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Patron Think Piece - OneFile - Completion rates aren’t the be all and end all

Date published: 17.06.2019

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Here’s what training providers SHOULD be tracking. In the apprenticeship sector, everyone’s always talking about completion rates. They’re agenda items, in the news, and in Ofsted reports. And because of this, timely completions are an important focus for training providers. They need to get as many apprentices over the line as possible, because their completion rate impacts their ranking and reputation in the market. What’s the problem with completion rates? Completion rates are low. More

Patron Think Piece - Bud Systems - Building the right dynamics for investment in apprenticeship training providers

Date published: 21.05.2019

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Last month, I had the pleasure of attending an event organised by EY Parthenon and AELP focussing on investment opportunities in UK apprenticeships and skills. It was the first time that I can remember an event attended by training providers, private equity, Ofsted and the ESFA – all sitting in the same room to talk about the future of apprenticeships. It felt like a pivotal moment, and it was really positive to see that, whilst each party has different objectives, we all have an important part

Patron Think Piece - Can structured data ease the pain of apprenticeship compliance?

Date published: 29.04.2019

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The idea that apprenticeship compliance is onerous has become a familiar motif. But if data is structured, argues John Brightwell, CTO of MWS Technology Ltd and the developer of the Aptem platform, organisations can be audit and inspection-ready. The idea that business and other organisations are overregulated has become a familiar motif, associated with the ‘slashing red tape’ agenda from parts of the media and government. We all know that apprenticeships have complex compliance requirements,

Patron Think Piece - What Technology Can Do For Social Impact In Apprenticeships

Date published: 15.04.2019

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We all know technology sometimes gets bad press. But can it deliver a positive social impact in apprenticeships? Richard Alberg, CEO of MWS Technology Ltd, says the experience of Aptem suggests yes. Social impact means the (ideally positive!) contribution an organisation or action has on a pressing social challenge. It is seen as an unqualified social good, and rightly so. And the parent of social impact is, more often than not, policy. But are there other ways of thinking about social impact –

Think Piece - Pointer 3: Core skills will get you further than certifications.

Date published: 03.04.2019

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By far the most common tale across our conversations with hundreds of employers every year is their struggle to hire IT professionals with the necessary qualifications and experience to support their current projects. As a rule, the small pool of experienced personnel for hire tend to work on a contract basis, moving between companies where they can command a higher salary or extend the variety of their CV. This makes it difficult to retain highly skilled personnel on a fixed salary for any

Patron Think Piece - NCFE - End-Point Assessment – A New Vantage Point

Date published: 01.04.2019

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During my career I’ve benefitted from seeing the UK Skills System from a variety of perspectives. This has ranged from frontline delivery of employability programmes in some of the most disadvantaged communities in Europe, to a strategy and policy role at the Learning & Skills Council (now the Education & Skills Funding Agency), through to being nominated for an Ofsted inspection a matter of weeks into my first senior management role. Yet, as insightful and diverse as this experience has been,

Think Piece - Pointer 2: Digital capability is no longer ‘just’ for IT employees

Date published: 26.03.2019

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Digital skills are, by far, the fastest-changing skillset that businesses require to remain successful. Thirty years ago, very few individuals used a computer at work. Twenty years ago, fax was still far more widely used than email. Today, multiple technological advances that will transform business operations are becoming reality - artificial intelligence, big data and machine learning are just some of the most regularly mentioned. Digitisation is beginning to affect so many aspects of current

Think Piece - Taking time to establish your apprenticeship programme

Date published: 19.03.2019

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Series: Five pointers for great apprenticeships in 2019 It’s the elusive question that so many employers want answered before they commit to an apprenticeship programme – what does a really good apprenticeship look like? Stefano Capaldo, Group Managing Director at digital apprenticeship provider Firebrand Training, has five key suggestions from his experiences in 2018 to help employers work out how apprenticeships can deliver the results they want for their business.

Patron Think Piece - Aptem: Smart machines can transform apprenticeships

Date published: 22.11.2018

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Artificial intelligence, or the rise of the smart machine, is the stuff of science fiction. But applying machine learning to apprenticeships can deliver a better learning experience, argues Mark Abrahams. The late, and great, Stephen Hawking once told the BBC that “The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race…Humans, who are limited by slow biological evolution, couldn't compete, and would be superseded." Dystopian fears are widespread when

Patron Think Piece - Apprenticeships are changing

Date published: 05.11.2018

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It’s now approaching 2 years since we started to see the early effects of the wide reaching Apprenticeship Reform Programme. In this time, I’ve worked with teams and employers of all shapes, sizes and sectors and it’s fair to say that it’s been a huge learning curve for all involved. Navigating a new system, and all of the ambiguities that come with it, is never easy. However, despite some negativity around the current failings of the apprenticeship system, I believe that there are plenty of

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