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A Brighter Future
Celebrating the best in English Apprenticeships Last week I had the great fortune of attending the...
Skills for the North: Devolving technical education to cities
IPPR NORTH CALLS FOR NEW BODY TO ADDRESS GROWING SKILLS GAP IN NORTH OF ENGLAND THE...
Extension to the initial teacher education, and assessment and quality assurance qualifications
The ETF has recently consulted with awarding organisations and initial teacher education (ITE) providers about...
New Year, New Opportunities?
I interviewed a candidate for a Lecturer in Health & Social Care this week. She...
Funding options for those wanting to gain new skills or change career
It is not uncommon to reach a point in our lives when we yearn for...
A Brighter Future
A Brighter Future
Skills for the North: Devolving technical education to cities
Skills for the North: Devolving technical educ...
Extension to the initial teacher education, and assessment and quality assurance qualifications
Extension to the initial teacher education, an...
New Year, New Opportunities?
New Year, New Opportunities?
Funding options for those wanting to gain new skills or change career
Funding options for those wanting to gain new ...

 

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Richard Marsh, Apprenticeship Partnership Director, Kaplan Financial UK

A Brighter Future

Jan 22, 2018 / FE Voices

Celebrating the best in English Apprenticeships Last week I had the great fortune of attending the 14th National Apprenticeship awards. It is always one of the highlights in the FE calendar and...

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Flashback Friday! 19th January

Jan 19, 2018 / FE Voices

Welcome to Flashback Friday 19th January, where we take a look back through time at the year: 2017: New framework from Skills for Health supports plans to “transform attitudes” to mental health  Click...

Skills for the North: Devolving technica…

Jan 18, 2018 / FE Voices

IPPR NORTH CALLS FOR NEW BODY TO ADDRESS GROWING SKILLS GAP IN NORTH OF ENGLAND THE North East of England is in the grip of an ‘’adult skills crisis’’ according to...

Ann Gravells, author and educational consultant.

Extension to the initial teacher educati…

Jan 18, 2018 / FE Voices

The ETF has recently consulted with awarding organisations and initial teacher education (ITE) providers about the need for a revision. In the absence of much negative feedback, they have passed a...

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

New Year, New Opportunities?

Jan 17, 2018 / FE Voices

I interviewed a candidate for a Lecturer in Health & Social Care this week. She had no teaching experience, a wealth of industrial experience but moreover a passion to engage...

Funding options for those wanting to gai…

Jan 17, 2018 / FE Voices

It is not uncommon to reach a point in our lives when we yearn for a fresh challenge, a new direction, a change in career. We may have worked in...

Anne Milton, Minister of State for Apprenticeships, Skills and Women

Anne Milton's keynote address at the Six…

Jan 17, 2018 / FE Voices

At the Sixth Form College Association conference today (17 Jan) Anne Milton, Minister of State for Apprenticeships, Skills and Women, is expected to say: Thank you Bill for that very kind introduction...

Suzie Webb, Director of Education and Development, AAT

Don’t just consider a degree as the only…

Jan 16, 2018 / FE Voices

We’re only days into 2018 but already a huge deadline is upon us those intending to leave school and college following the completion of their summer exams. Applications to university via...

Brunel University London’s Prof Mustafa Ozbilgin

Equal pay pushes up productivity

Jan 16, 2018 / FE Voices

Finding people in similar jobs are higher paid seriously shatters job satisfaction, wellbeing and productivity, with those in top jobs feeling the pain the most. That’s the message from a study...

Unionlearn Director Kevin Rowan

Unionlearn looks back on a busy 2017

Jan 15, 2018 / FE Voices

Throughout 2017 staff at unionlearn pulled out all the stops to make it one of its busiest years to date. The year was full of campaigns, events and the launch...

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Flashback Friday! 12th January

Jan 12, 2018 / FE Voices

Welcome to Flashback Friday 12th January, where we take a look back through time at the year: 2017: Government must do more to make apprenticeships work for business   by Emily Follis, Policy Manager...

Graham Guest, principal and chief executive of Telford College

Principal outlines vision for newly-merg…

Jan 10, 2018 / FE Voices

We are in exciting times for Telford and Shropshire. With new waves of investment bringing in hundreds of jobs, we have one of the fastest growing economies in the Midlands. But...

Sector Response to the Cabinet Reshuffl…

Jan 09, 2018 / FE Voices

Theresa May had a Cabinet Reshuffle yesterday with Damian Hinds taking over DfE when Justine Greening resigned and Esther McVey moved back into DWP. Damian Hinds was appointed Secretary of State...

Aileen Ponton, Chief Executive, SCQF Partnership

Promoting uptake of vocational education…

Jan 08, 2018 / FE Voices

Probably 90% of my time is spent trying to make sure that people understand the pathways, progression routes and the multitude of qualifications that we have and that they are...

Flashback Friday

Flashback Friday! 5th January

Jan 05, 2018 / FE Voices

Welcome to Flashback Friday 5th January, where we take a look back through time at the year: 2017: The coming of age of digital education Click here to see other articles by Future Learn by...

Priorities for youth training and employ…

Jan 04, 2018 / FE Voices

There is a kind of pendulum of attention amongst politicians. Sometimes we are very focused, in recent times we’ve been very focused on the college sector, in recent times we’ve...

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

Careers Guidance to no longer be educati…

Jan 03, 2018 / FE Voices

The government recently announced its new strategy for careers guidance and it seems as though this vital but neglected area of the education landscape may be finally receiving the attention...

Joe Crossley, CEO at Qube Learning

The Importance of Traineeships

Jan 02, 2018 / FE Voices

Traineeships have been around now since 2014 and are playing a pivotal part in supporting employers increase their workforce for the future, bringing in young individuals that need reassurance and...

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Flashback Friday! 29th December

Dec 29, 2017 / FE Voices

Welcome to Flashback Friday 29th December, where we take a look back through time at the year: 2016: Learning to be flexible in a year of change Click here to see other articles...

What can the education sector expect in …

Dec 27, 2017 / FE Voices

As 2017 draws to a close, Lisa Randall, head of education at RSM predicts some of the key themes for the education sector as we head into 2018. A technical approach The...

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

Ministerial Reply on the Non-levy Appren…

Dec 22, 2017 / FE Voices

AELP Members will be aware from AELP's Countdown and the sector press that following the outcome of the most recent non-levy ITT, AELP wrote to ministers calling for an urgent...

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

Bah, Humbug!

Dec 22, 2017 / FE Voices

Christmas is but days away, my local schools, academies and Universities are closed but irrespective the College continues to deliver teaching and learning! I never cease to be amazed by the...

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Flashback Friday! 22nd December

Dec 22, 2017 / FE Voices

Welcome to Flashback Friday 22nd December, where we take a look back through time at the year: 2016: Enabling Traineeships to Grow Click here to see recent articles by The AELP by Mark Dawe...

Louise Doyle, Director, MESMA

QUALITY ASSURANCE: HOW GOOD ARE YOU?

Dec 21, 2017 / FE Voices

In a shifting landscape, good practices allow education decision makers to stay in control while improving quality, balance and control. The value of self-assessment and improvement planning in the face of...

Matt Garvey, Managing Director at West Berkshire Training Consortium

Non Levy – the subcontractor silver lini…

Dec 20, 2017 / FE Voices

I’d imagine a straw poll of the recent ITT for Non Levy would reveal that most think it has been an ocean-going cock-up. However, there has been a silver lining...

Case Study – Getting hands-on with User …

Dec 20, 2017 / FE Voices

Anna and Will share their views and experiences of an intense 12-week course in User Experience Design (UX) at the digital marketing school in London, RED Academy. Whether they took...

STEM: time to ditch the acronym and focu…

Dec 19, 2017 / FE Voices

When I speak to students about their career plans and drop into conversation the acronym, STEM, I’m sometimes met with a blank stare. At school, teachers are working hard to...

A commercial take on adult and community…

Dec 18, 2017 / FE Voices

Jayne Wilcock, curriculum and data manager at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, explains why adult and community learning providers need to think like businesses to ensure their provision enhances the opportunities...

Sarah Newton Minister of State for Disabled People, Health and Work

Exclusive From Sarah Newton Minister of …

Dec 15, 2017 / FE Voices

During my first weeks as Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work, I’ve seen some of the excellent work underway to improve employment opportunities for disabled people. I continue to...

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Flashback Friday! 15th December

Dec 15, 2017 / FE Voices

Welcome to Flashback Friday 15th December, where we take a look back through time at the year: 2016: Using apprenticeships to empower the UK’s older workers Click here to see other articles by...

Education Secretary Justine Greening

Unlocking Talent, Fulfilling Potential, …

Dec 14, 2017 / FE Voices

Plan to boost social mobility through education An ambitious plan to provide opportunity on every young person’s doorstep and help make Britain a country fit for the future has been unveiled...

Rosie Ferguson, CEO, Gingerbread

Podcast with Gingerbread’s Rosie Ferguso…

Dec 14, 2017 / Podcasts

The FE News team chat with Gingerbread’s CEO Rosie Ferguson about best practice and engaging returns to work at the ERSA annual conference. Rosie explains that Gingerbread has a specialism in...

Amanda Spielman, OFSTED Chief Inspector

Sector Response to Amanda Spielman's fir…

Dec 13, 2017 / FE Voices

Following last week’s apprenticeship non-levy outcome and today’s reporting by Ofsted that 80% of independent providers are good or outstanding based on their most recent inspections, David Hughes, Chief Executive of...

Faye Thomas, Chief Operating Officer, Kennedy Scott

Podcast with Faye Thomas from Kennedy Sc…

Dec 13, 2017 / Podcasts

The FE News team catch up with Faye Thomas, Chief Operating Officer at Kennedy Scott about engaging vulnerable groups at the ERSA annual conference.  Faye chats about the Kennedy Scott methodology...

Scott Parkin, Chairman of the Institute of Employability Professionals (IEP)

Podcast with IEP's Scott Parkin on the A…

Dec 11, 2017 / Podcasts

We catch up with Scott Parkin, Chairman of the Institute of Employability Professionals (IEP) at the ERSA annual conference. We chat with Scott about the future needs for Advisers of...

Learning From England’s Apprenticeship E…

Dec 11, 2017 / FE Voices

President, Transatlantic Apprenticeship Exchange Forum (TAEF), Tom Bewick's presentation to the 3rd Annual Transatlantic Apprenticeship Exchange Forum 14th November 2017, Urban Institute, Washington D.C. It is a real pleasure to be...

Kate Markey, of Forward Trust

Podcast with Forward Trust's Kate Markey…

Dec 08, 2017 / Podcasts

The FE News team had a chat with Kate Markey, of Forward Trust (which was formerly RAPt and Blue Sky), about providing sustainable employment for prison leavers and clients in recovery...

The health and social care framework is …

Dec 08, 2017 / FE Voices

After almost 2 years of preparation, the big day is almost here.... It's time to turn off the old frameworks in favour of the new apprenticeship standards.   Two of the UK's most popular...

ERSA Chief Executive Kirsty McHugh

Podcast with ERSA's Kirsty McHugh

Dec 08, 2017 / Podcasts

We have a chat with ERSA Chief Executive Kirsty McHugh at the ERSA annual conference. Kirsty takes time out to chat about what is happening in the sector at the moment...

Flashback Friday

Flashback Friday! 8th December

Dec 08, 2017 / FE Voices

Welcome to Flashback Friday 8th December, where we take a look back through time at the year: 2016: What do the Pisa results mean? Click here to see other articles by Nick Isles by...

Michael Jacobs, Chair of the IPPR Commission on Economic Justice

Podcast with IPPR’s Michael Jacobs on al…

Dec 08, 2017 / Podcasts

We have a great chat with Michael Jacobs, Chair of the IPPR Commission on Economic Justice about alternate ways to increase productivity. Michael was a part of a panel at...

Apprenticeship levy will see revenues so…

Dec 06, 2017 / FE Voices

Survey of hundreds of business leaders reveals employers believe apprenticeship and training schemes will increase workforce productivity and revenues The government’s Apprenticeship Levy will be a boon to business rather than...

Dr Simon Western, Adjunct Professor University College Dublin, President ISPSO, CEO of Analytic-Network Coaching

What is your Leadership Symptom?

Dec 05, 2017 / FE Voices

An exciting new research initiative sponsored by FETL (Further Education Trust for Leadership) aims to answer the question, what is the FE sector’s ‘leadership symptom’ and then to respond to...

Anne Milton, Minister of State for Apprenticeships, Skills and Women at CDI

Skills Minister launches the New Careers…

Dec 04, 2017 / FE Voices

Tailored advice will be at the heart of a new Careers Strategy designed to make sure young people have the skills they need and employers want post-Brexit. Every school and college...

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

The Industrial strategy – a call to arms…

Dec 04, 2017 / FE Voices

It’s not every day one can say government has come up with a really interesting strategy document - nor less one which could potentially lead to the transformation of technical...

Ben Hughes is Vice Principal (Industry Engagement) at Pearson College London

Feedback Distortion

Dec 01, 2017 / FE Voices

I attended that most oxymoronic of events last week - a useful conference - on the subject of the National Student Survey. It was useful because it provided the opportunity...

Flashback Friday

Flashback Friday! 1st December

Dec 01, 2017 / FE Voices

Welcome to Flashback Friday 1st December, where we take a look back through time at the year: 2016: Why grades come second to work experience by Duncan Cheatle is founder & CEO of...

Education Secretary Justine Greening

Sector Response to first ever DfE Skills…

Nov 30, 2017 / FE Voices

The Summit will signal the start of a new partnership with business that will spread opportunity to more communities. Ahead of today’s Skills Summit, hosted by the Department for Education (DfE), David Hughes...

Dr Cathy Kerfoot, Standards and Frameworks Manager, QAA

Priorities for ensuring quality in degre…

Nov 30, 2017 / FE Voices

In terms of what QAA offers to support the quality assurance of apprentices and apprenticeships, our starting point is always the UK Quality Code for higher education, this is the...

Ian Pretty, CEO, Collab Group

The industrial strategy is ambitious—now…

Nov 29, 2017 / FE Voices

The publication of the Government’s Industrial Strategy white paper is a significant event.  The strategy, the first of its kind in a generation, articulates how business and government working in partnership...

Andy Durman, Managing Director, Labour Market Insight specialists, Emsi.

Offender Learning Reform and the Importa…

Nov 29, 2017 / FE Voices

With OLASS 5 set to kick off in Q1 of 2018, education and training providers involved in offender learning will shortly be looking to write their bids for the new...

Ofsted’s further education and skills Of…

Nov 28, 2017 / FE Voices

The official Ofsted further education and skills inspection outcome statistics for 2016/2017 have been released by Ofsted today. Between 1 September 2016 and 31 August 2017, 392 further education and...

Safaraz Ali, Managing Director, Pathway Group

Fall in apprenticeship starts

Nov 28, 2017 / FE Voices

NEWS of a dramatic fall in the number of people taking up apprenticeships is worrying but may overstate the problem. I am also confident that although the new apprenticeship levy has...

How apprenticeships are becoming an incr…

Nov 27, 2017 / FE Voices

By nurturing talent, cementing skillsets from scratch and providing apprentices with first-hand experience and training of a trade, apprentices bring benefits to both the apprentice and employer. The unique advantages...

New Industrial Strategy. Details on 'par…

Nov 27, 2017 / FE Voices

The Government's published a new 131 page Industrial Strategy White Paper today outlining their plans to increase productivity in the UK. The Industrial Strategy is based on five main themes or...

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Flashback Friday! 24th November

Nov 24, 2017 / FE Voices

Welcome to Flashback Friday 24th November, where we take a look back through time at the year: 2016: Sector Response to the Autumn Statement 2016 Click here to see other articles by FE...

Beej chats about Growth Mindset

Podcast with Beej on using the 'Growth M…

Nov 22, 2017 / Podcasts

We chat with Beej Kaczmarczyk Director at the Learning Curve group and founder of E-memoir about alternate ways of growing the sector and the 'Growth Mindset' model. The Growth Mindset model was...

Podcast with Alastair Campbell on mental…

Nov 21, 2017 / Podcasts

We chat with Alastair Campbell about mental health and well being for Leaders. Alastair who is a Time to Change Ambassador, which is a charity set up to end mental...

Reaching for the moon: pioneering appren…

Nov 21, 2017 / FE Voices

In November 2017, OneFile co-founder and director, Susanna Lawson, attended the Transatlantic Apprenticeship Exchange Forum in Washington, DC. Here are some insights from her trip. Last week I attended my third...

A view from the States: Noah and Emily s…

Nov 20, 2017 / Podcasts

We recorded two podcasts at the Association of Colleges (AoC) conference with J. Noah Brown, President and CEO of the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) in the USA and...

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