• Survey helps us deal with skills gap

    The UKCES Employer Skills Survey is one of the largest of its kind in the world. More than 91,000 employers across the UK are interviewed to draw together the data contained within the report, creating a comprehensive insight into the ways employers train and develop staff, as well as their experiences of where skills are

    12.00 Feb. 1st, 2016 | Opinion

  • Editors comment: Honesty is the best policy

    Take a moment to empathise with the Central Delivery Service (CDS) advisers at the Skills Funding Agency. As if what must feel like annual restructures at the Agency were not stressful enough, they represent the front line in communications with embattled providers. On the 23 December last year they dutifully emailed colleges and training providers

    15.59 Jan. 29th, 2016 | Opinion

  • Employer Skills Survey in limbo after funding cut

    Questions remain over the future of the UK’s largest employer skills survey, with indications that responsibility for labour market information could fall to local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) in the future. The Employer Skills Survey (ESS), published every two years by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills, examines the skills challenges facing employers and is

    12.00 Feb. 1st, 2016 | News

  • Robot hands out canapés

    Oscar the robot helped host the official unveiling of £2m-worth of hi-tech engineering facilities at Nelson and Colne College. The new department features a subsonic wind tunnel, along with workshops equipped with the latest technology and software, such as computerised numerical control machinery. It is aimed at helping the college’s engineering students learn the skills

    10.00 Jan. 31st, 2016 | Bulletin

  • Passing road accident test

    Public services learners at Suffolk New College had their leadership skills put to the test when they were tasked to deal with the aftermath of a serious road accident. The group were given different roles in the simulation which tested the knowledge learned on their level three course. Some students played the part of those

    12.00 Jan. 31st, 2016 | Bulletin

  • In the frame with photo agency

    Photography learners at Central College Nottingham have launched their own commercial photo-agency. The young snappers will run Focus Central out of the college’s photography department and will give up to 20 students on the photography foundation degree course real-life work experience of how a business operates. Students will take on assignments such as family portraits,

    12.00 Jan. 30th, 2016 | Bulletin

  • Megan chips-in with golf win

    Duchy College learner Megan Giles chipped her way to victory in the golf Andalucía Junior European Open in Spain. The 16-year-old qualified for the Open, which is widely regarded as one of the biggest honours in junior golf, by winning the regional final based in the UK. The individual strokeplay championship in Spain was played

    12.55 Jan. 29th, 2016 | Bulletin

  • Movers and Shakers: Edition 162

    The National Skills Academy for Financial Services (NSAFS) has appointed Peter Pledger as its chief executive, taking over from the outgoing Sylvia Perrins who has retired. Mr Pledger brings more than 20 years’ experience of working in the education and training sector to the role, with much of this in collaboration with the financial services

    15.00 Jan. 29th, 2016 | Movers and Shakers

  • Colleges and training providers left disappointed as equality and diversity fund closed

    The Equality and Diversity Good Practice Fund was the source of 29 innovative projects in 2014/15, but providers hoping to access funding this year will be disappointed to find it is no longer available. The fund, previously known as the Equality and Diversity Inclusion Fund, has been available for five years so far and was

    13.00 Feb. 1st, 2016 | News

  • Student’s prize-winning Chartered Status logo dropped

    A student’s competition-winning logo intended to be the sign of Chartered Status for FE providers has been dumped by the sector body. Lisa Cassidy (pictured above and below), who studied a foundation degree in graphic design and advertising at The Manchester College, was given the award for her winning design by the then Skills Minister

    10.00 Jan. 30th, 2016 | News

  • Neil Cain, operations director, John O'Conner

    It’s been a big week for Neil Cain, who has seen his name in lights after being crowned Apprenticeship Champion of the Year for 2015. The 51-year-old operations director for grounds maintenance company John O’Conner received the award on Tuesday, almost 36 years since he began his own apprenticeship course at 16. Growing up in

    10.00 Feb. 1st, 2016 | Profiles