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    A party and a weeping chairman: ERSA Awards open for entries!
    Once a year my chairman sits in front of me and cries. This is not...
    Flashback Friday! 23rd February
    Welcome to Flashback Friday 23rd February, where we take a look back through time at...
    Apprenticeship starts continue to fall in the short term
    Figures released by the Department of Education report a fall in the number of apprenticeship starts...
    How to Market a College Restaurant
    The college restaurant is an essential part of the catering and hospitality offer in many...
    What to look forward to during National Apprenticeship Week
    National Apprenticeship Week 2018 - #NAW2018 - takes place from 5 to 9 March 2018....
    A party and a weeping chairman: ERSA Awards open for entries!
    A party and a weeping chairman: ERSA Awards op...
    Flashback Friday! 23rd February
    Flashback Friday! 23rd February
    Apprenticeship starts continue to fall in the short term
    Apprenticeship starts continue to fall in the ...
    How to Market a College Restaurant
    How to Market a College Restaurant
    What to look forward to during National Apprenticeship Week
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    Kirsty McHugh, Chief Executive, ERSA

    A party and a weeping chairman: ERSA Awa…

    Feb 23, 2018 / FE Voices

    Once a year my chairman sits in front of me and cries. This is not entirely my fault, in case you are wondering, rather the impact of some of the...

    Flashback Friday

    Flashback Friday! 23rd February

    Feb 23, 2018 / FE Voices

    Welcome to Flashback Friday 23rd February, where we take a look back through time at the year: 2017: Mind the [Skills] Gap by Sandy Lindsay MBE, Chair of the IoD and North West...

    Apprenticeship starts continue to fall i…

    Feb 22, 2018 / FE Voices

    Figures released by the Department of Education report a fall in the number of apprenticeship starts in November The number of apprenticeship starts has continued to fall with figures for November showing...

    Stefan Drew, FHE Marketing Consultant

    How to Market a College Restaurant

    Feb 22, 2018 / FE Voices

    The college restaurant is an essential part of the catering and hospitality offer in many colleges. And in an age of underfunding it can also be an essential profit generator. Sadly...

    Sue Husband, Director of National Apprenticeship Service

    What to look forward to during National …

    Feb 21, 2018 / FE Voices

    National Apprenticeship Week 2018 - #NAW2018 - takes place from 5 to 9 March 2018. Everyone with a passion for apprenticeships will be coming together to celebrate and get the...

    Mark Farrar, Chief Executive, AAT

    Sky-high fees means the Government needs…

    Feb 20, 2018 / FE Voices

    Theresa May’s calls for a review on the cost of higher education comes not a moment too soon. University provides many people with a great start in life, but there’s...

    Sector Response to Post 18 funding revie…

    Feb 19, 2018 / FE Voices

    The current education funding system places a strong emphasis on higher education learning, with streamlined and well-detailed funding options available for prospective students. The same cannot be said for those...

    Flashback Friday

    Flashback Friday! 16th February

    Feb 16, 2018 / FE Voices

    Welcome to Flashback Friday 16th February, where we take a look back through time at the year: 2017: Is skills policy now too ‘employer-led’?  Click here to see other articles by NEU by Janet...

    Stephen Spriggs, Managing Director, William Clarence Education

    T-levels being shunned by top universiti…

    Feb 15, 2018 / FE Voices

    I’m not surprised that the new technical qualification, the T-level, is being shunned by top universities. The Department for Education (DfE) may describe the T-levels as “world class” qualifications “on...

    Helen Wilson, Sales Director of GPRS Recruitment

    Grow your own Talent

    Feb 15, 2018 / FE Voices

    Do you want to employ the best Trainers & Tutors? Then why not grow your own? Growing your own talent is bit like creating your own garden – it takes planning, preparation...

    Photo credit, Silvia Brazzoduro

    Is An Apprenticeship Right For You?

    Feb 15, 2018 / FE Voices

    With news that university loan debts have soared to over £100 billion, many students are considering apprenticeships in lieu of a traditional university degree. Currently, the UK government is strongly supporting...

    Happy Valentine's Day - Rekindle your ca…

    Feb 14, 2018 / FE Voices

    This Valentine’s Day, we’re taking an un-conventional approach to the traditional message. We are encouraging candidates to focus on themselves and ensure they are in a role they truly love! Did...

    Degrees that give you more – and cost yo…

    Feb 13, 2018 / FE Voices

    Figures released last week by UCAS reveal that 12,400 fewer UK students have applied to go to university in September 2018, than compared to the same point last year. With tuition...

    Dr Paul Phillips CBE, Principal and Chief Executive of Weston College

    Driving Change And Avoiding The Pot Hole…

    Feb 13, 2018 / FE Voices

    Meagre is an interesting word, it means deficient in amount or quality or extent. It is a frightening word for Further Education in particular because there is meagre understanding of...

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

    High-Stakes - Under the bonnet of end-po…

    Feb 12, 2018 / FE Voices

    In the coming weeks, we’ll be releasing a series of articles taking you through the end-point assessment methods used in new apprenticeship assessment plans, and some of the practical issues...

    Flashback Friday

    Flashback Friday! 9th February

    Feb 09, 2018 / FE Voices

    Welcome to Flashback Friday 9th February, where we take a look back through time at the year: 2017: The proof that education really does pay  Click here to see other articles by City...

    Stephen Evans, Chief Executive, Learning and Work Institute

    Lost Einsteins and burning injustices

    Feb 08, 2018 / FE Voices

    Earlier this week, Learning and Work Institute hosted an event with a keynote from Robert Halfon about skills and social justice. Our analysis shows too many areas of the country still...

    All the action from OneCon2018

    Feb 08, 2018 / FE Voices

    Now that some of the dust has settled from 2017's major apprenticeship reforms, at OneFile, we wanted to bring together providers, employers, employer-providers, sector experts and sector businesses to discuss...

    Tony Eysele, Head of ACS Cobham International School

    Creating an environment that develops co…

    Feb 07, 2018 / FE Voices

    In 2018 and into the future, we need an education which aims to develop students as confident and adaptable individuals, comfortable and assured in their own skin. With a whole...

    Alison Maynard, Principal, South Tyneside College

    Principal of South Tyneside College resp…

    Feb 06, 2018 / FE Voices

    The principal of South Tyneside College is leading a charge for urgent change to a new national system of measuring student attainment, branding it “unfair and distorting”. Alison Maynard has joined...

    Councillor Stephen Lambert, Director, Education4Democracy

    Wales allows school age voters

    Feb 06, 2018 / FE Voices

    WALES THIS MONTH HAS LOWERED THE VOTING AGE TO 16 FOR LOCAL ELECTIONS. NEWCASTLE CITY COUNCILLORS BELIEVE THIS IS THE WAY FORWARD FOR ENGLAND TO BOOST ELECTORAL TURN-OUT Stephen Lambert examines the...

    Rob Halfon, Chairman of Commons Education Select Committee

    Revolution in Further and Higher Educati…

    Feb 04, 2018 / FE Voices

    Robert Halfon, Chair of the Education Committee, keynote speech on a Revolution in Further and Higher Education To Eradicate Skills Gap And Deliver Social Justice For All. His speech will be...

    Flashback Friday

    Flashback Friday! 2nd February

    Feb 02, 2018 / FE Voices

    Welcome to Flashback Friday 2nd February, where we take a look back through time at the year: 2017: DWP is running out of time to get JCP’s role right  Click here to see...

    Richard Atkins CBE, Further Education Commissioner

    Annual Report of the Further Education C…

    Feb 01, 2018 / FE Voices

    This is a time of huge opportunity in Further Education (FE). Colleges are critical to raising productivity, driving social mobility, and addressing skills gaps using local talent. The importance of the FE...

    Jack Parsons (Left) & Paul Frampton (Right)

    Big Youth Group launches to address unde…

    Feb 01, 2018 / FE Voices

    Young entrepreneur and social influencer Jack Parsons who was himself twice a ‘Neet’ and ex-Havas Media Group boss, Paul Frampton have teamed up to launch the Big Youth Group -...

    John Widdowson CBE, Principal, New College Durham

    Mending the Gap: Are the needs of 16-18 …

    Jan 31, 2018 / FE Voices

    This paper by John Widdowson CBE, Principal, New College Durham, is the fourth in a series from NCFE and Campaign for Learning that examines current and emerging policy from a learning...

    Louise Doyle, Director, MESMA

    Apprenticeship levy: where are all the a…

    Jan 31, 2018 / FE Voices

    The low volume of apprenticeships (down by 26% compared to 12 months ago) and the increasing gap between the government’s three million target and current levels is concerning for those...

    Anne Milton on apprenticeships

    Jan 30, 2018 / FE Voices

    At the Apprenticeships4England event last week, Anne Milton was a breath of fresh air.    People who attend these types of events know that speeches given by Government ministers can be – let’s say...

    Bob Harrison,  Chair of Governors Northern College Barnsley and Vice Chair of Governors of a Secondary Modern school in Trafford.

    BETT 2018 goes global and finally FE get…

    Jan 29, 2018 / FE Voices

    I have just returned from my 17th BETT show at Excel and whilst the show has always supposed to have been aimed at schools and further education the reality is...

    Flashback Friday

    Flashback Friday! 26th January

    Jan 26, 2018 / FE Voices

    Welcome to Flashback Friday 26th January, where we take a look back through time at the year: 2017: Curriculum planning: the sun is shining - now fix your roof  Click here to see...

    Government in danger of not meeting appr…

    Jan 25, 2018 / FE Voices

    Apprenticeship and levy statistics: January 2018 The latest figures published by the Department for Education remain significantly lower than for the same period in each of the previous couple of years Statistics covering latest...

    Transforming Learning with 3D printing

    Jan 25, 2018 / FE Voices

    3D printing can completely change the way students learn. It’s a technology that has the ability to transform industries such as manufacturing, engineering, architecture, art, aerospace, science and of course...

    Anne Milton, Apprenticeships and Skills Minister

    Anne Milton: speech at Bett show 2018

    Jan 24, 2018 / FE Voices

    Apprenticeships and Skills Minister speaks at the 2018 Bett show about the importance of EdTech and digital skills in an increasingly digital world: Welcome. It is fantastic to join you all for...

    Secretary of State for Education Damian Hinds

    Education Secretary opens Education Worl…

    Jan 22, 2018 / FE Voices

    Secretary of State for Education Damian Hinds welcomes education ministers and policy makers from around the world, his speech in full:  Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen. How wonderful to see such a...

    Richard Marsh, Apprenticeship Partnership Director, Kaplan Financial UK

    A Brighter Future

    Jan 22, 2018 / FE Voices

    Celebrating the best in English Apprenticeships Last week I had the great fortune of attending the 14th National Apprenticeship awards. It is always one of the highlights in the FE calendar and...

    Flashback Friday

    Flashback Friday! 19th January

    Jan 19, 2018 / FE Voices

    Welcome to Flashback Friday 19th January, where we take a look back through time at the year: 2017: New framework from Skills for Health supports plans to “transform attitudes” to mental health  Click...

    Skills for the North: Devolving technica…

    Jan 18, 2018 / FE Voices

    IPPR NORTH CALLS FOR NEW BODY TO ADDRESS GROWING SKILLS GAP IN NORTH OF ENGLAND THE North East of England is in the grip of an ‘’adult skills crisis’’ according to...

    Ann Gravells, author and educational consultant.

    Extension to the initial teacher educati…

    Jan 18, 2018 / FE Voices

    The ETF has recently consulted with awarding organisations and initial teacher education (ITE) providers about the need for a revision. In the absence of much negative feedback, they have passed a...

    Dr Paul Phillips CBE, Principal and Chief Executive of Weston College

    New Year, New Opportunities?

    Jan 17, 2018 / FE Voices

    I interviewed a candidate for a Lecturer in Health & Social Care this week. She had no teaching experience, a wealth of industrial experience but moreover a passion to engage...

    Funding options for those wanting to gai…

    Jan 17, 2018 / FE Voices

    It is not uncommon to reach a point in our lives when we yearn for a fresh challenge, a new direction, a change in career. We may have worked in...

    Anne Milton, Minister of State for Apprenticeships, Skills and Women

    Anne Milton's keynote address at the Six…

    Jan 17, 2018 / FE Voices

    At the Sixth Form College Association conference today (17 Jan) Anne Milton, Minister of State for Apprenticeships, Skills and Women, is expected to say: Thank you Bill for that very kind introduction...

    Suzie Webb, Director of Education and Development, AAT

    Don’t just consider a degree as the only…

    Jan 16, 2018 / FE Voices

    We’re only days into 2018 but already a huge deadline is upon us those intending to leave school and college following the completion of their summer exams. Applications to university via...

    Brunel University London’s Prof Mustafa Ozbilgin

    Equal pay pushes up productivity

    Jan 16, 2018 / FE Voices

    Finding people in similar jobs are higher paid seriously shatters job satisfaction, wellbeing and productivity, with those in top jobs feeling the pain the most. That’s the message from a study...

    Unionlearn Director Kevin Rowan

    Unionlearn looks back on a busy 2017

    Jan 15, 2018 / FE Voices

    Throughout 2017 staff at unionlearn pulled out all the stops to make it one of its busiest years to date. The year was full of campaigns, events and the launch...

    Flashback Friday

    Flashback Friday! 12th January

    Jan 12, 2018 / FE Voices

    Welcome to Flashback Friday 12th January, where we take a look back through time at the year: 2017: Government must do more to make apprenticeships work for business   by Emily Follis, Policy Manager...

    Graham Guest, principal and chief executive of Telford College

    Principal outlines vision for newly-merg…

    Jan 10, 2018 / FE Voices

    We are in exciting times for Telford and Shropshire. With new waves of investment bringing in hundreds of jobs, we have one of the fastest growing economies in the Midlands. But...

    Sector Response to the Cabinet Reshuffl…

    Jan 09, 2018 / FE Voices

    Theresa May had a Cabinet Reshuffle yesterday with Damian Hinds taking over DfE when Justine Greening resigned and Esther McVey moved back into DWP. Damian Hinds was appointed Secretary of State...

    Aileen Ponton, Chief Executive, SCQF Partnership

    Promoting uptake of vocational education…

    Jan 08, 2018 / FE Voices

    Probably 90% of my time is spent trying to make sure that people understand the pathways, progression routes and the multitude of qualifications that we have and that they are...

    Flashback Friday

    Flashback Friday! 5th January

    Jan 05, 2018 / FE Voices

    Welcome to Flashback Friday 5th January, where we take a look back through time at the year: 2017: The coming of age of digital education Click here to see other articles by Future Learn by...

    Priorities for youth training and employ…

    Jan 04, 2018 / FE Voices

    There is a kind of pendulum of attention amongst politicians. Sometimes we are very focused, in recent times we’ve been very focused on the college sector, in recent times we’ve...

    Dr Julie Mills, Principal & Chief Executive, Milton Keynes College

    Careers Guidance to no longer be educati…

    Jan 03, 2018 / FE Voices

    The government recently announced its new strategy for careers guidance and it seems as though this vital but neglected area of the education landscape may be finally receiving the attention...

    Joe Crossley, CEO at Qube Learning

    The Importance of Traineeships

    Jan 02, 2018 / FE Voices

    Traineeships have been around now since 2014 and are playing a pivotal part in supporting employers increase their workforce for the future, bringing in young individuals that need reassurance and...

    Flashback Friday

    Flashback Friday! 29th December

    Dec 29, 2017 / FE Voices

    Welcome to Flashback Friday 29th December, where we take a look back through time at the year: 2016: Learning to be flexible in a year of change Click here to see other articles...

    What can the education sector expect in …

    Dec 27, 2017 / FE Voices

    As 2017 draws to a close, Lisa Randall, head of education at RSM predicts some of the key themes for the education sector as we head into 2018. A technical approach The...

    Mark Dawe, Chief Executive, Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP)

    Ministerial Reply on the Non-levy Appren…

    Dec 22, 2017 / FE Voices

    AELP Members will be aware from AELP's Countdown and the sector press that following the outcome of the most recent non-levy ITT, AELP wrote to ministers calling for an urgent...

    Dr Paul Phillips CBE, Principal and Chief Executive of Weston College

    Bah, Humbug!

    Dec 22, 2017 / FE Voices

    Christmas is but days away, my local schools, academies and Universities are closed but irrespective the College continues to deliver teaching and learning! I never cease to be amazed by the...

    Flashback Friday

    Flashback Friday! 22nd December

    Dec 22, 2017 / FE Voices

    Welcome to Flashback Friday 22nd December, where we take a look back through time at the year: 2016: Enabling Traineeships to Grow Click here to see recent articles by The AELP by Mark Dawe...

    Louise Doyle, Director, MESMA

    QUALITY ASSURANCE: HOW GOOD ARE YOU?

    Dec 21, 2017 / FE Voices

    In a shifting landscape, good practices allow education decision makers to stay in control while improving quality, balance and control. The value of self-assessment and improvement planning in the face of...

    Matt Garvey, Managing Director at West Berkshire Training Consortium

    Non Levy – the subcontractor silver lini…

    Dec 20, 2017 / FE Voices

    I’d imagine a straw poll of the recent ITT for Non Levy would reveal that most think it has been an ocean-going cock-up. However, there has been a silver lining...

    Case Study – Getting hands-on with User …

    Dec 20, 2017 / FE Voices

    Anna and Will share their views and experiences of an intense 12-week course in User Experience Design (UX) at the digital marketing school in London, RED Academy. Whether they took...

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