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Countdown Issue 936

Date published: 14.08.2019

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So the big ticket item to start with this week (and carry-over from last week’s Countdown) are the results from our non-levy funding survey which we published last Friday. The results of our survey were widely reported, not just in the trade press, but also there was national interest, including the Financial Times – links to which can be found below. The headline being currently that three in every four training providers cannot currently meet the demands of the 98% of non-levy paying employers

Countdown Issue 935

Date published: 07.08.2019

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Yes, alas no Countdown article from Mark this week. It’s that time of year when we allow him to take a couple of weeks off for good behaviour. I can’t believe that we are in August again already and after all the hard work finishing off the academic year last week it starts again in earnest. FE, the sector that never sleeps. The main theme of this week’s article is the transition of non-levy apprenticeship funding to the Apprenticeship Service, with 2020 now starting to appear on the not so

Countdown Issue 934

Date published: 01.08.2019

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Just a quick intro this week as I try to deal with the range of bites up my legs from camping next to a river and a lake in warm damp weather!! Anyway the squirrels and the Paella were a hit with the scouts! In a week where we read about the £60m worth of college bailouts while at the same time there is daily growing concern about the lack of money available for next year's apprenticeships in the non-levy world, obviously all eyes have been on the changes in the political landscape. It is too

Countdown Issue 933

Date published: 24.07.2019

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I am writing this on a bus bouncing my way down to San Diego. Lucy Dunleavy from Learnbox has asked me if I am writing Countdown and if I can give a shout out to her. I can’t think of any reason to - but maybe by the end of this I will. Meanwhile Susanna Lawson (OneFile Limited) is trying to find a local outlet for peanut butter whisky – clearly the US culture has had a big impact. Then my Dad messages me and asked me what the pictures of Hollywood had to do with AELP … So seriously, a

Countdown Issue 932

Date published: 18.07.2019

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In November we will be witnessing a Dr Who moment – Gerry transforming into Jenny!! Congratulations to Jennifer Coupland (I don’t think you can call her Jenny by the way!). And well done IfATE for a great appointment. You can see AELP’s response below; I really believe this could be the beginning of a new era - you can throw that back at me at Christmas if it isn’t the case. Meanwhile the fight continues over level 2. And actually not just level 2 – look at the result of the AELP survey of

Countdown Issue 931

Date published: 11.07.2019

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I have never known so much passion and disbelief in response to the rejection of the Business Admin Level 2 standard – and from everyone that you can think of, in particular employers who see this programme as a vital first step into their business for younger people. The only people who really seem to think it is the right decision are the ones who made it. “They should just stay at school or college longer until they are ready for a level 3” – quote of the week and you know who you are!!

Countdown Issue 930

Date published: 03.07.2019

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A member asked me this week what our call for action was? What is the big ask? What can we all get behind? In a period of uncertainty like this, new Prime Minister, possibly new Secretary of State and minister, definitely new Chancellor, we are likely to have a group of people in charge that have no real idea about the skills landscape and the challenges we all face. The new Prime Minister will be consumed by Brexit, but at the same time will want to make an impact as there will be an

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

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