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    Apprenticeship numbers skyrocket in the …

    Jul 21, 2017 / Sector News

    Apprenticeship starts increased by 47% in the period of February to April of this year. Although it is common to see apprenticeship numbers increase after the turn of the year...

    Salford City College and Salford Royal p…

    Jul 21, 2017 / Sector News

    Salford City College and Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust have bagged the Partnership and Collaboration Award at the Health Education England National Awards. The two have teamed up to create...

    What the UK can learn from Ireland when …

    Jul 21, 2017 / Sector News

    The UK can learn a lesson from Ireland in procurement skills development, according to 1st Executive. An analysis by the leading procurement and supply chain consultancy found that procurement...

    Wigan & Leigh College launch FAB new…

    Jul 21, 2017 / Sector News

    FAB Futures is a new centre at Wigan & Leigh College, backed by Wigan Council, which is dedicated to ensuring focused, ambitious and bright (FAB) futures for all students. As well...

    Latest trends in UK higher education - S…

    Jul 21, 2017 / Sector News

    Universities UK published today its latest "Patterns and trends report" which presents a range of data and analysis on the changing size and shape of UK higher education. The report covers the...

    Guidance for alternative higher educatio…

    Jul 20, 2017 / Sector News

    Specific course designation is the process for alternative providers to access the following for eligible students: undergraduate student support postgraduate master’s loans disabled students’ allowances (DSA) DfE grants specific course designation on an annual...

    Update on procurement for non-levy payin…

    Jul 20, 2017 / Sector News

    Latest information for training providers about the procurement for apprenticeship training provision. In April 2017, the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) paused the procurement for apprenticeship training provision for non-levy paying...

    Education institutions urged to prepare …

    Jul 20, 2017 / Sector News

    Elizabeth Denham, the UK’s Information Commissioner, has flagged the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) as a significant future challenge for her office in the Information Commissioner’s Office...

    Creative Alliance Named Winner for Proac…

    Jul 20, 2017 / Sector News

    Creative Alliance is delighted to have been recognized by The Education Awards as outstanding contributors to education at the first ever Education Awards Ceremony. It is now official on The...

    Chen Thompson, Apprentice Electrician, Wolverhampton Homes - Named Apprentice of the Year

    COLLEGE APPRENTICE SCOOPS NATIONAL AWARD

    Jul 20, 2017 / Sector News

    An apprentice from City of Wolverhampton College has proved she is a bright spark after scooping a national award for her electrical skills. Chen Thompson, an apprentice electrician with Wolverhampton Homes...

    Universities Minister, Jo Johnson

    Jo Johnson outlines plans for subject-le…

    Jul 20, 2017 / Sector News

    Universities Minister Jo Johnson has today (20 July 2017) set out plans to provide better value for money from the higher education system for students and taxpayers. In a speech to...

    New course in the Blended Essentials ran…

    Jul 20, 2017 / Sector News

    Digital skills are essential in today’s workplace, as there are few jobs that don’t require these skills, yet employers report a shortage of digital skills. It is therefore vital for...

    Seetec supports jobseekers with Employab…

    Jul 20, 2017 / Sector News

    Help was on hand for jobseekers as employment and skills specialist Seetec hosted events across the UK to mark the second annual Employability Day. Hundreds of Seetec customers visited jobfairs, careers...

    £16 million drive to boost maths skills …

    Jul 20, 2017 / Sector News

    A £16 million investment to increase the quality of teaching in post-16 maths is part of major drive to see more students studying the subject after GCSE and ensure Britain’s...

    London South East Colleges joins Collab …

    Jul 20, 2017 / Sector News

    We are pleased to announce London South East Colleges as the newest member of Collab Group. Their inclusion increases the geographic coverage of Collab Group across South East London, covering...

    Sak Awan, Director of Employability and Skills, S Knights Recruitment

    Investing back into the sector

    Jul 20, 2017 / Sector News

    “The industry is changing” … “yep, I’ve heard” “It’s going to be exciting” … “heard a few people say that too” “Are you ready for the challenges ahead?” … “well kind of...

    Career College students showcase digital…

    Jul 20, 2017 / Sector News

    Creative digital and business students at BMet have proved to be pitch-perfect after winning a competition set by Amazon Web Services (AWS) and homeless charity, The Roberts Centre. Five students...

    Leeds College of Building Students Hit A…

    Jul 20, 2017 / Sector News

    Thornbury Cricket Club has been bowled over by a group of students from Leeds College of Building who have built a brand new storage unit for the club. Students from a...

    William Clarence Education welcomes two …

    Jul 20, 2017 / Executive Appointments

    The leading London education consultancy announced the new appointments this week, and welcomed aboard two exceptional team members, taking on key new roles within the firm’s established University Placement Department. Managing...

    LOCAL EMPLOYMENT SPECIALIST HOLDS JOBS F…

    Jul 20, 2017 / Sector News

    NEARLY 300 JOB SEEKERS ATTEND FAIR AS EMPLOYMENT REACHES 43 YEAR LOW OF 4.5% Employment and skills specialist Seetec celebrated its second national UK Employability Day on Friday 14th July, with...

    NEW PRINCIPAL FOR CITY OF WOLVERHAMPTON …

    Jul 20, 2017 / Executive Appointments

    A new principal and chief executive has been appointed to head up City of Wolverhampton College. Claire Boliver, who has held the position on an interim basis since October 2015, was...

    STUDENTS FLYING HIGH AFTER COURSE SUCCES…

    Jul 20, 2017 / Sector News

    Students from City of Wolverhampton College are flying high after completing their courses with flying colours. Students on both the Level 2 and Level 3 Travel and Tourism courses, based at...

    Innovative project will train industry e…

    Jul 20, 2017 / Sector News

    An innovative project led by the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London (CONEL) will create a highly skilled IT and digital workforce by bringing industry experts into the...

    Businesses prosper as funding scheme dri…

    Jul 20, 2017 / Sector News

    Employers are reaping the benefits of being able to offer more apprenticeships with the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London (CONEL) through a council-run funding scheme. The Opportunity Investment...

    ESFA weekly round-up - Issue 356

    ESFA weekly round-up - Issue 363

    Jul 19, 2017 / Sector News

    Education & Skills Funding Agency's weekly round-up of business-critical information to ESFA-funded colleges, other training organisations and direct grant employers. (19 July 2017) 1. Update to learning aim search on the...

    Ray Shilling, Executive Director, Business and Planning, Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College

    College trail blazes new hub connecting …

    Jul 19, 2017 / Sector News

    The doors closing on Stamford Bridge marks a new start for west London’s future Ealing Hammersmith and West London’s College is celebrating the formation of a new skills development hub to...

    CEO of Career Colleges Trust joins yourf…

    Jul 19, 2017 / Sector News

    Jack Parsons, CEO of yourfeed, has today announced the appointment of Ruth Gilbert, CEO of education charity, the Career Colleges Trust, as chairwoman of yourfeed. This is the latest in a long line of board level announcements from...

    Bridge into Construction Programme Takes…

    Jul 19, 2017 / Sector News

    Build UK and Collab Group’s ‘Bridge into Construction’ programme is taking shape, with the programme being promoted to potential students in advance of the new academic year. Background The one year further...

    Increasing Demand for the CNCI® in the U…

    Jul 19, 2017 / Sector News

    Certified Network Cable Installer (CNCI®) is designed and delivered by CNet Training, the world leader in technical education for the digital infrastructure industry. Following success throughout the UK, the industry...

    Annie Dobson, careers advisor working on the Exam Results Helpline

    Careers advice service on hand to help s…

    Jul 19, 2017 / Sector News

    Students waiting for exam results this summer are being reminded that the Exam Results Helpline, which has been a lifeline for worried young people and their families for nearly three decades...

    Hats off to higher education students gr…

    Jul 19, 2017 / Sector News

    Students at Bath College’s higher education graduation ceremony celebrated their achievements in style after years of hard work spent studying.   More than 80 students dressed in caps and gowns...

    College partnership could boost skills t…

    Jul 19, 2017 / Sector News

    Cambridge Regional College’s specialist lecturers could be helping train the trainers in one of China’s fastest-growing regions. The college has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with educational organisations in Nanjing with...

    Mr. Bernard Martyris, Chief of Human Resources, VFS Global

    World’s first ‘AI-based’ online learning…

    Jul 18, 2017 / Sector News

    VFS Global, the world’s largest visa application contractor, is entering the market for online education for the first time, to offer management and post-graduate Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) throughout the...

    The Sound of Music: Sussex Downs College…

    Jul 18, 2017 / Sector News

    Pre-Professional Music students from the East Sussex Academy of Music (ESAM), based at Sussex Downs College, Lewes prepare for the Proms Fresh from performing at the Music for Youth National Festival...

    On A Roll urges students to think 'Beyon…

    Jul 18, 2017 / Sector News

    ON A ROLL SANDWICH COMPANY was encouraging young people to look at careers in the food industry as part of World Youth Skills Day on Saturday 15 July. According to the...

    UK’s first ever degree apprentices gradu…

    Jul 17, 2017 / Sector News

    The UK’s first ever degree apprenticeship programme has been praised by the Minster for Apprenticeships and Skills, as today (17 July) the first cohort graduated from Aston University.   A unique partnership...

    apprentice Brice Hall at work, Colin Close of Arriva and Leanne Marston of Gateshead College

    Apprentices keep Sunderland bus firm in …

    Jul 17, 2017 / Sector News

    A North East transport operator is creating a raft of apprenticeship posts after extending a trailblazing workforce development scheme delivered by Gateshead College. Last year Sunderland-based Arriva teamed up with the...

    First Gateway Opens For New Light Vehicl…

    Jul 17, 2017 / Sector News

    Automotive apprenticeships have moved one step closer to the new Light Vehicle Standard with apprentices beginning trials of Gateway One. Employers of new apprentices now have a choice to move to...

    Justice Minister, Dr Phillip Lee

    Justice minister praises staff at Foston…

    Jul 14, 2017 / Sector News

    Minister visits leading women’s prison to hear from staff providing support for vulnerable women. As a local resettlement prison, Foston Hall offers vocational training for prisoners in areas such as textiles, retail...

    Newham College host awards to celebrate …

    Jul 14, 2017 / Sector News

    During 2016 / 17, employers have offered a plethora of work experience opportunities, guest talks, industry visits and sponsorship of equipment and provision to students at Newham College. These outstanding...

    Derby College Backs Team Challenge at Je…

    Jul 14, 2017 / Sector News

    Five teams of three from Derby College are amongst the 20 teams who have signed up for the Jenson Button Trust Triathlon team challenge at Derby’s Markeaton Park on Sunday...

    NWRC Academy prepares graduates for empl…

    Jul 14, 2017 / Sector News

    16 participants have just completed a five week academy at North West Regional College (NWRC) designed to equip them with skills to secure employment with Bemis Company, a global packaging...

    The Moving On 2017 Results Day Guide Is …

    Jul 14, 2017 / Sector News

    CASCAID are pleased to announce the publication of our Moving On 2017 Results Day Guide. Introducing our guide this year is Shakira Martin, the new NUS President. Shakira is a fantastic...

    Fast Lane to Engineering Apprenticeship

    Jul 14, 2017 / Sector News

    Bedford College students have excelled into the fast lane towards careers in engineering following an end of year ceremony to celebrate their achievements of the past year. In ‘pole position’ was...

    How we can support SEND being at the cen…

    Jul 14, 2017 / Sector News

    Joel Featherman’s Statement CEO of PublicCo, Joel Featherman, recently commented for the AELP 2017 annual conference magazine on how we should be putting SEND at the centre of strategy. The 0-25 SEND...

    The Pathway team at the Education Awards with the Mayor of the West Midlands; from left Mohammed Ali, Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands, Hira Tabasum, Ninder Johal and Eddie Cottis.

    Award for top apprentice employer

    Jul 13, 2017 / Sector News

    As part of its campaign to encourage more young people to become apprentices, a Birmingham training provider has recognised a top employer form the hospitality sector. The Hilton Metropole won the...

    Students at Uxbridge College learn the l…

    Jul 13, 2017 / Sector News

    Students learning English as a second language gave talks to guests including the Mayor of Hillingdon Cllr Carol Melvin at an exhibition about the life of the German-Jewish teenager Anne...

    It is becoming increasingly impossible f…

    Jul 13, 2017 / Sector News

    It is becoming increasingly difficult for universities to justify the current level of tuition fees when evidence shows the significant impact this is having on the success of students generally...

    NET NATIVES LAUNCH THE GDPR COMPLIANCE C…

    Jul 13, 2017 / Sector News

    Net Natives, the leading digital-first, data-driven, full-service creative digital marketing agency for the education and local government sectors, have launched a new research project which aims to reveal how ready...

    ‘Outstanding’ result for Salford City Co…

    Jul 13, 2017 / Sector News

    Two Salford City College students have been awarded for excellence in their vocation at the National BTEC Awards 2017, with one student also being awarded Overall BTEC Student of the...

    Universities worldwide join UK EdTech fi…

    Jul 13, 2017 / Sector News

    UK based education technology company Digital Assess has partnered with universities in three continents* to trailblaze a formative assessment method that has been proven to improve student satisfaction and boost...

    53.1% increase in Higher Level Apprenticeships in 2016/17

    National Statistics Office data: 14.5% i…

    Jul 13, 2017 / Sector News

    The Department for Education and the Education and Skills Funding Agency have provided a National Statistics Office update to their Further Education and Skills statistical data today about learner participation, outcomes...

    Latest FE Choices Data is released

    The Latest FE Choices Learner Satisfacti…

    Jul 13, 2017 / Sector News

    The latest FE Choices Learner Satisfaction Survey results for 2016 - 2017 have been released today, please see the outcomes below:  Executive Summary Introduction This report provides an...

    ESFA weekly round-up - Issue 356

    ESFA weekly round-up - Issue 362

    Jul 12, 2017 / Sector News

    Education & Skills Funding Agency's weekly round-up of business-critical information to ESFA-funded colleges, other training organisations and direct grant employers. (12 July 2017) 1. Financial plan submission requirements Colleges are required to...

    Education Secretary Justine Greening

    Justine Greening: we should not accept B…

    Jul 12, 2017 / Sector News

    Education Secretary opens the Sutton Trust Social Mobility Summit 2017, with a speech setting out the need for change: Thank you so much for that warm introduction Peter [Sir Peter Lampl, Chairman...

    Three new sponsors back construction ski…

    Jul 12, 2017 / Sector News

    Three high-profile national organisations have pledged their support for an innovative scheme designed to attract new talent into the built environment industry. Digital engineering hub BIM Academy, Sunderland-based engineering consultancy Desco...

    Students shortlisted for Young Sports Pe…

    Jul 12, 2017 / Sector News

    Two talented Cambridge Regional College students have been shortlisted for the Young Sports Personality of the Year title in the Cambridge News education awards. Boxer Harli Whitwell, and footballer Leon Davies...

    Wigan & Leigh College's A Level stud…

    Jul 12, 2017 / Sector News

    First year A Level students from Wigan & Leigh College were recently invited to Oxford University to experience life as a student at the prestigious University. Lectures and seminars, delivered by...

    MANCHESTER DIGITAL ANNOUNCES 2017 APPREN…

    Jul 12, 2017 / Sector News

    Trade association for digital businesses in the North West, Manchester Digital, is on the hunt for 20 new apprentices to join its unique Level 4 Software Developer scheme and students from...

    LEEDS APPRENTICES BUILD ON THEIR SUCCESS…

    Jul 12, 2017 / Sector News

    Apprentices from Leeds College of Building have seen off competition from hundreds of other construction students from rival colleges to win 17 top place positions in a range of construction...

    Akira (right) with one of her bridesmaids Tiana (left).

    Teenage sweethearts choose college as we…

    Jul 12, 2017 / Sector News

    Dagenham based couple Akira Johnson, 33 and Ashley Green, 31, decided to hold their wedding reception at the weekend at the place they first met – Barking & Dagenham College...

    Rebekkah George-Charles

    Rebekkah is awarded for volunteer work w…

    Jul 12, 2017 / Sector News

     A student from Barking & Dagenham College received recognition last week for her work for the charity Sycamore Trust. Sycamore Trust U.K. is a charity based in Barking and Dagenham which...

    Maths Head of Department Danielle Watts from Barking & Dagenham College

    College maths teachers honoured

    Jul 12, 2017 / Sector News

    A maths teacher and the maths head of department from Barking & Dagenham College were both picked out at the Maths Teacher of the Year Awards last week. London North East...

    The Our Health Heroes Awards return to c…

    Jul 11, 2017 / Sector News

    Skills for Health and the National Skills Academy for Health reveal the Awards are back for 2017 with even more winners Today (11 July), Skills for Health and the National Skills...

    Partnership helps London women to promot…

    Jul 11, 2017 / Sector News

    A partnership project which helps women who are not first-language English speakers to develop their skills and confidence for the workplace is also promoting healthy living. The partnership between national employment...

    Open Study College named as Further Educ…

    Jul 11, 2017 / Sector News

    Open Study College was recognised along with some of the UK’s most successful educationalists and FE colleges at the Education Awards, and they walked away as the worthy winner. The Education...

    Creative Extended Diploma students at Pl…

    Jul 11, 2017 / Sector News

    Following a short successful inspection in May in which Plymouth College of Art was rated “Good” by Ofsted, commending the college on the high standard of teaching and high standard...

    Three new sponsors back construction ski…

    Jul 11, 2017 / Sector News

    Three high-profile national organisations have pledged their support for an innovative scheme designed to attract new talent into the built environment industry. Digital engineering hub BIM Academy, Sunderland-based engineering consultancy Desco...

    Sector Response - Top Business leaders c…

    Jul 11, 2017 / Sector News

    A group of business leaders today (11 July) issued a rallying call for British businesses to engage with solving the UK’s poor productivity at the launch of ‘Be theBusiness’, a...

    NSETC Student Wins at BTEC Awards

    Jul 11, 2017 / Sector News

    A student from the North Somerset Enterprise and Technology College (NSETC) has been awarded BTEC Engineering Student of the Year at the 2017 BTEC Awards. The BTEC Awards are national awards...

    Female Student Set To Start Own Plasteri…

    Jul 11, 2017 / Sector News

    A talented student from East Durham College has swapped her carers uniform for work overalls to become, she believes, one of only two qualified female plasterers in the North East...

    Automotive firm secures European cash fo…

    Jul 11, 2017 / Sector News

    A North East automotive repair firm has kick-started a scheme to deliver electric and hybrid vehicle (EV and HV) training to 90 staff.  Blaydon-headquartered CF Motoring Services teamed up with Gateshead...

    Careers education, raising aspirations a…

    Jul 11, 2017 / Sector News

    One of the commitments of the recently published ‘Building our Industrial Strategy’ Green Paper was that the Government will publish a comprehensive careers strategy later this year. High quality careers...

    Ufi funds mixed reality training tools f…

    Jul 11, 2017 / Sector News

    Ufi Charitable Trust, a grant-funding body which supports the delivery of adult vocational skills through digital technology, is delighted to be funding exciting new advances into simulated experience technologies which...

    Helping the UK Thrive

    SKILLS NEEDS MUST NOW DRIVE REFORMS – CB…

    Jul 11, 2017 / Sector News

    Major skills reforms must deliver quality training, not just quantity Three quarters (75%) of businesses expect to increase the number of high-skilled roles over the coming years, but 61% fear that...

    David Bailey Furniture Systems thrilled…

    Jul 11, 2017 / Sector News

    David Bailey Furniture Systems is proud to announce its involvement in the new ground-breaking school for children with autism being built on Tottenham Hotspurs’ old – now unused – training...

    US finance chief funds £15k scholarships…

    Jul 11, 2017 / Sector News

    As IFS study shows poorest students graduating with £57k of debt, he urges others to follow his lead, saying too many City careers are underpinned by advantage as much as...

    From fish & chips to funerals – Co-o…

    Jul 11, 2017 / Sector News

    Having exceeded its target of recruiting an apprentice per day in 2016, Co-op Funeralcare is celebrating its 2000th recruit who has swapped fish & chips for Funeralcare.   Ryan Coombes, 23, from...

    Poor numeracy remains endemic in the UK

    Jul 11, 2017 / Sector News

    New Report Highlights Lack of Progress in Improving the UK’s Numeracy and Signals Concerns for Productivity in the Post-Brexit Era. Poor numeracy remains endemic in the UK with a quarter...

    How to develop an apprenticeship standar…

    Jul 10, 2017 / Sector News

    Today (10 July) IFA updated their guidance for groups of employers (trailblazers) on proposing and developing a new apprenticeship standard. An apprenticeship standard shows what an apprentice will be doing and the...

    Letters from Anne Milton to the chairs o…

    Jul 10, 2017 / Sector News

    Minister of State for Apprenticeships and Skills Anne Milton writes to the chairs of the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) and the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB) confirming continuing...

    Funding allocations to training provider…

    Jul 10, 2017 / Sector News

    ESFA today (10 July) updated their guidance for funding values for colleges, training organisations, local authorities and employers with a contract for 2016 to 2017. Allocation / contract values data 2016 to...

    Individualised Learner Record (ILR) spec…

    Jul 10, 2017 / Sector News

    ESFA update today (10 July) This document sets out the details of data about further education (FE) learners and their learning that must be collected by colleges, training organisations, local authorities...

    New Somer Construction Centre at Bath Co…

    Jul 10, 2017 / Sector News

    Student Luke Nutland has just two weeks left working on Bath College’s new Construction Skills Centre as part of the site management team. The new purpose-built facility, to be named the Somer...

    NWRC fashion graduate says 'Go For It'

    Jul 10, 2017 / Sector News

    For as long as Lynsey McGarrigle can remember she wanted to be a fashion designer.The 26 year-old North West Regional College graduate has hit the industry like a whirlwind since...

    Outstanding staff recognised at annual a…

    Jul 10, 2017 / Sector News

    Stafford College held its annual staff awards celebration on 4th July where a number awards were made to recognise outstanding staff contributions and achievements. The awards ceremony, attended by governors, senior...

    FIRMS AT RISK AS C-SUITE PAYS ‘LIP SERVI…

    Jul 10, 2017 / Sector News

    86% of Britain’s biggest businesses have assessed their risk of digital disruption, with the majority putting a C-suite exec in charge of driving digital change But, over half (55%) of L&D...

    Winners of “Technicians Make it Happen” …

    Jul 10, 2017 / Sector News

    Young people awarded prizes by the British Science Association in photo competition showcasing technicians. The British Science Association (BSA) has announced the winners of the Technicians Make it Happen photo competition...

    IB results day: graduates worldwide cele…

    Jul 10, 2017 / Sector News

    Last week, almost 160,000 Diploma Programme (DP) students around the world received their results from the May 2017 examination session. The number of students receiving their results in the UK...

    Family learning success helps CAVC stude…

    Jul 10, 2017 / Sector News

    A mother who left Romania and moved to Wales in search of a better life for her and her family has won a top award for achievement in adult learning. Nutica...

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