Category: Vocational Education and Training

Has Labour lost the plot — or, just a speech?

As Parliament went into recess, the Policy Consortium’s Ian Nash cheekily rummaged through the wastepaper bins of the Commons Library and other places to find the ‘lost’ speech that Opposition Leader Ed Miliband should have delivered at last week’s Sutton

Posted in Academic–vocational divide, Apprenticeships, Employers, FE colleges, Funding, HE in FE, Policy, Vocational Education, Vocational Education and Training

Elite Colleges and the English class system

Mick Fletcher’s latest blog was originally published in ‘FE Week’ on 20 June 2014. He suggests that the BIS plan for National Colleges once again raises the ugly spectre of class prejudice. The idea that the problems of English FE

Posted in Academic–vocational divide, Policy, University Technical College, VET, Vocational Education, Vocational Education and Training

Ambitious apprenticeship plans are yet to convince employers

Ian Nash of the Policy Consortium reports from the recent AELP Annual Conference, and particularly on the current state of play regarding apprenticeship funding. Radical plans from the Coalition Government to give employers full control over the funding and design

Posted in Apprenticeships, Employers, Funding, Vocational Education, Vocational Education and Training

Apprenticeship funding: too generous, but off-putting to small firms

In an article originally published (in a slightly different and shorter form) by ‘FE Week’ on 6 June 2014, Policy Consortium member Mick Fletcher considers the introduction of a mandatory 33% contribution by employers to the funding of Apprenticeships. The new BIS guidance

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A better way to reform vocational qualifications

Mick Fletcher looks at different takes on employer ownership of vocational qualification reforms … All the headlines about the long awaited Skills Funding Statement were understandably about the 19% cut to adult FE funding and the climb down on loans

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Linking development and research: an opportunity for the new vocational Centre

Andrew Morris explores the potential for a radically new approach to building a research culture in further education. Further education (FE) colleges and other providers are better placed than ever to create a new kind of vocational education and training

Posted in Improvement, Research, VET, Vocational Education and Training