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  • SPONSORED: Formula 1 linked STEM challenge kickstarts engineering careers

    Three boys from deep in the Kent countryside stood on a stage on turn 1 of the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi just days before Formula 1 cars skidded and smoked around the corner at the last race of the F1 season. The boys, ‘Evolve UK’ were crowned F1 in Schools World Champions in

    10.00 Mar. 9th, 2020 | Sponsored post

  • It's time to take on the subcontracting profiteers

    Subcontractors account for more than 10 per cent of ESFA funding. They need overseeing properly, says Simon Ashworth It was good to see the ESFA’s Peter Mucklow in edition 306 of FE Week confirming government recognition that subcontracting plays an important role and that there will be not be a complete ban on it. Some

    6.00 Feb. 18th, 2020 | Opinion

  • The levy: change should be evolutionary – not revolutionary

    As an employer of apprentices that has made full use of the levy, I have sometimes found it difficult to understand why more levy-paying businesses haven’t taken advantage of the levy reforms, says Sharon Blyfield Towards the end of last summer, the number of registrations on the apprenticeship service suddenly jumped to nearly 20,000, which

    9.08 Feb. 17th, 2020 | Opinion

  • To be critical of colleges for running the courses learners want is bizarre

    Blaming colleges for simply recruiting students to course subjects they want to study is weird and not the solution to the problem of matching skills to the economy, says Adrian Perry After years of cuts, FE is getting mentioned in government education briefings and House of Commons debates. This is good news, but it brings

    5.00 Feb. 3rd, 2020 | Opinion

  • Hosting WorldSkills 2027 would have far-reaching benefits for the whole UK

    Everyone should support efforts to host the WorldSkills international competition, says college leader and former psychologist to Team UK, Jo Maher, because the benefits to UK plc are far-reaching and promote economic growth My role as psychologist and team leader for WorldSkills Team UK meant that I was lucky enough to attend five international skills

    6.00 Feb. 2nd, 2020 | Opinion

  • SPONSORED: Supporting Line Managers To Transform Apprenticeship Delivery

    Line managers are crucial to successful learning and development. It doesn’t matter how much money an organisation spends on giving employees opportunities to increase their knowledge and improve their skills, if line managers don’t then give employees the opportunity to use those new capabilities in their day-to-day work, it’s money and time wasted. Learning doesn’t

    14.00 Jan. 31st, 2020 | Sponsored post

  • SPONSORED: Are your learners leaving education with the skills employers look for?

    What do employers really want? – it’s an age old question with a seemingly endless list of possible responses and accompanying challenges. Problem solving? Motivation? Resilience? Confidence? Literacy and numeracy? Digital skills? All of the above? When we simplify it down, employers – no matter what industry they operate in – are looking for talent.

    9.20 Dec. 4th, 2019 | Sponsored post

  • Manifestos give little hope SEND reform will deliver

    With the General Election nearly upon us, Natspec’s Clare Howard has been assessing the three main parties’ promises as they battle to gain or remain in power The Education Select Committee’s October report scrutinising the 2014 reforms to Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) referred to “a treacle of bureaucracy… conflict… and despair”. So will

    5.00 Dec. 2nd, 2019 | Opinion

  • My 5 priorities for FE that should go first in the next education secretary's in-tray

    Some issues have been hanging over the vocational sector for 40 years, says Ewart Keep. If we truly want to transform our society and economy, we can’t afford to keep passing the buck As FE and skills have taken centre stage in this election battle, and parties vie for our attention with policies and promises,

    5.00 Nov. 25th, 2019 | Opinion

  • Edtech reforms that ignore FE's 'dual professionalism' will make things worse

    Edtech can improve teaching, learning and assessment – and save time (but only if it’s done right), says Vikki Liogier It is cliché by now, but the world of work really is changing and no industry sector will avoid technology’s transformative impact, not least education. As pointed out by Nora Senior in these pages last

    5.00 Nov. 26th, 2019 | Opinion

  • Politicians are beginning to realise they can't afford to ignore FE

    What would you tell the leaders of the major political parties about needed policy changes in further education? Tony Lewin has a few ideas . . . Everyone who works in FE knows how vital the sector is. Colleges provide life-changing opportunities while powering the workforce of local industry. They educate and train 2.2 million

    5.00 Nov. 24th, 2019 | Opinion