In a time of uncertainty, here are some predictions for the sector
The skills system has done an amazing job during the corona crisis and will be critical as the UK economy tries...
Chief executive, Babington
Former adviser to skills minister calls for temporary ban on new adult apprentices
The response to the pandemic recession must centre on supporting those who are finishing their education and those who are struggling...
Founder and director, EDSK
Necessity breeds invention, and grade assessment has had to adapt quickly
This crisis has shown how well we can make transitions in order to protect students’ interests, says Julie Mizon According to...
Access manager, Quality Assurance Agency
It’s hard to argue that further college rationalisation isn’t needed
Rationalisation needs to reconcile three very different types of college – and the grey areas in between, says John Cope It...
Deputy director, Public First
The can has been shaken, so we must proceed with caution
Re-opening campus is a high-risk, high-stress, physical and emotional challenge, says Stuart Rimmer. Here are some guiding principles to keep in...
Principal, East Coast College
Why take on an apprentice during these challenging times? Here’s why
If businesses in the hardest-hit sectors are to thrive post-lockdown, new skills and new ways of working will be essential, writes...
Property and Housing Management Tutor, Catch22
One positive we’ll take from coronavirus is that it forced us to be innovative
Students need support more than ever during the Covid-19 crisis, and rapidly finding new ways to reach and engage with them...
Director of Student Services, Stoke on Trent College
Observations from a disappointed independent training provider
It is a mistake for the ESFA to use the apprenticeship achievement rate to measure the quality of provision. Neil Davies...
Director, Watertrain Ltd
Colleges aren’t expecting a bailout – they want to help with a ‘September promise’
Colleges in England look set to lose around £150 million of their income, 2 per cent of turnover, in the last...
Chief executive, Association of Colleges
Why it’s good to get out of your comfort zone and create ‘the new normal’
Michelle Brabner’s first days in her new job as college principal occurred just as the coronavirus pandemic took hold. It would...
Principal, Southport College