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Countdown Issue 870

Date published: 19.04.2018

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Being thrown into an Education Select Committee after getting back from holiday is one way to get your brain back in gear – what with that and both Plymouth Argyle and Boreham Wood in playoff positions in their leagues, I am not sure whether I can cope with the excitement! Actually, my first day back was at the East of England International Festival of Education hosted by West Suffolk College. As well as a great event, it is one of those examples where you feel quality of the organisation

Countdown Issue 869

Date published: 12.04.2018

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Let’s start this week by offering out our best birthday wishes. Happy birthday to the Apprenticeship Levy which is now officially one-year-old and a good place to start for this week’s Countdown. Last week following a freedom of information request from the Open University we found out that £1.28 billion of the £1.39 billion paid by levy paying employers is currently sitting unused. As a result, we will continue to see the further amplification of organisations such as the CBI calling for

Countdown Issue 868

Date published: 04.04.2018

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If you opened Countdown and were expecting to see an update from the Chief Executive, then alas you will be disappointed. Even Mark occasionally gets a chance to take some well-earned time off so he’s passed me the baton for the next couple of weeks. In last week’s Countdown, Mark laid out the 6 actions that need to be addressed to ensure the Apprenticeship policy will be a great success. Rather than focus on policy this week I wanted to highlight a number of operational areas – “the devil is in

Countdown Issue 867

Date published: 29.03.2018

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This week I was at an open day at Exeter University with my son - next week his Grandad takes him to look at St Andrews – the phrase “as far away as possible” keeps popping into my head! Fantastic facilities, amazing course and I was convinced it will be a great experience for him – we even had a little lecture on behavioural economics and game theory. I was sitting there thinking maybe I should go instead of him and he could start work. The economics course looks really good and we had a

Countdown Issue 866

Date published: 21.03.2018

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It’s like someone has open the floodgates – ructions at the ETF, FE funding review, AoC’s poke at private providers – whatever next – it goes on and on. Just when I thought I might get a little break before this weeks Annual Apprenticeship Conference – but oh no. However we still can’t get the Department to clear the draft guidance for Off the Job Training nor the draft guidance that has been with them for months on the new sub-contracting rules (I think this is what the AoC described as

Countdown Issue 865

Date published: 15.03.2018

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This Countdown picks up at the end of National Apprenticeship Week and into another week where things don’t seem to be getting any quieter. Yesterday I had the privilege of visiting Dyson, specifically to look at their development of a new University and how they might work with World Skills, but we also discussed the wider skills development within the organisation. Before I arrived I seemed to have gathered about 10 orders for the Dyson hairdryer as if there would be buckets of them as I walk

Countdown Issue 864

Date published: 12.03.2018

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So so much to write and so little time to write it!!!! National "Apprenticeship Week" (NAW) is in full flight and it has been fantastic – incredible celebration of what is good about apprenticeships – Apprenticeships Work is the strap line and we all know they do. Already this week I have heard so many inspirational apprentices talking about their experiences and work - running banks at 21, doing the lighting for the Shard, managing their unskilled graduate colleagues. How could you not be

Countdown Issue 863

Date published: 01.03.2018

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I am sitting in the coffee lounge at our spring conference writing this today - great turnout despite the weather – just shows the resilience and robustness of the AELP membership that virtually everyone came from across the country. At the conference we launched the next 6 months of AELP events – webinars, workshops, and conferences. We have been working on our initial programme running from April 18 for a while using feedback from the members and the networks across the country. Indeed, we

Countdown Issue 862

Date published: 23.02.2018

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Lots of events, lots of great words from officials and civil servants - still looking for a bit more action!! That I think is the summary of the last week. At the start of the week the Prime Minister talked about Parity of Esteem of vocational – I still prefer parity of opportunity or even just opportunity. As soon as parity is used there is an implicit assumption that actually one is better than the other - and whatever that is, has to be aspired to. Work- based training, and more

Countdown Issue 861

Date published: 15.02.2018

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For those of you who remember the 12 days of Christmas – I know, seems like last year – my wish number 11 has not only come true, it has been exceeded (https://www.tes.com/news/further-education/breaking-views/first-day-christmas-my-true-love-gave-fe). However not doing so well on the other 11 wishes. What is more, Plymouth are playing the Chairman’s team on Saturday – tickets sold out in a day so won’t be going to Oxford, but a career limiting win is fine by me!! Seriously though – there are

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