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WYCA Adult Education Budget Strategy
May 28, 2020
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The Plan

In March 2020, West Yorkshire agreed an ambitious devolution deal with the Government, which will see our region have a directly-elected mayor from May 2021.

Your Voice

The agreement, which is the biggest ever of its kind, unlocks more than £1.8 billion in investment to drive up living standards through better transport, improved skills and stronger businesses, while tackling the climate emergency. This means that West Yorkshire will have control of the £63m annual Adult Education Budget (AEB) for the area enabling us to align spending on skills more closely with the opportunities and needs in the local economy.

The main purpose of the AEB is to provide adults with the skills needed for entering and sustaining employment, an apprenticeship, a traineeship, or other further learning. The funding pays specifically for learning programmes (predominantly qualifications) and provides an element of learner support funding for those with learning difficulties and disabilities.

The AEB Strategy has been developed in order to ensure that we are ready to deliver the Adult Education Budget by 1 August 2021. The plan builds on our existing strategies and the needs of our area, providing a clear foundation upon which we can build the skills of people and businesses within West Yorkshire. The timescales set out by the Government mean that it is necessary to develop the plan prior to the election of the West Yorkshire Mayor.

Click here to view the AEB Strategy.

Devolution of the Adult Education Budget will only proceed if the wider devolution deal is agreed and implemented. If you are interested in knowing more about the West Yorkshire devolution consultation, please 

Click here to visit our West Yorkshire Devolution webpage.

Have your say

As part of our engagement activity and transparency around devolution across West Yorkshire we would like to invite you to provide feedback on the AEB Strategy via an online survey using the link below.

This survey will be open from 25 May to midnight on 12 July 2020.

You can access the survey here.(External link)

Next steps

Following the consultation period, the survey results will be analysed and your feedback will be considered in the development of the final AEB Strategy. This plan will be considered by the Combined Authority to ensure that we are able to meet the required timelines for the delivery of the devolved AEB for the 2021/22 academic year.

ESFA Update: 27 May 2020
May 28, 2020
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Latest information and actions from the Education and Skills Funding Agency for academies, schools, colleges, local authorities and further education providers

Documents

ESFA Update further education: 27 May 2020

Details
Items for further education
InformationLatest information on coronavirus (COVID-19)
Informationnew end-point assessment (EPA) flexibility announced for calculated functional skills qualifications (FSQs)
Actionmigration of the application programme interfaces (API)
Informationupdate on the subcontracting consultation

There are no items for academies or local authorities this week.

Latest information on coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Department for Education has published guidance about COVID-19 in educational settings for staff, parents and carers, pupils and students on GOV.UK.

Please check GOV.UK regularly for updates. Published 27 May 2020

AI, Automation and Future of Work Tickets, Thu 28 May 2020 at 17:00 | Eventbrite
May 27, 2020
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MKAI Expert Forum | AI, Automation & Future of Work | UiPath, Dime, Women Leading in AI Network, Henley Business School, Zicar Consulting

About this Free Event

AI, Automation and The Future of Work

Click Here To Register

Agenda:

5:00pm: 🎙️Welcome and Announcements

5:10pm: 💻 Speaker from Industry 1 – Ivana Bartoletti, Technical Director & Co-Founder, Women Leading in AI Network

Presentation: This is a watershed moment for jobs

Ivana is a Technical Director helping businesses with their privacy by design programmes and with their privacy and ethical challenges related to Artificial Intelligence (AI) and blockchain technology.

Ivana was awarded ‘Woman of the Year’ (2019) in the Cyber Security Awards in recognition of her growing reputation as an advocate of equality, privacy and ethics at the heart of tech and AI. She is the author of An Artificial Revolution: On Power, Politics and AI now available on Amazon here

5:30pm:💻 Speaker from Industry 2 – Arif Khan, AI Ninja at UiPath

Presentation: The Role of AI in Automation Strategy

Abstract: A look at how combining Artificial Intelligence with more traditional automation technologies can unlock greater business values

Arif has a passion for combing the Agile delivery model with RPA and AI to solve real business problems effectively and quickly. Arif is a member of the Institute for Robotic Process Automation & AI. Arif has an MSci in Computer Science from University College London, specialising in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.

5:50pm:💻 Speaker from Industry 3 – Dr. Khaleelah Jones, Founder of Careful Feet Digital Agency

Presentation: Using AI for Social Media Content Creation (Text and Visual Assets)

Khaleelah Jones is the owner and founder of Careful Feet Digital Agency, the digital marketing agency that created Dime Digital, a SaaS tool that automates social media posting and brand creation for small businesses and solopreneurs. The winner of the 2018 Next Women Pitch Competition, Khaleelah has a PhD in emerging media, an MBA and has worked in the marketing industry for over a decade.

Before starting CFD and building Dime, she was the head of marketing at WellTok Inc, where she was part of a team that doubled the user base in six months and closed $18m in Series B funding. She now lives in London with her husband and loves yoga, reading and Russian history.

6:10pm:💻 Speaker from Industry 4 – Dr. Naeema Pasha, Director of Careers, Henley Business School

Presentation: Humans, AI and the Bigger Productivity Pie

Naeema leads teams to deliver great personal & professional development and research on future of work. At Henley Business School she runs a fantastically innovative team where they’ve gone from start-up to scale-up. They are about providing a creative & challenging place for people (all from diverse backgrounds) to enable them to design a career path that not only defines who they are, but is in the context of an uncertain world of work.

6:30pm: Panel discussion with all speakers

6:55pm 🔮 Roundup + What’s next with MKAI

7:00pm Close

Bonus Track Technial Speaker:

5:30-6:10pm: Azim Zicar, RPA Consultant – Zicar Consultancy Ltd

Presentation: Building a bot Live

In this activity you will have the chance to experience first hand what Robotic Process Automation is and how a software robot is actually built. This is a non scripted group interactive session where a robot is built from scratch based on the audience’s ideas!

Azim is an RPA expert with experience in creating, building and maintaining the robotic workforce. Since finding RPA in 2016, he has been passionate about using software robots to add value to businesses. He is a certified Blue Prism Professional Developer and has worked as a Lead Developer in many RPA projects spanning multiple industries. You can find out more about Azim via his LinkedIn page and his business: Zicar Consultancy

MKAI May is supported by:

Zicar Consultancy – RPA consultancy at a comptetitive rates.

Ether Solutions – Specialists for Robotic Process Automation (RPA), Document Management and Document Scanning.

EvolveAI – Proven leaders in the provision of innovative human capital management solutions to businesses looking to attract and retain in-demand digital technology talent.

Revamping Your Resume for the Digital World
May 27, 2020
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By Elaine Mead 

With the increasing focus on all things digital, it could be time to reconsider those two sides of A4 your once spent hours meticulously writing, googling tips about how to write, and re-writing.

Elaine Mead

The traditional resume hasn’t died just yet, but how it’s used has definitely changed and is continuing to do so. It’s time to rethink how you use your resume to ensure it’s getting in front of the right people and scoring your interviews. 

Searchability and Keywords are Key 

In the early days, the best way for an employer to compare potential candidates was by having a bunch of resumes in front of them. A resume provided an overview of someone’s experience, skills and academic achievements in order to see who was a better or worse fit for the role. From this, employers could create their interviewee shortlist. 

Nowadays, a resume is less about selling yourself and more of a way for employers and recruiters to find and screen candidates. When seeking out potential candidates on online job databases, recruiters and employers will search for specific keywords, job titles and skills, then use the results to create a shortlist. For many jobs, applications are scanned for keywords to create the first shortlist of candidates, so it’s crucial to make sure you’re using the correct keywords, titles and skills. 

You can create a competent list of the keywords you should be using by referring to the full job description, and if you’re putting your resume into an online database, make sure you use a few different job ads for the same roles so you can build a bigger list of keywords. 

Be Prepared for the ‘Digital Interview’ 

It’s no secret that employers will look up candidates online. Your resume might still be the baseline requirement that will be taken into account when an employer is weighing up whether to hire your or not, but you can be quite certain they’ll be conducting a ‘digital interview’ – looking up what they can find out about you online – as well. 

It’s no longer about just being on LinkedIn. Employers will want to see recommendations from past employers and colleagues, as well as details of the projects you worked on and what your output and achievement from these were. Employers want new recruits who are engaged and active in their chosen field or industry. Sharing — or better yet, writing — an article or two on your area of expertise will showcase your enthusiasm for your work.  

Having a well-maintained profile filled with relevant content can help build your credibility to potential employers, and also demonstrate you as a contributor and influencer within your chosen field. 

Elaine Mead is a Careers and Work-Integrated Learning Educator based in Tasmania.

Adventures in Career Development
May 26, 2020
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Thoughts about career and other stuff from Tristram Hooley.

Building Career Capital: Developing Business Leaders’ Career Mobility

I’ve just published a new article entitled Building career capital: developing business leaders career mobility with Cathy Brown and Tracey Wond. The paper is based on research that Cathy conducted as part of her doctoral thesis. It was published in Career Development International but you can find an open access version on the University of Derby research archive

In the article we set out a new framework for career capital based on research with 36 business leaders who have recently undertaken a role transition within a UK construction business. We cluster these aspects of career capital under three categories: Knowing Self, Knowing How and Knowing Whom. These are illustrated in the figure above. 

Our argument is that these are aspects that prove to be important to people’s careers. In the article we explore a range of different strategies that people can use to effectively develop and utilise their career capital as well as compensating for the gaps that they have in their career capital. 

We hope that the article will be of interest to researcher and career theorists, but also to business leaders and organisational managers who wish to build individual and organisational career mobility. It may also be of interest to careers professionals who might find it helpful as a way of thinking about the elements that people need to identify and develop as part of their careers. 

Brown, C., Hooley, T. and Wond, T. (2020). Building career capital: developing business leaders’ career mobility. Career Development International, Ahead of print. https://doi.org/10.1108/CDI-07-2019-0186

Leadership, Learning and Lockdown
May 26, 2020
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A new paper from FETL reflects on the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on education leadership and considers what lessons can be learned as we look towards an uncertain and, almost certainly, very different future.

The Further Education Trust for Leadership (FETL) has published a new paper highlighting the challenges faced by the education system, and education leaders, in particular, in responding to the coronavirus pandemic and the resulting lockdown.

This FETL monograph, Leadership, learning and lockdown: First thoughts on lessons for leadership from the coronavirus crisis, by Sir Chris Husbands, Vice-Chancellor of Sheffield Hallam University, gives an inside view of how staff, leaders and institutions are coping with the unprecedented circumstances in which they find themselves.
The crisis has obliged education institutions to adopt new ways of working, almost overnight. This paper gives draws lessons from the crisis for leaders and learning, outlining cautious but informed conclusions about the ‘new normal’ that will emerge from the pandemic.

Dame Ruth Silver, President of FETL, said: ‘This is a hugely welcome contribution that reflects on the challenges the COVID-19 crisis has posed for learning and its leaders and asks what it can tell us about leadership and the future of education. The transition from face-to-face teaching to online and distance learning placed significant and unprecedented demands on leaders, their institutions and staff. The response in further education, and in the education system more generally, has been remarkable, but there are also important lessons to be learned from all of this, and this FETL monograph begins the process.

‘We are on the verge of a new and unpredictable normal that we, as leaders, have, to an equally unpredictable extent, an opportunity to shape. In these difficult and challenging times, when the present can seem all-consuming, it is more critical than ever that we try to fix our gaze on the future that is emerging from the crisis and on the potential role of FE and skills within that. I would like to express my respect and gratitude to Sir Chris for rising to the call so eloquently and offering some direction and foresight from within the heart of the storm.’

For more information on this or other FETL publications, contact: enquiries@fetl.org.
 
Click here to download a free PDF copy
Careers England Newsletter May 2020: Issue 151
May 26, 2020
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Covid-19 response
We are working with the CDI and the Department for Education to identify rapid responses to support young people and adults through the recession. Careers guidance is the catalyst to ensuring individuals get the right support at this challenging time, both short and longer term, and our paper on the economic benefits of careers guidance supports this. We will share updates as we can.  

New Careers England Executive Director 
A message from our Chair, Katharine Horler:
Following the selection process agreed by the Board we are delighted that Kieran Gordon has been offered the role of Executive Director for Careers England, which he has accepted.  I don’t suppose Kieran needs much introduction to most members or the sector, we are very lucky that he will be joining the team in this new capacity and I am absolutely confident that he will take over where Steve has left off and build on the excellent work that Steve and Jessica have undertaken during their time with Careers England. We are currently working on a remote handover. We would also like to welcome Career Connect’s new Chief Executive, Barry Fletcher, who we are looking forward to working with.

National Careers Service ‘repurposed’
Director of the National Careers Service Joe Billington says that the National Careers Service has repurposed all of its advice and guidance about learning and work, to offer support to people affected by Covid-19 to find opportunities now and plan for the future recovery. Alongside support and advice offered to individuals, a Skills Toolkit has been launched with the Department for Education to help those whose jobs have been affected. 

Earlier this month the National Careers Service held a Virtual Jobs Fair across England where over 1000 jobs were identified and promoted to local job seekers.Career Development Policy Group
With a strong focus on providing enhanced personal careers guidance for young people and adults, we feel that there is an urgent need for the government to establish an employment and career development task force to provide innovative ideas to mitigate the worst effects of the impending labour market crisis. We believe that working together and sharing ideas will enable us to develop a youth transition strategy to ensure that young people, most critically in Years 11 and 13, do not become a lost generation; and to influence government to adequately resource the National Careers Service to advise adults and young people about how they can respond to the uncertainty and changes in the labour market.Read the letter sent topoliticians, civil servants and stakeholders.

CEC strategic partnership
We are delighted to announce a new partnership with The Careers & Enterprise Company. Both organisations are committed to supporting the Government’s careers strategy and backing the adoption of the Gatsby Benchmarks in all schools and colleges across England. John Yarham, Interim Chief Executive said: The generation of young people about to enter the world of work are going to face unprecedented challenges. More than ever, it’s important that as a sector we pull together to make sure they get the support they need to flourish. That is why we’re delighted to announce this partnership with Careers England.” 

#SkillsWorld live
Earlier this month our Executive Director Steve Stewart contributed to the discussion on whether we should abolish the target of sending 50% of young people to university. You can listen back to the episode here.
Task group informationOur position paper on employer and community engagement is now available on our website. Please share with your networks in support of of the strong partnerships that take place to enable high quality careers education. Thank you to our task group members for developing the paper.
News from across the sectorCoronavirus set to reverse five years of unemployment growth in one month – Learning & Work Institute

Government to take ownership of colleges – FE Week

What are the job prospects for the class of 2020? – Financial Times

Government announces bounceback loans for small businesses – Gov.uk

Government social mobility tzar Dame Martina Milburn resigns – Schools Week

HE support package could negatively impact English sector – THE

Unions tell staff ‘not to engage’ with plan for 1 June school openings – The Guardian

Employers are slashing graduate jobs. But students mustn’t lose hope – The Guardian 
 
Information, consultations and resourcesCareerTech challenge 
From game-based learning platforms, to AI-driven careers advice, Nesta Challenges and the Department for Education have announced the innovations shortlisted for the £5.75 million CareerTech Challenge. The ideas from a wide range of innovators, entrepreneurs and technologists have been identified as those with the greatest potential to equip adults across England with the tools and skills to navigate a rapidly changing world of work.
 Safe and ethical use of web video conferencing
Lockdown has quickly meant finding new ways of working with clients remotely. The CDI is running webinars on this and has recently published a new position paper – Safe and ethical use of web videoconferencing for personal careers guidance – to support members work online with their clients.  The paper is on the reports and resources page of the website.

Gatsby benchmarks and social mobility: impacts to date
The iCeGS has published a paper on recent developments in policy and careers strategy in England using the Gatsby benchmarks to measure progress. Download the paper.
Conferences, events and trainingCareers Summit 2020
This year’s Careers Summit will take place on 5th November and bookings are open. Register now!
The Generation Game: How to Win with Centennials
May 26, 2020
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By 2025, Centennials will account for 30% of the global workforce, jumping into the workplace melting pot of Traditionalists, Baby Boomers, Gen X and Millennials. This article may be something to share with employers you work with.

Their expectations? High.

Their brand loyalty? Low.

But your rewards for winning them over could be huge.

Here, we reveal everything you need to know about this exciting new wave of workers, shoppers and future-shapers to help you prepare your business for long term success.

How well do you know your generations?

Generation Born
Centennials/Gen Z After 1996
Millennials/Gen Y Between 1977 – 1995
Generation X Between 1965 – 1976
Baby Boomers Between 1946 – 1964
Traditionalists or Silent Generation Before 1945

Centennials will soon enter the job market. So, what can you expect from them and how do they work?

How do Centennials work?

They’re multi-multi-taskers: Switching between screens comes naturally to Centennials, which means they are pro-multi-taskers. They are able to juggle multiple projects at one time, without sacrificing the quality of their work – all the while, mastering a work/life blend.

They’re glued to their phones: Employers shouldn’t be worried if Centennials are on their phones all day – it’s their default position for communicating with colleagues, taking notes and doing research. Read more

Failte Ireland: How to Provide Customer Service Excellence

Failte Ireland has produced a guide to help organisations on how to achieve Customer Service Excellence.

Service excellence cannot be achieved in the short-term, nor can you ever truly say that you have ‘achieved’ excellence because it’s a journey, not a destination; the quest for excellence will mean that you are constantly pushing the bar to get even better at what you do.

This journey clearly requires a great deal of commitment on your behalf, but also from those who work with and for you. That is probably the real challenge in seeking to strive for service excellence: how can you get all your employees to really care, to really want to go that extra mile, to really believe in what you are trying to achieve?

Majority of UK Workers Say They Work Effectively from Home
May 22, 2020
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Over half (55%) said their industry as a whole can operate effectively based on remote work.

The LinkedIn study, which is run fortnightly, also showed that UK confidence about jobs, finances and careers sits at +13 on a scale of -100 to +100. This is more positive than negative, but only slightly.

From the data across April, it emerged that those working in the healthcare sector felt the most confident, at +24. They were particularly optimistic about their job security.

On the other hand, education professionals were among the least confident, sitting at a score of +10. They felt particularly low levels of confidence around progressing their career in the next year.

In terms of job-seeking, survey respondents felt generally pessimistic. When asked about their confidence in their ability to get or hold onto a job, the average score was -7 on the index for the week from 27 April to 3 May, down from -2 between 13 and 19 April.

Those working in sales were the most pessimistic, with 77% expecting the number of available jobs to fall in the next two weeks.

Martyn Dicker, director of people at Unicef UK, told HR magazine that it was unsurprising to see that two-thirds of UK workers believe that they are effective when working remotely. 

In addition to technology’s ability to facilitate remote work, Dicker said: “I also believe that a key ingredient of workers feeling that they are effective, is their strong desire for it to work.

“We know that greater flexible working is desired by many, with the CIPD 2019 Job Quality Index stating that 68% of UK employees would like more flexibility. It’s worth noting that this is just 2% more than the 66% believing that they are effective in the LinkedIn study. 

“The UK fares particularly poorly when it comes to job demands interfering with family life, so maybe this forced home working experiment will provide UK employers the impetus to drive change and embrace more flexible working.”

LinkedIn’s study also showed that optimism about company futures was low.

The study found that only 22% of those at director level or above thought their company would be better off in the next six months, with 45% saying they thought it would be worse off.

Among those in non-management roles, 18% believed their firms would be better off and 37% thought they would be worse off.

Emma Jayne, area director of people and culture at the Dorchester Collection, said: “The future is so uncertain right now and it is at the forefront of people’s minds constantly I’m sure. 

“As employers it’s important that we are offering regular, clear and honest communication on the situation our businesses are in and if we can offer reassurance then that should be the very first thing that we are doing. 

“It’s a rollercoaster ride of emotions at the moment and HR’s most critical role right now is to take care of the mental wellbeing of their people.

“The results around the outlook for the next six months I think are very realistic. Despite the government encouraging a return to work to boost the economy, the reality is the economy is going to take a long time to recover from COVID-19.”

Finally, the index found that 49% of UK workers plan to increase the time they’re spending on online learning in the next two weeks, corroborating other recent studies on the upskilling trend.

Nearly half (48%) said they hoped this learning would advance their career path, while 47% wanted to learn something unrelated to work. 

A third (32%) were interested in improving their emotional wellbeing through online learning, while 30% wanted to contribute to society and help others.

Jayne added: “Online learning is such a gift at the moment. We are all in our homes with some time on our hands which is very different from the fast pace of life that used to be’ normal’. 

“I am certain we will see an upswing in a more joined up and kinder society when we come out of this pandemic, I wonder if people will be inspired by the amazing work of the NHS and other services and they will see an upturn in people wanting to pursue a career in those fields.”

The LinkedIn Workforce Confidence Index surveys around 1,000 UK LinkedIn members in each wave.