Gordon Marsden

  • The £400m extra for FE is both a one year 'manager's special' and inadequate

    If you’ve been working in a increasingly arid financial desert for years, even a few splashes of liquid on the face will seem welcome. Not a fertile oasis, but might get you to next water hole before you expire from thirst. So  I know why many of the people I and Angie Rayner stood alongside

    13.39 Sep. 1st, 2019 | Opinion

  • Government needs to improve access to apprenticeships

    This week the education select committee published a wide-ranging report on the government’s apprenticeship record. It highlighted failings in apprenticeship policy, process and delivery that we, along with sector bodies, have articulated for months – often in this newspaper. But what needs highlighting from this report is the importance not just of the apprenticeship but

    5.00 Oct. 12th, 2018 | Opinion

  • ESOL is chronically underfunded - this must change

    It’s all very well the education secretary waxing lyrical about English as a second language, but without proper funding, migrants have no chance, writes Gordon Marsden Louise Casey wrote “English language is a common denominator and a strong enabler of integration,” in her opportunity and integration review in December 2016. Damian Hinds recently echoed her,

    5.00 Mar. 26th, 2018 | Opinion

  • Skills in 2017: less money, more problems...

    The government has had a few good ideas this year, admits Gordon Marsden, but it seems determined not to pay for any of them to actually happen As we count down to the end of 2017, we can reflect on how different the skills landscape is today from 12 months ago. The Institute for Apprenticeships

    5.00 Dec. 18th, 2017 | Opinion

  • Take stock over expansion plans

    National Apprenticeship Week rightly celebrates tens of thousands of individual successes from young beginners to older workers acquiring new skills — and of the trainers and employers who inspire them. I’m proud the last Labour government set up the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) and introduced National Apprenticeship Week in 2008, alongside pushing the programme from

    13.04 Mar. 11th, 2016 | Opinion