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• Jobcentre Plus arrangements over the Easter period
• further changes to Universal Credit
• calling Universal Credit phone lines
• the Department for Work and Pensions email addresses
• the mid-life MOT website
• the workplace pensions campaign
• the Regional Stakeholder Network
• mentoring circles in jobcentres
The following ESFA news was published by gov.uk on Published 1 April 2019
Strengthened oversight, intervention and closer contract management, in our new intervention strategy, aims to eradicate low quality training provision, protect learners and public funds.
The majority of Independent Training Providers (ITP) we contract with provide good quality education and training. However, there is a small number where delivery falls short of our requirements, resulting in learners not getting the training they need and putting public funds at risk.
Currently, we only take action when an ITP has been judged inadequate by Ofsted, or has failed to meet minimum standards or financial health requirements.
In the aim of putting an end to poor training and learning provision, where data and analysis suggest a risk to learners or public funds, under our new intervention measures, we will be able to intervene early, (with the use of sanctions, such as suspension of recruitment or restricting growth) whilst assurance is being gained or remedial actions are undertaken. Read more
The Chancellor has presented his Spring Statement to Parliament – here’s a summary of what he said
Education and skills
Ensuring people have the skills that employers need is vital to creating the workforce of the future. The Budget set out steps to equip people with the skills to succeed in the modern economy, and today the Chancellor announced:
This first version incldes the following topics:
Career-Related Learning in Primary Schools
Emplower to Shape Change Learning and Identities in the Changing World of Work
British Journal Of Guidance And Counselling: International Symposium Series, Special Issue
Careers Wales – Work Advice Wales
Scottish Government – Careers Strategy
Skills Northern Ireland 2019
INSIGHTS TO SOME SELECTED RESEARCH AND EVALUATION PROJECTS
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I have the very real pleasure in advising you that, today, the Institute for Apprenticeships published the Employability Practitioner Apprenticeship Standard (Level 4) as being ready for delivery.This is a very significant day for all those working in the public services space, helping people to become more independent.
In the latest edition of the Learning Rep e-magazine, you will find the following
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A robot will appear before a select committee for what is believed to be the first time when Pepper answers questions from the Education Committee during a session on the Fourth Industrial Revolution and the implications for education of developments in artificial intelligence
Pepper is part of an international research project developing the world’s first culturally aware robots aimed at assisting with care for older people. The Committee will hear about her work with students across the faculties at Middlesex University, including a project involving teaching primary level children, and what role increased automation and robotics might play in the workplace and classroom of the future.
After a demonstration by Pepper, the Committee will explore with witnesses, including those from Middlesex University, how robots can be used to support learning, and the skills needed to adapt to the growth in artificial intelligence and automation.
The Committee will first question a panel of experts on the suitability of the current school curriculum, the importance of re-skilling and lifelong learning and the effect of the Fourth Industrial Revolution on social justice. Read more
Press release – Monday 8 October 2018
Education Committee report on Apprenticeship
Government should adopt MPs’ recommendations on the apprenticeship reforms without delay
The recommendations in the Education Committee’s report, expertly steered by Robert Halfon MP, are to be warmly welcomed and the government should waste no time in implementing all of them, according to the Association of Employment and Learning Providers which represents providers that train 3 out of every 4 apprentices in England.
It is a pity that the excellent set of observations and recommendations may be overshadowed by media headlines of ‘poor quality training’, especially when Ofsted’s chief inspector has said herself that 80% of current apprentices are receiving good or outstanding training. That said, every apprentice should be on at least a good programme and the Committee has hit the nail on the head when it identifies as a major issue the government’s letting into the apprenticeship market a mass of untested providers and assessors with few controls and limited monitoring. Read more
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