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Sharon from Coca Cola UK attended the Apprenticeships One Year On event to discuss the positive impact apprentices are having on their business.

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Louise Powell Head of Education and Learning at Travis Perkins Group attended the Apprenticeships One Year On event and talks about the benefit...

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Lloyds Banking Group attended the Apprenticeships One Year On event at House of Commons and talked about the benefits apprenticeships bring.

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Royal Mail Group attended the Apprenticeships One Year on event at House of Commons in June 2018, discussing the benefits apprenticeships bring.

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Steven Hope: moving from chalk and talk to innovative delivery

FE News podcast with Steven Hope, Technology Enhanced Learning Manager at Leeds City College talking about inclusivity programmes for learners, making learning accessible to all through technology and why drastic action like knocking down walls has increased learner outcomes.

70% of College staff consider quitting as workloads and stress levels rise, according to NEU poll

Seven-in-ten further education (FE) staff working in FE Colleges in England have considered leaving the sector, as workloads rise and many suffer from stress, according to a poll by the National Education Union (NEU).

Can we have our cake and eat it? Reflecting on the one year anniversary of the Apprenticeship Levy

It has been a year since the Apprenticeship Levy was launched on 6th April 2017.

Post-Brexit failure to replace European Social Fund would be “disastrous”, says Committee

Any gap in payment between the existing European Social Fund and a new fund would be disastrous.

Vince Cable announces major commission on Lifelong Learning

Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Vince Cable, has announced the creation of the Independent Commission on Lifelong Learning. The commission will investigate the best ways to ensure adults have access to learning and retraining throughout their lives, and will be chaired by Rajay Naik, Chief Executive Officer of Keypath Education and former director of The Open University. The commission will consider the viability of bold ideas such as Individual Learning Accounts, which could offer adults a pot of money to be used to pay for upskilling and retraining opportunities, ensuring people are able to stay up-to-date with technological advances and changes in the job market. The commission will consider this and other options to increase access to further education, online learning, part-time study and retraining services.Naik’s company is a world-leader in online learning and he previously ran all external activity at the OU, Britain’s largest university, where he was a key architect of the FutureLearn MOOC platform.   Naik has served on the government’s National Careers Council, Digital Skills Commission, Learning and Skills Council and UK-ASEAN Business Council. He is currently on the board of the UBS Foundation, New Payment Systems Operator and Ditchley Foundation. The commission’s membership and timescales are to be announced over the coming weeks with a formal consultation process due to begin shortly thereafter.  Commenting on the commission, Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Vince Cable said: “We recognise that fast paced economic and technological change will have a real impact on the job market in future. People could find themselves having to retrain and change career several times through their working lives, as industries evolve with developments in automation and AI. We embrace innovation and the positive changes technology can bring. But we also know that this can cause real concern to people who may see their jobs change dramatically over the course of their careers. “Rajay Naik brings exceptional national and international expertise in higher and further education. I know that he and his team will be working hard to bring forward creative, costed and ambitious proposals to ensure that our workforce is resilient in the face of major change, and that we offer opportunities for people to retrain and upskill throughout their lives.”   Commenting after the announcement, Rajay Naik Chief Executive Officer of Keypath Education said: “Ensuring that all people have the skills to thrive in the modern world, and can retrain for new industries throughout their life, is critically important to our nation’s competitiveness. I very much looking forward to hearing the views of experts, organisations and citizens across the country, and bringing forward recommendations which enable more people to work, earn and learn.”

Public Accounts Committee: learndirect case highlights ‘Too big to fail’ concerns in Government Contracting

Committee urges action in wake of apparent special treatment given to ‘inadequate’ further education provider.

Anne Milton appoints top college principals as National Leaders to drive improvements in Further Education

Apprenticeships and Skills Minister Anne Milton appoints seven of Country’s best principals as National Leaders to use their expertise to support other colleges

New research shows University and College leaders recognise sustainability as a priority but fail to deliver

The Further and Higher Education sector is making a collective call to Vice Chancellors and Principals to put their money where their mouth is when it comes to sustainability and social responsibility. 

Podcast with Faye Thomas from Kennedy Scott on engaging vulnerable groups

The FE News team catch up with Faye Thomas, Chief Operating Officer at Kennedy Scott about engaging vulnerable groups at the ERSA annual conference. 

Ofsted confirms new arrangements for short inspections

A more supportive and collaborative approach to short inspections of good schools was announced by Ofsted today.