Under the financial spotlight – what you can do to drive efficiencies

Working under financial scrutiny

All learners have different needs. For the vocational training sector, this can mean differences in capability, homelife situation, workplace demands, learning preferences or, importantly, learning support needs. Without a base-level understanding of neurodiversity, curriculum teams, tutors and employers risk alienating a significant proportion of learners or would-be learners. In our industry, the engagement and progress of every learner matters. Embracing and supporting neurodiversity is a critical part of this.

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Sustainability and the rise of the green apprenticeship

Green apprenticeships and sustainability in business

Two million good-quality green jobs by 2030. Electricity to come from clean sources by 2035. Net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Sustainability commitments made by the UK are bold, as we all know they need to be, but what do these statistics, promises and pledges mean in practice for the skills and employability sector?

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Neurodiversity in the 21st Century and why it matters for apprenticeships

All learners have different needs. For the vocational training sector, this can mean differences in capability, homelife situation, workplace demands, learning preferences or, importantly, learning support needs. Without a base-level understanding of neurodiversity, curriculum teams, tutors and employers risk alienating a significant proportion of learners or would-be learners. In our industry, the engagement and progress of every learner matters. Embracing and supporting neurodiversity is a critical part of this.

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Attracting young people back to apprenticeships

Numbers of apprenticeship starts have dropped significantly since the start of the pandemic, most noticeably among young people under the age of 25, and for apprenticeships at levels 2 and 3. In this article we look at why this may be, the possible consequence of this drop, and the viable solutions that could help attract young people back to apprenticeships.

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How growth and tech strategies are inextricably linked

Business Strategy Meeting

Without the right technology in place, ambitious growth cannot be realised. In a world where business differentiation requires personalisation, careful consideration of user experience and business responsiveness, growth is inextricably linked with tech. This article explores how and why technology and business growth should always be considered side-by-side.

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Why new technology can feel like it’s uncovering more than it’s fixing

To be successful and remain competitive, it’s essential that businesses embrace new technologies. There is no success without progress – and by extension change – but unfortunately change comes with inherent challenges. Whether the new technology you are implementing is customer facing, back-of-house or both, you are bound to come across some difficulties in the process.

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Tips for running effective tripartite review meetings

Tripartite review meeting

Learner reviews are a fundamental aspect of any apprenticeship. Yet running these meetings well is a skill that evidently has not been mastered by all. As shared in a recent webinar on learner reviews by expert consultant Tony Allen, many Ofsted reports feature feedback along the lines of: “Apprentices’ progress reviews do not capture all aspects of apprentices’ development. Employers do not review apprentices’ progress with Coaches. Too often Coaches agree targets with apprentices that are too vague to meaningfully guide the apprentice. Review records do not capture what the apprentices know and understand about areas such as British Values.”

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Webinar recap: How to manage employer engagement in the delivery of apprenticeships

Tony Allen (CEO of Allen Apprenticeships and Skills), and Ben Drain (Apprenticeships Operations and Quality Director at Pareto Law) presented a webinar for more than 150 apprenticeship providers to explore the topic of effective employer engagement.

With many years of experience in apprenticeships delivery, Tony Allen and Ben Drain have deep insights into where successful providers excel in the services they provide and the growth of their organisations. In this webinar, they focused on one key component – providers’ approaches to employer engagement.

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Using behavioural science to enhance apprenticeship delivery

“The behaviours required to prosper in a new world are different.” Aptem CEO, Richard Alberg. Although we might not yet be living in what we can call a ‘post-pandemic’ world, the pandemic has already significantly changed the behaviours and skills we need to thrive. Behavioural science can help us to pinpoint and understand these changes, as well as offer useful insights that can be applied to service delivery, and ultimately support people into work.

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The evolution of blended learning

Blended learning incorporates in-class and remote learning, making use of digital technology to deliver engaging, flexible and collaborative education. Advances in technology have been challenging the classroom-centric mode of teaching since before the pandemic. Yet at the same time, it’s also widely recognised that technology has a significant role to play in education, not least because it is increasingly fundamental to everyday life. The role of education is to prepare young people for independence and success, and digital skills are undoubtedly essential for both.

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