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National Retraining Scheme For Adults: £100 Million In The Chancellor’s Budget
October 31, 2018
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The following article was written by Dr Deirdre Hughes OBE

The Chancellors’ Budget (October 2018) allocates £100 million for the first phase of the National Retraining Scheme (NRS).

This will include “a new careers guidance service with expert advice to help people identify work opportunities in their area, and state-of-the-art courses combining online learning with traditional classroom teaching to develop key transferable skills.”

I suspect this will focus on work with adults in the workplace. Lots of questions about how this might fit into the current careers landscape in England?

In 2012, the new all-age National Careers Service originally had a clear agenda to provide universal careers support services deep in local communities and businesses. The budget circa £105m was mostly for adult career guidance. Over the next three years, funding for area-based Prime Contractors working with priority groups is circa £45m.

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UCAS: Advice for Parents and Guardians

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To support this, UCAS provides a wide range of valuable information and services for applicants, their parents, and teachers. Applicants can use www.ucas.com to find out how to get started, research their options, make their application, and track its progress. There’s information especially for parents at www.ucas.com/parents, including details of the application process, a host of helpful video guides, and a link to sign up for our monthly parent newsletters.

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NEW: Careers Strategy Advisory Support for Colleges

There has been a significant focus on careers education, information, advice and guidance in recent months.

December saw the launch of the Careers Strategy, followed by the Statutory Guidance for further education colleges and sixth form colleges, then the Gatsby Benchmarks for young people in
colleges.

The aim of all of these publications is to enable young people to access and benefit from planned, high quality careers education and guidance to support them in making transition decisions, having a broader awareness of the options available to them. Colleges recognise their role in supporting young people to make effective decisions about their careers. They deliver a number of activities to engage young people in this thinking. 

Assessment Services has developed a one-day support visit to help you build upon the recent publications that relate to the importance of high-quality careers guidance. 

For more information Click Here

 

ViewPoint: Competing for Softer Skills
May 15, 2018
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The following was written David Falzani MBE CEng and Paul Kirkham  Nottingham University Business School.

In preparing young people for the workplace the education system is well proven in its ability to convey technical skills and capabilities. However, perhaps there are still opportunities to increase the appreciation and development of soft skills.

Back in the 1980s, improved team working started to become a leading business topic, whereby companies and organisations would succeed by employees working better together – teams and increased cross functional collaboration were the new way to solve an ever increasing complex set of challenges, particularly as the information revolution changed the way we all worked.Sli

Leading practitioners such as Meredith Belbin showed that the performance of a team is directly linked to having a diverse set of personalities and profiles and as well as effective communication and collaboration skills. These are sometimes referred to as soft skills. More recent publications such as Emotional Intelligence (EQ): Why it Can Matter More Than IQ have further extended the understanding of soft skills and also highlighted how it is increasingly recognised as having a crucial role in the workplace.

Evidence shows that employers recruiting from HE and FE greatly value team and communication skills, particularly amongst those with a technical or scientific training – where those skills sometimes don’t have an opportunity to develop during the busy curriculum. They report that those individuals tend to be more productive, more able to quickly integrate into operations, and a better company ‘fit’.

A good way for students, as well as job seekers, to broaden their soft skills is through business competitions. These are increasingly being run by HE and FE providers. Overall, there’s a rising tide of activities around enterprise – partly due to the increased interest in start-up companies, TV shows such as Dragon’s Den/The Apprentice, and the new phenomena of Kickstarter and Indie GoGo. Read more

Consultation Ahead of College Campus Performance Reporting
April 17, 2018
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Opened the by the Department for Education on 10th April 2018, this consultation seeks your views on proposals to strengthen public reporting on performance for colleges. 

The proposals apply to institutions within the further education sector : further education colleges (including both general and specialist FE colleges), sixth form colleges, and institutions designated as being within the further education sector.

Changes in the structure of the sector have implications for how well the existing performance reporting system now works, including the information that is available to learners, support for local accountability, and quality improvement.

DfE is consulting on two proposals.    Read more

Schools Must Publish How Providers Can Speak To Pupils
March 28, 2018
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Schools must now set out on their websites how providers can request access to speak to pupils about FE courses and apprenticeships.

Skills minister Anne Milton made the announcement today as part of the government’s careers strategy, which came into force in January.

The so-called Baker Clause means that schools must not close their doors to FE colleges and providers wanting to speak to pupils about the opportunities they can offer.

Ms Milton said: “I recognise that schools have needed time to adjust to this new legislation but, now that it is in place, all schools should have published their arrangements for providers to visit all pupils in years 8 to 13.

“I know that schools already provide a range of inspiring and informative careers events, assemblies and options evenings. In many cases, schools can comply with the legislation by integrating a range of opportunities for provider visits into those existing plans and making this information publicly available.”

To comply, schools must publish a policy statement on their website setting out how providers can request access.

“I want every young person, whatever their background, to have a good understanding of both the academic and technical routes that can lead to future success in a rewarding career or job,” Ms Milton added. Read more

Anne Milton Speech at Association of Colleges Governance Summit
March 19, 2018
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Anne Milton delivers governance speech to members of the Association of Colleges on  (Transcript of the speech, exactly as it was delivered)

 

Thank you. I’m very pleased to be here at such a significant time in the development of further education.

In 25 years at the NHS, having trained as a nurse before entering politics, I saw numerous examples of people who went above and beyond the call of duty. And I have to say that I have seen similar commitment from governors. Commitment, wanting not just to do a good job, but wanting to do a job for those people in your care.

You give up a great deal of your time. You take on a significant amount of responsibility. And you do it all as unpaid volunteers, for the benefit of your learners and your communities. You do it for the individual people within the care of your college. I can’t say it often enough, but I want to thank you for your dedication to public service. It’s very much valued.

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Mayor of London Announces £25m Funding for FE Skills Provision
February 8, 2018
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More than £25 million is being given to boost skills and training for people in the capital, Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, announced.

Grants have been awarded to further education projects, including the London Aerospace and Technology College in Bromley – a joint project between London South East Colleges and London Biggin Hill Airport.

This has been given £6.4 million to expand technical training across aviation and aeronautics.

Stephen Howlett, chair of London South East Colleges, said: “We’re planning to develop a £11 million Aerospace and Aviation College at Biggin Hill airport – and this will now become a reality. We are extremely grateful to the mayor of London for backing the project, which will help to address the expanding skills shortage within this exciting industry.

“Young people in Bromley and further afield will benefit from first-class industry training, helping to develop the next generation of aircraft engineers and technicians. This will provide tangible and exciting career pathways, while supporting the region’s economic development and growth.”

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Careers – Guidance for Colleges from the DfE
February 1, 2018
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Updated guidance for further education colleges and sixth-form colleges on how to provide independent careers guidance has been published by the Department for Education, today (1st February 2018).

 This guide sets out how to provide careers guidance to students:

Main points

  • The Government expects all FE colleges to have the matrix Standard as a requirement of their grant funding agreement. The matrix Standard is a national standard which externally evaluates an organisation’s effective delivery of information, advice and guidance. The Standard looks at management and accountability, how the college provides the service, the quality of delivery and how the college evaluates and continuously develops the service. Read more
Compare school and college performance
February 6, 2017
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This is an interesting new feature on the DFE data sets this year.quite

It is quite user-friendly and amongst many other things, can be used to look at KS4 destinations.

To view an example of the full information you can obtain    Click Here

To access the Gov.uk website Click Here

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