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Countdown Issue 929

Date published: 20.06.2019

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Another little collection of lifelong learning this week. Being told by one of the provider network managers that stiletto heels were named after a knife – I’ll let you work out why we were talking about heels on the run up to our conference - anyway I didn’t know that. Secondly, riding a motorbike with oil leaking on to your back wheel in the pouring rain is very dangerous. I wonder if I get a STEM uplift for that bit of learning? Luckily managed to stay on the job rather than fall off the

Countdown Issue 928

Date published: 13.06.2019

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You may by now have seen the TES article on removing the 31 July deadline for getting EPAs completed when the actual training has been completed. Feedback from the majority of EPAOs and training providers is that this would be very welcome, a pragmatic solution, and take a lot of pressure out of the system during this very difficult period of transition. It is well understood by officials and all we ask is that the decision is made and communicated quickly so everyone can plan sensibly over

Countdown Issue 927

Date published: 06.06.2019

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I have been reflecting on what an enormous agenda we are all working to at the moment. I have been to two events with Philip Augar in the last few days discussing his post-18 report and the neglect of the Further Education and training system. It is interesting that there seems to be a growing understanding through the evidence in the report that something has to be done to ensure it is robust, sustained, well-funded and appropriate to meet the need of a significant proportion of the

Countdown Issue 926

Date published: 30.05.2019

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“The disparity simply has to be addressed” – Augar in his Post 18 education review talking about the difference between the 50% that go to University and the rest. His report is very good for Further Education. It not only recognises its importance, it challenges higher education to ensure that students are on HE courses that genuinely provide a value and a return for them – this comes in the form of a wide range of recommendations including fees, entry requirements and how the money is spent.

Countdown Issue 925

Date published: 23.05.2019

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It is great to hear that the skills minister will be speaking at our conference on 24/25 June in a month’s time. Given the venue can be seen from Parliament, any last minute vote or three line whip shouldn’t get in the way of her or him (yes, we know that there might be a change in ministers by then) walking over Westminster Bridge at some point over the two days. We are finishing off Countdown a little late on European election day. When my house was covered in European flags at the weekend

Countdown Issue 924

Date published: 15.05.2019

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This week’s countdown comes from the North – well my return from the North – spent the day in Manchester with our devolution steering group, Greater Manchester Combined Authority at Mantra training - sector one – logistics and warehousing. This was followed by a fascinating visit to the Textile Centre of Excellence in Huddersfield – a casualty of minimum contracts during the non-levy procurement, despite being the centre for over 100 employers and a vital part of the training and development

Countdown Issue 922

Date published: 02.05.2019

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Things are warming up on the social mobility and apprenticeships front. Firstly there was: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/2019/03/08/graduates-immature-skills-minister-suggests-urges-youngsters/ University graduates are immature, irresponsible and cannot communicate effectively when they enter the workplace, the skills minister has suggested as she urged more people to do apprenticeships instead. Anne Milton MP, a former nurse, said that many employers have been reducing their graduate

Countdown Issue 921

Date published: 25.04.2019

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Thanks to Simon for covering Countdown last week – as always good feedback from members. Where we see common themes coming through in terms of questions from members, or common areas of confusion, we do try and highlight them in Countdown and webinars for all members. Going forward, every few weeks we will pull a single topic together to set out the key points, issues, ways forward, outstanding questions etc – a sort of “Simon Says”. I spoke at The Apprenticeship Conference yesterday (I know

Countdown Issue 920

Date published: 18.04.2019

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With the Chief Executive taking a short well-earned break, the responsibility falls on me as the “guest” contributor to provide the main Countdown article this week, and firstly on behalf of the team at AELP I just wanted to take a moment to wish all our members a Happy Easter! When stepping in to write in Countdown I always like to look back over the last week to see what burning issues have come up that would be worth exposing and/or debating further. For me there is just one hot topic which

Countdown Issue 919

Date published: 10.04.2019

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Firstly I stand corrected. I know it is like Halley’s comet, but it does happen. I got overexcited last week that the QAR was going. It is not that the rubbish measuring system is being scrapped, it is the minimum performance levels using the rubbish measuring system will no longer be used – sorry for the confusion and thank you to all the members and government officials who pointed this out (to be clear the government officials didn’t call it a rubbish measuring system). Last weekend I had

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