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Rob Wall, Head of Policy, CMI

Future Chartered Managers Celebrated in …

Jan 16, 2019 / Featured Article

In an uncertain world, effective managers and leaders will be needed more than ever. Today’s Chartered Manager degree apprentices will be tomorrow’s senior civil servants, business leaders and key influencers. That’s...

Sir Gerry Berragan, Chief Executive of the Institute for Apprenticeships

Degree Apprenticeships a Key Element of …

Jan 15, 2019 / Featured Article

On the third anniversary of the launch of the Chartered Manager Degree apprenticeship, it is apt to say a few words about the Institute’s view of management apprenticeships and the...

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

RoATP Refresh - What’s Needed Now?

Jan 15, 2019 / Featured Article

While it might be a little frustrating for good, well-established providers already on it, the recently launched ‘refresh’ of the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers (RoATP) shouldn’t be dismissed as...

Tony Manwaring, Head of Strategic Partnerships, QDOOZ

The critical role of Life Skills in addr…

Jan 14, 2019 / Featured Article

Life Skills are critical for our success, whether at work, or in life. How we communicate, build relationships, and resolve conflict and complex problems – amongst many other skills –...

Stephen Lambert, Director of Education4Democracy.

A RADICAL HOUSING PROGRAMME NEEDED TO AL…

Jan 11, 2019 / Featured Article

HAVING a home is a basic human need. It should also be a human right. For those without a home life is barely tolerable. For a rich society like ours...

Simon Dutton, CEO at Paritor Ltd

The Music Industry Must Boost Accessibil…

Jan 11, 2019 / Featured Article

With music services under greater strain and tuition levels dropping across the UK, the industry must embrace digital innovation to boost accessibility for students Music is often called one of life’s...

Richard Marsh, Apprenticeship Partnership Director, Kaplan Financial

Apprenticeship funding for non-levy paye…

Jan 09, 2019 / Featured Article

One of the last unresolved areas policy areas within the current Apprenticeship reform is that of long-term funding for non-Levy payers (SMEs for short hand). Large companies have started to make...

David Allison, CEO, TheTalentPeople and GetMyFirstJob

3 Best Practices I've Seen In #Apprentic…

Jan 08, 2019 / Featured Article

You may well have read my article on the Trends in Emerging Talent for 2019; it’s going to be a fascinating year. As well as the challenges of Brexit many of the issues...

Lyndon Shirley, Executive Head of Technology Enhanced Learning at University of Wales Trinity Saint David

Turning A Vision for #FutureofEducation …

Jan 07, 2019 / Featured Article

Formed in November 2010 through the merger of the University of Wales Lampeter and Trinity University College Carmarthen, the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) is the oldest Royal...

Byron Nicolaides, CEO and founder of global certification organisation PeopleCert

The Role of Professional Education in Pl…

Jan 04, 2019 / Featured Article

Training on the job – professional certifications will bridge the skills gap Gone are the days when a qualification earned in an echoey gym hall at the age of nineteen or...

Jamie E Smith, Executive Chairman C-Learning

From Classroom to Collaboratory: #EdTech…

Jan 03, 2019 / Featured Article

If you’re working in education then your learners have no concept of a world without the internet. By 2018 the number of people using the internet had reached over 4 billion...

USA Apprenticeships #SkillsWorld Special…

Dec 24, 2018 / Featured Article

The United States is in the process of massively expanding its apprenticeship model, from 500,000 starts in 2018, to 5 million apprenticeships planned by 2022.   This presents huge opportunities for businesses...

Dr Mark Winwood, Director of Psychological Services, AXA PPP healthcare

How to deal with pressure and build resi…

Dec 21, 2018 / Featured Article

Following reports that half of teachers in Scotland are made unwell by work pressures, here are some tips on how to deal with pressure and build resilience. There are many healthy ways to...

Stephen Spriggs, Managing Director, William Clarence Education

Put Less Money into the Classroom and Mo…

Dec 20, 2018 / Featured Article

New year heralds a time of change; a chance to cast off the old and usher in the new, and this seems to be the case for higher education. In her...

Kirsty McHugh, Chief Executive, ERSA

The Cathartic Nature of Clearing One’s D…

Dec 19, 2018 / Featured Article

One of the joys of changing jobs is the cathartic nature of clearing one’s desk: ripping out the contents of notebooks for recycling, stumbling across Christmas cards from long gone...

Stephen Lambert is a Newcastle City Councillor and a community governor with Newcastle City Learn

Augar Review Needs to Re-emphasise the V…

Dec 18, 2018 / Featured Article

Forgotten Generation: Could Devolution Help The North East’s Over-50s? ALTHOUGH unemployment remains static in the North East with more people in full-time and part-time jobs, one group that’s been overlooked is...

Alice Barnard, Chief Executive of Edge

Santa's workshop hit by the skills short…

Dec 17, 2018 / Featured Article

With the festive season in mind, I recently read that for each of the world’s two billion children to receive one toy at Christmas, Santa’s elves would need to produce...

Tom Talks To David Hughes about College …

Dec 17, 2018 / Featured Article

This week for Skills World, Tom Bewick is joined by David Hughes, Chief Executive, Association of Colleges (AoC) to discuss College Consensus, Effective Lobbying and T Levels. As a representative of...

Mandy Crawford-Lee, Director of Policy and Operations, University Vocational Awards Council (UVAC)

#Apprenticeships - Ofsted Inspection or …

Dec 14, 2018 / Featured Article

We’ve had a lot of discussion recently about Apprenticeship quality assurance gaps, inconsistent approaches and the way forward. I’d like to contrast the Ofsted and Office for Student (OfS) /...

Heather Frankham, Co-Founder, Bud Systems

Drive Growth and Unlock Value in #Appren…

Dec 13, 2018 / Featured Article

I was fortunate to be a guest speaker at a recent networking event arranged by Grant Thornton. These events are hugely informative bringing together CEO’s of many of the leading...

Arnie Skelton, Managing Director, Effective Training & Development Ltd

Do we give enough attention in class to …

Dec 12, 2018 / Featured Article

HOW DO YOU THINK? Yes, you read that right: Not ‘what do you think?’, but how? Do we give enough attention in class to how our learners think? Do we give any...

Stephen Spriggs, Managing Director, William Clarence Education

VAT on fees would be nail in the coffin …

Dec 11, 2018 / Featured Article

When I read that Millfield School is reducing its fees by 10% and has urged other leading schools to follow suit claiming it’s ‘the right thing to do’, it made...

Rob Wall, Head of Policy, CMI

Management Apprenticeship Funding Cuts T…

Dec 07, 2018 / Featured Article

Following the Government's announcement yesterday (6 Dec) cuts of up to 20% to the funding for a number of management apprenticeships, including the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship (CMDA), Rob Wall, Head of...

Emma Finamore, Editor, AllAboutSchoolLeavers.co.uk

Science apprenticeships are finally on t…

Dec 06, 2018 / Featured Article

Science apprenticeships are increasing after years of stagnation. It’s good news for young people wanting to enter the profession, but and it could also be just what the nation needs...

Colleges That Don't Plan Should Emulate …

Dec 05, 2018 / Featured Article

It was as I sat drinking coffee, high in the "groves above academe", that I first realized that Cape Town can teach us much about the solution to FEs current...

Elliot Gowans, senior VP International, D2L

Mobile content and gamification is key t…

Dec 04, 2018 / Featured Article

It is becoming increasingly challenging for tutors in higher education to engage their students with learning materials through traditional methods. Technology is continuing to shape and influence students’ day-to-day lives, which...

Beth Michon, Account Marketing Manager, Michon Ltd

Ignoring art and design jeopardises the …

Dec 03, 2018 / Featured Article

We’re at risk of missing out on the once-in-a-generation opportunities offered by the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR). The 4IR is defined by the interconnectivity of the digital and physical world, combined...

Hilary Read, Author and publisher of guides and e-resources for vocational teachers and assessors.

Early lessons from those delivering appr…

Nov 30, 2018 / Featured Article

This Autumn, I’ve been running CPD days for those on the front line of delivering apprenticeships. These are small-group events where we’ve looked across the whole apprenticeship process focussing on...

Robert Dagge, Managing Director, Dynistics

Don’t be a data dinosaur: The problems w…

Nov 29, 2018 / Featured Article

Colleges continue to face increased pressures, as expectations rise and funding is cut. It has therefore become more important than ever that all decisions not only have to be right...

Dr Luke Heselwood, Report Author and Reform Researcher

Three Steps to Better Measures: Increasi…

Nov 29, 2018 / Featured Article

The higher education sector has received considerable attention this week. The Institute of Fiscal Studies’ (IfS) report on the impact of undergraduate degrees on early-career earnings and Reform’s research on...

Chris Hale, Director of Policy, Universities UK

Universities’ role in providing higher l…

Nov 28, 2018 / Featured Article

The role of the tertiary education system in meeting the work force challenges of the country has never been more important. As a society, we’re entering new territory with the...

Tony Allen, CEO, AAS Ltd

Crisis of Leadership and Governance in t…

Nov 27, 2018 / Featured Article

It seems that hardly a week goes by when we hear of another crisis of leadership in the FE sector, and by that I am not just talking about FE...

Stephen Lambert, Director of Education4Democracy.

The entrenched and unbroken correlation …

Nov 27, 2018 / Featured Article

WORKING CLASS KIDS HAVE BECOME THE REGION’S UNDER-ACHIEVERS AT SCHOOL. THAT’S WHY THE NORTH’S SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES NEED MORE INVESTMENT AND SUPPORT TO GIVE ALL YOUNG PEOPLE A CHANCE. IT’S becoming...

Lyndsy Bumford, Recruitment Team Leader at Intequal

Apprenticeships Provide A #LadderofOppor…

Nov 26, 2018 / Featured Article

Emotional and Mental Development when considering apprenticeships. Learning while you are earning is a popular career path for many young people, with over 900,000 learners currently on an apprenticeship in the...

Richard Marsh, Apprenticeship Partnership Director, Kaplan Financial

Apprenticeship Economics: A new public-p…

Nov 23, 2018 / Featured Article

The latest DfE Apprenticeship stats show that over 15,000 employers have now activated their Apprenticeship levy; that’s c75% of levy payers. Understandably it those with the largest levies that have been quickest to...

Matt Boyd, Founder of Exceptional Individuals

The surprising number of older jobseeker…

Nov 23, 2018 / Featured Article

Exceptional Individuals: The UK’s First Dyslexic Employment Partnership.  Dyslexic people are uniquely placed to fill the skills gap that plagues the UK’s workforce. They excel at reasoning, connecting, exploring, communicating, imagining...

James Hadley, CEO and founder of Immersive Labs

Spotting the next generation of cyber ta…

Nov 22, 2018 / Apprenticeships

Cyber security could be an option for you! Today’s younger generations are fully immersed with technology. It shouldn’t come as a surprise, but a recent study revealed 95% of teenagers have...

Helen Milner is CEO of Good Things Foundation, a social change charity helping people to improve their lives through digital

Digital Skills: How Further Education ca…

Nov 21, 2018 / Featured Article

Today’s world is a digital one, and the digital revolution means that everyone needs essential digital skills to play a full role - not only in the workplaces of tomorrow...

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

Don’t just do something, think about it…

Nov 20, 2018 / Featured Article

Sometimes a single phrase is enough to tell you the quality of a college’s work is going to be very, very good. Examining the documentation provided to me on a recent...

Well that escalated quickly! Colleges an…

Nov 20, 2018 / Featured Article

‘Lies, damned lies and statistics’ is the well known phrase associated with a dubious argument often using manipulated data to present a contention lacking credibility. A modern equivalent might be...

Keith Smith, Director of Apprenticeships, Education & Skills Funding Agency

Creating quality career opportunities: T…

Nov 19, 2018 / Featured Article

There is a reason why the UK government is backing apprenticeships and committed to creating more quality career opportunities. As well as the economic advantage of tackling our productivity gap and...

Dr Peter Hill, Co-founder and Partner, Hügel Learning LLP

The challenge of Governance in FE: Are s…

Nov 16, 2018 / Featured Article

When I was appointed as a Governor at Bracknell & Wokingham College in 2017 I knew there would be somewhat of a learning curve involved. However, as an experienced Academic who...

Livia Mihai, Content Manager, CYPHER LEARNING

Overcoming digital educational challenge…

Nov 15, 2018 / Featured Article

One of the biggest challenges any educational institution is facing today is keeping up with the fast-changing digital teaching methods. The world is moving faster than ever thanks to the many...

Simon Thompson FCIBS, Chief Executive, Chartered Banker Institute

New Apprenticeship Insights Paper calls …

Nov 15, 2018 / Featured Article

The Chartered Banker Institute is the oldest institute of bankers in the world, founded in 1875 to enhance and sustain ethical and professional standards in banking. During our first century, most...

Steve Nash, Chief Executive at the Institute of the Motor Industry

WHAT’S NEEDED TO INJECT ENGAGEMENT IN AP…

Nov 15, 2018 / Featured Article

  Steve Nash, Chief Executive at the Institute of the Motor Industry, looks at the challenges when it comes to increasing the uptake of apprenticeships:  There is, currently, a welcome focus on...

David Lett, Co-Founder of ToolShed

Amazing Things Happen in Small Places: E…

Nov 14, 2018 / Featured Article

Imagine you have just made the transition to year seven, to big school, and it is the end of the first term. That means it is just before Christmas (an exciting...

Gavin O'Meara, Chief Executive and Head of Digital Media, FE News

Do Training Providers Need an A-Team?

Nov 14, 2018 / Featured Article

The tragedy of the collapse of large national Training Providers like 3aaa and other major providers over the past 18 months, are still very deep scars for the sector. The collapse...

Kirsty McHugh, Chief Executive, ERSA

Let's close the race and ethnic employme…

Nov 13, 2018 / Featured Article

Some of you might have picked up that I am finally, after eight years, moving jobs. I’ve had a fabulous time at ERSA and I’m so very proud of what has...

James Rix, Founder and CEO of Harrix Group

Don’t dump dyslexics like me in the unem…

Nov 13, 2018 / Featured Article

I was watching the BBC [BBC Breakfast, 15/10/18] and they ran a segment on a new report that says that dyslexics – like me – are really strong in a...

Sam Sleight, Head of Marketing, Brooks and Kirk (Assessor Training) Ltd

Qualifications needed to become an Asses…

Nov 12, 2018 / Featured Article

The requirements for assessor roles can vary from employer to employer and qualification to qualification. However, generally speaking, to become an assessor, you need two things. These are occupational competence and the...

Arnie Skelton, Managing Director, Effective Training & Development Ltd

MANAGING MEMORY: We all learn – and reme…

Nov 12, 2018 / Featured Article

This is part two of the article (part 1 can be found in the 2 October edition of this magazine). 5: Learning by numbers This technique requires you to embed a visual...

Ann Gravells, Author and Education Consultant

Qualifications – what qualifications? De…

Nov 09, 2018 / Featured Article

If you are a practitioner in the further education, training and skills’ sector, it can be confusing knowing which qualification you should hold. I say ‘should’ hold, but you might not...

David Kitchen is Managing Director of The Leadership Team, a specialist growth consultancy for the FE sector.

Misuse of Public Funds?

Nov 08, 2018 / Featured Article

“Don’t let the training providers steal your lunch” said Nick Boles in 2015. In delivering the bulk of apprenticeships in the UK, training providers have done exactly that – they...

Annette Gevaert, Head of Workplace for Good at Workplace by Facebook

Keeping education connected: It's time f…

Nov 07, 2018 / Featured Article

Today’s students are tech-savvy and have high expectations when it comes to education, which puts pressure on educational institutes. Teachers, lecturers and academics are all facing new questions about how they...

Stephen Lambert, Director of Education4Democracy.

Who Runs Our Colleges In The North East …

Nov 06, 2018 / Featured Article

AMONGST several commentators there remains a debate as to where real power lies with unelected public services across the North East of England – known as the quango-state. Based on earlier...

Emma Finamore, Editor, AllAboutSchoolLeavers.co.uk

Forget the Apprentice Minimum Wage, it’s…

Nov 05, 2018 / Featured Article

The national minimum wage for apprentices will rise again in April, from £3.70 to £3.90 per hour, the chancellor announced in October’s budget statement. The 20p extra is a 5.4% rise...

Daniel Pitchford, AI expert and co-founder of AI Business

A new world of intelligent opportunity: …

Nov 05, 2018 / Featured Article

As practical applications of artificial intelligence increase, many believe we are sleepwalking into a dystopian future. With concerns ranging from inherent bias to data-leaking robots, there are many who are cautious...

Co-designing Digital Pedagogy with FE St…

Nov 02, 2018 / Featured Article

I once had the good fortune to work with a visionary academic leader. His name was Professor Tom Ruxton and he was a Dean at Staffordshire University many years ago...

Tom Bewick, Chief Executive of the Federation of Awarding Bodies (FAB)

We must safeguard End-Point Assessment i…

Nov 01, 2018 / Featured Article

Robust End-Point Assessment is the jewel in the crown of England’s apprenticeship reforms. This November marks the sixth anniversary of the government’s major Richard Review of English apprenticeships. Since 2012, the skills...

Alex Lockey, Managing Director, Bolt

What to do when redundancy looms? Levera…

Oct 31, 2018 / Featured Article

It’s happened again. Another large provider has gone to the wall. The outcome has been dreadful; 500 staff redundant without notice, 1,000s of learners left in the lurch and a...

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