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The “T Levels” – What are they, and what do you need to know?

When it comes to technical training, big changes are afoot in Further Education. During the Spring Budget announcement, chancellor Philip Hammond committed to pledge an additional £500 million per year to technical training programmes. This move has been labelled the ‘T-levels’ plan by the media, and it has been hyped as a new alternative to A-levels. Hammond has touted this as …

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Pop Up Colleges – A trend that is here to stay?

Dynamic start-up pairs FE providers with adults eager to learn in an offbeat setting. A new trend is emerging across the country, as ‘pop up Colleges’ are giving adults an opportunity to learn a variety of new skills in non-traditional environments. Designed to be welcoming, accessible and affordable, pop up Colleges are filling a gap in the UK’s FE market. …

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The Further Forces Programme

While two negatives don’t usually make a positive, when it comes to the newly revamped Further Forces Programme, they may do just that. The programme, designed to connect ex-Armed Forces personnel with jobs in the Further Education sector, is a promising step towards tackling FE’s desperate shortage of STEM experienced candidates and the high levels of unemployment for ex-military personnel. …

£170 Million Pledged For Institutes Of Technology

£170 Million Pledged For Institutes Of Technology

Way back in May 2015 we reported on the UK’s need to strengthen our STEM skilled workforce as employers, on average, could not fill 25% of their vacancies where skills in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths were required. Given this, the news that Theresa May has pledged £170 for institutes of technology comes as a welcome proposal. But how will it all work? …

Whats on the cards for further education in 2017

What’s on the cards for Further Education in 2017

Quite frankly, there is so much on the cards for Further Education in 2017 we don’t quite know where to start! It certainly looks like “Change” will be the main theme with hundreds of developments due to hit the sector. The good news is there is a lot to be positive about. We’re particularly happy to see some key Education …

2016 Autumn Statement and FE

What will the Autumn Statement mean for FE?

In a year of many political twists and turns (both at home in the UK and abroad), the 2016 Autumn Statement has revealed some interesting financial news for the country. This year marks the first for Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond, and he remarked that he wanted to assure the public that the UK economy is “match-fit,” despite national …

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Tech in FE – Where are we now

  I’m pleased to report that since my brief moan back in February about the multitude of unconvincing arguments to increase the use of technology in FE, there have been some really positive steps and initiatives taken. Providers are taking the time to thoroughly research the topic to find the most effective tech solutions and ensure they produce tangible learning results. In …

Apprenticeships and FE - The latest

Apprenticeships and FE – The Latest

There is a lot of critique and opinion in the media at the moment as FE experts go head to head about recent changes proposed to the apprenticeship scheme budget. The overall landscape is fraught with a ‘back and forth’ argument over the issues – but where do we stand? Critiques of the cuts With cuts proposed to apprenticeship funding, …

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The Thrill of FE – Fantastic Achievements of FE Students

Working in Further Education has to be one of the most dynamic, rewarding and downright exciting careers that an individual can pursue. To prove this, we have been publishing our ‘Thrill of FE’ series, which started with this post, and continues today. As a new term begins, we want to help inspire all of you that work in the sector by telling …

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A New Education Secretary & Restructuring of the DfE

It’s no secret that the last few weeks have been a time of tumult and change for the UK Government – a new Prime Minister, a full reshuffling of the Cabinet and a whole series of other changes at Number 10. These changes have also affected the FE sector, and we are about to see a number of new developments …