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Neil Wolstenholme, Chairman, Kloodle

T Levels and the quest for equal opportu…

Jun 19, 2018 / Featured Article

The whole purpose of the T Levels is to develop the skills which meet the business needs in the economy. In theory, they sound a great idea, but to do...

Dr Derek Richards, Director of Clinical Research & Innovation at SilverCloud Health

From student to employee: the importance…

Jun 18, 2018 / Featured Article

Starting university can be a stressful time for students. Moving away from home and family, students can often find themselves far from people they would have normally relied on for...

Kirsty McHugh, Chief Executive, ERSA

Celebrate the good times

Jun 15, 2018 / Featured Article

June is most definitely the month to celebrate in ERSA-land. Not only do we have national Employability Day looming on 29 June, where employment support organisations the length and breadth...

Nick Hillman, Director of the Higher Education Policy Institute

Why arguments about student loans will e…

Jun 15, 2018 / Featured Article

There are two sorts of policy questions. Some issues appear simple but are actually complicated – including in education. That is why there are such fraught debates over how to...

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

In defence of apprenticeships... Degree …

Jun 14, 2018 / Featured Article

Hema Tank, Associate Dean at The London Institute of Banking & Finance which provides degree-level apprenticeships in the finance sector, gives her thoughts on the open letter on the apprenticeship levy...

Karren Culshaw, Quality and Compliance Professional, Education Star Solutions

Subcontracted Provision – Compliance vs …

Jun 14, 2018 / Featured Article

It probably comes as no surprise that Ofsted have taken the decision to place subcontracted provision under greater scrutiny with the introduction of monitoring visits announced in February. The first institution...

Liz Maudsley is Senior Policy Manager at the Association of Colleges

Mental health and wellbeing in further e…

Jun 13, 2018 / Featured Article

Research has shown that 50% of mental health problems are established by age 14 and 75% by age 24. Further education colleges, which cater for more than 685,000 young people...

Alice Barnard, Chief Executive of Edge

BTEC snobbery and class prejudice is ali…

Jun 13, 2018 / Featured Article

In Camilla Turner’s Telegraph article last week, Nick Hillman, HEPI Director is quoted: "It is a good thing that these people [BTEC students] are going into higher education. But they do have...

David Cormack, Strategic Partnerships Director, System Group

LEVERAGING THE #LEVY

Jun 13, 2018 / Featured Article

An open letter from representatives from government, business schools, businesses and other organisations – including Sony, Airbus, Barclays, Santander, Euan Blair’s start-up WhiteHat, the Sutton Trust, the Chartered Management Institute...

Photo credit Stefan Drew

Your competitors aren’t other ESFA funde…

Jun 12, 2018 / Featured Article

Your competitors are commercial education and information sites including YouTube, commercial/non-funded providers and international organisations. (Click here to read part 1 "The Reality of FE Becoming More Commercial … for...

Neil Wolstenholme, Chairman, Kloodle

T Levels – Back To The Future At 16

Jun 12, 2018 / Featured Article

The Need for a Brand New Qualification So, what’s wrong with the current education system in the UK? And why are T levels the missing ingredient that will fix this? Well, it’s...

Greg Slade, Head of Health and Fitness at The Training Room

Emotional Intelligence and success as a …

Jun 11, 2018 / Featured Article

Emotional intelligence is the buzzword in management and leadership training at the moment and it’s believed that displaying high levels of Emotional Intelligence (EI) can provide an advantage when it...

Photo by Stefan Drew

The Reality of FE Becoming More Commerci…

Jun 11, 2018 / Featured Article

My recent article on the £7.99 FE Financial Viability Strategy was not only the most shared article that week, it also had my phone ringing. Why? Two reasons: One, a lot of people...

Dr Fiona Aldridge, Assistant Director for Research & Development, Learning and Work Institute.

Where next for apprenticeships? The Deba…

Jun 11, 2018 / Featured Article

A ago week today, Learning and Work Institute launched All change: where next for apprenticeships?, a new essay collection with leading experts setting out ways to improve the quality of...

Joe Crossley, Business Development Director, of Qube Learning

Building Relationships with #Levy Paying…

Jun 08, 2018 / Featured Article

When the Levy came into effect in May 2017 it is fair to say there was a lot of nervousness from Providers within the sector.  The concerns were obvious: the Apprenticeship format...

Graham Raddings, Associate, MCA Cooper Associates

Maximising student acquisition and reten…

Jun 08, 2018 / Featured Article

A wise CEO with years of Further Education experience once advised me that “to truly understand the learners, you must know their data”. The notion of knowing learner data struck...

Teresa Carroll, Head of Wellbeing and Social Inclusion at the Education and Training Foundation (ETF)

Developing prisoners' teaching skills is…

Jun 07, 2018 / Featured Article

Teresa Carroll visits HMP Eastwood Park, where the ETF’s Rehabilitation in Action programme is working with prisoners to help them gain teaching skills. She meets learners at an awards ceremony...

Dr Neil Bentley, Chief Executive, WorldSkills UK

The results are in: Skills competitions …

Jun 07, 2018 / Featured Article

We have exciting new research in partnership with the Edge Foundation that demonstrates how skills competitions are making a big difference to the prestige of apprenticeships and technical careers. It’s research...

Dr Philip McCrea, Chief Medical Officer at BHSF Occupational Health

Catching them before they fall: How to s…

Jun 07, 2018 / Featured Article

A recent survey has discovered that just 15% of employees would tell their line manager about a mental health issue. With poor mental health affecting an increasing number of the...

Andy Durman is Managing Director of the Labour Market Insight specialists, Emsi UK.

The Importance of LMI in the Government…

Jun 06, 2018 / Featured Article

The Government’s new Education and Employment Strategy, presents a vision of prison education which, it is hoped, will reduce reoffending rates and also help fix some of Britain’s long-term skills...

By Anne Sheehan, Enterprise Director, Vodafone UK

How to encourage more young women to pur…

Jun 06, 2018 / Featured Article

There is a clear opportunity to bring about positive change when it comes to women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics careers. While women make up almost half of the UK’s...

Angela Middleton, Chairman and Founder of MiddletonMurray

My Limitless Manifesto: I’m campaigning …

Jun 05, 2018 / Featured Article

Yesterday (4 Jun) marked an important occasion for MiddletonMurray – our first event in the House of Commons, and the launch of our “Limitless campaign”. I’m immensely proud of the work...

Neil Wolstenholme, Chairman, Kloodle

T Levels: What do Mr T and Mrs T Have In…

Jun 05, 2018 / Featured Article

Once upon a time… “I came to office with one intent”, said Mrs Thatcher in 1984, “to change Britain from a dependent to a self-reliant society”. Has Brexit thrown up parallels...

Adrian Anderson, Chief Executive, University Vocational Awards Council

Degree Apprenticeships - Doesn't @IFAtec…

Jun 04, 2018 / Featured Article

England has a reputation for having great ideas and then failing to implement them effectively - I think we may be failing in this way with Degree Apprenticeships. For generations England’s...

Dr Fiona Aldridge, Assistant Director for Research & Development, Learning and Work Institute.

All change: where next for apprenticeshi…

Jun 04, 2018 / Featured Article

We are living through one of the biggest policy reforms in a generation. With a commitment to delivering 3 million apprenticeships by 2020, the government has introduced an Apprenticeship Levy...

Kevin Samuel, Business Development Manager at Y Soft

A curriculum catering to all: the power …

Jun 04, 2018 / Featured Article

The education sector in England is facing a wide range of challenges, with pressure on staff to produce positive results more intense than ever before. With young people now legally...

Arnie Skelton, Managing Director, Effective Training & Development Ltd

LEARNING FACILITATION: A TRANSFORMATIONA…

Jun 01, 2018 / Featured Article

What is being suggested below is a major cultural reform, in which the nature of learning would be transformed.   This model proposes a radical shift towards learning within FE Colleges. Some...

Stephen Spriggs, Managing Director, William Clarence Education

Endorsement or bribery? Undergraduates t…

May 31, 2018 / Featured Article

From getting a good table at your favourite restaurant to hearing about a brilliant job before it’s advertised, we all know it’s not what you know but who you know...

Tom Bewick is the chief executive of the Federation of Awarding Bodies

Robust end-point assessment organisation…

May 31, 2018 / Featured Article

Let’s invest properly in them and simplify the quality assurance regime, argues TOM BEWICK. One of the newest aspects of the apprenticeship reforms is end-point assessment. The Richard Review used a...

Emma Finamore, Editor, AllAboutSchoolLeavers.co.uk

Teachers & pupils at breaking point:…

May 30, 2018 / Featured Article

In the month we mark Mental Health Awareness Week – which this year focussed specifically on stress – it was reported that UK teachers are in crisis, with thousands quitting and being...

Angela Middleton, Chairman and Founder of MiddletonMurray

Wellbeing in the workplace: Why we need …

May 30, 2018 / Featured Article

14th-20th May marked Mental Health Awareness Week, a cause close to my heart – and to the heart of my business, MiddletonMurray. I think it is so important to encourage...

Stuart Goldwater, Director, PragmatiQ Solutions

Technology To Support Apprenticeship Pro…

May 29, 2018 / Featured Article

The ROATP register is a government-backed list of over three-thousand training providers who are eligible for apprenticeship levy funding. If you’re not on the list, you can’t access the funds...

John Mountford, Development Director, Semta International

UK opportunities in the global skills ma…

May 29, 2018 / Featured Article

At Semta International, we place great value in our international projects and partnerships, the lessons we’ve learnt from going global through interacting with our partners and by meeting the specific...

Heather Venis, Principal Consultant, Awarding First

Plucky but unwise T Level proposals

May 28, 2018 / Featured Article

Something that awarding bodies are increasingly good at is listening to and understanding employers, knowing their sectors, what will work and what’s deliverable. The listening, conceptualising and doing a good...

Anna Clarke, Head of Apprenticeships for MK College

How the benefits system and poor advice …

May 25, 2018 / Featured Article

The benefits system is stopping young people from disadvantaged backgrounds from reaching their potential, because many of them just can’t afford to start an apprenticeship. A number of benefits aren’t...

David Lakin is Head of Education at the IET

Making the apprenticeship levy work hard…

May 25, 2018 / Featured Article

Apprenticeships and the development of good quality training schemes to support the next generation of engineering and technology talent are a vital element of tackling the deficit in skills across...

Susanne Shah, Director of Divorce & Family Law, Vardags, Newcastle

Growing up North - Time to Close the Gap

May 24, 2018 / Featured Article

Newcastle is bursting with potential, but young people in the region don't have enough opportunity Recently the Children’s commissioner published "Growing up North", a report which outlined the disadvantage that our...

Ben Pammenter, Education Sector Lead, ITGL

SPACE, THE FINAL FRONTIER

May 23, 2018 / Featured Article

Smart technology is changing the nature of buildings worldwide, and we are starting to see the benefits of these developments in our homes and workplaces. The further education sector also stands...

Michael Warburton credit BAFTA James Cannon

Innovation on a budget – engaging the ga…

May 23, 2018 / Featured Article

When I started teaching on the new Games Development Course at Cambridge Regional College one of the things that struck me was that I needed the help of the games...

Breaking into The Digital Sector: The Sk…

May 22, 2018 / Featured Article

The digital sector is known for its constant change and revolutionary innovations — you can’t sit still or you’ll find yourself being left behind. Breaking out in this industry can...

Nabeena Mali, Head of Marketing, AppInstitute

Get educated on #GDPR ’s impact on furth…

May 22, 2018 / Featured Article

We’re now on the eve of enforcement of the strictest data law to date - the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). As we’ve creeped closer to the deadline, more...

“These aren’t the droids you’re looking …

May 21, 2018 / Featured Article

It was back in 1977 when the Star Wars character Ben Kenobi uttered the phrase ‘these aren’t the droids you’re looking for’ when using a Jedi mind trick to persuade...

Dr Nathan Lea is a Senior Research Associate at UCL

The European Union General Data Protecti…

May 21, 2018 / Featured Article

If you were to ask anyone “what is the first thing that comes to mind if you hear ‘GDPR’?” it is likely they have heard of it and the responses...

Richard Marsh, Apprenticeship Partnership Director, Kaplan Financial

Funding bands on the run…

May 18, 2018 / Featured Article

Latest guidance on Apprenticeships published, but who should decide the cost of an Apprenticeship? Just over 12 months ago Apprenticeship funding moved from a system based fundamentally on learner characteristics (age...

Kirsty McHugh, Chief Executive, ERSA

Even now, Mental Health is still an unde…

May 18, 2018 / Featured Article

We’re awash with ‘weeks’ nowadays – celebratory or educational. Often, at ERSA, we’re asked to support these events and we do so, where we can, with the requisite tweets and...

David Price, Health Assured CEO and Wellbeing Expert

How employers can support good mental he…

May 18, 2018 / Featured Article

Over recent years there has been a significant increase in awareness around the issue of mental health in the workplace. Employers are now recognising this as a business critical issue...

Yasuhiro Kotera, Academic Lead in Counselling, Psychotherapy & Psychology at the University of Derby

It’s not all about reducing negatives: C…

May 17, 2018 / Featured Article

The mental health of students is challenging in the UK. For example, data collected from FE colleges revealed that 75% of them had referred their students to A&E departments for...

Peter Marples, Group Chief Operating Officer, 3aaa Apprenticeships

One Day at a Time – EPA – An Impending D…

May 17, 2018 / Featured Article

I woke up this morning, full of the joys of spring. The sun shining, just back from our 8th levy conference at Wembley stadium and although a bit tired (old...

Mark Anderson, Managing Director, ACG Compliance

Talking my way to a cure #ThisIsMe

May 16, 2018 / Featured Article

I am not afraid to tackle my demons, and to be brutally honest I tackle them head on and found a new lease of life which helps me control “my”...

Richard Daniel Curtis, CEO of The Mentoring School at the European Vocational Education Week

“Oh, someone’s dealing with that” Suppor…

May 16, 2018 / Featured Article

“Oh, someone’s dealing with that.” is a phrase that I have heard from both further education and higher education staff. What they are referring to is the mental health of...

Julian Stanley, CEO, the Education Support Partnership

Why managers need self love

May 15, 2018 / Featured Article

It’s often said the number one reason staff leave their job is not the salary, the terms and conditions, the holidays, the commute or irritation with colleagues. It’s because they...

Lauren Bennett, Senior Researcher, Learning and Work Institute

7 ways to support apprentices with menta…

May 15, 2018 / Featured Article

The prevalence of mental health issues amongst young people is a significant and ongoing issue. 75 per cent of mental illnesses begin before a child reaches their 18th birthday. Experiencing a...

Stephen Lambert, Director of Education4Democracy.

Making #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek a Prio…

May 14, 2018 / Featured Article

IN THE North of England one in four have a mental illness ranging from bipolar disorder, clinical depression to severe anxiety. In a report released last Autumn by the mental...

Stephen Spriggs, Managing Director, William Clarence Education

Even the royal family knows the future i…

May 11, 2018 / Featured Article

There was a time when classrooms were dominated by the ‘3 Rs’, reading, writing and ‘rithmatic. Now, the focus is on Mandarin. And it’s not just the privileged kids in...

Greg Slade, Head of Health and Fitness at The Training Room

The reality of delivering the new Person…

May 11, 2018 / Featured Article

At the end of 2016 the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) launched the CIMSPA Professional Standards Matrix, which along with it had a new...

Louise Jones, Deputy Principal, Birmingham Metropolitan College

Thinking about Place: Further Education …

May 10, 2018 / Featured Article

The Further Education Trust for Leadership (FETL) selected Birmingham to host their spring symposium – Thinking about Place. Host for the Commonwealth Games in 2022, a key location for high speed...

David Falzani MBE CEng

Competing for Softer Skills

May 10, 2018 / Featured Article

In preparing young people for the workplace the education system is well proven in its ability to convey technical skills and capabilities. However, perhaps there are still opportunities to increase...

Ben Hughes is Vice Principal (Industry Engagement) at Pearson College London

A Tale of Two Conferences – some reflect…

May 09, 2018 / Featured Article

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of transformation, it was the age of employability, it was the epoch of knowledge...

James Downes, co-founder of Maker Life

The Importance of Teaching Digital Skill…

May 09, 2018 / Featured Article

As education professionals, you will soon be confronted by a rapidly approaching skills gap. According to the EU Commission, there could be a shortfall of as many as 900,000 skilled...

The £7.99 FE Financial Viability Plan

May 08, 2018 / Featured Article

Collab recently published an article on the “key drivers for colleges to think and act more like a commercial business”. It mentioned funding reduction, competition and apprenticeship reform. It was...

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