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IfATE’s consultation on External Quality Assurance: what I would like to see, Terry Fennell, FDQ
Reflecting on nearly four years as an end point assessment organisation (EPAO), the first thing...
Former Apprentice Gillian Keegan confirmed as Apprenticeships and Skills Minister - Sector Response
@GillianKeegan has now been confirmed as the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Apprenticeships and...
The Non-Levy Apprenticeship Scheme - Good News for Small Providers by Guidance, 'Insufficient Progress' is our verdict.
We have finally seen the launch of the new non-levy Apprenticeship scheme that is a...
Provision up to Level 1 should be seen as transformational rather than transitional
Entry and Level 1 Pathways for 16-18 Year Olds in FE Colleges Much of the debate...
Classroom Learning and Apprenticeships: A Twin Level 2 Offer for 16-18 Year Olds
It is time to regroup and determine an offer for the 16-18 year old that...
IfATE’s consultation on External Quality Assurance: what I would like to see, Terry Fennell, FDQ
IfATE’s consultation on External Quality Assur...
Former Apprentice Gillian Keegan confirmed as Apprenticeships and Skills Minister - Sector Response
Former Apprentice Gillian Keegan confirmed as ...
The Non-Levy Apprenticeship Scheme - Good News for Small Providers by Guidance, 'Insufficient Progress' is our verdict.
The Non-Levy Apprenticeship Scheme - Good News...
Provision up to Level 1 should be seen as transformational rather than transitional
Provision up to Level 1 should be seen as tran...
Classroom Learning and Apprenticeships: A Twin Level 2 Offer for 16-18 Year Olds
Classroom Learning and Apprenticeships: A Twin...

 

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Terry Fennell, Chief Executive and Responsible Officer at FDQ

IfATE’s consultation on External Quali…

Feb 18, 2020 / FE Voices

Reflecting on nearly four years as an end point assessment organisation (EPAO), the first thing that strikes me is how the time has literally flown by since FDQ created a...

Former Apprentice Gillian Keegan confirm…

Feb 18, 2020 / FE Voices

@GillianKeegan has now been confirmed as the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Apprenticeships and Skills. Here is the link to the DfE Ministerial portfolio confirmations. After the recent Cabinet re-shuffle...

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The Non-Levy Apprenticeship Scheme - Goo…

Feb 18, 2020 / FE Voices

We have finally seen the launch of the new non-levy Apprenticeship scheme that is a great new year’s present for many small providers in the sector. For those that want...

John Widdowson, Principal and Chief Executive at New College Durham

Provision up to Level 1 should be seen a…

Feb 18, 2020 / FE Voices

Entry and Level 1 Pathways for 16-18 Year Olds in FE Colleges Much of the debate around technical and vocational education has focussed on the need to create new qualifications which...

Dr Sue Pember CBE, Policy Director, Holex

Classroom Learning and Apprenticeships: …

Feb 17, 2020 / FE Voices

It is time to regroup and determine an offer for the 16-18 year old that the school system forgot I meet many young people who through no fault of their own...

Gillian Keegan was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Education

Former Apprentice Gillian Keegan appoint…

Feb 14, 2020 / FE Voices

After the recent Cabinet #reshuffle @GillianKeegan was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Education today (Friday 14th February 2020).  Gillian has had a lifelong passion for Apprenticeships...

Beth Curtis, Protocol

The challenges and opportunities of recr…

Feb 14, 2020 / Podcasts

Beth Curtis, Head of Business Development and Strategy at Protocol discusses recruiting End Point Assessors and Dual Professionalism at EPA Live. Beth discusses the two routes to attracting End Point Assessors: One...

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

Improving Outcomes for Level 2 Apprentic…

Feb 14, 2020 / FE Voices

Transitioning to Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeships When going into battle for apprenticeships in policymaking circles, a regular riposte which comes back is that not enough successful Level 2 apprentices go on...

Our responsibilities as cases of SEN kee…

Feb 14, 2020 / FE Voices

For those of us who work in SEN education, we often find ourselves fighting to balance two often-conflicting factors: providing adequate, effective support to those in need most and sourcing...

Apprentices who need access to Learning …

Feb 13, 2020 / FE Voices

We have had a number of apprenticeship providers request information pertaining to ESFA audit requirements on the evidence that is accepted for use where apprentices have ‘undiagnosed’ LDDs (learning difficulty...

Gavin Williamson

Cabinet Re-shuffle - Gavin Williamson re…

Feb 13, 2020 / FE Voices

In today's Cabinet reshuffle @GavinWilliamson remains as Secretary of State for the Department of Education.  Today the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, announced his first Cabinet reshuffle since the General Election. There were a...

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Plans to remove funding for thousands of…

Feb 13, 2020 / FE Voices

DfE have announced plans to remove funding for thousands of qualifications with low or no student numbers. This is around 5,000 qualifications that are being reviewed out of the 12,000...

Kathleen Henehan, Research and Policy Analyst, the Resolution Foundation

Too Few Entry Level Apprenticeships: 16-…

Feb 13, 2020 / FE Voices

Fewer Level 3 and Level 2 #Apprenticeship Starts A well-known fact in the apprenticeship world is that the number of people starting an apprenticeship fell sharply after Spring 2017 with the...

Ready, SET for Teaching Success, Go

Feb 13, 2020 / FE Voices

With the SET for Teaching Success programme, everyone’s a winner – the individuals who are helped to forge new careers in technical teaching are supported into new employment, the provider...

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

Apprenticeships: Fire up your thinking a…

Feb 12, 2020 / FE Voices

With all the excitement of National Apprenticeship Week #NAW2020 behind us, how do we change the sometimes narrow thinking around apprenticeships? Cognitive bias means we often fail to think broadly...

Arnie Skelton, Managing Director, Effective Training & Development Ltd

Writing Effectively with Arnie Skelton #…

Feb 12, 2020 / Podcasts

Top Ten Roles and Responsibilities Tips for Teachers and #FE Managers In the twenty-sixth episode of his podcast Top Ten Tips for Teachers and FE Managers, Arnie Skelton discusses Writing Effectively...

Catherine Sezen, 14-19 & Curriculum Senior Policy Manager, the Association of Colleges (AoC)

T Level Transition Programme: Ensuring s…

Feb 12, 2020 / FE Voices

Transitioning to Level 3 #TLevelsT levels are exciting new Level 3 study programmes for 16 to 18-year-olds. 25 T Levels in sectors as varied as accountancy to media, broadcast and...

Richard Meredith from OneFile

Ofsted and evidencing learner progress -…

Feb 11, 2020 / Podcasts

Richard Meredith, from OneFile discusses @Ofsted and evidencing learner progress at #EPALive in Wembley. Richard discusses evidencing learner progress for Ofsted and explained that he was recently attending the Ofsted review...

Ofsted - A carrot or a stick?

Feb 11, 2020 / FE Voices

@Ofsted for new providers entering #RoATP When monitoring visits were introduced by OFSTED some 2 years ago primarily aimed at new providers entering RoATP, we welcomed them because we really did...

Jan Atkinson, Principal, Shooters Hill Sixth Form College

Transitioning to Level 3 Academic and Vo…

Feb 11, 2020 / FE Voices

Shooters Hill Sixth Form College serves a diverse community within the boroughs of South East London. Around one third of the students, primarily 16-18 year olds, undertake Level 3 programmes...

Professor Tom Schuller is a former Dean of Lifelong Learning at Birbeck University

An Ageing Population and its implication…

Feb 11, 2020 / FE Voices

DEMOGRAPHY AND COLLEGE LEADERSHIP #AgeingPopulation The median age of the UK population is just shy of 40 (39.9), and is due to hit 42.2 in 2030. The largest single 5-year age-group...

Julie Stone, Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor of External Affairs and Director of Online Learning at the University of Derby

Fake apprenticeships are fake news

Feb 10, 2020 / FE Voices

The evolution of apprenticeships Last month saw the latest apprenticeship data from the Department for Education released amidst the ongoing debate about how funds from the apprenticeship levy should be used. A recent report "Runaway...

David Laws, Executive Chairman, Education Policy Institute

Helping Every 16-18 Year Old to Progress

Feb 10, 2020 / FE Voices

Results have yet to match the aspirationsThe aspiration for policy makers over the last couple of decades has been to improve early years and school education to the extent that...

Changing Careers Later in Life By Furthe…

Feb 09, 2020 / FE Voices

With more than half of British residents wanting to change their careers, the thought of doing so certainly isn’t unheard of, especially when it comes to wanting to pursue a passion...

David Neal, a Member of the Institute’s Protective Service Route Panel (and former Head of the Royal Military Police)

Shaping young futures: The role of the R…

Feb 08, 2020 / FE Voices

What are the Institute’s Route Panels – and what’s life like as a Route Panel Member? As part of National Apprenticeship Week, the Institue spoke to David Neal, a Member...

How will new #EdTech innovations change …

Feb 08, 2020 / FE Voices

#FutureofEducations - Technology that is enhancing education Classrooms are far more technologically advanced than they were ten years ago, and classic chalk and blackboard approach has been retired. Unveiling the Education Technology strategy in...

The picture above shows some apprentices at the Heritage Skills Academy at Bicester, one of the largest providers of training for this standard in the automotive sector.

Driving up the standard of Engineering a…

Feb 07, 2020 / FE Voices

Route Panel Members play an important role in checking the quality of apprenticeship standards before they’re published and, as part of the Engineering and Manufacturing Apprenticeship Route Panel, John Warden...

Jada Thomas, Apprentice Digital Marketer, AoC

How apprenticeships have changed my idea…

Feb 07, 2020 / FE Voices

#NAW2020 Being an apprentice at AoC Working as an apprentice at the organisation that represents colleges to deliver these amazing opportunities for students up and down the country has and continues...

T Level providers to benefit from £110 …

Feb 07, 2020 / FE Voices

#TLevel providers across the country will benefit from a multi-million pound package of support to ensure they are ready to deliver the pioneering new courses, Education Secretary @GavinWilliamson has announced...

Lucy Dunleavy, LearnBox

Lucy Dunleavy from LearnBox discusses th…

Feb 07, 2020 / Podcasts

FE News chat with Lucy Dunleavy, Founder and CEO of LearnBox about the modern learner and the future of learner engagement at the EPA Live conference.  Lucy explains that the modern...

Lisa Bingley, Operations Director for the MIRA Technology Institute (MTI)

How an apprenticeship led to my perfect …

Feb 07, 2020 / FE Voices

It’s National Apprenticeship Week, and this year’s theme is #LookBeyond  Here, Lisa Bingley, Operations Director for the MIRA Technology Institute (MTI), talks about how a simple work experience placement and subsequent...

Izzy Schulman, Director, Plumbers4U

The future of plumbing apprenticeships

Feb 07, 2020 / FE Voices

2020 is set to be the year of significant change for the plumbing industry. With the surge of smart products and home systems, plumbers are installing, maintaining and repairing new...

Apprenticeships bring big benefits at Be…

Feb 06, 2020 / FE Voices

What do you get if you take a national cosmetics business, and add in some hard-working apprentices? Some great feedback and some big benefits, according to Liam Adams, Learning and...

Dr Eunice Lumsden, Head of Early Years at the University of Northampton and Route Panel Member for the Institute’s Education and Childcare Route

Learning from the past to shape the futu…

Feb 06, 2020 / FE Voices

#NationalApprenticeshipWeek #NAW2020 is a celebration of all those who are earning while they are learning  But it’s also a chance to celebrate all those who are using their knowledge to influence...

Michael Lemin, Policy and Research Manager, NCFE

No 16-18 Year Old Left Behind As the Coh…

Feb 06, 2020 / FE Voices

Two Challenges The new Conservative Government must ensure:No 16-18 year old is left behind during a period of an expanding cohort of 16-18 year olds, andLevel-up attainment of 16-18 year olds...

Leonie Thompson, NOCN

Leonie Thompson, NOCN discussing End Poi…

Feb 06, 2020 / Podcasts

FE News chat with Leonie Thompson, EPA Manager from NOCN at EPA Live about the systems and procedures that are a part of the End Point Assessment process. Leonie then goes...

Aidan’s building a great career throug…

Feb 05, 2020 / FE Voices

It’s #NationalApprenticeshipWeek and one of this year’s hot topics is degree apprenticeships. The Institute talked to Aidan Scott who’s currently on the degree apprenticeship programme with Gradon Architecture, where he...

Nathan Hunt, substation craftsperson apprentice, National Grid

Seeing an advert for National Grid’s a…

Feb 05, 2020 / FE Voices

Young people are being asked to #LookBeyond the traditional routes into employment, and instead consider the diverse career options now available through apprenticeships. This National Apprenticeship Week, now in its 13th...

Sarah Marples

The FE Commissioner’s Annual Report- M…

Feb 05, 2020 / FE Voices

Today saw the launch of the annual report of the FE Commissioner, Richard Atkins together with the superb podcast interview with him from our media partner FE News.  It was heartening to...

Josie Rothera, Course Director for MSs Civil Engineering at Leeds Beckett University (and an Institute Route Panel Member for Construction)

The benefits of awe-inspiring apprentice…

Feb 05, 2020 / FE Voices

#NationalApprenticeshipWeek is the perfect opportunity to remind ourselves of all the ways that apprenticeships can add value to a sector. Josie Rothera, Course Director for MSs Civil Engineering at Leeds...

Arnie Skelton, Managing Director, Effective Training & Development Ltd

Report Writing with Arnie Skelton #25

Feb 05, 2020 / Podcasts

Top Ten Roles and Responsibilities Tips for Teachers and #FE Managers In the twenty-fifth episode of his podcast Top Ten Tips for Teachers and FE Managers, Arnie Skelton discusses Report Writing. In...

Apprenticeships: How Do Employers Get St…

Feb 05, 2020 / FE Voices

Apprenticeships are for anyone – young or old – who wants to make a start or change in their career. And they’re a great vehicle for upskilling staff, especially if...

£24 million support package to boost th…

Feb 05, 2020 / FE Voices

Further education providers across the country are to benefit from a package of support, worth up to £24 million, so they can continue to recruit, retain and develop excellent teachers...

Mark Tant, Managing Director at Wates Construction

Dispelling 5 Apprenticeship Myths: From …

Feb 04, 2020 / FE Voices

#LookBeyond - From Apprentice to Managing Director… Construction Boss Dispels Myths Around Apprentices for #NAW2020  #NationalApprenticeshipWeek is making a comeback this week (3-7 Feb), and with it, a chance for industry leaders...

Archie’s a bright spark in the electri…

Feb 04, 2020 / FE Voices

From scanning barcodes, to working on detailed layouts – Archie Lamb is very glad he made the move from supermarket temp to Electrical Design Apprentice. He now works for SJD Electrical...

Richard Marsh, Apprenticeship Partnership Director, Kaplan Financial

Overcoming the biggest challenges of mov…

Feb 04, 2020 / Podcasts

Richard Marsh, Apprenticeship Partnership Director, Kaplan Financial, discusses the biggest challenges for employers and providers moving to Standards and End Point Assessment at NOCN's #EPALive conference. Richard explores some of the...

Eve Johnson, Apprentice, CPD Online College

Three key benefits to choosing to go dow…

Feb 03, 2020 / FE Voices

#NationalApprenticeshipWeek #LookBeyond Are Apprenticeships The Way Forward? With apprenticeships growing in prevalence across the UK, it is more important than ever that young people understand the benefits of this educational route. When...

Kirstie Donnelly MBE, Interim CEO, City & Guilds Group

#LookBeyond the stigma around #apprentic…

Feb 03, 2020 / FE Voices

#NAW2020 - New @CityandGuilds research finds adults living in England think apprenticeships trump university for skills development and value for money... Yet, the majority would still choose university as a route to...

Do Academic Qualifications Matter in the…

Feb 01, 2020 / FE Voices

There are more than 1.7 million students on Undergraduate University courses in the UK. And while most graduates are in some form of employment within 6 months of their graduation, simply having...

Tom Burton, Director of Apprenticeships, NOCN

Challenges, logistics and quality in End…

Jan 31, 2020 / Podcasts

@TomBurtonNOCN @NOCNGroup discusses challenges, logistics and quality in End Point Assessment at #EPALive FE News chat with Tom Burton, Director of Apprenticeships, NOCN at EPA Live in Wembley. Tom discusses End Point...

Stefan Drew, Founder and CEO, Stefan Drew Associates

Do Colleges Understand The #FutureofEduc…

Jan 31, 2020 / FE Voices

#Education and #skills are about behavioural change For example, when we teach a child to ride a bike their behaviour changes from falling off the bike to riding competently.  Ditto when we...

Baroness Claire Tyler, Co-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Social Mobility

Main levers for improving social mobilit…

Jan 30, 2020 / FE Voices

A cross departmental strategy needs big picture thinking with genuine local understanding Leading a debate on social mobility in the House of Lords yesterday evening (29 Jan) Baroness Tyler of Enfield asked...

Are we doing enough with Mental Health?

Jan 30, 2020 / FE Voices

A healthy mind creates a healthy person is often said. It also must mean achieving this leads to a more effective team member or learner. There is no doubt that mental...

Arnie Skelton, Managing Director, Effective Training & Development Ltd

Performance Management with Arnie Skelto…

Jan 29, 2020 / Podcasts

Top Ten Roles and Responsibilities Tips for Teachers and #FE Managers In the twenty-fourth episode of his podcast Top Ten Tips for Teachers and FE Managers, Arnie Skelton discusses Performance Management. In...

Developing the collaborative skillset ne…

Jan 29, 2020 / FE Voices

From #Skills to Safety: Considerations in the creation of a smart workforce and the evolving skillset for the material handling and logistics engineers of tomorrow. Within two years, the majority of...

FE Commissioner, Richard Atkins

Diagnostic Assessments and continual imp…

Jan 28, 2020 / Podcasts

FE News chat with FE Commissioner, Richard Atkins about his role as the FE Commissioner, particularly how the majority of his role which is supporting and developing the 240 FE...

Together we can make this better

Jan 28, 2020 / FE Voices

ESFA Contract Management A flurry of articles over recent weeks on contract management, almost certainly anticipating the forthcoming Dame Mary Ney’s report are all interesting and make valid observations and suggestions...

Karen Jones, HR Director, Redrow

Majority of young people would now consi…

Jan 28, 2020 / FE Voices

Less than a quarter of young people receive high-quality careers advice at school #LookBeyond #NAW2020 Leading UK housebuilder Redrow today launches its annual report on perceptions of apprenticeships and careers in construction...

What’s been happening with arts subjec…

Jan 27, 2020 / FE Voices

#LetsCreate - Amanda Spielman speaking at the Royal Opera House for the Headteachers’ Symposium on #Creativity and #Education about arts subjects in schools and initial teacher education: Good afternoon. I’m delighted...

Councillor Stephen Lambert, Executive Director, Education4Democracy CIC

Resisting the rise of the far right in t…

Jan 27, 2020 / FE Voices

#HolocaustMemorialDay THE RISE OF THE FAR RIGHT IS THE LATEST THREAT TO OUR FREEDOMS AND LIBERTIES RIGHT-WING extremism is on the rise in the North East according to a recent report...

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