Articles from Tom Millar

Learner-led Employer Engagement

Most Colleges that I work with are rightly obsessed about putting their learners first. Making sure that the best interests of learners are right at the heart of everything they do.

How can tutors deliver employability skills effectively?

Teaching employability well is a bit like saying; eat a balanced diet, exercise and you'll be healthier. Most people who work in education entered the profession to enable learners to reach their potential; personally, socially and economically - but, like any healthy diet, sticking to this requires resilience, passion and a creative drive like no other.

Effectively preparing learners for work experience

No matter which way you look at it, receiving negative employer feedback is a “fail” where work experience is concerned. Not only has your College’s reputation amongst local employers been tarnished, but it also shows that the learner wasn’t properly prepared for their placement.

The real cost of unfilled apprenticeship vacancies

The Employer Skills Survey, published in January this year, reported that 23% of unfilled job vacancies relate to skills shortages. In response to the news, AELP commented that only 86% of employers think their workforce is fully trained and concluded that Apprenticeships could make a major impact in tackling this [skills shortage] challenge.

How can you measure progress in employability skills

In an ideal and simplistic world an effective work preparation programme should give your learners three things:

New College Durham and REED NCFE employability learning two years on…

Lindsay Deswert, one of the lead practitioners from New College Durham:

REED NCFE’s Baseline Employability Skills Test (BESTest) has been taken by over 15,000 students and the results are in...

Since its launch six months ago REED NCFE’s Baseline Employability Skills Test (BESTest) has been taken by over 15,000 students in England. The results provide a unique insight in to the employability skills profile of your students and, more importantly, tells us what we all want to know; what specifically are the main employability skills challenges faced by your students?

“How did REED NCFE give me the employability skills I need to progress?”

In previous articles I have looked at ways to overcome some of the challenges of preparing learners for the workplace. This time, though, maybe you would like to hear from learners themselves.

What makes a Learner Job Ready?

Despite the UK’s economy recording a 12th consecutive quarter of growth, the job market is as competitive as ever and for young people the statistics are somewhat alarming. Excluding young people not in full-time education, 414,000 people aged 16-24 were unemployed in January-March 2016, highlighting just how competitive the jobs market is for 16-24 year olds in the UK.

Successful Employer Engagement

I am often struck by this paradox. Colleges that do not have a CRM system often yearn after one as if it will solve all their problems; and Colleges that do have a CRM system often grumble that it isn't being used. Neither of these positions are absolutely true, I know, but nevertheless I'm sure many of you can identify with the sentiment.

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