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    Phil Golding, Managing Director, SupplyTrain CIC

    Don't Reform the Reforms!

    Jun 22, 2018 / Featured Article

    It’s too early to ‘reform’ the apprenticeship reforms because numbers are declining at SMEs. When the latest apprenticeship start figures were released on 14th June showing a 52% decline from March...

    Dr Chris Payne, CEO ITS Group

    Apprenticeships – is it a Boom or Bust j…

    Jun 21, 2018 / Featured Article

    It was spring of 2011, sat in a packed conference room, somewhere in London, where I vividly recall listening to Doug Richard as he set out his agenda when the...

    Emma Stallwood, Digital Media and Marketing Executive, GPRS Recruitment

    Struggling to Recruit Apprentices? The I…

    Jun 21, 2018 / Featured Article

    Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the past 12 months, you’ll be aware of the struggles we are having as a country to sell apprenticeships to the emerging...

    By Anne Sheehan, Enterprise Director, Vodafone UK

    3 Ways to Supercharge #WorldProductivity…

    Jun 20, 2018 / Featured Article

    The productivity challenge is one we are familiar with.  However, rather than being a story of doom and gloom, we believe it offers the opportunity for UK businesses to look...

    Helen Wilson, Sales Director of GPRS Recruitment

    Struggling to Recruit Apprentices? Top T…

    Jun 20, 2018 / Featured Article

    “Research released today featuring in this morning's CityAM, shows that almost half of businesses that operate an apprenticeship scheme under the new guidelines are struggling to recruit apprentices, leading to...

    Kevin Faulkner, Director of Banham Academy

    How can we convince SMEs that hiring an …

    Jun 20, 2018 / Featured Article

    The value of apprentices in the workplace is still shockingly overlooked, which is a serious error from employers. The benefits of investing in apprentices and the immense value they can...

    Neil Wolstenholme, Chairman, Kloodle

    T Levels and the quest for equal opportu…

    Jun 19, 2018 / Featured Article

    The whole purpose of the T Levels is to develop the skills which meet the business needs in the economy. In theory, they sound a great idea, but to do...

    Dr Derek Richards, Director of Clinical Research & Innovation at SilverCloud Health

    From student to employee: the importance…

    Jun 18, 2018 / Featured Article

    Starting university can be a stressful time for students. Moving away from home and family, students can often find themselves far from people they would have normally relied on for...

    Kirsty McHugh, Chief Executive, ERSA

    Celebrate the good times

    Jun 15, 2018 / Featured Article

    June is most definitely the month to celebrate in ERSA-land. Not only do we have national Employability Day looming on 29 June, where employment support organisations the length and breadth...

    Nick Hillman, Director of the Higher Education Policy Institute

    Why arguments about student loans will e…

    Jun 15, 2018 / Featured Article

    There are two sorts of policy questions. Some issues appear simple but are actually complicated – including in education. That is why there are such fraught debates over how to...

    Hema Tank, Associate Dean at The London Institute of Banking & Finance

    In defence of apprenticeships... Degree …

    Jun 14, 2018 / Featured Article

    Hema Tank, Associate Dean at The London Institute of Banking & Finance which provides degree-level apprenticeships in the finance sector, gives her thoughts on the open letter on the apprenticeship levy...

    Karren Culshaw, Quality and Compliance Professional, Education Star Solutions

    Subcontracted Provision – Compliance vs …

    Jun 14, 2018 / Featured Article

    It probably comes as no surprise that Ofsted have taken the decision to place subcontracted provision under greater scrutiny with the introduction of monitoring visits announced in February. The first institution...

    Liz Maudsley is Senior Policy Manager at the Association of Colleges

    Mental health and wellbeing in further e…

    Jun 13, 2018 / Featured Article

    Research has shown that 50% of mental health problems are established by age 14 and 75% by age 24. Further education colleges, which cater for more than 685,000 young people...

    Alice Barnard, Chief Executive of Edge

    BTEC snobbery and class prejudice is ali…

    Jun 13, 2018 / Featured Article

    In Camilla Turner’s Telegraph article last week, Nick Hillman, HEPI Director is quoted: "It is a good thing that these people [BTEC students] are going into higher education. But they do have...

    David Cormack, Strategic Partnerships Director, System Group

    LEVERAGING THE #LEVY

    Jun 13, 2018 / Featured Article

    An open letter from representatives from government, business schools, businesses and other organisations – including Sony, Airbus, Barclays, Santander, Euan Blair’s start-up WhiteHat, the Sutton Trust, the Chartered Management Institute...

    Photo credit Stefan Drew

    Your competitors aren’t other ESFA funde…

    Jun 12, 2018 / Featured Article

    Your competitors are commercial education and information sites including YouTube, commercial/non-funded providers and international organisations. (Click here to read part 1 "The Reality of FE Becoming More Commercial … for...

    Neil Wolstenholme, Chairman, Kloodle

    T Levels – Back To The Future At 16

    Jun 12, 2018 / Featured Article

    The Need for a Brand New Qualification So, what’s wrong with the current education system in the UK? And why are T levels the missing ingredient that will fix this? Well, it’s...

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

    Emotional Intelligence and success as a …

    Jun 11, 2018 / Featured Article

    Emotional intelligence is the buzzword in management and leadership training at the moment and it’s believed that displaying high levels of Emotional Intelligence (EI) can provide an advantage when it...

    Photo by Stefan Drew

    The Reality of FE Becoming More Commerci…

    Jun 11, 2018 / Featured Article

    My recent article on the £7.99 FE Financial Viability Strategy was not only the most shared article that week, it also had my phone ringing. Why? Two reasons: One, a lot of people...

    Dr Fiona Aldridge, Assistant Director for Research & Development, Learning and Work Institute.

    Where next for apprenticeships? The Deba…

    Jun 11, 2018 / Featured Article

    A ago week today, Learning and Work Institute launched All change: where next for apprenticeships?, a new essay collection with leading experts setting out ways to improve the quality of...

    Joe Crossley, Business Development Director, of Qube Learning

    Building Relationships with #Levy Paying…

    Jun 08, 2018 / Featured Article

    When the Levy came into effect in May 2017 it is fair to say there was a lot of nervousness from Providers within the sector.  The concerns were obvious: the Apprenticeship format...

    Graham Raddings, Associate, MCA Cooper Associates

    Maximising student acquisition and reten…

    Jun 08, 2018 / Featured Article

    A wise CEO with years of Further Education experience once advised me that “to truly understand the learners, you must know their data”. The notion of knowing learner data struck...

    Teresa Carroll, Head of Wellbeing and Social Inclusion at the Education and Training Foundation (ETF)

    Developing prisoners' teaching skills is…

    Jun 07, 2018 / Featured Article

    Teresa Carroll visits HMP Eastwood Park, where the ETF’s Rehabilitation in Action programme is working with prisoners to help them gain teaching skills. She meets learners at an awards ceremony...

    Dr Neil Bentley, Chief Executive, WorldSkills UK

    The results are in: Skills competitions …

    Jun 07, 2018 / Featured Article

    We have exciting new research in partnership with the Edge Foundation that demonstrates how skills competitions are making a big difference to the prestige of apprenticeships and technical careers. It’s research...

    Dr Philip McCrea, Chief Medical Officer at BHSF Occupational Health

    Catching them before they fall: How to s…

    Jun 07, 2018 / Featured Article

    A recent survey has discovered that just 15% of employees would tell their line manager about a mental health issue. With poor mental health affecting an increasing number of the...

    Andy Durman is Managing Director of the Labour Market Insight specialists, Emsi UK.

    The Importance of LMI in the Government…

    Jun 06, 2018 / Featured Article

    The Government’s new Education and Employment Strategy, presents a vision of prison education which, it is hoped, will reduce reoffending rates and also help fix some of Britain’s long-term skills...

    By Anne Sheehan, Enterprise Director, Vodafone UK

    How to encourage more young women to pur…

    Jun 06, 2018 / Featured Article

    There is a clear opportunity to bring about positive change when it comes to women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics careers. While women make up almost half of the UK’s...

    Angela Middleton, Chairman and Founder of MiddletonMurray

    My Limitless Manifesto: I’m campaigning …

    Jun 05, 2018 / Featured Article

    Yesterday (4 Jun) marked an important occasion for MiddletonMurray – our first event in the House of Commons, and the launch of our “Limitless campaign”. I’m immensely proud of the work...

    Neil Wolstenholme, Chairman, Kloodle

    T Levels: What do Mr T and Mrs T Have In…

    Jun 05, 2018 / Featured Article

    Once upon a time… “I came to office with one intent”, said Mrs Thatcher in 1984, “to change Britain from a dependent to a self-reliant society”. Has Brexit thrown up parallels...

    Adrian Anderson, Chief Executive, University Vocational Awards Council

    Degree Apprenticeships - Doesn't @IFAtec…

    Jun 04, 2018 / Featured Article

    England has a reputation for having great ideas and then failing to implement them effectively - I think we may be failing in this way with Degree Apprenticeships. For generations England’s...

    Dr Fiona Aldridge, Assistant Director for Research & Development, Learning and Work Institute.

    All change: where next for apprenticeshi…

    Jun 04, 2018 / Featured Article

    We are living through one of the biggest policy reforms in a generation. With a commitment to delivering 3 million apprenticeships by 2020, the government has introduced an Apprenticeship Levy...

    Kevin Samuel, Business Development Manager at Y Soft

    A curriculum catering to all: the power …

    Jun 04, 2018 / Featured Article

    The education sector in England is facing a wide range of challenges, with pressure on staff to produce positive results more intense than ever before. With young people now legally...

    Arnie Skelton, Managing Director, Effective Training & Development Ltd

    LEARNING FACILITATION: A TRANSFORMATIONA…

    Jun 01, 2018 / Featured Article

    What is being suggested below is a major cultural reform, in which the nature of learning would be transformed.   This model proposes a radical shift towards learning within FE Colleges. Some...

    Stephen Spriggs, Managing Director, William Clarence Education

    Endorsement or bribery? Undergraduates t…

    May 31, 2018 / Featured Article

    From getting a good table at your favourite restaurant to hearing about a brilliant job before it’s advertised, we all know it’s not what you know but who you know...

    Tom Bewick is the chief executive of the Federation of Awarding Bodies

    Robust end-point assessment organisation…

    May 31, 2018 / Featured Article

    Let’s invest properly in them and simplify the quality assurance regime, argues TOM BEWICK. One of the newest aspects of the apprenticeship reforms is end-point assessment. The Richard Review used a...

    Emma Finamore, Editor, AllAboutSchoolLeavers.co.uk

    Teachers & pupils at breaking point:…

    May 30, 2018 / Featured Article

    In the month we mark Mental Health Awareness Week – which this year focussed specifically on stress – it was reported that UK teachers are in crisis, with thousands quitting and being...

    Angela Middleton, Chairman and Founder of MiddletonMurray

    Wellbeing in the workplace: Why we need …

    May 30, 2018 / Featured Article

    14th-20th May marked Mental Health Awareness Week, a cause close to my heart – and to the heart of my business, MiddletonMurray. I think it is so important to encourage...

    Stuart Goldwater, Director, PragmatiQ Solutions

    Technology To Support Apprenticeship Pro…

    May 29, 2018 / Featured Article

    The ROATP register is a government-backed list of over three-thousand training providers who are eligible for apprenticeship levy funding. If you’re not on the list, you can’t access the funds...

    John Mountford, Development Director, Semta International

    UK opportunities in the global skills ma…

    May 29, 2018 / Featured Article

    At Semta International, we place great value in our international projects and partnerships, the lessons we’ve learnt from going global through interacting with our partners and by meeting the specific...

    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...

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