Articles from Kirstie Donnelly

We must address the problem of a levy pot left unloved

Introduced in 2017, the apprenticeship levy was widely seen as a positive step towards increasing investment in skills development and training by businesses across the UK.

Re-train; re-skill; re-imagine FE

This year marks the 140th anniversary of the City & Guilds Group. At this historic milestone, Managing Director Kirstie Donnelly looks forward to the future landscape of training and development.

The introduction of T Levels will bring about an enormous step change

We welcome the release of the Department for Education’s “Employer engagement and capacity to support T Level industry placements” report, which brings to light some of the challenges for employers in the delivery of T Level extended work placements. 

Government apprenticeship levy proposals are step in the right direction, but not the end of the journey

It’s been one of those ‘it never rains but it pours’ or ‘all the buses arriving at the same time’ kind of weeks. We have had the proposals for the apprenticeship levy as well as a funding bands tool and a list of apprenticeships due for delivery. Guidance on what an employer needs to do to become an apprenticeship training provider has also been published, along with details of the new register of apprenticeship training providers and data on how much the Government expects each sector to pay to the apprenticeship levy.

Skills Plan: is it a flash in the pan or lasting vocational reform?

So the Sainsbury Review and the Government’s response, the Skills Plan, is finally out. It’s clearly a good thing that professional and technical education has been recognised as a credible choice for young people that sits alongside A Levels, but is it all good news?

Employers still in the dark about forthcoming apprenticeship changes

Concerning lack of knowledge uncovered less than two months until introduction of levy

Learning to be employable

As anyone who has conducted a job interview can tell you, having a CV packed with academic achievements might get a candidate through the door, but it won't necessarily get them the job. Coming across as perfect on paper is irrelevant if a candidate doesn't have the right skills and personal attributes to be able to get the job done.

OFSTED and the year ahead

The dust has settled after OFSTED's annual report was published at the end of 2014 and a brand new year has just begun so it seems like a good time to ruminate over how these recommendations, coupled with all the other changes in the sector, might impact FE over the coming year.

From education to employment, so near and yet so far

Last week I hosted a panel debate at the AOC to discuss how to rebuild the bridge between education and employment. The panel of leading employers and educators unanimously agreed our education system has lost its vital connection to employers, and it's time for change.

Ditch the drama: it's all about stability in the skills system

We always talk about the need to raise awareness of FE; to change perceptions and be held up alongside academia. However all too often, we just see change. New policies here and there, skills and employment policy switching between Government departments, new ministers at every reshuffle.

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