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Learning all life long. FE Soundbite 713

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Welcome to FE Soundbite Edition 713, 23rd September 2023. Learning all life long.

This is the weekly e-newsletter and e-journal brought to you by FE News: ISSN 2732-4095. We know life is busy, so here is a snapshot of the latest announcements and epic thought leadership articles, from sector influencers and cool thinkers across FE and Skills this week on FE News.

Latest on the Lifelong Learning Bill

The Lifelong Learning Bill becomes law paving the way for a radical transformation of the student finance system.

Other big news… Rishi didn’t just have a re-think on our Net Zero contributions this week: Sunak Considering ‘British Baccalaureate’ A-Level Reforms: Sector Response

AELP launch their vision for a sustainable skills system

Latest 20 Voices – to celebrate the 20th anniversary of FE News

So, FE News is 20 years old! As a part of the celebrations, we have 20 Voices… 2 min short video from different influencers, stakeholders and thought leaders.

So who were our 20 Voices this week:

👤 Jan Richardson-Wilde from OAL

👤 AI guru Dan Fitzpatrick

👤 Skills Minister Rob Halfon

👤 IfATE’s Jennifer Coupland,

👤 John McNamara, Interim CEO of FAB (Federation of Awarding Bodies)

We also had a lovely tweet from Skills Minister Rob Halfon. Which personally, I am over the moon about. The 20 Voices are really cool… loads of reflection and feedback… Jan’s is great, Dan’s is great.. Jennifer reflects on the skills system… and thanks us for being balanced… and John Mac… just so cool. More to come next week.

Our exclusive thought leadership articles from this week:

Our most popular article this week so far is from Ian Pryce with You Cannot be Serious

We have a very cool article from AELP’s Paul Warner: Setting the skills sector stage for the next twenty years

This week was Adult Learners Week… we had a cool article from Kay Smith, Learning and Work Institute: Adult Learners’ Week: Let the adventure start.

Mark Solomons wrote: Developing leadership competencies that promote a positive culture

It wouldn’t be FE Soundbite without a bunch of cool AI articles:

Richard Foster Fletcher wrote: Shaping Future FE Learning Environments with Conversational AI. Richard is also one of our ‘scene setters’ at our first ever event the FE Collective!

Gavin Poole wrote: Empowering the Next Generation: Putting AI on the Curriculum 

Keeping the AI article flowing… Balakrishna D. R. (Bali), Executive Vice President – Global Head AI and Automation and ECS, Infosys wrote AI: Powering the next generation of workers

Isabella Calderon Hoyos wrote Enhancing Staffing Efficiency: The Role of AI in Education.

Social Mobility and Skills

Nichola Hay wrote: The role of apprenticeships in tackling UK’s social mobility challenges

Employability Across the Globe

Have you checked out this great article by Scott Parkin: Employability Across the Globe: Bridging the Gap Between Our Similarities and Differences.

Exciting team news from FE News:

So it has been a big week here at FE News. Alex has joined us as our Junior Digital Project Manager… thanks to everyone who gave him a warm welcome on LinkedIn. You made him feel very welcome.

We have signed up to move the FE News HQ… we have been at Emperor Way, since the end of the pandemic. We’ve loved our time there, but everything has a season. So from 1st Nov… we are moving to the Exeter Science Park. So excited about this. I can get my geek on… The Science Park is like a cool Telly Tubby land for nerds. I love it there. We scoped out a Tech Meet Exeter there to see what the people were like, won a quiz (I never win quizzes), then was promptly disqualified… instant Kool Kid status.. had to move there then!

Also… So Alex has had his official FE News #FEMugShot… bit like when we see football star transfers… it’s official when you see them in the shirt or holding the shirt. Well at FE News it’s all official when we get a #FEMugshot. In football circles… Fabrizio Romano is like the guy in the know on upcoming football transfers… Here we goooo… means it is happening.. .and wow, I have the most exciting super star signing joining the FE News team on Monday. Debbie Hughes has done a Romano on LinkedIn… yep, Debbie is joining the team as our Operations and Events Manager. Watch out for the official FE News Mugshot next week! I’ve known Debbie for maybe 15 years, she is awesome… everyone who meets her or deals with her, seems to shine or feel better. So you’ll be getting a bit of that experience yourselves soon!

Livestreams next week – 3 years of the BLG!

So we have 20 Voices… every day a short video from key stakeholders, influencers and thought leaders… like Skills Minister Rob Halfon this week! .. but for one day only.. we are splitting this up… with an important one for me… on Tuesday, live at 10am, Live… 3 years of the Black Leadership Group.

FE Collective – extension on the ticket sales… phew!

Our first ever event in 20 years … is the FE Collective… a flipped conference, everyone working together on a collaborative report… we are looking at AI, Investing in the sector of the future and Progression, is there a better way. You get to hear from global experts.. one session we have two Professors, a doctor, the head of the think tank for the G20, an Investment banker who runs one of the biggest EdTech funds in the World… and erm, me… not only do you get to hear from these experts… you get to work with them on the report. How cool is that!?

I’ve begged and pleaded… and the venue have given us a few more days to book in people for the FE Collective

Here are some discount codes for our FE Soundbite readers:

Voucher Code: GET25 – Use this promo code to get 25% off of general and VIP tickets

Voucher Code: GROUPSavings35 – Use this promo code to get 35% off of VIP tickets when booking 3 or more tickets

See you in October! It is exciting!

Big Soundbite this week. Loads of cool stuff happening.

Kind regards

Gavin O’Meara

CEO and Founder

FE News and FE Careers

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