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Review of the Senior Leader Degree Apprenticeship - 6 points to consider
Let's #LookBeyond - Review of the Senior Leader Degree #Apprenticeship UVAC welcomes the review, but in...
Education Secretary: We're going on a discipline drive
@GavinWilliamson writes about the £10 million programme to curb unruly behaviour and prevent disruption in...
Levelling up apprenticeships or maintaining an employer-led system - Can we have both? Sector Response
MBA Management #Apprenticeship Faces The Axe Today (27 Feb), the Secretary of State for Education, @GavinWilliamson,...
External Quality Assurance - Hoping for more consistency and a reduction in complexity
@IFAteched consultation on External Quality Assurance: What I would like to see? Reflecting on nearly four...
Careers Advisers - Raising Inspiration
In the last ten years there has been a considerable shift in the role of...
Review of the Senior Leader Degree Apprenticeship - 6 points to consider
Review of the Senior Leader Degree Apprentices...
Education Secretary: We're going on a discipline drive
Education Secretary: We're going on a discipli...
Levelling up apprenticeships or maintaining an employer-led system - Can we have both? Sector Response
Levelling up apprenticeships or maintaining an...
External Quality Assurance - Hoping for more consistency and a reduction in complexity
External Quality Assurance - Hoping for more c...
Careers Advisers - Raising Inspiration
Careers Advisers - Raising Inspiration

 

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Adrian Anderson, Chief Executive, University Vocational Awards Council (UVAC)

Review of the Senior Leader Degree Appre…

Feb 28, 2020 / FE Voices

Let's #LookBeyond - Review of the Senior Leader Degree #Apprenticeship UVAC welcomes the review, but in our response to the Institute, Department of Education and Treasury we will be making clear...

Gavin Williamson, Education Secretary

Education Secretary: We're going on a di…

Feb 28, 2020 / FE Voices

@GavinWilliamson writes about the £10 million programme to curb unruly behaviour and prevent disruption in the classroom: Visit some of the country’s best performing schools, and you’ll notice that many of...

Gavin Williamson, Education Secretary

Levelling up apprenticeships or maintain…

Feb 27, 2020 / FE Voices

MBA Management #Apprenticeship Faces The Axe Today (27 Feb), the Secretary of State for Education, @GavinWilliamson, has written to Jennifer Coupland, Chief Executive Officer of the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical...

Terry Fennell, Chief Executive and Responsible Officer at FDQ

External Quality Assurance - Hoping for …

Feb 27, 2020 / FE Voices

@IFAteched consultation on External Quality Assurance: What I would like to see? Reflecting on nearly four years as an end point assessment organisation (EPAO), the first thing that strikes me is...

Sarfraz Ahmed, Careers Advisors, Leicester College written for Promote-Ed

Careers Advisers - Raising Inspiration

Feb 27, 2020 / FE Voices

In the last ten years there has been a considerable shift in the role of Careers Advisers along with being expert career planners, and advocates. Careers Advisers today play a...

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson

DfE launch new £14 million package of s…

Feb 27, 2020 / FE Voices

@GavinWilliamson launches Multi-million-pound fund to boost standards across the FE sector Almost £14 million package to strengthen leadership and governance in colleges across the country so more people can access high...

Richard Brabner, Director of UPP Foundation

How the university sector can build its …

Feb 27, 2020 / FE Voices

Universities are key to levelling up: scrap year one fees for first in family students and redirect research funding to #LeftBehind regions A new report from the Higher Education Policy Institute, Making Universities...

Arnie Skelton, Managing Director, Effective Training & Development Ltd

Thinking Frames with Arnie Skelton #28

Feb 26, 2020 / Podcasts

Top Ten Roles and Responsibilities Tips for Teachers and #FE Managers In the twenty-eighth episode of his podcast Top Ten Tips for Teachers and FE Managers, Arnie Skelton discusses Thinking Frames. Following...

Richard Gerver, World Renowned Speaker and Author

The Legacy of Our Education System

Feb 26, 2020 / FE Voices

... a legacy for which society will eternally be thankful What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others. Legacy...

Missing Millions: UK is overlooking the …

Feb 25, 2020 / FE Voices

Undertrained, underemployed and unprepared: the UK is squandering the potential of millions of workers  A new report Missing Millions published today (25 Feb) by leading skills organisation @CityGuildsGroup shines a light on...

Keeping children safe in education – W…

Feb 25, 2020 / FE Voices

Following updates in September 2018, the Department for Education’s statutory guidance, ‘Keeping children safe in education (KCSIE)‘ was updated again in September 2019. Keeping children safe in education: Proposed revisions 2020 DfE...

Internship helped build my portfolio –…

Feb 25, 2020 / FE Voices

After the first year of her degree, Event Management student Kayleigh Ayriss took an internship over the summer as Event Co-ordinator at Foundations UK, based in Glossop, through the University...

Charlotte Bosworth

Ensuring clarity and consistency across …

Feb 24, 2020 / FE Voices

Since Innovate Awarding became approved to be an End Point Assessment Organisation (EPAO), we have been banging the drum for clarity on roles and responsibilities and for consistency of approach...

Mark Corney, Policy Consultant, Campaign for Learning

Levelling-Up More 16-18 Year Olds

Feb 22, 2020 / FE Voices

Rising Numbers of 16-18 Year Olds  The population of 16-18 year olds is projected to increase significantly between 2020 and 2024. Projections by the ONS for Great Britain estimate that the...

Arnie Skelton, Managing Director, Effective Training & Development Ltd

Thinking On Your Feet with Arnie Skelton…

Feb 21, 2020 / Podcasts

Top Ten Roles and Responsibilities Tips for Teachers and #FE Managers In the twenty-seventh episode of his podcast Top Ten Tips for Teachers and FE Managers, Arnie Skelton discusses Thinking On Your...

Amanda Kelly

The crucial role that maths and English …

Feb 21, 2020 / FE Voices

The Maths and English #TLevels opportunity With only a few months to go until the first T Levels are delivered and become a new technical alternative for 16-18 year olds, there...

Joe Dromey, Deputy Director of Research and Development, Learning and Work Institute

Counting the Costs: Fair Wages and Maint…

Feb 21, 2020 / FE Voices

Indirect costs such as transport can have a significant bearing on 16-18 year old’s decisions to participate in apprenticeships and full-time further education.Fair Wages for ApprenticesThe National Minimum Wage for apprentices...

Ruth Silver

Leadership in Prison education, meeting …

Feb 20, 2020 / FE Voices

Ruth Silver Reflects on Angela Sanders New FETL Report Prison education has typically been a low priority, both within the justice system and for education in the UK. It is, as...

Secretary of State urges colleges to bid for Towns Fund

Gavin Williamson urges colleges to bid f…

Feb 20, 2020 / FE Voices

The Secretary of State, Gavin Williamson has written to colleges this week asking them to engage with the Government’s £1.6 billion Stronger Towns Fund in their area. To support investment in further...

Special Educational Needs Do Not End at …

Feb 20, 2020 / FE Voices

The reforms to the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) system contained in the 2014 Children and Families Act were a once in a generation systemic change for young people...

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Getting value from our IT Services

Feb 19, 2020 / FE Voices

IT is an essential part of our business lives with ever-changing technologies and the desire of some to always have the latest and the best. Yet, affordability and fitness for...

New immigration policy threatens to cut …

Feb 19, 2020 / FE Voices

The government has announced details of the immigration system that is to come into force on 1 January. Under the plan, people considered ‘low skilled’ will be unable to come to...

A New Maths and English ‘Passport’ Q…

Feb 19, 2020 / FE Voices

Geoff Barton, ASCL’s General Secretary has been oft-quoted after commenting, “What are we as a nation saying to a young person who after 12 years of being taught by teachers...

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 CollegesMuch 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 forgotI 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 ApprenticeshipsWhen 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 StartsA 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 aspirations The 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, and Level-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...

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