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Richard Atkins' Final Annual Report as Further Education Commissioner
This will be my last annual report as FE Commissioner, with my extended second term...
Technical education will be the rocket fuel we need to propel our economy
Text of keynote speech by @GillianKeegan, #Apprenticeships and #Skills Minister to the #BCSSkillsFest @BCS Virtual Skills...
Women In STEM: Fighting the Stereotypes From The First Stage
The #STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) industries have traditionally been male-dominated. There have been women...
Changing Habits with Arnie Skelton #2
Top Ten Changing Habits Tips for Teachers and #FE ManagersIn the second episode of his...
What Will Students Create Following Industry 4.0?
In 2011, we ignited The Fourth Industrial Revolution, scientifically known as Industry 4.0. Throughout history,...
Richard Atkins' Final Annual Report as Further Education Commissioner
Richard Atkins' Final Annual Report as Further...
Technical education will be the rocket fuel we need to propel our economy
Technical education will be the rocket fuel we...
Women In STEM: Fighting the Stereotypes From The First Stage
Women In STEM: Fighting the Stereotypes From T...
Changing Habits with Arnie Skelton #2
Changing Habits with Arnie Skelton #2
What Will Students Create Following Industry 4.0?
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Richard Atkins CBE, Further Education Commissioner

Richard Atkins' Final Annual Report as F…

Nov 30, 2020 / FE Voices

This will be my last annual report as FE Commissioner, with my extended second term in the role due to end in March 2021. I have hugely enjoyed my time as...

Rt Hon Gillian Keegan MP (Minister for Apprenticeships and Skills)

Technical education will be the rocket f…

Nov 30, 2020 / FE Voices

Text of keynote speech by @GillianKeegan, #Apprenticeships and #Skills Minister to the #BCSSkillsFest @BCS Virtual Skills Festival: Good morning and thank you for inviting me here today to speak with you all...

Women In STEM: Fighting the Stereotypes …

Nov 30, 2020 / FE Voices

The #STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) industries have traditionally been male-dominated. There have been women pioneers such as Ada Lovelace, but they are not as well known or widely discussed...

Arnie Skelton, Managing Director, Effective Training & Development Ltd

Changing Habits with Arnie Skelton #2

Nov 28, 2020 / Podcasts

Top Ten Changing Habits Tips for Teachers and #FE ManagersIn the second episode of his podcast Top Ten Tips for Teachers and FE Managers, Arnie Skelton discusses CHANGING HABITS.In this podcast Arnie...

What Will Students Create Following Indu…

Nov 28, 2020 / FE Voices

In 2011, we ignited The Fourth Industrial Revolution, scientifically known as Industry 4.0. Throughout history, every industrial revolution has focused on a key area of development. Industry 1.0 introduced mechanization...

Summer 2020 outcomes did not systemicall…

Nov 26, 2020 / FE Voices

@Ofqual say GCSE, A level and VTQ students were not systemically disadvantaged on the basis of particular protected characteristics or socioeconomic status. Professor Becky Francis, CEO of the Education Endowment Foundation...

#SkillsWorldLive 2.10

Part 2. Future of FE: what do college le…

Nov 26, 2020 / Podcasts

On #SkillsWorldLive tonight, guests include: Mims Davies | Sue Pember | Martin Doel | Sam Parrett | Fiona Chalk | Amanda Melton are discussing: Part 2. Future of FE: what do college leaders and Governors think? #SkillsWorldLive 2.10: Thursday...

Paul Feldman, CEO of Jisc

Let’s ‘build back better’ on post-…

Nov 26, 2020 / FE Voices

Speaking alongside Universities Minister at the Foundation for Science and Technology’s Future of Education event last night, the chief executive of @Jisc, Paul Feldman, explained why students must be at...

Now is the time to improve SEN-D home to…

Nov 26, 2020 / FE Voices

Home-to-school transport is vital support for families raising children with special needs. It can make the difference between a parent being able to hold-down a job or not. But demand...

Helen Barnard, Director, Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Measuring the Chancellor’s Spending Re…

Nov 26, 2020 / FE Voices

#SR20 - @RishiSunak’s words ring hollow as less is spent on #LevellingUp, say the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (@jrf_uk) The Chancellor used this Spending Review to stress that the economic emergency facing...

By Maureen Lonergan, director, AWS Training and Certification

5 steps to incorporate comprehensive ski…

Nov 26, 2020 / FE Voices

Research conducted recently by independent consultancy, Public First, looked at the value that cloud and AWS are creating for small and medium businesses across the UK, and found that companies...

Learning in a community classroom

Genuinely level up by giving skills powe…

Nov 26, 2020 / FE Voices

New research from think tank @wearenewlocal and @FETforL finds: Local areas and their communities could transform skills and training in England and should be given the powers and resources to do so The current...

'Design by Kirstin Smith'

Machine learning used for smart job mark…

Nov 26, 2020 / FE Voices

@nesta_uk and @jpmorgan report: Mapping Career Causeways: Supporting workers at risk is released today exploring Machine learning used for smart job market map to support people into work in uncertain times   As the...

Tony Wilson FIEP, Director, Institute for Employment Studies

Spending Review 2020: Good marks on supp…

Nov 25, 2020 / FE Voices

There were two big labour market priorities for the Chancellor today: how to get employment growing again next year, and how to help the unemployed to fill those jobs. Today’s...

The Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak

£100 billion capital Spending Review in…

Nov 25, 2020 / FE Voices

Delivering the #SR20 Spending Review, @RishiSunak said his immediate priority was to protect people’s lives and livelihoods as the country continues to battle the outbreak - allocating £55 billion to...

Youth Ambassador Chair, Harvey Morton

Disability & Creating Opportunity

Nov 25, 2020 / FE Voices

Youth Ambassador Chair, Harvey Morton welcomed our attendees to our Disability & Creating Opportunities session, the second session of our week long Symposium series. This session was supported by Rabia...

The Chancellor Rishi Sunak works on his Spending Review speech in his flat above 11 Downing Street

Rishi Sunak set to announce new three-ye…

Nov 24, 2020 / FE Voices

@RishiSunak to unveil 2020 #SpendingReview that will create and support hundreds of thousands of jobs across the UK  The Chancellor is also set to announce new three-year £2.9 billion Restart scheme to...

Dr Ann Limb CBE DL Chair of the UK Innovation Corridor

A whole society project: The importance …

Nov 24, 2020 / FE Voices

5 out of 5: Five reflections on what I’ve learned from participating in the five FED virtual round table series by Dr. Ann Limb  Some might think FED is just a...

NCFE - Go the distance podcast

The scale of the challenge for adult job…

Nov 24, 2020 / Podcasts

Philip Le Feuvre (@NCFE’s Director of Strategy, Policy and Insight) and Michael Lemin (Senior Policy Specialist) are joined by Becci Newton (Institute for @EmploymentStudies) and Kathleen Henehan (@ResolutionFoundation) to discuss...

David Gallagher, Chief Executive at NCFE

People will lose jobs, and find their sk…

Nov 24, 2020 / FE Voices

The scale of the challenge for adult job seekers  As we approach the festive period, it is clear that the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic will continue to bring further...

Stephen Evans

Invest £5 billion over next four years …

Nov 24, 2020 / FE Voices

@LearnWorkUK project that long-term unemployment, could rise fivefold next year to 1.6 million. These would be the highest levels since the early 1990s.  The new report from the leading employment and skills thinktank Learning and...

Becs Roycroft, senior director of global emerging talent and reskill operations at mthree

Unconditional Uni Offers Damage Workplac…

Nov 23, 2020 / FE Voices

Reform is needed in the way in which students are allocated university places, as the current model, which gives unconditional offers to a lucky and often privileged few, further deepens...

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Growing Level 4 and 5 Technical Educatio…

Nov 23, 2020 / FE Voices

New @CForLearning paper on moving from small-scale to large scale participation  A new discussion paper from the Campaign for Learning considers how to move from a small-scale to large-scale system of post-18 technical...

Plant growing

Learning doesn’t stop when we leave th…

Nov 21, 2020 / FE Voices

Today, incoming changes and recent disruption are highlighting the critical need to continue to learn throughout our lives. None more so than at work, to continue to remain competitive in the...

Dragon's Den's Theo Paphitis on why Covid is breeding more entrepreneurs than ever before and supporting young people to get into enterprise

Dragon's Den's Theo Paphitis on supporti…

Nov 21, 2020 / Podcasts

Covid is breeding more #entrepreneurs than ever before  Each week Sharon Davies, CEO of Young Enterprise, will be having conversations with teachers, young professionals, entrepreneurs as well as charity and business...

Dr Sam Parrett OBE, London South East Colleges

London South East Colleges’ response t…

Nov 20, 2020 / FE Voices

The Independent Commission on the College of the Future (@CollegeComm) report shines a light on the crucial role FE colleges have to play in a skills-led recovery of our economy.  It...

Chris Blackwell MIEP, Founder and CEO of Purpose Led Performance

The heart of employability services and …

Nov 20, 2020 / FE Voices

The world is changing. I want to look beyond the immediate impact of Covid-19 and share some left-field thoughts on what future employability services might look like. The views expressed are...

Nick Hillman, Director, HEPI

Turf wars, new providers and spending re…

Nov 19, 2020 / FE Voices

This is an extract from a speech delivered by Nick Hillman, @HEPI_News Director, to the @GuildHE Council this morning (19 Nov): There are 118 fewer higher education providers in England than there were...

The Next Normal Episode 9 - E-Learning

Nov 19, 2020 / Podcasts

Join Chris Webb (@WorldWebb) and Helen Armitage (@HelenArmitage16) from the Careers and Employability Service at Sheffield Hallam University (@SheffHallamUni) for another foray into the world of work, as told by...

Future of FE: what do ITP leaders think?

Future of FE: What do ITP leaders think?…

Nov 19, 2020 / Podcasts

On #SkillsWorldLive tonight, guests include: Mark Dawe | Susanna Lawson | Jill Whittaker | Sean Cosgrove | Martin Hottass | Simon Ashworth are discussing the Future of FE: What do ITP...

Rebecca Deegan - Founder & Director - I have a voice CIC

Student's take on Coronavirus, Class and…

Nov 19, 2020 / FE Voices

The outbreak of #Coronavirus in the UK has had an unimaginable and immeasurable impact across the country. But one institution has been particularly hard struck; the British education system.  In March...

Andy Sanford, Partner at leading tax and advisory firm Blick Rothenberg

The Governments apprentice Levy should b…

Nov 19, 2020 / FE Voices

With growing rates of unemployment amongst the young the Government should urgently revise the apprentice Levy which is so complicated that most companies don’t use it.    Between May and December 2019...

Dame Glenys Stacey, Interim Chief Regulator, Ofqual

Working hard to safeguard sufficient val…

Nov 18, 2020 / FE Voices

Dame Glenys Stacey @Ofqual's speech to the Association of Colleges' (@Aoc_info) Further Education Summit, 18 November 2020: Good morning and thank you for inviting me to join you today. Thank you...

Gavin Williamson

Gavin Williamson's speech at the AoC's F…

Nov 18, 2020 / FE Voices

Gavin Williamson (@GavinWilliamson) gave an address the Association of Colleges (@AoC_info) FE Summit 2020, which was a two-day virtual conference for FE College leaders. This was a virtual conference in...

Robin Ghurbhurun, Jisc’s managing director of further education and skills

Now is the time to embrace digital as a …

Nov 18, 2020 / FE Voices

As the FE sector faces major reform in England, supporting colleges’ digital transformation is critical to the future of inclusive lifelong learning.  Although England is mid-way through a second lockdown, our...

The Fastest Growing Skills in the Four N…

Nov 18, 2020 / FE Voices

In the last Shedding Light on the Labour Market, @EMSI_UK look at job postings from the perspective of regional employer demand.  In this fortnight's Shedding Light on the Labour Market, we take a look...

Job van der Voort, CEO and co-founder of Remote

Remote work trends in 2021

Nov 18, 2020 / FE Voices

This year, many businesses have adapted to new ways of remote working, which they hadn’t even considered before. Job van der Voort, CEO and co-founder of Remote, as a veteran...

Matt Sedgwick, founder of London recruitment company, Key Focus Consulting

Why focusing on yourself will accelerate…

Nov 18, 2020 / FE Voices

Jobseekers should view the Covid-19 pandemic as a catalyst for positive change, rather than a brake on their search for work. However, they need to make the most of a seven-second...

David Hughes AoC

Overhaul the post-16 education system th…

Nov 18, 2020 / FE Voices

As more evidence of the biting pandemic effects on young people and adults comes to light, the new report from the Independent Commission on the College of the Future calls...

Deirdre Hughes OBE

International trends and global innovati…

Nov 17, 2020 / FE Voices

Education training and labour market intelligence and delivery arrangements are in a state of flux. No-one knows for sure what the education and careers support landscape will look like in...

TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady © Jess Hurd/reportdigital.co.uk

Prime minister’s skills policy will be…

Nov 17, 2020 / FE Voices

The government will struggle to get enough adult learners to take up their entitlement to free A-level equivalent training if ministers scrap the union learning fund, says a new TUC report "Getting every adult to level 3: How the Union...

Arnie Skelton, Managing Director, Effective Training & Development Ltd

Time Management with Arnie Skelton #1

Nov 17, 2020 / Podcasts

Top Ten Time Management Tips for Teachers and #FE Managers The first in this series, this podcast outlines 10 top tips and ideas for managing that precious commodity, time, as well...

Andreas Karaiskos, CEO, Fitch Learning

Corporate Social Responsibility and The …

Nov 16, 2020 / FE Voices

Closing the Skills Gap in Financial Services  The future success of the financial services industry is going to be heavily reliant on business leaders, HR and L&D managers working well together...

David Price, CEO of Health Assured

How to look after your employees mental …

Nov 16, 2020 / FE Voices

We’ve entered a second lockdown. It’s not quite as strict as the first one, back in March, but still. Even the word—lockdown—feels quite negative. A lot of people were beginning to...

Hannah Cooper, Group HR Director, LRG

Trained and trusted: how apprenticeships…

Nov 14, 2020 / FE Voices

  There is a disconnect in the property industry, and much work to be done to correct perceptions of the sector. It wasn’t that long ago that the role of estate...

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson

The end of predicted grades? New system …

Nov 13, 2020 / FE Voices

Education Secretary @GavinWilliamson announces plan to review university admissions system #PQA  Government plans for post-qualification university admissions - Consultation will consider how a new, fairer system could increase opportunities and accelerate...

Cindy Rampersaud, Senior Vice President BTEC and Apprenticeships, Pearson

Celebrating Talent and Diversity - BAME …

Nov 13, 2020 / FE Voices

Last Wednesday evening the sector came together to recognise and celebrate the talent of BAME Apprentices at the UK’s first BAME Apprenticeship Awards, created to showcase the outstanding work and...

Sajid Javid, MP for Bromsgrove and former Chancellor said

As the UK faces prospect of double-dip r…

Nov 13, 2020 / FE Voices

Online skills and mentoring programme aimed to prevent ‘lost generation’ backed by the leading UK business, a former Chancellor of the Exchequer, the NHS, the COVID-19 Economic Recovery Commission, and industry bodies, including the CBI and Tech UK   As the second lockdown...

Ayden Sims MIEP, Director of Business Development at Maximus UK.

The Rise of Digital: The most significan…

Nov 13, 2020 / FE Voices

Reflections of Business Development Director @AydenSims...  The last few months have had a profound impact on everything we do, so I wanted to share a few of my own observations in the...

Alistair Jarvis, Chief Executive of Universities UK

Major review by education sector leaders…

Nov 13, 2020 / FE Voices

@UniversitiesUK proposes switch to post-qualifications admissions (#PQA) from 2023 subject to full consultation  Universities UK [UUK] is today publishing its Fair Admissions Review recommendations, which will build greater levels of transparency...

The Next Normal Episode 8 - The Student …

Nov 12, 2020 / Podcasts

Join Chris Webb (@WorldWebb) and Helen Armitage (@HelenArmitage16) from the Careers and Employability Service at Sheffield Hallam University (@SheffHallamUni) for another foray into the world of work, as told by...

Is it time to rethink learner assessment?

Is it time to rethink learner assessment…

Nov 12, 2020 / Podcasts

Discussing whether it is time to rethink learner assessment on #SkillsWorldLive are:  Lord Ken Baker | Alistair McConville  | Bill Watkin  | Sally Dicketts  | Professor Bill Lucas  | Charlotte Bosworth #SkillsWorldLive 2.6:...

Helen Barnard, Director of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Inject at least an extra £1.3 billion a…

Nov 12, 2020 / FE Voices

The Social Market Foundation (@SMFthinktank) says that a “disastrous” 50% decline in adult education funding over the last decade has left many low-wage workers poorly prepared for economic change and...

Graduates

Focus on graduate pay as an indicator of…

Nov 12, 2020 / FE Voices

The Higher Education Policy Institute (@HEPI_news) has published a new report looking at the gender pay gap between graduates. The report, Mind the (Graduate Gender Pay) Gap by Bethan Cornell, Rachel...

Laura Barlow is an Associate Solicitor in the Adult Brain Injury team at Bolt Burdon Kemp

Supporting brain-injured students during…

Nov 12, 2020 / FE Voices

#ThinkDifferently - Disabled students make up a significant proportion (around 14%) of the UK higher education population, but sadly, it has become apparent that disabled students found it more difficult...

Arnie Skelton, Managing Director, Effective Training & Development Ltd

Staying on top With Arnie Skelton #65

Nov 11, 2020 / Podcasts

Top Ten Tips for Teachers and #FE Managers In the Sixty-fifth episode of his podcast Top Ten Tips for Teachers and FE Managers, Arnie Skelton discusses his personal top ten recommended apps that...

David Hughes, Chief Executive, AoC

Reallocate apprentice funds to colleges …

Nov 11, 2020 / FE Voices

@AoC_info are calling for apprentice funds to be reallocated to colleges to offer students a ‘plan B’  Colleges are calling for unused apprenticeship funds to be reallocated to support the increased...

Michelle Donelan

Uni students will have one week to get h…

Nov 11, 2020 / FE Voices

Christmas guidance set out for university students by @educationgovuk with the ‘student travel window’ between the 3rd to 9th December  University students will be able to travel home to spend Christmas with their families once the national...

Association of Employment and Learning Providers managing director, Jane Hickie

5 Lessons FE sector and government must …

Nov 11, 2020 / FE Voices

New @AELPuk & @FETforL research on Covid’s impact on the further education and skills sector shows that training providers, colleges and government all need to learn lessons from the first covid...

Joanne Moseley

Will the £95k cap on public sector exit…

Nov 10, 2020 / FE Voices

On Wednesday 4 November, the Restriction of Public Sector Exit Payment Regulations 2020 come into force. These impose a £95,000 cap on the amount public sector bodies can pay to an employee...

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