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Latest white paper:
Overcoming resistance to change: Implementing new technology

Technology has become one of the biggest drivers of change, as well as a significant aid to the change process. It can be both the cause for, and a way to smooth, a change project.

This white paper covers the key areas and approaches that enable a successful change management strategy. 

Degree apprenticeships

Universities and Ofsted: learnings from recent inspections ​

In April 2021, Ofsted took the reins from the Office for Students for assessing the quality of higher-level apprenticeships. All eyes were on Worcester University when it became the first HEI to have its report published in July of that year. Since then, inspection reports have slowly been filtering through, with mixed outcomes.

Steve Dewhurst, Independent Higher Education Consultant and HE Product Director at Aptem, has curated an analysis of recent reports, summarising ‘good practices’ and focus development areas, with a conclusion of what is needed in order to achieve a glowing report.

This eBook outlines the core challenges universities are facing to deliver these apprenticeship programmes, and how an effective end-to-end apprenticeship technology solution can mitigate these challenges through a modern, technology-driven delivery solution.

Degree Apprenticeships: are qualifications the linchpin of success?​

With contributions from Vince Cable, BIS Secretary from 2010 to 2015, Mandy Crawford-Lee at UVAC and Terry Hodgetts, Director of Corporate Client Solutions at Aston University, this white paper explores the history and rationale of the mandated qualification, the competing pressure on them with regard to integration, and the reasons why mandated qualifications matter.

FE apprenticeships

IT transformation in FE colleges

It is estimated that 70% of IT transformation projects fail. As more colleges turn to digital solutions to manage remote-learning options, business performance and Ofsted compliance, it is critical to achieve a higher success rate – not least because resources in the FE sector are scarce. The white paper explores the reasons why digital transformation projects fail, and shares what good practices colleges can deploy to ensure the success of new systems.

Transforming and Growing FE College Apprenticeships

This eBook provides FE Colleges with an introduction to apprenticeships and 10 best-practice principles and steps to successful implementation of apprenticeship programmes.

Skills

What is to be done about the UK’s skills deficit?

In this white paper, we do a deep dive into why skills matter to business, the economy and to individuals.

  • The historical context of education and skills in the UK
  • Rationales for increased investment:
    • Economic
    • Society
    • Individual
  • What is needed to be done about the UK skill deficit

For anyone who wants to make the case for more policy attention and funding for skills, why we need better data, and why policy sometimes makes an unfair distinction between skills and academic learning, this is a must-read.

Why a 'one size fits all' approach to tech is not an option for leading ITPs

The Independent Training Provider (ITP) industry is growing. Accordingly, it’s becoming more and more competitive. Winning new business is increasingly challenging and relies heavily on a company’s ability to stand out from the crowd. 

Leading ITPs looking to grow need to be able to differentiate their offering and, alongside readiness to increase apprenticeship provision, be prepared to diversify into other areas such as Adult Education Budget programmes, traineeships and other commercial training.

What should ITPs look for when sourcing apprenticeship technology?

This eBook discusses the factors ITPs should look for when sourcing an end-to-end apprenticeship solution. From compliance and quality assurance, to use of automation, learner progress tracking and, of course, reducing apprenticeship delivery costs by up to 15%, this guide walks through what ITPs should expect and question, when moving to an end-to-end solution.

Why should you select a training provider that uses Aptem Apprentice?

As an employer, selecting a training provider can be challenging. You want a provider that understands your business and delivers high-quality training, while giving you full transparency into the apprenticeship delivery. In this short eBook we discuss the importance from an employer perspective, of working with a platform that places quality and compliance at the heart of its solution.

Data

Aptem Intelligence Dashboard

ESFA apprenticeship reporting data is hugely insightful but it is incredibly difficult to extract information from it. We have created a free dashboarding tool that makes it easy for apprenticeship providers to analyse trends, see offerings gaps, produce competitor analysis, and make data-driven strategic decisions from the ESFA data.

Compliance

Universities and Ofsted: learnings from recent inspections ​

In April 2021, Ofsted took the reins from the Office for Students for assessing the quality of higher-level apprenticeships. All eyes were on Worcester University when it became the first HEI to have its report published in July of that year. Since then, inspection reports have slowly been filtering through, with mixed outcomes.

Steve Dewhurst, Independent Higher Education Consultant and HE Product Director at Aptem, has curated an analysis of recent reports, summarising ‘good practices’ and focus development areas, with a conclusion of what is needed in order to achieve a glowing report.

Change management

Overcoming resistance to change: implementing new technology​

Technology has become one of the biggest drivers of change, as well as a significant aid to the change process. It can be both the cause for, and a way to smooth, a change project.

This white paper covers the key areas and approaches that enable a successful change management strategy. 

Employability

How the pandemic has deepened existing inequality especially within employability​

The pandemic spearheaded intense change throughout society. Businesses rapidly adopted new ways of working to survive, such as remote working, new communication styles, new strategies and widespread behavioural change. Our white paper provides insight on how the pandemic has affected pre-existing inequalities and explores how the pandemic has deepened them, with a focus on employability.

Technology: the missing link in effective employability solutions​

The employability sector has faced extreme difficulties as a result of the Covid-19 crisis of 2020. Unemployment has rocketed, redundancies have increased, and recruitment has slowed down. This white paper explores how technology can be utilised to create effective solutions that enable jobseekers to get back to work. The research explores sound evidence that seeks to explain how technology can aid the recovery of the sector.

Exploring alternative talent pools for recruiting employability professionals

The employability sector is gearing up to support a large cohort of unemployed people as the economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic takes hold. The sector is going to need to both rapidly scale its adviser workforce to cope with the growing demand and find more efficient ways to manage mass re-employment activity at scale. This research develops a sound evidence base to help service providers (public, private and voluntary sector) target their Adviser recruitment efforts and think creatively about where they can attract new talent for the sector.

Employment outcomes research study​

Few people job search effectively and many do so badly. At best this results in people compromising on the job they secure. For some a series of failures leads to a vicious circle of demoralisation and long-term unemployment.
The research demonstrates the positive impact that technology can have on employment outcomes.

In the research we cover:

  • The Impact of Aptem Employ on jobseeker outcome
  • How engagement frequency with technology impacts outcome
  • Impact of technology on outcome for job-ready jobseekers
  • Impact of technology on outcome for long-term unemployed.

Employability impacts study

While a positive employment outcome is the principal goal for employability providers, the most important factor is sustained employment. This research demonstrates that enabling jobseeker self-service with active supervision by an advisor very substantially increases the number of people securing jobs and then staying in those jobs. These results were achieved across the spectrum of jobseekers, including the very long-term unemployed and hardest to help.
In the research we cover:
  • Revenue potential if using Aptem Employ
  • Sustained employment outcomes using Aptem Employ
  • The impact of geography on sustained employment

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