EEA). The MAC took evidence from a...

Ofsted's Chief Inspector, Amanda Spielman

Knowledge or Skills: What is the real su…

Sep 18, 2018 / FE Voices

Ofsted's Chief Inspector, Amanda Spielman, discusses findings from recent curriculum research, curriculum design and the new education inspection framework: What do we understand to be the real substance of education? That was...

What Has STEM Ever Done For Me?

Sep 18, 2018 / FE Voices

STEM, four little letters that stand for big subjects: science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Careers within STEM account for 20% of the UK’s total workforce, employing close to 5.8 million...

Severe squeeze on further education and …

Sep 17, 2018 / FE Voices

Funding for 16- to 18-year-olds and for general further education has been cut much more sharply than funding for schools, pre-school or higher education. Since 2010–11, funding per student aged 16–18...

Sir Anthony Seldon, Vice-Chancellor, University of Buckingham

Will Oxford University become redundant …

Sep 14, 2018 / FE Voices

The death of exams, the end of the lecture hall, will Oxford University become redundant and will universities still exist in the future? – the massive impact of AI in...

Staff or students often responsible for …

Sep 14, 2018 / FE Voices

Earlier this year, the FE and HE technology solutions not-for-profit, Jisc, conducted a  survey of its members to find out their attitudes towards cyber security, which found that colleges are over-estimating...

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New FE Careers & Apprenticeship Job …

Sep 14, 2018 / FE Voices

Well the biggest news this week for us internally at FE News, was that we launched the new FE Careers and Apprenticeship Job Search to celebrate our 15th anniversary. Have...

Apprenticeship Starts and levy statistic…

Sep 13, 2018 / FE Voices

Statistics covering latest monthly apprenticeship starts, apprenticeship service registrations and commitments, and apprenticeship levy information. There have been 341,700 apprenticeship starts reported to date between August 2017 and June 2018 for...

Expert insight on End-Point Assessment

Sep 12, 2018 / FE Voices

Prepare to Achieve were delighted to provide this month’s “Expert Insight” for the Skills for Care Registered Managers bulletin. You can find our contribution below: Sandra Evans, CEO of Prepare to...

Gavin O’Meara, CEO of FE Careers

FE Careers launch Apprenticeship Job Sea…

Sep 12, 2018 / FE Voices

To celebrate their 15th Anniversary as a specialist job advertising site in Further Education, Work Based Learning and Employability, FE Careers launched an additional job board for Apprenticeship and Work...

Backstage passes for major music festiva…

Sep 12, 2018 / FE Voices

Being part of the National Skills Academy, offers many opportunities, including the chance to give students hands-on industry experience. Rob West, Programme Director at Creative & Cultural Skills, went along...

The Engineering Professors’ Council call…

Sep 10, 2018 / FE Voices

Today, Monday 10 September, The Engineering Professors’ Council published a report, which calls for changes to degree apprenticeships. Degree apprenticeships have grown in popularity but that university professors claim that that...

FE Soundbite 457

Celebrating September - FE Soundbite 460

Sep 07, 2018 / FE Voices

I hope you had a great week. I have just returned from an amazing All Inclusive Holiday, problem is... I have been hitting the gym for six months to try...

Annika Fagerstrom, Head of Consumer Products, Epson UK

Over a fifth of freelancers have suicida…

Sep 06, 2018 / FE Voices

One can be the loneliest number — many UK freelancers feel lonely and isolated following leap to self-employment. A new Epson EcoTank survey reveals both sides of freelance life; many highs...

Should the Education Sector Be Doing Mor…

Sep 05, 2018 / FE Voices

As recent statistics show that teaching applications have dropped by 15%, it begs the question, should the education sector be doing more for learners in CPD? CPD (Continuing Professional Development) has...

Carole Carson, CEO, Babington

Businesses need to do more to help disad…

Sep 05, 2018 / FE Voices

Apprenticeships help people from disadvantaged backgrounds break into their career of choice without the upfront costs, but businesses need to be offering more apprenticeships to improve social mobility, says Babington...

Jamil Khalil, CEO, Wakelet

Innovative content curation tool helps t…

Sep 05, 2018 / FE Voices

A recent YouGov survey by an education charity revealed that 75 per cent of UK teachers are reporting symptoms of stress. It is common knowledge that teacher workloads are on...

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