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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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EmployabilitySkills

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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Employability

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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Skills

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 News

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 Studies

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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Employability

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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Welcoming We Are Digital to Aptem Skills

We Are Digital recently entered the world of ESFA funded programmes and were looking for a system to help them deliver high quality employability programmes whilst efficiently managing compliance. Here’s why they chose Aptem.

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

The Aptem Higher Education User Forum, made up of Aptem’s University clients with representation from UVAC, met in July 2020 to discuss a range of sector issues and share insights.

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Aptem updates for July 2020

We’re at the height of the summer, new sectors of the economy have opened up as lockdown eases, and providers are busy planning their next academic year.

This ‘slightly shorter than normal’ list of updates recognises that the introduction of new functionality for better management of bursary payments, is a major development.

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EmployabilitySkills

‘Kickstart’ the economy with Apprenticeships and Traineeships

The Chancellor’s summer statement focuses on three things:

1. Support jobs
2. Protect jobs
3. Create jobs

This government clearly acknowledges the role for continued work-based skills development, through apprenticeships and traineeships.

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Sector news during Covid-19

Education and skills providers are under pressure as the effects of the pandemic bite, while the Treasury announces plans to address economic collapse and rising unemployment.

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Employability

CAEHRS – themes, take outs and the role for the Housing Sector – Communities that Work webinar

The employment services market has suddenly shifted. Pre-March 2020, the sector contained jobseekers, many of whom were not job ready and a fairly long way from the employment market. In Autumn 2020, we will be looking at very large volumes of broadly job ready jobseekers, who may need some retraining.

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EmployabilitySkills

Sector news during Covid-19: Unemployment rockets and Centre For Social Justice launches skills report

Jobcentre claimants have risen from 1.24 million to 2.8 million over the course of the UK pandemic, the Guardian has revealed, a rise some analysts said was the worst in over 100 years.

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Case Studies

Case study: Learning Curve Group

Learning Curve Group (LCG) is a national training and education company, working with training providers, employers and learners to help them achieve success.

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Aptem updates for June 2020

We are having some beautiful weather lately, and we hope you are all able to enjoy it safely. Our team has been active this month implementing ways to improve the Aptem user experience. Here’s what we are pushing live in June 2020.

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EmployabilitySkills

Sector news during Covid-19 – PM Boris Johnson “guarantees” an apprenticeship for every young person

This week we take a look at government plans for economic recovery after the easing of the lockdown, where skills feature high on the agenda.

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Newsletters

The Pulse, Spring 2021

In the Spring 2021 edition of The Pulse, we bring you an interview with Tony Wilson, Director of the Institute for Employment Studies, and an op-ed by Dr Deborah Talbot, Education and Employment Editor at Aptem, looking at What is to be done about the skills deficit? We’ve also designed an ‘at a glance’ list of the current skills policy landscape, to help make sense of the myriad government initiatives. We are very excited to share with you our Aptem Roadmaps, which outlines planned innovations to our products over the coming months.

This edition of The Pulse also contains our usual sections – news, product updates, a positive foreword by Richard Alberg, CEO of Aptem, and some excellent webinars and FIN masterclasses upcoming.

The Pulse, Winter 2021

Packed with valuable insight and useful updates, our Winter edition of The Pulse provides you with our view of the 2021 employability and skills landscape. Featuring, an interview with Dr Fiona Aldrige, Director of Policy and Research at the Learning and Work Institute, current news, upcoming events, and the latest exciting Aptem product and company developments.

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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Apprenticeship engagement and compliance with David Lockhart-Hawkins

If last visits or progress reviews are what you measure risk of retention by, you’re a little behind the times. This webinar was hosted by David Lockhart-Hawkins, Director & Strategic Consultant in Apprenticeship Compliance and Implementation. David looks at best practices in monitoring your apprentice engagements and practical strategies to reduce funding risks including looking at the compliance role of engagement data, rules around compliance, best practices in measuring apprentice engagement data and more.

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Compliance Masterclass with Tony Allen: ESFA Audit requirements and how Aptem can help ensure compliance
This masterclass was hosted by Tony Allen, an expert consultant who offers his knowledge of the skills system and the government's apprenticeship reform programme, acquired during fourteen years in the Skills Funding Agency. In this masterclass Tony focused on the ESFA Audit requirements across the following areas: Personal Learning Record; Enrolment, eligibility checks and planned hours; Compliance documents; Process automation; PLR Calculator. Tony was joined by Nick Hodder, Technical Consultant at Aptem, who explained how Aptem can support compliance requirements.
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What role will behavioural sciences play in the post-pandemic employment recovery?
The Covid-19 crisis has disrupted employability, causing a rise in unemployment and redundancies that have taken a negative toll on the nation. The future of employment is uncertain. There will be some sectors that remain non-viable even after the crisis is over and, for many, the jobs lost in this period will not return. Behavioural sciences may be able to provide us with the tools needed to chart a successful path to economic and social recovery. Dr Darren Coppin, Founder and Head of Research considers the role behavioural sciences can, and should, play in the recovery of employability after the crisis.
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Will the employability sector recover?
As a result of the coronavirus crisis, the employability sector has been severely affected. The UK has suffered from rising unemployment, mass redundancies, and the decimation of many industries. As we look forward to the lifting of restrictions and begin to chart out the pathway to economic and social recovery, it is clear that there is a of work to be done to ensure the recovery of the employability sector. Tony Wilson, Director at Institute for Employment Studies, discusses what employability recovery may look like post-Covid 19. He explores the government's response to the employability challenge, the latest ONS statistics suggest about recovery and what viable industries will be available in this new landscape.
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What is to be done about the UK’s skills deficit?
With the pandemic creating sectoral crises and Brexit affecting skilled labour migration, the UK’s skills deficit and misalignment needs urgent attention. With presentations by Dr Fiona Aldridge, Director for Policy and Research at the Learning and Work Institute and Dr Deborah Talbot, Employment and Education Editor at Aptem, this webinar looked at just why skills are so essential to the economy and wellbeing, and what policies the UK needs to ensure economic competitiveness and a secure society.
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The future of learning delivery is blended
Trends towards blended learning and use of remote technologies have accelerated over the pandemic. Driven by pragmatics but also users who reap flexibility and access for hard to reach groups (parents, those with disabilities etc.). Post-pandemic expect a move to more use of blended learning. In this webinar Aptem's Head of eLearning, Steve Hargreaves, took a pedagogic look at what teaching might work best remotely and face-to-face, and visions for an ideal blended learning experience.
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Creating a digital literacy culture and using technology to enhance learning
The appetite for digital solutions has increased exponentially and there is huge opportunity to use technology to enhance learning. In addition, Ofsted’s focus on improving digital literacy further prompts the need for digital transformation within the education and skills sector. Watch our webinar with Georgina Burton, Aptem Implementation Consultant, sharing her experience of developing digital literacy within organisations and building a digital culture that supports the use of technology within our sector.
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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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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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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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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. 

The Employability Forecast

Welcome to the Employability Forecast, the Aptem Employ podcast.

In this series, we explore employability from every perspective, from jobseekers, to providers, from employers, to government. This is your insider resource into the employability sector.

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