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Patron Think Piece - It’s Skills and Education Group’s Double Emerald Jubilee

Date published: 23.03.2022

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At Skills and Education Group, we’re proudly celebrating a history of supporting the further education and skills sector, dating back 110 years. In 1912—the year the Titanic sank, the Royal Flying Corps (forerunner of the Royal Air Force) was established, the character Tarzan first appeared, and Alan Turing was born—the foundations for Skills and Education Group were also being built.

Patron Think Piece - Training Qualifications UK - What training providers should look for from digital qualifications

Date published: 01.12.2021

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The days when artificial intelligence was the stuff of science fiction are long gone. Whether it’s the virtual assistant on your mobile phone or the recommendations you get on Netflix, much of our everyday lives are dominated by AI. But while its impact continues to grow, education and training around it hasn’t followed suit. 55% of businesses have reported an AI skills gap, while 67% anticipate that their need for these skills will only grow in the future.

Patron Think Piece - Bud Systems - Traineeships – untapped potential?

Date published: 14.10.2021

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Traineeships, the skills development programmes that include a work placement, have been a hot topic throughout 2021. With the deadline for a new government cash incentive fast approaching, we thought it was high time we talked about traineeships in more depth. How successful have they been? What challenges do they face? Have cash incentives made a difference? And, most importantly, what can we do to ensure traineeships reach their full potential in the future?

Patron Think Piece - Bud Systems - EdTech and the rise of personalised learning

Date published: 30.06.2021

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Virtual reality, augmented reality, artificial intelligence, gamification and big data are all concepts that are finally spilling over into the education sector in a big way. Education technology, or EdTech, if delivered in the right way, could be game changing in the way that it transforms traditional ways of teaching and learning.

Patron Think Piece - LearnBox - Death by PowerPoint, and how to avoid it

Date published: 17.05.2021

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Did you know over 35 million PowerPoint presentations are given every single day containing on average 40 words per slide but 90%of what the presenter says is forgotten in within just 30 seconds. Which in short means there are a lot of PowerPoint casualties. It is an occupational hazard you’ve been through, right? A typical event; the killer (err... the presenter) walks into the room grinning because they know they’ve spent a long time working on their slides to make sure they don’t forget

Patron Think Piece - eLearning WMB - Blended Learning - no longer a question of “if” but “how”

Date published: 29.04.2021

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With over 1.4bn learners directly impacted by the events of the past year across the globe, it should be recognised that a blended delivery strategy is no longer a “nice-to-have” - it’s essential to the future of education. Blended learning describes a teaching style which combines the use of technology and online educational exercises with traditional face-to-face activities in a planned, pedagogically valuable manner.

Patron Think Piece - Bud Systems - Keeping learners engaged

Date published: 20.04.2021

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How to keep learners engaged and happy during lockdown or remote delivery. Supporting learners As lockdown and restrictions continue in one form or another, we find that more and more of us are struggling to stay positive and motivated. Yes, there is hope on the horizon, but it is not yet clear just how and when we’ll begin to get back to life as we once knew it. As a training management platform we are, of course, concerned about the well-being and mental health of learners.

Patron Think Piece - Bud Systems - Put learner happiness first for an effective training management strategy

Date published: 30.03.2021

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The way that businesses recruit and train their employees is crucial to reducing the skills gap and boosting employment. Since the start of the pandemic, youth unemployment rose by 13% to 66,000 and with a damaged economy to treat, the emphasis is on routing young people into employment like never before. A large part of the Government’s focus is on apprenticeships as signalled recently in its FE white paper. Apprenticeships offer on-the-job training, providing the opportunity to work

Patron Think Piece - TCS iON - Transforming the Learning Sector- Learning and Assessment

Date published: 06.07.2020

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A class of wide-eyed students staring at the blackboard with notes scribbled by their teacher. For many years this has been our perception of education. However, COVID 19 has changed the outlook of learning across the world. The 'new normal' has brought in a tidal wave of digitisation in the education sector, urging even the hesitant educators to adopt virtual classrooms.

Patron Think Piece - Training Qualifications UK - Lockdown Lift-Off: Bouncing back after COVID-19

Date published: 08.06.2020

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After months of virtual pubs, family quizzes and video conference calls, the national lockdown is slowly lifting. By the middle of the summer, we could be in a position to do some of the things we’ve missed recently: seeing friends, going down the pub, and - most exciting for me - watching the football; even if it does mean Liverpool finally win the title.

Patron Think Piece - OneFile - The initial assessment is the most important part of an apprenticeship

Date published: 04.02.2020

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When you think of apprenticeships and the difference they make to people’s lives, you probably don’t think the initial assessment is the most important part. You’re probably thinking about when learners reach milestones, achieve 100% progression or complete their end-point assessment. You might even be thinking about funding reports, learner outcomes or Ofsted inspections. These are all major parts of the apprenticeship journey, so why do we think the initial assessment is the most important

Patron Think Piece - bksb - Revolution in Assessment

Date published: 25.11.2019

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Revolution in Assessment The motivations and technology behind the new bksb initial and diagnostic assessments The new initial and diagnostic assessments from bksb have been created to ensure that each candidate is given a unique set of questions and is identified at an accurate level. During early development, the phrase “random questions” was frequently touted, but it quickly became apparent that this would be a hazardous route to take.

Patron Think Piece: OneFile - How to implement your apprenticeship curriculum

Date published: 05.11.2019

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Ofsted has a new judgement area: Quality of Education. This new judgement made its debut in the new Education Inspection Framework (EIF), so it’s still brand new to providers. Basically it means that Ofsted wants providers to demonstrate their curriculum intent, implementation and impact – the three ‘I’s. The phrase curriculum intent has caused a bit of a stir across the sector, but providers don’t need to panic – it's not a new thing. Training providers have always had to design, plan,

Patron Think Pieces - SQA: Conveyancing and property law: a changing landscape

Date published: 22.07.2019

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In this ever-changing landscape, businesses need to continually adapt to grow and survive in the marketplace and the conveyancing and property law sector is no different. The need for high quality, qualified staff is as important as ever, with the sector embracing new qualifications and learning methods. In partnership with the Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC), SQA has developed a market report to guide employers and staff through the top issues impacting the property law sector in 2019

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,

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