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AutoNation - A Major New Report Analysin…

Nov 13, 2019 / Featured Article

Recent years have seen a lot of dystopian hype about the #RiseOfTheRobots and the impact of #Automation in the labour market, with proclamations of mass unemployment and the death of...

Graham Hasting Evans

Why the general election is an opportuni…

Nov 13, 2019 / Featured Article

Whatever your view on Leave or Remain – and don’t worry; I will be keeping this Brexit-neutral – there is no doubt that our future relationship with the EU has...

Jon Leighton, Director, Land Digital

Knowledge is Power: 4 Secret Weapons of …

Nov 12, 2019 / Featured Article

In the education sector, brand messaging has a crucial part to play in attracting learners and building a reputation worth having - particularly for business and institutions in especially crowded...

Ruth Gilbert, Group Education Director, Manor Property Group, Honorary Fellow, UCL Institute of Education

Education is clearly about far more than…

Nov 11, 2019 / Featured Article

As a trained teacher, former college principal and now education director for a property development group – I have spent all my life either in or working in the education...

Alex Stevenson, Head of English, Maths & ESOL at Learning & Work Institute

Moser 20 Years On: Why Improving Literac…

Nov 08, 2019 / Featured Article

It is twenty years since the publication of A Fresh Start, Sir Claus Moser’s report on adult basic skills. In case you weren’t there at the time, this landmark report highlighted...

Claire Noble, New Talent Development Manager, Cadent

Changing perceptions of engineering #TEW…

Nov 08, 2019 / Featured Article

Engineering suffers from an image problem among young people. ‘Boring’, ‘greasy’ and ‘too difficult’ are just some of the descriptions applied to a profession that is, in fact, breath-taking in...

Elena Magrini, Researcher, Centre for Cities

Cross-party, long-term commitment to adu…

Nov 07, 2019 / Featured Article

#Brexit will play a central role, but closing the adult skills gap in left behind places should be key to this general election While Brexit will play a central role in...

Michael Desiderio, Executive Director at EMBAC (Executive MBA Council)

Answering Demand for Educating the Next …

Nov 06, 2019 / Featured Article

Business managers and executives have chosen an MBA to learn new management skills and advance their careers for over a century now. However, balancing an inspiring but tough academic programme with...

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

Spelling out why mistakes matter: Should…

Nov 05, 2019 / Featured Article

When I was ten years old my teacher Mrs Castle made me write the word ‘beautiful’ two hundred times because I had spelt it - once only - as ‘beautifull’. Why...

Graham Hasting-Evans, Group Managing Director, NOCN

The vital objective driving a significan…

Nov 04, 2019 / Featured Article

5 Measures of Success for Radical #Vocational Reform NOCN, one of the UK’s largest awarding and assessment organisations, has partnered with global skills development leader, City and Guilds (C&G), to press...

Stephen Lambert, writer and Newcastle City Councillor.

Working-class youth and the old Youth Tr…

Nov 03, 2019 / Featured Article

YOUTH unemployment has been a big socio-economic problem in the UK for 40 years. Whilst it’s now lower than after the financial crash of 2008, the number of young people not...

Olly Newton, Director of Policy and Research at the Edge Foundation

Access to a broader curriculum at a youn…

Nov 02, 2019 / Featured Article

If you’ve seen the television advertisements exhorting us to Fire It Up, you would imagine UK plc is thriving with young apprentices, leaping out of bed at 6am, crackling with...

Noel McDermott, Psychotherapist and International Speaker

The Importance of Safeguarding Students…

Nov 01, 2019 / Featured Article

How to support students in #FE and #HE The transition from living at home to living at university can be a testing time for many young people. For education professionals it...

Katie George, Recruitment Programs Lead, AWS

Why we need to look outside traditional …

Nov 01, 2019 / Featured Article

Finding the right people with the right skills for the digital age can be a challenge. Some organisations are investing in developing the skills of the people they already employ, while...

Sheila Mulvenney, Director, Attuned Education Ltd

Why mistakes matter - How errors show th…

Oct 31, 2019 / Featured Article

We all know that when we are learning a new skill, we may make mistakes. It is part of the learning process and contrary to what a lot of students may...

Alice Barnard, Chief Executive of Edge

Education and skills policy is still stu…

Oct 31, 2019 / Featured Article

The 1980s are back; shoulder pads, headbands, ruffle-neck blouses. It’s a well-rehearsed aphorism that fashions repeatedly ‘come round again’, and so if often feels with education policy. Depending on where you...

Jacqui Molkenthin, JEML Consulting

Overcoming the challenges of end-point a…

Oct 30, 2019 / Featured Article

Having worked in end-point assessment since its inception back in 2014/15, I have seen my fair share of challenges, and worked through a fair number of solutions, alongside the amazing...

Adrian Anderson, Chief Executive, University Vocational Awards Council (UVAC)

A Flawed Report Proposing Recommendation…

Oct 30, 2019 / Featured Article

This week saw publication of a Learning and Work Institute Report on the over-spend of the Apprenticeship Levy Pot. One high profile recommendation proposed forcing employers to make a 50% payment...

 Kathryn Baddeley, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, Cisco

Back to basics – how businesses can su…

Oct 29, 2019 / Featured Article

Teachers are under a lot of pressure. Amongst the many demands on their time, they’re expected to help train the next generation of digital talent, and set a strong example...

Rachel Blair, Pipeline Medical Manager, Neuromuscular, Roche UK

Are the Education Secretary’s new tech…

Oct 28, 2019 / Featured Article

There is a serious STEM skills crisis in this country. The current shortfall, estimated to be 173,000 workers across science, technology, engineering and mathematics, is hindering the development of new...

6 years on since the publication of the Richard Review, which ushered in a new approach to developing and delivering apprenticeships, Tom interviews Chinara Rustamova, Senior Policy Advisor Education and Skills, Federation of Small Businesses; and Charlotte Bosworth, Managing Director, Innovate Awarding / Chair, End-Point Assessment Operational Group, Federation of Awarding Bodies.

Are apprenticeships fit for the future?

Oct 28, 2019 / Featured Article

This week on #SkillsWorld, Tom Bewick, Charlotte Bosworth and Chinara Rustamova tackle the issue of England’s apprenticeship reforms. 6 years on since the publication of the Richard Review, which ushered in...

Matt Lorentzen, Principle Security Consultant at Trustwave

No matter how advanced the technology, s…

Oct 25, 2019 / Featured Article

In our digital world, almost every field of work has increasingly concentrated on the use of technology to drive speed and efficiency. In most cases the goal has been to...

Alison Maynard, Deputy Chief Executive, Tyne Coast College

Excellence in Project-Based Learning

Oct 24, 2019 / Featured Article

If preparation is everything, then young learners at Career College North East are destined to go into the world of work forearmed and forewarned. Uppermost among the breadth of skills they...

Adrian Grove, Business Development Director, Qube Learning

STOCKPILING FOR #BREXIT DRIVES WAREHOUSI…

Oct 23, 2019 / Featured Article

As Britain’s warehouses have operated near capacity for several years, how is the looming Brexit date and the uncertainty that surrounds it affecting the storage and logistics sector – and...

Slava Kremerman, CEO and co-founder of Zen Educate

Freeing up time to teach: We need to add…

Oct 22, 2019 / Featured Article

Improving school infrastructure to boost contact time Many teachers are unable to spend as much time actually teaching as they’d like to. The proliferation of private tuition has again brought this...

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

Helping graduates transition from univer…

Oct 21, 2019 / Featured Article

September saw us hold our annual graduation ceremony – a day of celebration and relief for most students! But what happens next? After graduation, some students get caught up in...

Tom Bewick catches up with Sir John Dunford for #SkillsWorld

AWARDING BODIES NEED TO ADOPT BETTER PRE…

Oct 21, 2019 / SkillsWorld

In this episode of #SkillsWorld, Tom Bewick caught up with Sir John Dunford, former Chair of the Independent Commission on Examination Malpractice. Candidate malpractice affects around 0.02% of UK-based examinations each...

Top Tips for Creating an Award-winning A…

Oct 20, 2019 / Featured Article

Learner of the year, apprenticeship programme of the year, provider of the year: the apprenticeship industry has a whole range of awards and ceremonies across every sector. These awards act...

Susan Kelly, Partner, Winckworth Sherwood

#MeToo in the FE sector?

Oct 19, 2019 / Featured Article

A recent Radio 4 documentary, File on 4 (17 September 2019), has highlighted the scale of the problem of sexual misconduct in universities. The investigators making that programme sent a...

Richard Marsh, Apprenticeship Partnership Director, Kaplan Financial

How do we fulfil the Vision of a thrivin…

Oct 19, 2019 / Featured Article

A thriving Apprenticeship programme at all levels: How do we fulfil the Vision of an all age, all level programme (in England)? Dear Editor, In response to your thought provoking article ‘We need...

Jamie E Smith, Executive Chairman C-Learning

Every Cloud Has A Green Lining: How Clou…

Oct 18, 2019 / Featured Article

“If you think that the environment is less important than the economy, try holding your breath while you count your money” so said American scientist Guy McPherson, and it’s a...

Liz Maudslay, Senior Policy Manager at the Association of Colleges

How colleges are helping ‘the forgotte…

Oct 17, 2019 / Featured Article

#LoveOurColleges Over the past year there has been increasing coverage of the rising number of pre 16 children who have been out of school during their last two years of secondary...

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

Higher Technical Qualifications – A We…

Oct 16, 2019 / Featured Article

There’s no denying the economic need for level 4 and 5 technical skills. The Government’s analysis on not just the need for level 4 and 5 qualifications, but also initial...

Elliot Gowans, senior VP International, D2L

5 Things We Can Expect From the Universi…

Oct 15, 2019 / Featured Article

The world of education is changing. In the face of technological progress and the drive towards flexible study environments, educational institutions are evaluating the way they deliver learning. Where there...

Chris Webb, HE Careers Professional, Sheffield Hallam University

The Torn Identity – How can we utilise…

Oct 14, 2019 / Featured Article

The concept of identity Careers Adviser. Writer. Volunteer. Runner. Reader. Listener. Partner. Brother. Son. Friend. In an era where we are often defined by tags and labels that help us fit into...

Arnie Skelton, Managing Director, Effective Training & Development Ltd

THE TRUE POWER OF A COLLEGE'S CORE VALUE…

Oct 13, 2019 / Featured Article

Many – even most – colleges will have made a corporate commitment to a set of core values. Here’s an example from one London FE college: Learner centred Improving Professionalism Equality Teamworking Challenging Such values may typically...

What can businesses do to increase gende…

Oct 12, 2019 / Featured Article

The tech industry explores gender diversity Ada Lovelace Day offered a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women in technology, and it’s never been more important to do so. According...

Emma Finamore, Editor, AllAboutSchoolLeavers.co.uk

It’s great news that teaching #apprent…

Oct 11, 2019 / Featured Article

The idea of an apprenticeship route into teaching is back on the table after three years, and should be welcomed during this #backtoschool season. It could make the profession more accessible...

Making Mental Health a regional priority…

Oct 10, 2019 / Featured Article

#WorldMentalHealthDay2019 places a spot light on the mental health epidemic which affects millions. It’s also about raising awareness and sharing a better understanding of mental health issues especially suicide. 800,000 people...

David Willett, Corporate Director at The Open University

The Apprenticeship #Levy in England: Wha…

Oct 09, 2019 / Featured Article

The Party Conference season in England is now over for another year and while #Brexit debate continues to prevail across parties, in the fringes we found ongoing debate on the...

Jacob Kemp, Head of Direct Sales, Dynistics

Saving college tutors' valuable time wit…

Oct 08, 2019 / Featured Article

Retention of college tutors is a challenge that has faced the UK further education sector for a long time, not helped by the reduction in funding that colleges have contended...

AELP Mark Dawe

Party conferences and the ‘forgotten 5…

Oct 08, 2019 / Featured Article

Is the FE and skills sector really going to be ‘supercharged’ by the current government or a new government after the expected general election? For all the positive noises made...

Ben Pike, Managing Director, QA Ltd

Pupils from deprived backgrounds are jus…

Oct 07, 2019 / Featured Article

The Social Mobility Impact of #Apprenticeships There is little doubt that the Apprenticeship sector has been through a turbulent period. Many of us leading Apprenticeship businesses have been left managing challenges...

Chris Lee, Director of Marketing and Communications, RCU Limited

Maximising Student Enrolments – The va…

Oct 07, 2019 / Featured Article

Over the past few weeks further education colleges have been heavily engaged in converting student applications to enrolments. School leavers and other young learners looking to switch providers will have been...

Helen Everett, Careers Leader, Chislehurst & Sidcup Grammar School – winner of the Apprentice Champion of the Year category for the London region in the National Apprenticeship Awards

Embedding #apprenticeships into school c…

Oct 05, 2019 / Featured Article

In schools the main route to higher qualifications has tended to be university but this provides only a very narrow focus on career paths. A vast range of talented people...

Becki Lee, Head of eLearning at Hopwood Hall College

Virtual Learning Environments: What is t…

Oct 04, 2019 / Featured Article

The fourth industrial revolution #4IR is already underway and like the industrial revolutions before it, it will instil fundamental change in all aspects of our personal and professional lives. Change...

Martin Hall, Head of School at ACS Hillingdon International School

The role of #STEAM in readying students …

Oct 03, 2019 / Featured Article

ONE SMALL STEP FOR MAN – ONE GIANT LEAP FOR OUR CHILDREN As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landings, a survey commissioned by ACS International Schools found that three...

Mick Knowles, Director of B2B, EMEA, ZAGG

Technology's Role In Education

Oct 02, 2019 / Featured Article

Protecting Investments For The Future Of Education The education industry of today is vastly different to that of just a few years ago. Gone are the days where a singular desktop...

Jacob Kemp, Head of Direct Sales, Dynistics

Three reasons why the further education …

Oct 01, 2019 / Featured Article

Jacob Kemp, Head of Direct Sales, Dynistics, outlines three key reasons that all education establishments need a strategic view of their data throughout the entire academic year in order to get...

Greg Consiglio, CEO of Connectt

How brand and student relationships are …

Sep 30, 2019 / Featured Article

2.34 million. That’s the number of students studying at UK higher education institutions according to Universities UK. Aside from the huge number, it’s a group that amasses attention from brands who...

Stephen Spriggs, Managing Director, William Clarence Education

Labour’s pledge to abolish independent…

Sep 28, 2019 / Featured Article

Labour’s pledge to abolish independent schools is a headline-grabber but if you look at the detail you’ll see it’s toothless and implausible. There are 600,000 students being taught independently and thousands...

Mike Thompson, Chief Executive, Sustain HR Limited

Access to Apprenticeships - Simplify eli…

Sep 28, 2019 / Featured Article

#NationalInclusionWeek - Bridging the Employment Gap At the heart of creating a diverse skilled workforce is having a skills system that supports everybody to thrive and develop no matter what background they...

Richard Marsh, Apprenticeship Partnership Director, Kaplan Financial

#WSUKLIVE The pursuit of excellence: Wor…

Sep 27, 2019 / Featured Article

Accounting is an industry where the UK genuinely leads the world. One of the few where our standards are still being either adopted or copied by others. And it is an industry...

Graham Hasting-Evans, Group Managing Director, NOCN

Why NOCN and City & Guilds are worki…

Sep 26, 2019 / Featured Article

Collaboration to ‘Close the Gap’ is a matter of priority for leading education charities Today (26 Sept) sees the launch of a landmark report, ‘Close the Gap’, where NOCN and City...

Dr Ian Jackson, medical director and clinical safety officer, at Refero

How can FE provide students with a #Ment…

Sep 25, 2019 / Featured Article

As young people up and down the country prepare to embark on their further or higher education journeys, Dr Ian Jackson, medical director and clinical safety officer, at Refero, explains...

John Gray is Director of Further Education for Emsi

Fantastic Opportunities to Develop Curri…

Sep 24, 2019 / Featured Article

With the start of the new academic year now in full swing, colleges up and down the country will already be turning their attention to planning their curriculum for the...

Rod Brazier, Vice Principal – Teaching Excellence and Student Success, St Patrick’s College London

A Holistic Pedagogy to Widen Participati…

Sep 23, 2019 / Featured Article

More students in the pipeline than ever before The population of 18-year-olds in the UK is set to rise drastically by 2030. This will create a number of limiting factors for...

John Yarham, Deputy CEO, The Careers & Enterprise Company

4 positive signs that careers education …

Sep 21, 2019 / Featured Article

Careers and enterprise provision in England’s schools and colleges The Careers and Enterprise Company’s annual summary of the careers education taking place in England "The State of the Nation" has just...

Alex Wilkins, Head of Business Development at iHASCO

Educating the Educators: The importance …

Sep 20, 2019 / Featured Article

Many teachers and lecturers approach the new academic year with an adrenalin-rich blend of excitement and nerves. Education, like healthcare, is one of those topics everybody cares about and educators know...

Angela Rayner, Shadow Secretary of State for Education

Vocational education should be a corners…

Sep 19, 2019 / Featured Article

Creating a first-class system of vocational education One of the biggest challenges we face as a country, whatever happens with Brexit, will be creating a first-class system of vocational education that...

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