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The Apprenticeship #Levy - Use it or lose it: 8 factors to consider
Launched in 2017, the Apprenticeship Levy was created as a means to provide vital funding...
Flexible Higher #Apprenticeships Help Bridge The Skills Gap In Financial Services
During my career in banking I have often heard the phrase “banks are just tech...
Creating a work environment where people can open up about #MentalHealth
As a society we are becoming increasingly aware of mental health issues and the impact they...
Cure or Curse? The Power of Digital Over Young Peoples’ #MentalHealth
The NHS has labelled the issue of addressing mental health among young people as ‘in crisis’,...
SMEs will have full access to ESFA's #Apprenticeship service from Summer '19
All employers in England to have better access to buy high quality apprenticeships. Small and medium...
The Apprenticeship #Levy - Use it or lose it: 8 factors to consider
The Apprenticeship #Levy - Use it or lose it: ...
Flexible Higher #Apprenticeships Help Bridge The Skills Gap In Financial Services
Flexible Higher #Apprenticeships Help Bridge T...
Creating a work environment where people can open up about #MentalHealth
Creating a work environment where people can o...
Cure or Curse? The Power of Digital Over Young Peoples’ #MentalHealth
Cure or Curse? The Power of Digital Over Young...
SMEs will have full access to ESFA's #Apprenticeship service from Summer '19
SMEs will have full access to ESFA's #Apprenti...

 

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The Apprenticeship #Levy - Use it or los…

May 17, 2019 / FE Voices

Launched in 2017, the Apprenticeship Levy was created as a means to provide vital funding to help upskill employees. Whilst the intentions and logic behind the initiative made sense, in...

Mike Thompson, Former Director Early Careers at Barclays, now Chief Executive of Sustain HR Ltd and Panel Chair for Legal Financial & Accounting at IFATE

Flexible Higher #Apprenticeships Help Br…

May 17, 2019 / FE Voices

During my career in banking I have often heard the phrase “banks are just tech companies with a balance sheet”. Whilst this has an element of truth to it, the reality...

Paula Sussex, Chief Executive, Student Loans Company (SLC)

Creating a work environment where people…

May 16, 2019 / FE Voices

As a society we are becoming increasingly aware of mental health issues and the impact they have on all aspects of our lives. As the CEO of an organisation which employs over 3,300...

Eleanor Bradley, MD, Registry Solutions & Public Benefit, Nominet

Cure or Curse? The Power of Digital Over…

May 16, 2019 / FE Voices

The NHS has labelled the issue of addressing mental health among young people as ‘in crisis’, as the support available fails to keep pace with the alarming increase in demand for...

SMEs will have full access to ESFA's #Ap…

May 16, 2019 / FE Voices

All employers in England to have better access to buy high quality apprenticeships. Small and medium sized businesses, who don’t pay the Apprenticeship Levy, will take full control over apprenticeships in...

Lucy Rigler, Deputy Director, Funding Policy, the Institute

Making #Apprenticeship Funding Clearer

May 15, 2019 / FE Voices

It has been a busy month so far for the funding team, as we work our way through the current round of funding band reviews and seek to improve how...

Ofsted’s New Education Inspection Fram…

May 14, 2019 / FE Voices

Ofsted’s New Inspection Arrangements: Inspecting the substance of education Ofsted's Chief Inspector, Amanda Spielman, launched a consultation on proposals for the 2019 education inspection framework at the Sixth Form Colleges Association Winter...

Stephen Lambert, Director of Education4Democracy.

VOTER ID CHECKS HAVE DONE NOTHING TO REM…

May 14, 2019 / FE Voices

TWO years ago national government formally unveiled a plan to carry out pilot ID checks at polling stations across the country. This took place in some parts of the country...

Creating the workforce of tomorrow, toda…

May 13, 2019 / FE Voices

"Future Talent is important for the most obvious but deep of reasons: because the collective flourishing and success of the nation depends on properly mining the talents and interests of...

BBFC Launch GCSE and A Level Media Studi…

May 13, 2019 / Podcasts

With exam season upon us, the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) has released a podcast to support students, teachers and parents in the lead up to this years media...

Gerard Dominguez-Reig, Senior Researcher at the Education Policy Institute (EPI)

Government should urgently review the ad…

May 13, 2019 / FE Voices

Sixth form and college funding declines by 16% in real terms – double the rate of schools. A new report from the Education Policy Institute (EPI) examines the financial health of sixth...

Lord Sainsbury of Turvill

Encourage young engineers to develop ski…

May 10, 2019 / FE Voices

Lord Sainsbury of Turvill speaking at the Engineers in Business Fellowship Annual Dinner (8 May): I always enjoy being at the Sainsbury Management Fellows’ Annual Dinner because it is an opportunity to...

Dr Julie Mills, Principal & CEO, Milton Keynes College

#Democracy – Time for a national conve…

May 10, 2019 / FE Voices

For most of us in Further Education, democracy is a core British Value. We support our students to build their democratic knowledge and understanding, its personal relevance and their skills in...

Teresa Frith, Senior Policy Manager at the Association of Colleges

Start looking at the end from the very b…

May 09, 2019 / FE Voices

How are colleges faring in the transition to apprenticeship standards? There is quite a lot going on at the moment. Colleges, like most providers have found generally a downturn in numbers, but...

Careers education and knowledge of appre…

May 08, 2019 / FE Voices

Youth Employment UK has today launched the results from the 2019 Youth Voice Census, a survey capturing the experiences of more than 3,000 14-24-year olds as they transition between education and...

Dr Ann Limb CBE, the independent business Chair of the LSCC

A unique approach to FE skills in one of…

May 08, 2019 / FE Voices

All Party Parliamentary Group for the UK Innovation Corridor (UKIC) brings together further education, business, council leaders and industry experts from London to Peterborough all intent on one thing: ensure...

Edward Timpson publishes landmark exclus…

May 07, 2019 / FE Voices

Timpson Review makes 30 recommendations to ensure exclusions are used appropriately and Government commits to new school accountability Schools will be made accountable for the pupils they exclude and there will...

UK Students are Largely Unprepared for U…

May 07, 2019 / FE Voices

About half a million new students start university each year in the United Kingdom. Unfortunately, UK students are largely unprepared for university according to reports. This leads to many students dropping out...

Sonia Riyait

Higher and Degree Apprenticeships versus…

May 03, 2019 / FE Voices

The Careers team at Leicester College are often asked about the differences between higher and degree apprenticeships, and a traditional degree. Many students also seek guidance about which option is ‘better’...

Recent research shows experience outweighs academics in most industries

Experience Vs Education - What Employers…

May 03, 2019 / FE Voices

44% OF EMPLOYERS VALUE INTERNSHIPS AND EMPLOYMENT DURING UNIVERSITY The debate on the relevancy of exams continues, as universities across the globe and politicians alike engage in talks about scrapping exams...

David Robinson, Director of Post-16 and Skills at the Education Policy Institute (EPI)

Government is right to not consider abol…

May 02, 2019 / FE Voices

Post-18 education and funding: Options for the Augar review EPI publishes evidence on options for post-18 education funding, ahead of government review. In February 2018, the Prime Minister launched a review into...

#ClosingtheGap in 5 steps: Addressing BA…

May 02, 2019 / FE Voices

Universities UK (UUK) and National Union of Students (NUS) report on closing the black, Asian and minority ethnic attainment gap at UK universities. UK universities must demonstrate their commitment to university-wide...

10% increase for Apprenticeship and levy…

Apr 30, 2019 / FE Voices

Apprenticeships and Skills Minister Anne Milton said: “It is great news that these figures show we are continuing to see a rise in the number of people starting their apprenticeship journey...

#StateoftheNation We must all work toget…

Apr 30, 2019 / FE Voices

Our State of the Nation 2018-19 report looking at the overall landscape of #socialmobility in Great Britain will be available on our website shortly after 10:30am! So keep a look...

Crescens George, Chief Executive Officer, Wiser Academy

The role training providers can play in …

Apr 29, 2019 / FE Voices

On Tuesday (30 April) ESFA will be holding a webinar to help training providers support employers who are planning to make or receive a transfer of apprenticeship funds. The webinar, ‘Apprenticeship...

John Hackston, Head of Thought Leadership at the business psychology organisation, The Myers-Briggs Company

Employee anxiety peaks despite governmen…

Apr 29, 2019 / FE Voices

The Myers-Briggs Company encourages business to pay closer attention to their teams and consider how Brexit uncertainly is affecting individuals Despite the government's pledge to keep and strengthen workers’ rights in...

Battle workplace stress: 4 top tips for …

Apr 28, 2019 / FE Voices

British employees spend on average 50% of their waking hours working. But for the 34 million workers in the UK, work can be a cause of stress and often anxiety, with work-related issues...

Dr Ann Limb CBE DL, Educationalist, Business Leader and Social Entrepreneur

Collaborating across #FE and beyond to h…

Apr 26, 2019 / FE Voices

Someone once described me as ‘an entrepreneur with public sector values’. As soubriquets go, I’ve been referred to a lot less flatteringly; I also think it’s a pretty accurate description of...

#EdTech Podcast: with Hattie Abretti, a …

Apr 26, 2019 / Podcasts

We worked super hard on this week's episode of The Edtech Podcast, looking at Online Education as part of our #edu4_0 series. James Clay at Jisc gave us the run-down on...

Noel McDermott, CEO, Psychotherapy and Consultancy Ltd

The ABC of Youth Mental Health First Aid…

Apr 26, 2019 / FE Voices

Exam season is one of the most difficult times of year for young people, exam pressure can be a large source of stress and can be detrimental to the mental...

Wendy Spinks, Chair of Urban Partners and Commercial Director HS1 Ltd.

Business Collaboration Can Transform Car…

Apr 25, 2019 / FE Voices

Kings Cross businesses ready local students for exams and beyond Recognising the need to build stronger links between businesses and schools, successive governments have sought to innovate to improve careers advice...

Sally Collier

Confidence in Qualifications: Understand…

Apr 24, 2019 / FE Voices

Sally Collier spoke at The Apprenticeships Conference 2019 about external quality assurance for end-point assessments:  I’m delighted to be here today and to have the opportunity to explain some more about...

Are Degree Apprenticeships a Successful …

Apr 24, 2019 / FE Voices

Degree apprenticeships were launched in 2015, but although they’ve had a slow start, they’re actually outperforming apprenticeships at other levels.   Higher and degree programmes only make up 0.4% of apprenticeships. But even though the numbers are...

Three huge opportunities for HEIs to con…

Apr 24, 2019 / FE Voices

More universities are delivering degree-apprenticeships, yet only 46% of the approved Level 6 and 7 apprenticeship standards have a registered End-Point Assessment Organisation (EPAO) in place. This article explores why Higher...

Tracey Gray, Founding Director of School Healthcare and Absence Cover Provider, Education Mutual

OVERHAUL NEEDED TO STOP TEACHER EXODUS

Apr 23, 2019 / FE Voices

Schools need to provide better access to well-being services to prevent a mass exodus of teachers That’s the warning from leading school business manager, Tracey Gray, who argues that the main...

#BridgingTheDigitalDivide putting digita…

Apr 23, 2019 / FE Voices

Apprenticeships and Skills Minister Anne Milton unveils new qualifications based on rigorous national standards to give adults the digital skills they need. Free courses will be offered to thousands of people...

Are #Apprenticeships or Graduate Schemes…

Apr 20, 2019 / FE Voices

As our population continues to grow here in Britain, there’s a demand for a greater infrastructure. From commercial builds to support our booming business scene to the development of new homes...

John Kitchingman, EuroNorth Managing Director, Dassault Systèmes

HOW 3D DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES CAN INSPIRE …

Apr 20, 2019 / FE Voices

TECHNICAL SKILLS ARE KEY TO UK’S FUTURE WORKFORCE The UK Government’s commitment to nurturing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education was further cemented in this March’s spring statement. UK Chancellor Philip...

Don't be blind to invisible illnesses - How to support employees suffering in silence

Don't be blind to invisible illnesses - …

Apr 19, 2019 / FE Voices

According to Government statistics, there is an estimated 3.8 million people with a disability in employment.  As this figure is pretty high, it's likely that many business owners employ someone who has...

Ashley Wheaton, Principal, UCEM

Principal Thoughts: The #apprenticeships…

Apr 18, 2019 / FE Voices

UCEM Principal, Ashley Wheaton reviews the progress, or lack of, since writing open letters to five government ministers about the apprenticeships agenda for National Apprenticeship Week 2018 and takes stock...

How to benchmark learning in #apprentice…

Apr 17, 2019 / FE Voices

Benchmarking is the new buzzword in apprenticeships You may have heard providers whispering about benchmarking... you might have had a meeting about benchmarking... you may have even heard Ofsted talking about it. But...

Using #ShineTheory to plug the gender ga…

Apr 17, 2019 / FE Voices

For centuries a stereotype has existed around the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) industries. This is perhaps the main reason why the number of women in the industry is still...

#Apprenticeships: Approaching a career t…

Apr 16, 2019 / FE Voices

Unknown to many, apprenticeships have been a route into employment since the middle ages; Young people would earn money by learning a trade or craft from a local master. The premise...

Aftab Hussain, Strategic ILT Lead, Bolton College

5 Uses for a Campus Chatbot

Apr 14, 2019 / FE Voices

A growing number of education campuses like Bolton College are using chatbots to help their students, teachers and support teams. As these services mature they will be put to use...

Signs You're Burned Out and How to Combat Them

6 Signs You're Burned Out and How to Com…

Apr 13, 2019 / FE Voices

HOW TO RECOGNIZE THE SIGNS BEFORE YOU’RE BURNED OUT 44% of Stress and Depression at Work Caused by Workload According to HSE, around 15.4 million working days we lost in 12 months...

Chris Briggs, Sector Manager Post 16 English and Maths at Pearson.

Pearson accredited to deliver reformed F…

Apr 12, 2019 / FE Voices

Pearson’s Functional Skills specifications and sample assessments have recently been accredited by OFQUAL. Pearson is leading the way in learner-focused Functional Skills content and we caught up with Chris Briggs...

Iain Salisbury, CEO, Aspiration Training Ltd

Gambling With Entry Level #Apprenticeshi…

Apr 11, 2019 / FE Voices

I was speaking to one of our employers last week, who isn’t a levy payer and they asked me, “Where has all the money gone?” This was not the first time...

Teachers' pension scheme consultation response

Schools and colleges in England will rec…

Apr 10, 2019 / FE Voices

Schools and colleges in England will receive an extra £940 million to ensure teachers’ pensions remain among the most generous in the country. Education Secretary Damian Hinds today (Wednesday 10 April)...

THE FIRST TWELVE INSTITUTES OF TECHNOLOGY ANNOUNCED

The First Twelve Institutes of Technolog…

Apr 10, 2019 / FE Voices

New employer-led Institutes of Technology to offer top-quality, higher level technical education to help close skills gaps in key STEM areas. Part of Government’s plan to set more young people...

Peter Finegold, Head of Education & Skills at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers

Institutes of Technology – Any initiat…

Apr 10, 2019 / FE Voices

Twelve Institutes of Technology will be set up across the country to boost young people’s skills and set them on a clear path to a high skilled, high wage career...

Joe Doyle, Group Marketing Director at KYOCERA Document Solutions UK

Government investment in #EdTech must fo…

Apr 09, 2019 / FE Voices

Reducing the administrative burden on teachers through innovative technology will deliver a richer and more engaging learning experience, says Joe Doyle: The Government’s announcement on Wednesday that it would invest up...

Louise Doyle, Director, Mesma

APPRENTICESHIP ASSESSMENT? DON’T LEAVE…

Apr 08, 2019 / FE Voices

“We aren’t allowed to assess apprentices on programme, because this only happens during end-point assessment.” I can’t recall any conversations in recent years in my work with delivery teams where this hasn’t...

UK Employees Work an Average of 6.3 Unpa…

Apr 08, 2019 / FE Voices

66% of UK employees work an average of 6.3 hours per week without pay with around 22% admitting to working more than 10 unpaid hours over five days according to...

Ofsted’s education inspection framewor…

Apr 05, 2019 / FE Voices

How Ofsted inspects schools, early years settings and further education and skills providers. Commenting on Ofsted’s education inspection framework consultation which closes today: Dr Mary Bousted, Joint General Secretary of the National Education Union, said: “The NEU...

Sector Response to the 2nd Anniversary o…

Apr 05, 2019 / FE Voices

The Apprenticeship Levy is two years old tomorrow (6th April 2019). We chatted with Anne Milton, Minister of State for Skills and Apprenticeships and recorded a podcast reflecting on the past...

Universities urged to review ‘unaccept…

Apr 05, 2019 / FE Voices

Education Secretary calls for review of university admissions practices, which have seen students ‘backed into a corner’ to accept places. A full review of university admissions is required to end ‘unacceptable’...

2 Years of the #Levy, where will those u…

Apr 05, 2019 / Podcasts

Anne Milton on the Apprenticeship Levy: From unused Levy pots, higher level and entry level Apprenticeships, to the Future of the Levy. The Apprenticeship Levy is two years old on Saturday...

Creativity, the world of work, and socia…

Apr 05, 2019 / FE Voices

As a child, the received wisdom was that I wasn’t creative. My sister was the creative one, I was the academic one. You couldn’t be both – and it was...

Mrs. Tracey Gray, director of support at Walbottle Campus

TEACHERS AT BREAKING POINT AS BUDGETS SQ…

Apr 04, 2019 / FE Voices

‘BREAKING POINT’: CALL FOR SCHOOLS TO SPEND SMART AS BUDGETS SQUEEZED Hard pressed teachers will be forced to take extra time off sick unless the Government injects more money into...

EDTECH STRATEGY MARKS ‘NEW ERA’ FOR SCHOOLS

£10 MILLION #EDTECH STRATEGY MARKS ‘N…

Apr 03, 2019 / FE Voices

The use of technology in education will be transformed by a new Government strategy published today to reduce teacher workload, boost student outcomes and help level the playing field for...

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