I am the CEO & Head of Digital at www.FECareers.co.uk and www.FENews.co.uk, having set up and established both sites back in 2003. I have worked in Digital Marketing strategy & New Media in Further Education for 15 years. I also have 19 years Recruitment and Recruitment Marketing (both strategic and hands-on) experience.
FE Careers is the largest online job advertising site specialising in Further Education, Apprenticeships / Work Based Learning & Employability sectors. With over 1,200 job vacancies live per day & over 600,000 job seeker user sessions per month.
FE News is a 100% digital news, views, video & opinion news site for FE, Skills and Employability sectors, with experts from across the sector sharing best practice & innovation.
National Online Recruitment Awards (NORA) 2018 finalist: FE Careers Best Specialist Job Board & FE News for Best Trade Publication.
FE Careers were finalists at the Onrec Online Recruitment Awards 2018:
1) The Best Online Candidate Experience 2018 (Jobboard)
2)The Best Use of Online Recruitment in the Public Sector Award 2018
3)The Niche Jobboard Award 2018
4) Innovate Use of Social Media in the Recruitment Process Award 2018.
Specialities: Further Education, Skills, Apprenticeships, Strategy, Digital, Digital Communications, Digital Recruitment, Recruitment Branding, Recruitment Marketing, Job Advertising, Online News, Digital Strategy, Digital Media, Head of Digital, Media, Job boards, SEO, Welfare to Work, Work Based Learning, Online Recruitment, Digital Advertising, Digital Marketing, brand development, videography, key account management.
I'm a digital entrepreneur. I have diverse skills & experience. You will struggle to fit me into a pigeon hole!
Personal: I live in Devon, I'm happily married to my amazing wife (married for 19 years, she still looks the same, I look a fair bit older!), father to 4 cheeky children, owner of 1 crazy Dog.
People from all backgrounds take further education (FE) courses. According to the Further Education Learning Technology Action Group, ‘an essential characteristic of learners in the FE sector is their diversity.’
This makes sense when you consider the range of opportunities FE offers and how it attracts people of all ages, education history, academic ability and life stages.
A 2017-2018 study by the Association of Colleges found that 81 percent of those enrolled ...
Sam Sleight explains the changes that are happening to Apprenticeships and the different roles of an Assessor:
Before 2017, the question "How to become an assessor?" was a relatively simple one to answer. And in many ways, it still is.
However, now that there are so many websites saying different things and two new types of assessors, the answer can vary depending on your situation.
In this article, I am going to take ...
Middlesex University’s resident Pepper robot made history on 16th October 2018 by becoming the first robot to give evidence to a Parliamentary Select Committee hearing.
Pepper addressed the Education Committee during a session on the Fourth Industrial Revolution and the implications for education of developments in artificial intelligence.
Flanking Middlesex’s Executive Dean of Science and Technology, Professor Martin Loomes, Babak Jahanbani, General Manager at world-leading technical education equipment and solution provider Festo Didactic, and two ...
Budget cuts are destructive. The outcome has been a reduction in opportunities for students and staff as well as a debt ridden sector.
However, there are opportunities for sector growth.
FE demand could double, or even treble, in the next few years.
But providers need to evolve new delivery structures.
In my last article, Conventional Education Isn’t The Path to Employment That It Once Was, I discussed how eminent people were forecasting the bankruptcy ...
Following the latest education funding statistics from the Institute of Fiscal Studies, it appears that further education and sixth-form funding has been fallen by 8 per cent in real terms since the peak in 2010-11.
In addition, funding for adult education has reduced by 45 per cent since 2009-10 – highlighting severe pressure across areas of the further education sector.
This will not come as a surprise to many FE organisations which ...
From affected joints to aching bones, musculoskeletal disorders can have a profound impact on a person’s quality of life.
Unfortunately, many of the adult population are affected by these sorts of conditions and this can massively impact their quality of life.
College providers must therefore consider how their own students are affected by these sorts of conditions and what they can do to help.
If you don’t have procedures in place to cater ...
Marketing is a vital, but difficult, process for any sector. While it may be more heavily attributed to sales-based sectors, marketing has become increasingly important in the education sector over the last decade.
As young people look to the future of their education, they have so many options to choose from. How do you make your establishment stand out as the wisest choice?
A good marketing campaign will do just that, but ...
The government’s announcement that austerity is over will undoubtedly encourage a clamour of voices from all areas of public service asking for more cash in next month’s Autumn Statement.
This week is Love our Colleges week (as organised by the Association of Colleges), when those of us working in FE try to encourage public and parliament to spare a thought for our contribution.
Who gets what from the Treasury depends as much ...
There is a well-known proverb, which I am sure you know: “fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.”
The Department for Education were arguably made to look like fools when Learndirect first started to unravel.
Barely a year later and the latest scandal to shake the apprenticeship sector is the sudden and seismic demise of 3aaa, and it looks like the Department may have been fooled again.
The UK government’s White Paper released last month finally allowed educators and universities to breathe a sigh of relief: the UK-EU relationship of the future includes some relaxed visa rules for students under a revised Youth Mobility Scheme.
The benefits of studying abroad for UK students has been reciprocated by EU students as data has long shown that studying overseas increases chances of employment after graduation. In turn, this contributes generously ...
It is with great sadness that we heard that 3aaa is no more... That is a lot of specialists within the sector, learners and employers who have had a very worrying evening for themselves and their families. It is a really tragic moment for the sector... Again.
I hope you had a great week. I have just returned from an amazing All Inclusive Holiday, problem is... I have been hitting the gym for six months to try and pull in my middle-aged spread, only to pile it all back on again on with the week's All Inclusive holiday... the injustice! Back to the gym again!
This week we saw A Level and BTEC results released this week, entries into STEM subjects continue to rise and we have a budding bunch of Mathletes (with Maths retaining the title as the most popular A Level).