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Data shows the score on learner progress

Apprenticeship providers are rightly interested in tracking learner progress. But what kind of data and tools do management need to get it right?

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Aptem’s Higher Education Forum November 2020 – sharing insights and discussing sector issues

This month we hosted our Higher Education (HE) User Forum, bringing together the Aptem Team and university clients to share insight and knowledge, discuss pressing issues and gather feedback on Aptem.

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Lightening the load: How future technologies could support work coach effectiveness

The emergent technologies of big data and artificial intelligence (AI) have produced anxieties about change and potential job losses. But can we see these advanced technologies as assisting and enhancing our jobs? In this article, we look at how new technologies could enhance the effectiveness of job coaches.

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‘College of the future’ commission report published

The Independent Commission on the College of the Future has published the findings of its investigation into how FE colleges should be structured to address the skills deficit and transform the life chances of individuals in the UK. 

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Make do and muddle through

We are now half-way through the first term of the new academic year. Despite the new lockdown, the government has resolved that schools, colleges and universities will stay open. Of course, things may change as has proven to be the case thus far.

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Designing a data strategy for the employability sector

Understanding human psychology is invaluable when supporting someone effectively on their journey into work. Employability providers possess increasingly large datasets that, if used well, contain significant insights that could support the provision of a better service. The challenge for a sector under increasing pressure is knowing how to extract meaningful direction from the mountains of data at their fingertips.

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Aptem Updates for October 2020

We are pleased to announce that the Aptem Development Team pushed lived October’s update which included the new Aptem Employ Dashboard and a number of major enhancements to our onboarding process.

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Supporting effective personalisation in employability services

Personalisation has become a buzzword in employability. But has the employment sector achieved personalisation and, if not, what should it look like?

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Just IT implements Aptem to deliver innovative apprenticeships

Just IT selected Aptem as the platform to deliver its innovative IT and Digital apprenticeships. Sam Tobin, Service Delivery Director at Just IT, explains the reasons for their choice: “We wanted to source an intelligent, end-to-end system. The look, feel and usability of the interface was a critical factor for us. The Aptem platform is essentially our customers’ experience of Just IT.” In this article we explore this very successful implementation and key learnings for anyone considering an end-to-end system.

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Solving unemployment at scale – a response to ONS data

As the ONS has reported, unemployment is rising. The 16-24 age group, who typically occupy roles in some of the worst hit sectors including hospitality, entertainment and the arts, have been particularly affected. However, the spike in unemployment caused by COVID-19 is pan-generational. In August 2020, the claimant count reached 2.7 million people, an increase of 120.8% since March 2020. Notably, there is a significant rise in the number of people unemployed for up to six months, up 202,000 over the year to 988,000. This poses an additional challenge; it’s widely recognised that the longer someone is out of work, the harder it is for them to re-enter the workforce.

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Apprenticeships – is it time for a rebrand?

When you mention apprenticeships to most people – unless they are in the skills sector – they immediately think of physical, hands-on activity like carpentry or car maintenance. But while there are still many manual apprenticeships on offer, today’s apprenticeship standards also include subjects like data science and advanced forensic practitioner.
Given words have meaning, is it time for apprenticeships to have a rebrand?

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Skills sector is vital to the Covid-19 unemployment fall-out

GDP is sharply down, and unemployment is rising. Big sectors which have helped many enter the labour force such as hospitality are hard hit and not likely to perform the same role in the next recovery. How bad could unemployment become, and what can we do to arrest its growth and help the out of work redeploy their skills? In this piece we look at the ONS forecasts, compare them with previous recessions and recoveries and seek to draw conclusions relevant to skills training.

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Why EdTech is crucial for FE providers to facilitate success

The way we learn needs to reflect how we live and work. Our daily lives are a seamless blend of physical and digital interactions. Schedules are increasingly flexible, with portfolio careers on the rise and continuous learning becoming a more common feature of our routines.

Developments in education technology represent an opportunity to prepare young people and adults with the skills and capabilities they will need to thrive in the future. Not only that, but for further education colleges and independent training providers, EdTech offers solutions that can help them successfully address the UK skills gap and guide students into promising careers.

Here, we will explore what EdTech offers the further education sector and explain why it’s time to embrace the confluence of technology and learning.

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Cybersecurity functionality critical for CAEHRS digital employability solutions

The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP), as part of its Commercial Agreement for the Provision of Employment and Health Related Services (CAEHRS), prioritises the role of digital solutions to employability programmes. How do providers ensure that the digital solutions they offer are cybersecure?

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A Level algorithm chaos is a failure to test and consult

The UK’s A Level results were unusually disastrous this year, throwing into doubt our children’s futures as well as university admissions processes. What went wrong?

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Aptem Updates for August 2020

Typically things would begin to slow down across the education sector as the summer holidays commence. This year, that’s not quite the case as providers are working hard to get back to a relative normality.

The Aptem development team is no exception. This month we are pleased to share with you our list of updates and upgrades to bring Aptem clients an enhanced user experience.

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Case Study: University of Nottingham – Implementing and Using Aptem Apprentice

The University of Nottingham signed up to Aptem in June 2019 and used it to manage their degree apprenticeship programmes from September 2019. In this case study, we talk about their journey of implementation and how Aptem is improving their administration and delivery.

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Technology is a core part of the CAEHRS framework

Digital services are one of the criteria for the Department of Work and Pensions CAEHRS framework for employability procurement. So how can you access the technology you need to ensure a viable bid?

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Newsletters

The Pulse, Autumn 2020

In the Autumn 2020 edition of The Pulse, Richard Alberg, CEO of Aptem, talks about employability today and why the company decided to launch Aptem Employ, a cutting-edge platform to manage all aspects of a job seeker’s journey.

This edition also includes an op-ed by Christine Weddell, Chief Operating Officer at Aptem, asking whether tech is the new paradigm for skills and employability solutions.

Finally, we share an interview with David Kitchen, Managing Director of The Leadership Team, who talks about M&As in the training sector and how his company helps the industry keep in top of quality.

The Pulse, Winter 2020

In the Winter 2020 edition of The Pulse, we are delighted to offer our view of the 2020 apprenticeship landscape, an interview with Vikki Liogier, National Head of EdTech and Digital Skills at the Education and Training Foundation, and the latest exciting Aptem product and company developments.

The Pulse, Autumn 2019

In the Autumn 2019 edition of The Pulse, we are delighted to offer news and product updates, as well as an insightful interview with Chris Jones, Her Majesty’s Inspector – Specialist Adviser for Apprenticeships.

The Pulse, Spring 2019

In the Spring 2019 edition of The Pulse, we are delighted to offer news and product updates, as well as an interesting interview with UVAC’s Mandy Crawford-Lee.

The Pulse, Winter 2019

In this edition of The Pulse, we are delighted to offer news updates, an analysis of the levy shortfall and a great interview with Mark Dawe of the AELP, as well as Aptem product and team developments.

The Pulse, Autumn 2018

We are pleased to share with you the first of our quarterly newsletters, where we will be keeping you informed on Aptem developments and sharing useful resources that will help you make the most of your chosen delivery platform.

Webinars

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Big data in education and training
Why is Big Data important in the education and training sector? How will it shape the sector and delivery models in the future? How can you extract insightful information that can guide your organisational strategy? Host, Mark Abrahams, Head of Research at Aptem, explores these questions and more.
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Exploring alternative talent pools for recruiting employability professionals
Aptem has commissioned a piece of research in partnership with the IEP about the employability practitioner labour market, to help employability providers as they consider how they scale their workforce to meet growing demand. Catch up on the presentation of this research, including a Q&A section at the end where employability providers who were able to attend the session raised some important points.
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Changes, challenges and the role of digital in future employability programmes
Elizabeth Taylor from ERSA joined Tony Carr, 4Front Partners and Richard Alberg, Aptem, to discuss the changes, challenges and the role of digital in the future of employability and delivery of employability programmes.
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Pandemic Challenges and Opportunities for Apprenticeships
Watch our webinar with Aptem’s Chief Product Officer Mike Sims, Product Director Shaun Elliott and award-winning training provider Corndel’s Chief Operating Officer Mushall Khan, discussing today’s challenges and opportunities within the Apprenticeship marketplace.
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State of the Art Tech for Employment programmes
Aptem’s CEO, Richard Alberg, presents a view of today’s employability challenges and demonstrates how technology platform Aptem Employ can help job seekers back into work quickly and for the long term.
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A demonstration of Aptem’s Intelligence Dashboard for Universities
Aptem’s Richard Alberg and Mandy Crawford-Lee from UVAC held a webinar for Universities to discuss and demonstrate how they can use Aptem’s free Intelligence Dashboard to view market positions, identify opportunities and make data-driven strategic decisions.

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