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    Denise Baker, Head of Pre-qualifying Healthcare and Apprenticeships at the University of Derby

    Apprenticeships in the NHS - miracle cur…

    Feb 23, 2018 / Featured Article

    The introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy will see around £200 million per year ring-fenced in the NHS for apprenticeships. For those employers who are prepared for apprenticeship changes, this represents...

    Stephen Spriggs, Managing Director, William Clarence Education

    PARENTS WANT TO PAY HIGHER SCHOOL FEES

    Feb 22, 2018 / Featured Article

    After more than five years in the tuition business, I’m used to hearing parents’ demands when it comes to choosing a private school for their child. Whether they want single-sex...

    Jacquie Mutter, Chief Executive, OCN London

    Digital skills crisis? It’s not just abo…

    Feb 22, 2018 / Featured Article

    The UK is facing a digital skills crisis. We will need 1.2 million new technical and digitally skilled people by 2022 to meet rising demand from employers. Looking further ahead, within...

    Sarah Kaiser, Diversity and Inclusion lead for Fujitsu EMEIA

    Fostering a vibrant and nurturing workpl…

    Feb 21, 2018 / Featured Article

    Girls in ICT day. Ada Lovelace Day. International Women’s Day. What do all of these have in common? They’re all examples of how much better we are at celebrating the achievements of...

    Stewart Segal is a Non-Executive Director of Youth Employment UK and TDLC a training provider.

    Changing the Culture of Education - Post…

    Feb 21, 2018 / Featured Article

    The Prime Minister’s speech on 19th February 2018 was a positive step towards the development of an effective education and training system.  She set out the main aim of changing...

    Andy Durman, Managing Director, Labour Market Insight specialists, Emsi

    The Prison Education Framework: Why Goo…

    Feb 20, 2018 / Featured Article

    With the Invitation to Tender for the Prison Education Framework (PEF) now out, education and training providers will be seeking to ensure that their bid not only ticks all the...

    Tim Chewter, Head of Research and Communications, Strategic Development Network (SDN)

    The Professional Discussion - Under the …

    Feb 19, 2018 / Featured Article

    If you are looking to deliver (or prepare your apprentices) for end-point assessments in the future, you will need to get to grips with the assessment methods specified in the...

    Arnie Skelton, Head of Enterprise and Innovation, EFC

    TOOLING UP…

    Feb 16, 2018 / Featured Article

    In a College that has a lot going for it, and some might say recently has had a lot done to it, simplicity and effectiveness are key.  Part of my...

    Richard Marsh, Apprenticeship Partnership Director, Kaplan Financial

    The Apprenticeship hierarchy - Whose pol…

    Feb 16, 2018 / Featured Article

    The recent IFA publication Faster / Better included a useful update on which qualifications can be included in an apprenticeship and why. In essence I think it is saying you cannot...

    Geraldine Swanton, Legal Director and Information Law Specialist at Law Firm, Shakespeare Martineau.

    Don’t count on Brexit to avoid the GDPR

    Feb 15, 2018 / Featured Article

    The Government’s proposed Data Protection Bill, which will incorporate the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) into UK legislation, means that despite Brexit, organisations across a vast range of sectors, including...

    Paul Eeles, Chair of the Federation of Awarding Bodies and Chief Executive of the Skills & Education Group.

    Qualifications in Apprenticeship Standar…

    Feb 15, 2018 / Featured Article

    Last week the Institute for Apprenticeships (IfA) announced a very significant change in of the rules concerning the use of qualifications in apprenticeship standards. These changes should be welcomed warmly by...

    Phillip Speed, Education Finance Specialist, Nucleus Commercial Finance

    Oxbridge offering apprenticeships? What …

    Feb 14, 2018 / Featured Article

    A hugely important development for the Apprenticeship market has hit the mainstream news recently after flying under the radar for a week. Cambridge University has been approved to deliver apprenticeships and...

    Jamie Smith, Executive Director, South Staffordshire College, Co-Founder Statistics24.com

    Fax machines, floppy discs and paper. Th…

    Feb 14, 2018 / Featured Article

    For a list of all the ways that technology has failed to improve the quality of life, please press three. So said author Alice Kahn. Whilst technology can often polarise opinion...

    Chris Thomson, Education Consultant and former sixth form college principal.

    How not to spoil your lunch

    Feb 13, 2018 / Featured Article

    We English don’t have a lot of time or space for philosophy. We like to get on with things, not sit around pondering the meaning of life. When someone wants...

    Councillor Stephen Lambert, Director, Education4Democracy.

    CENTRAL GOVERNMENT MUST SET A CAP ON CEO…

    Feb 12, 2018 / Featured Article

    WITH SCHOOL ACADEMY BOSSES’ SOARAWAY SALARIES IN THE SPOTLIGHT CENTRAL GOVERNMENT MUST SET A CAP OF £100k ON CEO PAY IF IT’S SERIOUS IN BEING ON THE SIDE OF FAMILIES...

    John Govett is Group Chief Executive at Ixion Holdings (Contracts) Ltd

    Every outstanding provider still require…

    Feb 12, 2018 / Featured Article

    Being judged ‘overall outstanding’ and being credited with a ‘very clear strategic vision’ by Ofsted is a fantastic experience for the team at Ixion and this is as a result...

    Emma Finamore, Editor, AllAboutSchoolLeavers.co.uk

    It’s great that the first cohort of degr…

    Feb 09, 2018 / Featured Article

    Degree Apprenticeships are one of the most exciting developments to happen in the school leaver market for years, but more needs to be done to increase uptake of the programmes. Government...

    Malcolm Cooper, MD, MCA Cooper Associates

    Mergers Mergers Everywhere!

    Feb 08, 2018 / Featured Article

    In recent months we have seen a number of college mergers. Some instigated by Area Based Reviews and some planned previously. Regardless of the starting position, one thing is clear...

    Carl Standertskjold, Trade Marketing Manager Corporate & Education,Sony Professional Services Europe

    Highlights from BETT: A Glimpse of the F…

    Feb 07, 2018 / Featured Article

    Every year, the British Education Training and Technology Show (BETT) in London inspires us by showcasing the latest and greatest advancements in education technology – and this year was no...

    Regina Moran, VP, Head of Industry Consulting and Software Solutions, EMEIA BAS, Fujitsu

    ‘The girls are not alright’ – utilising …

    Feb 07, 2018 / Featured Article

    Wherever you look and whatever you read, we’re being told the same thing: with the skills gap costing our economy £63 billion a year, STEM and digital skills are essential...

    Iain Salisbury, CEO, Aspiration Training Ltd

    Traineeships, the case for change

    Feb 06, 2018 / Featured Article

    A couple of weeks ago I sat in Westminster, listening to fellow providers and employers involved in Traineeships. What hit me hardest was the lack of any debate or argument. I was...

    Nick Warren, Interim Manager, Consultant and Author.

    “How interesting are you?”

    Feb 06, 2018 / Featured Article

    Let me tell you a story... Are you sitting uncomfortably? Then I’ll begin! Everyone loves a good story. In fact, if you think about it almost everything we do in our lives...

    Richard Shea, Managing Director, EMEA Search at Futurestep

    Demographics and digital disruption thre…

    Feb 05, 2018 / Featured Article

    British employers are increasingly coming under pressure from an inevitable force: time. Its relentless march doesn’t only yield innovations that change how entire markets work, rendering previously useful business capabilities...

    Daniel Wilson, Teacher of Creative Digital Media,  Ashton under-lyne Sixth Form College

    How Flipping the Classroom can Instill G…

    Feb 02, 2018 / Featured Article

    As an FE teacher I often struggle to find the boundary between being an attentive and supportive educator and doing too much for my learners. In all teachers there is...

    Dr Simon Reddy, Education Professional and Master Plumber, leadinthewater.com

    The Problem with Further Education and A…

    Feb 01, 2018 / Featured Article

    World Skills Medal Winner, Plumbing Apprentice Dan Martins, is a shining example of what Further Education (FE) students can achieve. Indeed, FE offers many people chances to transform their lives...

    Ian Ashman, Education and Skills Consultant, Equals

    Property Rationalisation and Mergers in …

    Jan 31, 2018 / Featured Article

    In this article Ian Ashman, former college principal and FE adviser to Equals, writes about potential approaches to property planning and implementation following College mergers, in the light of his...

    Sherry Coutu CBE, chair of Founders4Schools and The ScaleUp Institute

    The lack of work experience provision is…

    Jan 30, 2018 / Featured Article

    The power of work experience can’t be overstated. Young people need meaningful interactions with companies if they are to hit the ground running when they take their first steps into...

    John Yarham, Vice Chair of Careers England and CEO of Futures Advice, Skills and Employment

    What next for careers following the publ…

    Jan 29, 2018 / Featured Article

    My previous article, entitled ‘What did your careers adviser tell you?’ was written in anticipation of the careers strategy being published. Now that it has been launched and we know...

    Jon Oliver, Acting Principal, UTC Swindon

    Securing our digital future: fuelling th…

    Jan 29, 2018 / Featured Article

    Digital technology is transforming every aspect of our lives, having an extraordinary impact on the way we live and work. We are in the midst of the information revolution, but...

    Lisa Bristow, Director, The Bristow partnership Ltd

    20% off job training, an opportunity to …

    Jan 26, 2018 / Featured Article

    20% off job training time should be seen as an opportunity to make improvements in business rather than seen as a drain on productivity. One of the biggest factors that has...

    Jamie E. Smith, Executive Director – Engagement, South Staffordshire College, Co-Founder Statistics24.com

    Ballistic missiles and human error. What…

    Jan 25, 2018 / Featured Article

    There are few leaders in further education right now who don’t have a heightened sense of awareness of matters relating to cybersecurity. The arrival of the General Data Protection Regulation...

    Dr Marie Goua, Academic Strategic Lead in Biological Science from Robert Gordon University’s School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences

    Fostering STEM interests and careers for…

    Jan 24, 2018 / Featured Article

    Science as a whole and in particular subjects in the life sciences sector, such as chemistry and biology, impact our everyday lives, from disease diagnosis to drug design and manufacturing...

    FHE Marketing Consultant Stefan Drew

    Is FE Missing Curriculum & Income Op…

    Jan 23, 2018 / Featured Article

    So often I hear that the sector is underfunded. Maybe it is and maybe it isn't. Personally, I’m not convinced. It might be that we have enough money but just don’t...

    Kirsty McHugh, Chief Executive of the Employment Related Services Association (ERSA)

    Carry on regardless

    Jan 23, 2018 / Featured Article

    Sometimes working with central Government feels akin to a carry on film.  Now, to be clear, I’m not suggesting that any ministers are engaged in naughty activity or that we have...

    Arnie Skelton, Head of Enterprise and Innovation, EFC

    WHAT HUMANS NEED MOST…

    Jan 22, 2018 / Featured Article

    I’m currently working in Epping Forest College, and I've spent over 35 years teaching, training and coaching others.  It's been, and continues to be a privilege, and every so often...

    Ben Hughes is Vice Principal (Industry Engagement) at Pearson College London

    Signposting the roads less travelled

    Jan 19, 2018 / Featured Article

    Maybe it’s because it’s New Year and the traditional time for existential angst. Maybe it’s because education and skills policy are arguably in a greater state of flux than at...

    Daphne Metland, Director, Unihealth

    How to scale wellbeing support

    Jan 18, 2018 / Featured Article

    The Universities UK lead on Wellbeing, Professor Steve West, has suggested that students should declare mental health problems on their application.  Not all students have a mental health problem of course...

    Marina Gaze is a further education and skills inspector and leader

    Why 2018 should be the year of inclusivi…

    Jan 17, 2018 / Featured Article

    Marina Gaze (ex Ofsted deputy director for FE and skills) explains which areas of the Common Inspection Framework to focus on to achieve better Ofsted results, in her latest article for...

    Simon Ashworth is chief policy officer of the Association of Employment and Learning Providers

    End point assessment: Why the IfA needs …

    Jan 15, 2018 / Featured Article

    What do providers really want from an end point assessment organisation?  Recently AELP surveyed a significant number of training providers with regard to what were they looking for in an end...

    FHE Marketing Consultant Stefan Drew

    Is 2018 the Year of Education Blockchain…

    Jan 12, 2018 / Featured Article

    FE providers are constantly deluged with change. If you’ve been in the sector for long, you’ll have seen the 1980s style YTS morph into a Levy based scheme; HMIs vanish, and...

    Kelle McQuade, Lead Business Development Manager, TQUK

    End-Point Assessment or End-Point Achiev…

    Jan 12, 2018 / Featured Article

    Like any other industry, the education sector is guilty of creating and throwing around its own abbreviations and acronyms. Love them or loathe them, they’re here to stay. Their widespread...

    Helen Wilson, Sales Director of GPRS Recruitment

    How to hire the Right People in 2018

    Jan 11, 2018 / Featured Article

    Within the work based learning and training sector, companies are monopolising on business opportunities and have growth plans in place which usually goes hand in hand with the need to...

    Tricia Odell, Head of QTLS and ATS, Education and Training Foundation

    QTLS helping more practitioners get the …

    Jan 11, 2018 / Featured Article

    Professionalism is central to the mission of the Society for Education and Training (SET). Our goal is to help teachers and trainers develop and improve their skills to enhance their...

    Cherry Tingle, Principal, Energy Coast UTC

    Project-based learning and employer invo…

    Jan 10, 2018 / Featured Article

    Response to the NFER evaluation of university technical colleges - Year 1 The first evaluation of University Technical College (UTC)’s approaches to curriculum design and employer engagement has found that project-based...

    Julie Hyde, Associate Director, CACHE (Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education)

    More than 70 years on, the technical edu…

    Jan 09, 2018 / Featured Article

    The UK’s modern education system dates back to the 1944 and 1947 Education Acts, which created universal free secondary education. The system was built around three types of schools: grammar...

    Kathryn Skelton, Head of Strategy, FutureLearn

    Digital Universities – what drives them …

    Jan 08, 2018 / Featured Article

    Watch this video to find out what Dr Ross Parry thought were the drivers of EdTech both generally and specifically for Leicester, what the major trends that Jeremy Auger is...

    Mark Adams, Regional VP, UK&I, Veeam

    Why availability matters

    Jan 05, 2018 / Featured Article

    The cost and importance of higher education mean the sector is always open to scrutiny. Whether that’s from politicians, journalists or even their own staff and students. So much so that...

    Chris Thomson, Education Consultant and former sixth form college principal.

    Even the boss can’t see the whole truth

    Jan 04, 2018 / Featured Article

    Once upon a time long, long ago I was a callow college Vice Principal and so wet behind the ears there was watercress. And one day we spent an entire...

    Richard Marsh, Apprenticeship Partnership Director, Kaplan Financial UK

    UK – OK? UK wide Apprenticeship programm…

    Jan 04, 2018 / Featured Article

    How can we help employers create UK wide apprenticeships? Skills devolution is now a fact of life and so it seems futile to try and argue against it. Yet many of our...

    James Lyne, Head of Research and Development, SANS Institute

    It’s Time to Go Back to Basics to Addres…

    Jan 03, 2018 / Featured Article

    Uber, Equifax, Yahoo: big-name data breaches have become so commonplace over the past year or two that the average consumer has almost become desensitised to them. In reality, UK PLC...

    Stephen Lambert, Director of Education4Democracy.

    Who Stole the Techs?

    Jan 03, 2018 / Featured Article

    Government Must Take back Control of the Further Education Sector if it’s serious in meeting the Needs of the many and not just the few. THE government launched an ‘Area Review’...

    Mandy Crawford-Lee, Director of Policy and Operations, University Vocational Awards Council

    The Quality of Apprenticeship Training –…

    Jan 02, 2018 / Featured Article

    A new round of parliamentary interest in the state of the Apprenticeship system comes at a crucial moment for the implementation of the Apprenticeship reforms in England. With an Education...

    Chris Webb – CEIAG Coordinator/Careers Adviser – The Ruth Gorse Academy, Leeds

    The Baker Clause – How will the school s…

    Dec 29, 2017 / Featured Article

    On 2nd January 2018, the Baker Clause comes into force across England and Wales, effectively forcing all schools to open their doors to FE, apprenticeship and alternative 14-16 training providers...

    Paul Conroy is the founder and director of Skills Office

    What is preventing smaller training prov…

    Dec 27, 2017 / Featured Article

    It is a question that I have asked myself on many occasions. However, following our successful non-levy ITT campaign (100% of clients supported, received a contract award) I again find...

    Fran Parry, MD, Bright Sparks

    An impossible bind – single parent famil…

    Dec 22, 2017 / Featured Article

    It is with considerable frustration that I am adding to the mountain of words written to plead with the Department for Work and Pensions for a pause and a rethink...

    Arnie Skelton, Head of Business Development Unit, Epping Forest College

    12 LITTLE THINGS FOR CHRISTMAS….

    Dec 21, 2017 / Featured Article

    As it’s the festive season, I thought I’d take the opportunity to highlight some of the little things that make a big difference at our college; things that cost little...

    Stephen Lambert, Director of Education4Democracy.

    Terror in the UK

    Dec 20, 2017 / Featured Article

    IN DEFENCE OF PREVENT: WHY BRITAIN’S ANTI-RADICALISATION STRATEGY MUST BE REFORMED RATHER THAN SCRAPPED. PREVENT, part of the Government’s annual £40m counter terrorism strategy, seeks to challenge the impact of extremism...

    Ruth Gilbert, CEO of the Career Colleges Trust

    Putting the Careers Strategy into practi…

    Dec 19, 2017 / Featured Article

    Every ‘long-awaited’ strategy from the Government comes with much expectation from the sector it affects. This is most certainly the case with the Careers Strategy, published last week. Careers education has...

    Peter Westgarth, CEO of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

    The importance of teaching young people …

    Dec 15, 2017 / Featured Article

    Communication, team-work and resilience are often the missing ingredients young people need to succeed in the workplace. This year’s CBI/ Pearson Education and Skills Survey painted a mixed picture of today’s...

    Emma Finamore, Editor, AllAboutSchoolLeavers.co.uk

    Misinformation about school leaver optio…

    Dec 14, 2017 / Featured Article

    Despite a recent push to increase the number of apprenticeships, and a drive to start valuing vocational and technical qualifications as highly as academic ones, our schools are still failing...

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