Articles from Tom Bewick

Apprenticeship policy in England ‘requires improvement’

Hundreds of delegates recently attended the Future of Apprenticeships #FoA2020 online conference, produced by #SkillsWorldLive for the Federation of @AwardingBodies. Tom Bewick reflects on the day and argues that more impetus is needed to recalibrate England’s apprenticeship model: 

DJing, house music and skills policy - How I combined my passions to create a community radio show for FE

In the back streets of Hatton Garden in London there once existed a little known music college. Owned by the big clubbing DJ, Graeme Lloyd, Subbass Academy helps aspiring music producers and DJs hone their skills to play at a professional level. It still exists, now located in the Waterloo area of the capital.

Platitudes and Worn Out Clichés Won’t Give England a World-class FE and Skills System

"Let me begin by saying this," says @TomBewick, "There is absolutely nothing 'German-style' about what the education secretary @GavinWilliamson proposes for the future of #FE, #Apprenticeships and #Skills policy in England  You’ll have to read right up until the end of this essay to fully understand why. To really appreciate what lies at the heart of this new mantra about the future direction of the country’s technical education system, it is critically important to understand the strategic contours of England’s over three decades’ old skills policy debates.

How to repurpose the furlough scheme to launch individual skills accounts

@TomBewick argues that in a post-COVID world, financial resources for #reskilling should be put in the hands of individuals, not institutions  It is rare these days for governments to get much credit for anything. But the urgency and efficiency in which the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) was first devised and then rolled out to millions of businesses and the self-employed was an amazing feat of both imagination and inspired delivery. (The same perhaps can’t be said about other aspects of the government’s handling of coronavirus but that is not for this article).

Tom Bewick on T levels

The principle of technical educational reforms, as first identified by the Sainsbury review, is absolutely welcomed by the awarding industry.

Managing in a Crisis: What Can Ministers Learn?

#Coronavirus represents the biggest threat to our way of life since the dark days of 1940. Eighty years ago, Britain stood alone against a tyranny of humankind.

Tom Bewick's tangle with the Today programme

Exposing the disguised academic snobbery of those who work at the heart of Westminster, Tom argues it is about time our elites looked at degrees and vocational qualifications in the same light:

Tom Bewick discusses the expanding USA Apprenticeship programme and how you can get involved

Robust EPA organisations key to England's world-class apprenticeships

Robust end-point assessment organisations are the key to world-class apprenticeships in England Let’s invest properly in them and simplify the quality assurance regime, argues TOM BEWICK.

Tom Bewick discusses the business opportunities for UK apprenticeship providers in the USA

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