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  • How can we get more women into engineering? Your opinion is needed...

    Engineering is an area that’s historically been dominated by men. Sandra McNally is leading an inquiry into how to massively widen women’s participation in this vital area of the economy, and is asking for written submissions by May 21 In this ‘Year of Engineering’, the Skills Commission is running an inquiry into the pathways for women

    17.17 May. 10th, 2018 | Opinion

  • Flaws in the benefits system are holding apprentices back

    Cruelties in the way much-needed welfare is handed out to NEET families is preventing their children from social mobility, writes Andrée Deane-Barron Why would the government establish policy that so defiantly restricts the progress of another? I am referring to the welfare benefits system and its adverse effect on the take-up of apprenticeships, especially among

    5.00 May. 6th, 2018 | Opinion

  • Lessons from the T-levels work experience pilot

    The 45-day placement requirement in the new T-levels is a laudable goal, but colleges need differentiated support, writes Andy Stittle Work placements are a valuable undertaking: they set theory in context and develop sector-specific employability skills. Like most colleges, Truro and Penwith welcomed the T-levels work placements pilot, which gave us the opportunity to identify

    5.00 May. 7th, 2018 | Opinion

  • Tips for colleges to work with small businesses

    Employer buy-in is only going to get more important as T-levels arrive, and Mike Cherry has some advice for colleges that want to engage more small businesses to help out on skills Investing in our young people and supporting them to move into work is a topic that I care very much about, both in

    5.00 May. 7th, 2018 | Opinion

  • Ofsted’s new provider monitoring and subcontracting visits explained

    Paul Joyce, one of the inspectorate’s head skills honchos, lays out the thinking behind the two new forms of visit Ofsted will be making in the FE sector Ofsted recently announced it would be conducting two new types of monitoring visit. The first, as announced by HM chief inspector Amanda Spielman last November, are monitoring

    5.00 Apr. 30th, 2018 | Opinion

  • How WorldSkills is just like the Olympics

    With over 100,000 people at WorldSkills 2017, you realise the size of the task facing our top apprentices as they prepare for the next “skills Olympics”, explains Peter Bakare I always tell people that training for WorldSkills, is no different than training for the Olympics. I see the same hunger and determination in the apprentices

    5.00 Apr. 28th, 2018 | Opinion

  • How FE can help prepare the UK's next generation of doctors

    Medicine has long been the near-exclusive preserve of higher education, but the QAA’s Julie Mizon has big plans to change that In a speech to the Conservative Party conference in 2016, the health secretary Jeremy Hunt set a target for training up to 1,500 more new doctors each year from 2018 – 25 per cent

    5.00 Apr. 30th, 2018 | Opinion

  • What lessons can we learn from end-point assessments?

    End-point assessment is a vital part of any apprenticeship, and Thomas Burton explains how to get it right. The government wants its trailblazer apprenticeship reforms to have independent end-point assessment (EPA) to drive up productivity. Seen as a vital source of ammunition in the nation’s economic arsenal, the reforms are designed to redress a skills

    5.00 Apr. 23rd, 2018 | Opinion

  • Time to close the loophole that harms Catholic SFCs

    A legal anomaly is stopping Catholic sixth-form colleges from reaping the benefits of academisation. Putting this right would be a simple matter, writes Paul Barber. In the wider Catholic school sector there are a variety of legal safeguards which protect the distinct character and ethos of Catholic schools – for instance the emphasis put on

    5.00 Apr. 22nd, 2018 | Opinion

  • Market or system - what's the best model for FE?

    Further education is increasingly being used as a laboratory between competing models of education, and the market model is winning. Ewart Keep explains why marketising education might not be such a safe bet Although many in FE still instinctively talk about the “system”, in reality there are now only markets for different segments of provision

    5.00 Apr. 16th, 2018 | Opinion

  • Why is there no T-Level pathway for sport?

    Elite sports is one of the hardest industries to break into, yet there are no plans for any technical routes, laments Jo Maher The independent panel on technical education’s report in 2016 identified “15 clear routes to skilled employment” where there is a “substantial requirement for technical knowledge and practical skills”. Sport was not one

    5.00 Apr. 15th, 2018 | Opinion