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Apprenticeships for existing staff - what are the considerations?
Although apprenticeship starts are down, the apprenticeship levy is now driving a wider variety of...
Major New Report on the STEM Skills Shortage
We often hear from the Government, media and employer groups that Britain faces a shortage...
Anne Milton’s speech for The Sixth Form Colleges Association’s Winter Conference
Minister Milton’s speech for The Sixth Form Colleges Association’s Winter Conference:   Thank you Bill for that...
Changes to education inspection framework: Sector Response
Commenting on the launch of Ofsted’s consultation today (16 Jan) on how it inspects schools, early...
How the new train driver apprenticeship is steaming ahead
Trailblazer, Kirsty Derry, HR Director of East Midlands Trains tells us why the launch of...
Apprenticeships for existing staff - what are the considerations?
Apprenticeships for existing staff - what are ...
Major New Report on the STEM Skills Shortage
Major New Report on the STEM Skills Shortage
Anne Milton’s speech for The Sixth Form Colleges Association’s Winter Conference
Anne Milton’s speech for The Sixth Form Colleg...
Changes to education inspection framework: Sector Response
Changes to education inspection framework: Sec...
How the new train driver apprenticeship is steaming ahead
How the new train driver apprenticeship is ste...

 

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Wendy Wilkinson, Associate, Strategic Development Network (SDN)

Apprenticeships for existing staff - wha…

Jan 17, 2019 / FE Voices

Although apprenticeship starts are down, the apprenticeship levy is now driving a wider variety of employers to get involved with apprenticeships with many looking to upskill existing staff rather than...

Rob Slane, Head of Marketing, EMSI UK

Major New Report on the STEM Skills Shor…

Jan 17, 2019 / FE Voices

We often hear from the Government, media and employer groups that Britain faces a shortage in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) skills. However, what we rarely hear are specific details...

Anne Milton, Minister of State for Apprenticeships and Skills

Anne Milton’s speech for The Sixth Form …

Jan 16, 2019 / FE Voices

Minister Milton’s speech for The Sixth Form Colleges Association’s Winter Conference:   Thank you Bill for that kind introduction and for inviting me back this year to speak to you all. This is...

Changes to education inspection framewor…

Jan 16, 2019 / FE Voices

Commenting on the launch of Ofsted’s consultation today (16 Jan) on how it inspects schools, early years settings and further education and skills providers: Dr Mary Bousted, Joint General Secretary of the...

Kirsty Derry, HR Director of East Midlands Trains

How the new train driver apprenticeship …

Jan 15, 2019 / FE Voices

Trailblazer, Kirsty Derry, HR Director of East Midlands Trains tells us why the launch of the new Train Driver apprenticeship has put the industry on the right track: What will a...

Creating the Construction Workforce of T…

Jan 15, 2019 / FE Voices

Construction is a vital contributor to the regional economy. And it’s set to increase in importance with a number of projects either in development or planned. The Hinkley Point C nuclear power...

Steve Nash, Chief Executive, Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI)

3m New Apprenticeships By 2020 Unrealist…

Jan 11, 2019 / FE Voices

With the news that the target of creating 3m new apprenticeships by 2020 is now unrealistic - the professional body for the motor industry, Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI)...

How will #Brexit Impact Further and High…

Jan 11, 2019 / FE Voices

As the UK stands on the verge of an agreement on the withdrawal from the European Union (EU), or a no-deal situation, what impact is going to be felt by...

#GrowingTalent - Employers want greater …

Jan 11, 2019 / FE Voices

According to new research published today (10 Jan) by City & Guilds Group, "Flex for success?" an overwhelming 92% of levy-paying employers want to see greater flexibility in how they...

POOR NHS PROVISION IS FAILING YOUNG PEOP…

Jan 11, 2019 / FE Voices

Getting the right workforce in place is the biggest barrier to the government’s ambitions for children and young people’s mental health services. Most young people with a mental health condition do...

The Baker clause: One year on - Sector R…

Jan 10, 2019 / FE Voices

In recent years, there has been an increasing focus on the need to improve the technical education system in England. Successive governments have recognised the importance of a high-quality technical route...

Using one-to-one tuition to improve educ…

Jan 10, 2019 / FE Voices

Drawing on her experience as a Love to Read tutor – a reading intervention programme devised by education recruitment specialists Supply Desk – Teaching Assistant Lucy Keeling discusses the key...

Vocational Education is Key to Filling R…

Jan 09, 2019 / FE Voices

The UK has had a problem with skills shortage for a while now. Every region is facing the task of tackling its own skills gaps across a variety of sectors. Eastern...

Damian Burdin, Chief Executive at Progress to Excellence Ltd

The Final Step of the #Apprenticeship Jo…

Jan 08, 2019 / FE Voices

ONE of the biggest changes facing employers committed to the apprenticeship scheme is the way their apprentices now complete their qualifications.  Apprentices who complete an apprenticeship standard will now also have...

Charlie Mullins OBE, Founder of Pimlico Plumbers

Brexit Not Only Threatens Universities, …

Jan 07, 2019 / FE Voices

I’ve always said Universities are businesses; and just as businesses around the UK will undoubtedly collapse under Brexit, so too will Universities. The warnings issued to MP’s last week from University...

Hema Tank, Associate Dean at The London Institute of Banking & Finance

What does 2019 hold for apprenticeships?

Jan 07, 2019 / FE Voices

It’s fair to say that the new apprenticeship programmes, supported by the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy, haven’t been without controversy – with, initially, low take up and then recent...

Why choosing an apprenticeship is by far…

Jan 07, 2019 / FE Voices

With over 400,000 apprenticeship starts across England in 2018, it is clear to see why many young adults are now choosing an apprenticeship over university. Midlands training provider, CT Skills...

Mark Pinches, Head of Coaching, Westfield Health

5 Stress Busters to Get Through the New …

Jan 05, 2019 / FE Voices

The New Year, and a new term, is a great time for resolutions and fresh starts, though many struggle to stick to pledges and find themselves reaching for a glass...

From big data to tech collaboration: 5 T…

Jan 04, 2019 / FE Voices

From big data to tech collaboration: the small business trends that will dominate 2019 Looking forward to the year ahead is exciting - albeit slightly daunting - thanks to all the...

Aftab Hussain, Strategic ILT Lead, Bolton College

The Evolution of the Campus Chatbot

Jan 03, 2019 / FE Voices

Bolton College's Ada chatbot has been supporting students since April 2017. With the support of IBM's Watson Assistant platform and the College's business intelligence and software application layers the chatbot can...

Stephen Spriggs, Managing Director, William Clarence Education

Minimising Worthless Degrees By Restrict…

Dec 27, 2018 / FE Voices

A new year is bringing radical new changes to the higher education sector and ones that could see a complete overhaul of the current perception that university should be available...

Apprenticeship Routes to a Career in Law

Dec 26, 2018 / FE Voices

For those eager for an exciting life, a career in law is a perfect profession. You never have a dull moment and at the end of day, you’ll go home...

How to avoid the January blues

Dec 23, 2018 / FE Voices

Christmas may be on everyone’s radar now, but before we know it January will soon be here. Winter can have a huge impact on the mental health and wellbeing of...

Eileen Milner, Chief Executive, ESFA

ESFA Vow to Strengthen RoATP and Establi…

Dec 21, 2018 / FE Voices

Christmas and New Year message from Eileen Milner: This is my second year as Chief Executive and I continue to be amazed by the dedication of our staff and service providers...

5 Ways To Avoid The Dangers of Implicit …

Dec 21, 2018 / FE Voices

The introduction of the Equality Act 2010 sought to prevent discrimination on the grounds of age, disability, gender, sexual orientation, race or religion in the workplace, but, despite this, problems...

Mick Fletcher, FE Consultant and Director of RCU

Don’t worry about parity of esteem: Este…

Dec 21, 2018 / FE Voices

NCFE and the Campaign for Learning consider the future of post-18 education, in their recent volume of opinion pieces: 'The post-18 review of education and funding: a review of a lifetime' , Mick Fletcher...

The strength of apprenticeship programme…

Dec 20, 2018 / FE Voices

Every month, more than 23,000 apprenticeship vacancies are advertised, with 2016-2017 seeing a record high in apprenticeship participation. The academic year saw a sign-up growth of 14.5% compared to the previous...

Mark Corney, Post-16 Policy Consultant and Director of MC Consultancy

Fair funding needed for post-18 educatio…

Dec 20, 2018 / FE Voices

NCFE and the Campaign for Learning consider the future of post-18 education, in their recent volume of opinion pieces: 'The post-18 review of education and funding: a review of a lifetime' , where Mark Corney...

The Rise of Apprenticeships as a Route t…

Dec 20, 2018 / FE Voices

For many of us, university is the only thought process we have. However, alongside a continuous rise in tuition fees, many students are turning their back on further education. Applications...

Changes to the immigration system means …

Dec 19, 2018 / FE Voices

The UK's future skills-based immigration system. The Home Secretary published the future skills-based immigration system white paper today (19 Dec) setting out the government's plans to introduce a new single immigration system, ending...

Skills shortage and community health at …

Dec 19, 2018 / FE Voices

It’s become rare for a day to pass without a story about the NHS appearing in the news. And, among the most regularly occurring subjects is the shortage of trained staff...

Stewart Segal, Chief Executive, Aegis

More Apprenticeships for Young People an…

Dec 19, 2018 / FE Voices

NCFE and the Campaign for Learning consider the future of post-18 education, in their recent volume of opinion pieces: 'The post-18 review of education and funding: a review of a lifetime' , where Stewart Segal...

Carole Loader, Director, Mesma

Ofsted’s Early Monitoring Visits Show Po…

Dec 18, 2018 / FE Voices

Analysis of Ofsted’s early monitoring visits to employers, independent training providers and universities by online quality assurance specialist Mesma has revealed some positive impacts.  The news comes as Ofsted says that...

Dr Susan Pember, Director of Policy at HOLEX

Put adult learners - and future learners…

Dec 18, 2018 / FE Voices

NCFE and the Campaign for Learning consider the future of post-18 education, in their recent volume of opinion pieces: 'The post-18 review of education and funding: a review of a lifetime' , where Susan Pember...

David Allison, CEO, TheTalentPeople and GetMyFirstJob

Trends in Emerging Talent #FutureOfEmplo…

Dec 18, 2018 / FE Voices

Recruitment in Emerging Talent is an ever-changing field. For many years, it has been dominated by apprenticeships and the graduate market – both with their own idiosyncrasies. In recent years...

New legislation to upgrade workers’ righ…

Dec 17, 2018 / FE Voices

Largest upgrade in a generation to workplace rights - getting work right for British workers and businesses. New legislation to upgrade workers’ rights introduced today (17 Dec) - including a day...

Improving the recording of student loans…

Dec 17, 2018 / FE Voices

Accounting for student loans: How we are improving the recording of student loans in government accounts. The ONS today announced its decision on how it will treat student tuition fee and...

Jeanne MacDonald, Global Co-Operating Executive and President of Global Talent Solutions for Korn Ferry’s RPO and Professional Search Business.

Korn Ferry identifies emerging Global Ta…

Dec 17, 2018 / FE Voices

Korn Ferry has released its annual top 10 predictions for HR and talent in 2019. With the current skills shortage and low unemployment rates, it’s never been more important for...

John Widdowson, Principal, New College Durham

What About Adults? Too Many Lack the Ski…

Dec 17, 2018 / FE Voices

NCFE and the Campaign for Learning consider the future of post-18 education, in their recent volume of opinion pieces: 'The post-18 review of education and funding: a review of a lifetime' , where John Widdowson's...

Nikki Flanders, Chief Operating Officer, Opus Energy

How Entrepreneurs can keep a grip on the…

Dec 16, 2018 / FE Voices

Running a business is no small feat. Often, one person is responsible for the business’ strategy and success – which can be a lot of pressure to bear. This can sometimes...

Mary Curnock Cook, Council Member, Open University

Time to disrupt the three-year residenti…

Dec 14, 2018 / FE Voices

As UCAS announce a record proportion of English and Scottish 18 year olds being accepted into university, we look at claims by Mary Curnock Cook that it is time to disrupt...

John Kerr, Operations Director, Develop Training Limited

Apprenticeships Are The Answer To Fallin…

Dec 14, 2018 / FE Voices

Develop Training Limited (DTL), a leading provider to the utilities and construction sector, says apprenticeships can meet many of the challenges thrown up by falling university numbers: Many commentators have blamed...

Alison Morris, Director of Sector Development at the Education and Training Foundation

Continuing the development of the Taking…

Dec 13, 2018 / FE Voices

Alison Morris, Director of Sector Development at the Education and Training Foundation, outlines how Taking Teaching Further, a Department for Education-funded initiative, has started to boost the FE and Training...

Michael Lemin, Policy and Research Manager for NCFE and Julia Wright, National Director at Campaign for Learning.

The Augar Review and the Levy Review are…

Dec 13, 2018 / FE Voices

NCFE and the Campaign for Learning believe the Review of Post-18 Education and Funding in England by the government represents a review of a lifetime. We are delighted, therefore, to publish...

Damian Burdin, Chief Executive, Progress to Excellence Ltd

Breaking down barriers to create an agil…

Dec 12, 2018 / FE Voices

Chief Executive of Progress to Excellence Ltd, Damian Burdin, urges employers to embrace apprenticeships - along with the Apprenticeship Levy - as a means of breaking down barriers to create...

Philip Blaker, Chief Executive, Qualifications Wales

Skills Priorities and Challenges in Wale…

Dec 10, 2018 / Podcasts

This week for Skills World, Tom Bewick is joined by Philip Blaker, Chief Executive, Qualifications Wales, to discuss the current skills priorities and challenges in Wales. What are the key priorities for...

David Price, CEO & wellbeing expert, Health Assured

Five wellbeing trends businesses should …

Dec 09, 2018 / FE Voices

It’s that time of year when everyone is starting to make their New Year’s resolutions. Most of the time these resolutions tend to focus on improved health and wellbeing. Promoting good health...

Apprenticeship and levy statistics: Nove…

Dec 07, 2018 / FE Voices

There were 375,800 apprenticeship starts reported for the 2017/18 academic year, compared with 494,900 in 2016/17 and 509,400 in 2015/16, a decrease of 24.1 and 26.2 per cent respectively. Of...

Why the new maritime apprenticeships are…

Dec 07, 2018 / FE Voices

The maritime industry has launched a new set of apprenticeships with roles on ships and in ports. The three new apprenticeships for ports are Marine Pilot who helps to navigate ships;...

We need to ‘fix’ Britain’s productivity …

Dec 07, 2018 / FE Voices

Britain must drop its ‘snobby’ attitude to technical and vocational education or risk being left behind after Brexit, Education Secretary Damian Hinds will warn in a keynote speech to business...

New and Unique Initiative to Change the …

Dec 07, 2018 / FE Voices

AS BUSINESSES look to skill their workplace leaders of the future, we caught up with Matthew Knowles, Head of Operations at NILE management academy, to talk about this new and...

New developments will create ground-brea…

Dec 06, 2018 / FE Voices

You can’t stand still in the world of further education. The environment is constantly evolving, with cuts to funding, changes in priorities and the introduction of new qualifications keeping us constantly...

Ian Pretty, CEO, Collab Group

For the long-term success of the UK econ…

Dec 05, 2018 / FE Voices

Collab Group recently published a document setting out how we can collectively build an apprenticeship system that works for all. Britain is going through significant change and disruption. Industries are rapidly...

Joe Crossley, CEO, Qube Learning

The Growth of Higher and Degree Apprenti…

Dec 05, 2018 / FE Voices

Despite a general down turn in apprenticeship starts in England, as widely reported in the national press, higher and degree apprenticeship starts continue to rise. A House of Commons Briefing Paper...

Aftab Hussain, Strategic ILT Lead, Bolton College

Digital Assistants for Teachers

Dec 04, 2018 / FE Voices

If every teacher had access to a digital assistant what would it mean for the profession? I ask this question because at this juncture a number of technologies are beginning to...

Ofsted Chief Inspector, Amanda Spielman

Ofsted Chief Inspector launches her seco…

Dec 04, 2018 / FE Voices

This year's annual report finds the overall quality of education and care in England is improving, but more action is needed to support the children being left behind. Launching her second...

What does end-point assessment mean for …

Dec 04, 2018 / FE Voices

End-point assessment is a fundamental pillar of the apprenticeship reforms. It is different and high-stakes – but what does it mean for those preparing apprentices for it? SDN sets out some...

David Allison, CEO, GetMyFirstJob Limited

Five Reasons why 2019 will see a fight f…

Dec 04, 2018 / FE Voices

To say the current political situation is turbulent would be an understatement. Like many other organisations, we are finalising plans for next year and working through the many assumptions that...

Deborah Millar, Group Director of Digital Learning Technologies, Grimsby Institute Group

From exam factories to ‘quality educatio…

Dec 04, 2018 / FE Voices

Among teachers, Ofsted are regularly a target for criticism. But it feels like things have turned a corner, as chief inspector Amanda Spielman admitted that Ofsted inspection had added pressure...

Richard Holmes, Director of Wellbeing at Westfield Health

Teacher Burn Out: The detrimental impact…

Dec 03, 2018 / FE Voices

New research from the Society of Occupational Medicine, shows heavy workloads are having more of an emotional impact than exposure to human suffering and even in most extreme cases, death. The...

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