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  • 3 Ways to Supercharge #WorldProductivityDay - Culture, Tech, Agility
    The productivity challenge is one we are familiar with.  However, rather than being a story of doom and gloom, we believe it offers the opportunity for UK businesses to look at the way that they work and make some quick wins to supercharge productivity and drive economic growth. Vodafone UK and the London School of […]
  • Struggling to Recruit Apprentices? Top Tips for Employers and Training Providers
    “Research released today featuring in this morning's CityAM, shows that almost half of businesses that operate an apprenticeship scheme under the new guidelines are struggling to recruit apprentices, leading to doubts around whether the new apprenticeships will be enough to boost UK productivity. We firmly believe that, by taking the time to choose the best […]
  • How can we convince SMEs that hiring an apprentice is good for their workforce?
    The value of apprentices in the workplace is still shockingly overlooked, which is a serious error from employers. The benefits of investing in apprentices and the immense value they can offer the growth of any business, is something that I feel passionately about and would want to encourage businesses across all sectors to get on […]
  • T Levels and the quest for equal opportunities: Holy grail or empty vessel?
    The whole purpose of the T Levels is to develop the skills which meet the business needs in the economy. In theory, they sound a great idea, but to do this you have to know what businesses want. Do they even know? The skills that are relevant today may not be the ones we need in fast-changing sectors. […]
  • From student to employee: the importance of learning to manage mental health
    Starting university can be a stressful time for students. Moving away from home and family, students can often find themselves far from people they would have normally relied on for support. The pressures of establishing a new social network is a knock-on consequence of this, on top of the more practical tasks of managing a […]
  • Celebrate the good times
    June is most definitely the month to celebrate in ERSA-land. Not only do we have national Employability Day looming on 29 June, where employment support organisations the length and breadth of the UK fling open their doors to welcome the great, the good and the merely interested, but we also have the sector’s national awards. […]
  • Why arguments about student loans will end up harming further education
    There are two sorts of policy questions. Some issues appear simple but are actually complicated – including in education. That is why there are such fraught debates over how to teach children to read, over academic selection at different ages and over the right balance between academic and vocational routes. But many policy questions are […]
  • In defence of apprenticeships... Degree Apprenticeships up 594%
    Hema Tank, Associate Dean at The London Institute of Banking & Finance which provides degree-level apprenticeships in the finance sector, gives her thoughts on the open letter on the apprenticeship levy signed by business leaders, apprenticeship providers, Skills Minister Anne Milton and Institute for Apprenticeships chief executive Sir Gerry Berragan. In the 12 months following the […]
  • Subcontracted Provision – Compliance vs Quality
    It probably comes as no surprise that Ofsted have taken the decision to place subcontracted provision under greater scrutiny with the introduction of monitoring visits announced in February. The first institution to come under fire is Wigan and Leigh College with the report in March stating “Until recently, arrangements relied too much on college managers […]
  • Mental health and wellbeing in further education - strengthening links between education and health
    Research has shown that 50% of mental health problems are established by age 14 and 75% by age 24. Further education colleges, which cater for more than 685,000 young people and educate two thirds of 16-18-year-olds, are therefore likely to have a proportion of students who either have a mental health difficulty or will develop […]
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