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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 evening for themselves and their families. It is a really tragic moment for the sector… Again.

If you are caught up in the aftermath of this tragedy, our thoughts and prayers go out to you. Everyone talks about the resilience of the sector… But when this affects you and your family personally, it is very different. If you are looking for a new role, please feel free to check out FE Careers and I am so sorry that you are caught up in this tragic situation.

Other news… That all happened on Thursday:

Ofsted have announced huge changes to their inspections. If you haven’t seen, please check it out here

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Also, there was a big EPI report on UTCs. Wherever you are at with UTCs it is an interesting read, I found it even more interesting what wasn’t highlighted in the epi report to what was in it. It was a bit like comparing apples to oranges in my own personal opinion. But there you go.

I hope you find Soundbite helpful this week.

Gavin O’Meara, CEO and Head of Digital, FE News and FE Careers

I hope you enjoy FE Soundbite this week… don’t forget to check out the new FE Careers and Apprenticeship Job Search! Have a great weekend, speak to you soon!

 

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Media Is More Important Than Education For People Of Colour #BlackHistoryMonth

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thumbnail www­.fenews­.co­.uk – Growing up as a young girl on the fringes of Salford and Manchester, there were very few black people in my local area. There were many Asians but actually, apart from me and my siblings, there were …

There’s a hole in my bucket… Continuing Apprenticeship reforms

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thumbnail www­.fenews­.co­.uk – Last week in Birmingham a new package of Levy reforms were announced…. With 75% of the levy unspent it is easy to see why the idea of a funding ‘pass the parcel’ was seen as a good idea, and I am sur…

Escaping the Digital Maze: APIs Lead the Way in Education

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thumbnail www­.fenews­.co­.uk – 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, …

AI is a door to productivity gains, but data literacy holds the keys

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thumbnail www­.fenews­.co­.uk – Productivity is a very British problem. According to the latest figures from the OECD, us Brits are among the hardest workers in Europe, averaging three hours per week more than average across the EU.

The Technicalities of Delivering an Apprenticeship for SMEs

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thumbnail www­.fenews­.co­.uk – A lack of understanding about the new apprenticeship reforms is creating unnecessary barriers to entry for many employers, but especially SMEs. Whether it’s confusion over the mechanics of the appren…

The English schools’ computing curricula is outdated, let’s bring it up to scratch

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thumbnail www­.fenews­.co­.uk – In England and the UK, the ICT and computing curriculums have long been falling behind the rest of the world. Despite the major shake-up to the curricula in 2014, the speed of innovation in the compu…

UTCs GIVE YOUNG PEOPLE THE SKILLS TO DO THE JOB: OVERCOMING THE ACADEMIC-VOCATIONAL DIVIDE

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thumbnail www­.fenews­.co­.uk – “If we are to overcome the divisions in society, all need to feel valued. We should stop talking about social mobility as a way of ‘rescuing’ people from working-class backgrounds and place more emph…

UTCs: are they delivering for young people and the economy? Sector Response to EPI Report

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thumbnail www­.fenews­.co­.uk – 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 …

Both Government and the IFA should make degree apprenticeships a strategic priority

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thumbnail www­.fenews­.co­.uk – Examining both the quality of current apprenticeship provision and the effectiveness of training monitoring, the report focuses on the twin challenges of improving apprenticeship quality and promotin…

3aaa go into receivership after ESFA terminate their contracts – Sector Response

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thumbnail www­.fenews­.co­.uk – 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 notice…

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Smarter working practices through using technology can deliver huge value #FutureofEmployment

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Amanda Spielman sets out vision for new Education Inspection Framework

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If you’re delivering standards like frameworks, you’re doing it wrong

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UK companies can’t afford to ignore mental health issues

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Tackling loneliness in the workplace

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Setting funding bands so low they reduce quality and dissuade employers is a false economy

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Select Committee highlights many failings in Apprenticeship policy, process and delivery

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National Apprenticeship Service to focus on raising the value of apprenticeships undertaken in disadvantaged areas

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Making apprenticeships accessible for all is paramount

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