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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

Patron Think Piece - BIIAB: Delivering the Apprenticeship Standard

Date published: 05.07.2018

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Where do I start? What do I need to do? How do I put together over a year long study programme to cover this standard? What can I show the Employer? How will we plan the delivery model now? How will I keep the apprentices motivated, when there is no evidence of their progress? What will Ofsted want to see? How will we know when the apprentice is ready for the End-Point Assessment? Sound familiar? These are just a fraction of the questions that our Training Provider, Employer and College

Patron Think Piece - NCFE June 2018

Date published: 14.06.2018

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Adult Education Budget (AEB) – making the most of your funding allocation with NCFE Having eagerly awaited the latest version of the Adult Education Budget (AEB) Funding rules, we were pleased to see that the rules remain largely unchanged. There appears to be some minor amendments, rather than significant wholesale changes and this is absolutely the right decision, for a number of reasons.

Patron Think Piece - Cognisoft

Date published: 07.12.2017

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What is GDPR? The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is an attempt by the EU to bring data protection legislation in line with new, previously unforeseen ways that data are now used. GDPR will apply to all EU member states from 25th May 2018. Currently, the UK is governed the Data Protection Act 1998, but this will be superseded by the new legislation. GDPR gives people more say over what companies can do with their data and introduces tougher fines for breaches and non-compliance.

Patron Think Piece – Canvas

Date published: 07.12.2017

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Transformative tech for learning providers Technologies like Canvas can help learning providers deliver a flexible, student-centred learning approach that focuses on meeting the market’s changing need, which is why we are offering a free trial of our teaching and learning software. Independent Learning Providers (ILPs) have one of the most interesting and challenging jobs in education. Teaching everything from yoga to degree-level apprenticeships, ILPs have to cater for a diverse and eclectic

Patron Think Piece – NCFE

Date published: 09.11.2017

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Functional Skills are changing, and NCFE is ahead of the game. At NCFE we’re passionate about the importance of Functional Skills being widely recognised and appreciated as high quality, robust qualifications and we are continually working to improve our offer for both learners and centres delivering our qualifications. We welcome the ongoing Functional Skills Reform and are doing all we can as an active member of the Functional Skills Working Group to ensure that learners are at

Patron Think Piece - SQA

Date published: 03.10.2017

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A Guide to Apprenticeships across the devolved nations The introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy has encouraged a greater focus on skills with employers keen to capitalise on opportunities arising from the new system. Although the Levy is UK wide, each of the four home nations continue to have different administrative arrangements for apprenticeships funding, making it a complex landscape for employers to navigate.

Patron Think Piece – Pellcomp Software

Date published: 03.10.2017

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Over the years, report after report has suggested that raising the skill level of the UK workforce is essential to continued prosperity of the country. In that context, plans to move apprenticeship delivery to an Employer Led system were attractive. The reforms would create more apprenticeships, deliver the skills that employers wanted and make savings for the public purse.

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