Working in Further Education - student achievement

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 …

FE professionals - How to make the most of your summer break from FE

Are you making the most of your summer break?

As the summer holiday gets underway, it is now the time of year that FE professionals can relax, travel, learn and enrich their personal lives. If you are worried you may not make the most of your summer break, read on for our top suggestions for ways to spend your time in a meaningful way that will recharge your mind, …

Brexit - The future of FE

How Further Education Can Embrace Brexit

Brexit: whether you love it, hate it or feel indifferent, there is no denying that the past few weeks have seen the UK sucked into a maelstrom of derision, division and political chaos. With our leaders resigning and our news media stuck in an endless cycle of blame, speculation and opinion, it can feel like the country is stuck in …

National Apprenticeship Week 2016 Roundup - Plus how you can find your dream apprenticeship

National Apprenticeship Week 2016 – A Roundup

As many of you will know, this week has been National Apprenticeship Week 2016 (NAW 2016). There have been so many employers pledging to take on apprentices and trainees and so many NAW events going on that we thought a little recap was in order! Especially since tonnes of Apprenticeship opportunities have been set up during the week that you should …

onlyFE blog: Our take on the Area reviews - Further Education

Our Take on the Area Reviews

The Area Reviews are definitely the hottest topic of conversation in FE staff rooms across the country at the moment. Whilst they inspire fear in some FE professionals, others are hopeful they will bring the change the sector needs to progress, so here’s our take on the situation! Whats going on? The government has set in motion a series of Area Reviews …

The Budget and FE

The Budget and FE – More Questions than Answers?

Near the end of last month, as I’m sure most of you noticed, the FE world dipped rather dramatically into panic and uncertainty. We’re blaming this video: The clip is Skills Minister Nick Boles’ address to the Association of Employment and Learning Providers’ annual conference. In it he asserted that the government is reviewing the General FE College model as …

onlyFE blog STEM in FE: The solutions part 2

STEM in FE – The Solutions – P2

Earlier this we continued our series on STEM in FE (catch the first post here) with a post outlining the three key things that needs to happen in the FE sector for the STEM situation to improve (read it here.) Today, we are looking at how some key organisations are working to help. The Solutions Teach Too Teach Too allows people working in industry to pass …

STEM in Further Education

STEM in FE – The Solutions – P1

Last month we kicked off our series on STEM in FE with a bit of background about the current situation with STEM in the UK (If you missed it, here it is.)  As well as discussing the UKs need for more STEM qualified people in the workforce and the factors behind this need, we went over some of the reasons …

Inspirational Women in STEM

Watch: The Most Inspirational Women in STEM

We (and the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) who organise National Women in Engineering Day) believe we need to inspire girls and women with the exciting opportunities and careers available in STEM to get more women into the STEM field. So to support the cause, today we are showing you TED talks from truly inspirational women working in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering …

National Women in Engineering day 23 June 2015

National Women In Engineering Day

  Celebrate National Women in Engineering Day, 23rd June 2015 The Women’s Engineering Society (WES) is celebrating their 95th anniversary by holding National Women’s Engineering Day (NWED) on Wednesday 23rd June. WES is a great society that has worked to inspire women in engineering and allied sciences for 95 years by promoting careers in engineering, supporting companies with gender diversity, and speaking …