Employer engagement with schools and colleges is critical to the delivery of world-class careers education. In recent years, the number of employer encounters and workplace experiences that young people receive has increased significantly, aided by a system of national support and coordination.
But there is more to do – and we know what it will take to finish the job, enabling all young people to engage meaningfully with employers, so that ...
Promoting #Diversity and #Inclusion
A diverse and inclusive classroom is one that treats each student according to their individual needs and is, in theory, a happy one. However, in any classroom, there will inevitably be louder and quieter students.
In a large group, it is easy for the quieter voices to get lost, resulting in these individuals participating less in group discussions, shying away from larger group activities, and often falling behind ...
#Apprenticeships 2020: Expiring #Levy Funding and Premature Success Rates - Don't Panic Yet!
There has been a lot of speculation about whether Levy Overspend could be causing Apprenticeship funding to run out.
(NB a monthly levy contribution that remains unspent for 2 years ‘expires’ and is no longer available for that employer to use).
However a recent Freedom of Information request response (16 Jan 2020) from the Dept. for Education* paints a more ...
Five things to watch in 2020 that could help break the low-skilled equilibrium in disadvantaged places
We enter the 2020s as a country divided by geography and economics.
The economic growth of the past decade has not been reflected in prosperity everywhere in the UK and too many places are currently trapped in a low-skilled equilibrium.
Their residents are more likely to have low or no qualifications, and their businesses tend to offer ...
If Further Education is considered the overlooked middle child of the UK’s education system, adult learning might be seen as a distant cousin.
The Learning and Work Institute reports that fewer adults than ever are enrolling on courses - resulting in four million ‘lost learners’ since 2010 - and warns that opportunities for adults to learn have been significantly eroded.
Decade of decline in adult learning with four million 'lost learners' since ...
Managing and mitigating conflicts of interest is a critical part of the design and delivery of End-point Assessment (EPA).
It must be covered in applications to the Register of End-point Assessment Organisations (RoEpAOs) and forms a central part of the conditions of acceptance for End-point Assessment Organisation (EpAOs).
It will also be checked by the external quality assurance provider as part of readiness and as part of ongoing monitoring (as detailed in ...
Closing the nuclear #skills gap
As it takes shape on the Somerset coast, you can’t fail to be impressed by the spectacle of Hinkley Point C, the new nuclear power station that is currently being built by EDF. On a recent visit I was struck by the scale of the site and the size of the workforce needed. More than 25,000 workers will be involved in different phases of the construction ...
Further Education Teacher Educators
This series of three articles on further education (FE) teacher educators is based on the research monograph, Professional Development of Teacher Educators in Further Education (Loo, 2020).
The first article examines the pathways to becoming educators.
Relevant literature sources
A teacher educator is “someone who provides instruction or who gives guidelines and support to student teachers, and who thus renders a substantial contribution to the development of students into competent ...
With the target of three million #apprenticeship starts by April 2020 having long been discredited, government attention this year is set to focus on how to improve the working of the Apprenticeship #Levy.
The Levy was originally devised as a key means of boosting apprenticeship starts, but the outcome of its introduction three years ago has been precisely the opposite.
In 2017/18, for example, there was a 24 per cent drop in ...
Dilemmas, dualisms and dialectics - Professor Martin Doel asks, what's next for further education? #FutureofFE
“Never make predictions, especially about the future” - Yogi Berra
At the outset of a new decade everyone is speculating about the future.
This applies to further education as much as anywhere else, with various Commissions and Inquiries either having just reported or just about to do so in the year ahead.
At the beginning of the last decade I contributed ...
The Conservative Party has had a landslide victory during the 2019 General Election. This was a massive landslide win for the Conservative Party, to put this into context, this has been the largest Conservative Party win since Margaret Thatcher in 1987 and for the Labour Party this has been their worst election result since 1935. The Conservatives required 327 seats and have achieved 364.
Jeremy Corbyn plans to create 80,000 'Climate Apprenticeships' per year if Labour are elected on 12th December. During his speech at the CBI conference Labour to create 80,000 'Climate Apprenticeships' per year if elected. Labour have highlighted that the global 'Green economy' is valued at £4 Trillion in 2019, but is expected to grow to £9 Trillion in 2030 and that the 'Climate Apprenticeship' programme will be used to develop sustainable engineering skills, but with a diversion from the Apprenticeship Levy to fund this.
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