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Heather Venis, Principal Consultant, Awarding First

Plucky but unwise T Level proposals

May 28, 2018 / Featured Article

Something that awarding bodies are increasingly good at is listening to and understanding employers, knowing their sectors, what will work and what’s deliverable. The listening, conceptualising and doing a good...

Anna Clarke, Head of Apprenticeships for MK College

How the benefits system and poor advice …

May 25, 2018 / Featured Article

The benefits system is stopping young people from disadvantaged backgrounds from reaching their potential, because many of them just can’t afford to start an apprenticeship. A number of benefits aren’t...

David Lakin is Head of Education at the IET

Making the apprenticeship levy work hard…

May 25, 2018 / Featured Article

Apprenticeships and the development of good quality training schemes to support the next generation of engineering and technology talent are a vital element of tackling the deficit in skills across...

Susanne Shah, Director of Divorce & Family Law, Vardags, Newcastle

Growing up North - Time to Close the Gap

May 24, 2018 / Featured Article

Newcastle is bursting with potential, but young people in the region don't have enough opportunity Recently the Children’s commissioner published "Growing up North", a report which outlined the disadvantage that our...

Ben Pammenter, Education Sector Lead, ITGL

SPACE, THE FINAL FRONTIER

May 23, 2018 / Featured Article

Smart technology is changing the nature of buildings worldwide, and we are starting to see the benefits of these developments in our homes and workplaces. The further education sector also stands...

Michael Warburton credit BAFTA James Cannon

Innovation on a budget – engaging the ga…

May 23, 2018 / Featured Article

When I started teaching on the new Games Development Course at Cambridge Regional College one of the things that struck me was that I needed the help of the games...

Breaking into The Digital Sector: The Sk…

May 22, 2018 / Featured Article

The digital sector is known for its constant change and revolutionary innovations — you can’t sit still or you’ll find yourself being left behind. Breaking out in this industry can...

Nabeena Mali, Head of Marketing, AppInstitute

Get educated on #GDPR ’s impact on furth…

May 22, 2018 / Featured Article

We’re now on the eve of enforcement of the strictest data law to date - the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). As we’ve creeped closer to the deadline, more...

“These aren’t the droids you’re looking …

May 21, 2018 / Featured Article

It was back in 1977 when the Star Wars character Ben Kenobi uttered the phrase ‘these aren’t the droids you’re looking for’ when using a Jedi mind trick to persuade...

Dr Nathan Lea is a Senior Research Associate at UCL

The European Union General Data Protecti…

May 21, 2018 / Featured Article

If you were to ask anyone “what is the first thing that comes to mind if you hear ‘GDPR’?” it is likely they have heard of it and the responses...

Richard Marsh, Apprenticeship Partnership Director, Kaplan Financial

Funding bands on the run…

May 18, 2018 / Featured Article

Latest guidance on Apprenticeships published, but who should decide the cost of an Apprenticeship? Just over 12 months ago Apprenticeship funding moved from a system based fundamentally on learner characteristics (age...

Kirsty McHugh, Chief Executive, ERSA

Even now, Mental Health is still an unde…

May 18, 2018 / Featured Article

We’re awash with ‘weeks’ nowadays – celebratory or educational. Often, at ERSA, we’re asked to support these events and we do so, where we can, with the requisite tweets and...

David Price, Health Assured CEO and Wellbeing Expert

How employers can support good mental he…

May 18, 2018 / Featured Article

Over recent years there has been a significant increase in awareness around the issue of mental health in the workplace. Employers are now recognising this as a business critical issue...

Yasuhiro Kotera, Academic Lead in Counselling, Psychotherapy & Psychology at the University of Derby

It’s not all about reducing negatives: C…

May 17, 2018 / Featured Article

The mental health of students is challenging in the UK. For example, data collected from FE colleges revealed that 75% of them had referred their students to A&E departments for...

Peter Marples, Group Chief Operating Officer, 3aaa Apprenticeships

One Day at a Time – EPA – An Impending D…

May 17, 2018 / Featured Article

I woke up this morning, full of the joys of spring. The sun shining, just back from our 8th levy conference at Wembley stadium and although a bit tired (old...

Mark Anderson, Managing Director, ACG Compliance

Talking my way to a cure #ThisIsMe

May 16, 2018 / Featured Article

I am not afraid to tackle my demons, and to be brutally honest I tackle them head on and found a new lease of life which helps me control “my”...

Richard Daniel Curtis, CEO of The Mentoring School at the European Vocational Education Week

“Oh, someone’s dealing with that” Suppor…

May 16, 2018 / Featured Article

“Oh, someone’s dealing with that.” is a phrase that I have heard from both further education and higher education staff. What they are referring to is the mental health of...

Julian Stanley, CEO, the Education Support Partnership

Why managers need self love

May 15, 2018 / Featured Article

It’s often said the number one reason staff leave their job is not the salary, the terms and conditions, the holidays, the commute or irritation with colleagues. It’s because they...

Lauren Bennett, Senior Researcher, Learning and Work Institute

7 ways to support apprentices with menta…

May 15, 2018 / Featured Article

The prevalence of mental health issues amongst young people is a significant and ongoing issue. 75 per cent of mental illnesses begin before a child reaches their 18th birthday. Experiencing a...

Stephen Lambert, Director of Education4Democracy.

Making #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek a Prio…

May 14, 2018 / Featured Article

IN THE North of England one in four have a mental illness ranging from bipolar disorder, clinical depression to severe anxiety. In a report released last Autumn by the mental...

Stephen Spriggs, Managing Director, William Clarence Education

Even the royal family knows the future i…

May 11, 2018 / Featured Article

There was a time when classrooms were dominated by the ‘3 Rs’, reading, writing and ‘rithmatic. Now, the focus is on Mandarin. And it’s not just the privileged kids in...

Greg Slade, Head of Health and Fitness at The Training Room

The reality of delivering the new Person…

May 11, 2018 / Featured Article

At the end of 2016 the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) launched the CIMSPA Professional Standards Matrix, which along with it had a new...

Louise Jones, Deputy Principal, Birmingham Metropolitan College

Thinking about Place: Further Education …

May 10, 2018 / Featured Article

The Further Education Trust for Leadership (FETL) selected Birmingham to host their spring symposium – Thinking about Place. Host for the Commonwealth Games in 2022, a key location for high speed...

David Falzani MBE CEng

Competing for Softer Skills

May 10, 2018 / Featured Article

In preparing young people for the workplace the education system is well proven in its ability to convey technical skills and capabilities. However, perhaps there are still opportunities to increase...

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

A Tale of Two Conferences – some reflect…

May 09, 2018 / Featured Article

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of transformation, it was the age of employability, it was the epoch of knowledge...

James Downes, co-founder of Maker Life

The Importance of Teaching Digital Skill…

May 09, 2018 / Featured Article

As education professionals, you will soon be confronted by a rapidly approaching skills gap. According to the EU Commission, there could be a shortfall of as many as 900,000 skilled...

The £7.99 FE Financial Viability Plan

May 08, 2018 / Featured Article

Collab recently published an article on the “key drivers for colleges to think and act more like a commercial business”. It mentioned funding reduction, competition and apprenticeship reform. It was...

Peter Houlis is the Managing Director of 2020 Vision

How will #GDPR change the way our educat…

May 08, 2018 / Featured Article

A topic heavily discussed across European media is the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation, otherwise known as GDPR — and this will undoubtedly have an impact on businesses...

Dr John Lanham is Assistant Vice Chancellor and Director Strategic Regional Partnerships at UWE and a Board Member of the University Vocational Awards Council (UVAC)

Apprenticeships - Compete, Collaborate -…

May 07, 2018 / Featured Article

The University of the West of England (UWE) has an extensive portfolio of “collaborative provision” through which we work with a range of partners to deliver our degrees at locations...

Nabil Asaad, Associate at Penningtons Manches LLP

The Right to be Forgotten – some points …

May 04, 2018 / Featured Article

The increased rights of individuals in respect of their personal data is one of the key concerns for many organisations as they prepare for the GDPR. With less than three...

Peter Finegold is Head of Education in the Engineering Policy Unit of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers

Female engineers should not be expected …

May 04, 2018 / Featured Article

The most effective way of ensuring that women remain in engineering and technology is to create working environments where they feel free to be themselves. The UK Government’s Gender Pay Gap...

Jangeer Kayani, Director, S.T.A.R. Consultancy and Training Ltd

Could you PREVENT this from happening in…

May 03, 2018 / Featured Article

At the age of 18 Adam was extremely keen and enthusiastic to enrol at college in order to pursue his lifelong passion for engineering. He was an instant success, both...

Hamish Gilpin, UCAS Lead, Weston College

Student Finance: Fighting Misconceptions

May 02, 2018 / Featured Article

For prospective university students and their parents, the costs and loans associated with university can be daunting and confusing. Many news articles obscure this further by presenting misleading information. An article...

Stephen Lambert, Director of Education4Democracy.

.@YouthViolenceUK : What can government …

May 02, 2018 / Featured Article

GANG VIOLENCE IS A PROBLEM IN LONDON AND MANCHESTER, BUT NOT IN NEWCASTLE-UPON-TYNE!  The cross-party, parliamentary Youth Violence Commission has been investigating the causes of youth violence for over 18 months...

Alice Barnard, Chief Executive of Edge with Robert Halfon

Not making the grade – why we should scr…

May 01, 2018 / Featured Article

Former skills minster and current chair of the Education Select Committee, Rob Halfon MP, has called for GCSEs to be scrapped. The exams regulator Ofqual reports that the number of people...

Kirstie Mackey, Head of LifeSkills created with Barclays

How to get young people to succeed in th…

Apr 30, 2018 / Featured Article

The world of work is changing. Due to a range of economic, societal, global and technological developments, the workplace of today is likely to a look a lot different in...

Emma Finamore, Editor, AllAboutSchoolLeavers.co.uk

#Apprenticeships should be accessible to…

Apr 27, 2018 / Featured Article

The government’s education select committee heard this month that the threat of losing welfare payments could be preventing some young people from taking up apprenticeships. Certain benefits are not available to...

Jesper Johansson, Chief Security Architect at Yubico

No Admission for Hackers; Keeping Cyberc…

Apr 26, 2018 / Featured Article

FE institutions are under increasing attack from cybercriminals looking to exploit open networks and steal personal information and IP. Jesper Johannson, chief security architect at Yubico looks at what they...

Arnie Skelton, Managing Director, Effective Training & Development Ltd

A RADICAL APPROACH TO MEETINGS

Apr 25, 2018 / Featured Article

When Ofsted visit, they are looking for a productive, effective and efficient college. Though the focus is of course on teaching and learning, one of the areas where a considerable...

Jamie E Smith, Executive Chairman, C-Learning

2am. If your College isn’t open, it shou…

Apr 24, 2018 / Featured Article

I once heard a professional sports player being interviewed and describing the secret of their success. They said they never ran to where the ball was, they ran to where...

Graham Smith, head of marketing at leading Microsoft recruitment partner, Curo Talent

IT skills gap: the industry forecast

Apr 20, 2018 / Featured Article

Today, more than 1.5 million people work in the digital sector or roles related to digital technology. In fact, the number of digital technology jobs across the UK has grown...

Richard Marsh, Apprenticeship Partnership Director, Kaplan Financial

The first year of the apprenticeship lev…

Apr 20, 2018 / Featured Article

Richard Marsh gives his balanced and constructive response to the recent report from think tank Reform, "The Great Training Robbery: assessing the first year of the apprenticeship levy". The impact of the levy...

Angela Middleton, CEO and Founder of MiddletonMurray

The Apprenticeship Levy one year on: Eng…

Apr 19, 2018 / Featured Article

Where it all started: MiddletonMurray’s preparation This month marks a full year since the Apprenticeship Levy was introduced in the UK. And what a year it has been. I stay close to...

Stefan Drew, FHE Marketing Consultant

Schools Were Open on Easter Monday – It’…

Apr 19, 2018 / Featured Article

Following on from my recent feature on The Impact of Snow Days on Learning and Financial Viability I note that all schools were open on Easter Monday to make up...

John Druce, Learning and Development Manager at Arqiva

Apprenticeship schemes provide stability…

Apr 18, 2018 / Featured Article

In a changing and seemingly uncertain world – think Brexit, new technology and General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) to name a few – it may be understandable that some businesses...

Stephen Lambert, Director of Education4Democracy.

Why We Need to Promote Learning for Demo…

Apr 17, 2018 / Featured Article

ALL SCHOOLs, colleges and apprenticeship agencies are required to teach British Values (shared values), including democracy and ‘’understanding of how citizens can influence decision-making through the democratic process.’’ Yet, turn-out in...

Jamie Smith, Executive Chairman, C-Learning Ltd

“Houston, we have a problem”. Lessons f…

Apr 16, 2018 / Featured Article

“Houston, we have a problem”, those famous words attributed to NASA astronaut John Swigert on the ill-fated Apollo 13 mission back in 1970 could apply equally to the journey of...

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

The Project - Under the bonnet of end-po…

Apr 16, 2018 / Featured Article

For many, the concept of end-point assessment is still new. The independent nature of the assessor’s role is new, the concept of grading is new, and the way many of the...

Tim Hunter, Director of Learning and New Talent, BAFTA

Encouraging young people to get involved…

Apr 13, 2018 / Featured Article

Give young people the chance to try out games design When I tell people I work for BAFTA, I typically get two responses: ‘What do you do when the film and...

Helen Wilson, Sales Director of GPRS Recruitment

Employers are feeling confident, permane…

Apr 12, 2018 / Featured Article

According to new survey data from the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo), professional recruitment firms reported that the number of candidates securing permanent roles in January 2018 increased by...

Paul McKean, Head of FE and Skills, Jisc

#FEsavedME - a personal story from Paul …

Apr 11, 2018 / Featured Article

Paul McKean, head of FE and skills at Jisc and a former teacher at Bolton College, explains how further education helped him through a very dark time in his life. My 20s...

Richard Marsh, Apprenticeship Partnership Director, Kaplan Financial

Are we nearly there yet? Apprenticeship …

Apr 10, 2018 / Featured Article

One year since the introduction of the apprenticeship levy and we are roughly half-way through the implementation phase of the current apprenticeship reforms. So how’s it all going? Political impact The political...

Richard Hines, principal specialist inspector at the Health and Safety Executive (HSE)

Could an apprenticeship really be the ga…

Apr 09, 2018 / Featured Article

A demanding job in a high-pressure environment, dealing with matters of life and death daily, you might think that I’m the product of a Russell Group university education with a...

Max Hoefeijzers - Leerpark Founder with his favourite quote

A proven model for a new vocational syst…

Apr 06, 2018 / Featured Article

In my last piece 'How must FE change to be a successful tool to solve the Skills Gap Problem in the UK?' I mentioned that there was a model already in existence...

The Apprenticeship Levy is a year old. Are you celebrating?

Can we have our cake and eat it? Reflect…

Apr 06, 2018 / Featured Article

It has been a year since the Apprenticeship Levy was launched on 6th April 2017. This time last year I was expecting a hugely successful year and huge growth in Apprenticeship...

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

.@officestudents – some devil’s advocacy

Apr 05, 2018 / Featured Article

“Don’t call students consumers” Nicola Dandridge CBE, Chief Executive of the new Office for Students, was reported as saying at the launch of its new regulatory framework last month. “We now...

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

Working with your staff, not on them

Apr 04, 2018 / Featured Article

Mrs Roberts had the measure of me from the start. 'Christopher is a bright button but somehow always towards the bottom of the tin.' Always been slow on the uptake. Despite...

Colin Bentwood, Managing Director (and EPA programme manager), Strategic Development Network (SDN)

The Portfolio - Under the bonnet of end-…

Apr 03, 2018 / Featured Article

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

Arnie Skelton, Head of Enterprise and Innovation, EFC

Entrepreneurial learning and the CRATE e…

Apr 03, 2018 / Featured Article

Epping Forest College is located in West Essex, but only 20 minutes from the centre of London. 90% of our local business are tiny – less than 10 employees. Most are start-ups...

Stephen Spriggs, Managing Director, William Clarence Education

Is a UCAS system really the hidden answe…

Mar 29, 2018 / Featured Article

To win a place at private school, 11-year-olds have to prepare for and sit a number of entrance exams and then smile through lots of interviews, which can be exhausting...

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