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Covid-19 sector news round-up

As the lockdown eases slowly, what does this mean for the learning and employment sector? This week, we look at rising unemployment and an ambitious ‘Back to Work’ plan, and ask whether universities will move online for the next academic year.

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Aptem awarded Innovate UK full grant funding to develop employability platform

Aptem is delighted to announce that it has been awarded £46,531 from Innovate UK to update its employability platform, Aptem Employ. The grant will help address rising unemployment from the Covid-19 pandemic.

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EmployabilitySkills

Covid-19 sector news round-up

In our bi-monthly news blog, we look at how the apprenticeship and training sector has been affected by the coronavirus crisis. This month, apprenticeships minister says online delivery is the solution for ITPs, university bailout rejected and the pros and cons of online learning delivery.

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Aptem updates for May 2020

We may all be in lockdown, but our team has been busy this month with several new features that will make your life easier.

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Case Studies

Aptem case study: Central YMCA

YMCA Training had a long and illustrious history, having been set up during the deep recession of the 1970s to help young people to find new opportunities through training and employment. Five years ago, YMCA Training was brought into Central YMCA.

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Covid-19 sector news round-up April 2020

In our new bi-monthly news blog, we are looking at how the apprenticeship and training sector has been affected by the coronavirus crisis. This month, AELP seeks legal advice over DfE exclusion of apprenticeship providers, and while universities struggle financially, EdTech experimentation takes off.

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Aptem updates for April 2020

We are pleased to share the details of the most significant Aptem updates that went live this month including updates to the OData feed, ILR QA privileges and filtered batch files.

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Covid-19: statement from Richard Alberg, CEO of MWS Technology

Covid-19 is a frightening pandemic and looks set to change the way the world works and studies for the foreseeable future. On behalf of all of us at MWS Technology, our thoughts are with those affected and the dedicated doctors and nurses working tirelessly to save our lives.

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Remote and distance learning in the COVID-19 crisis

The coronavirus pandemic is unprecedented in recent history, and it’s forcing training providers to innovate around distance/remote learning. Aptem, an intuitive, all-in-one EdTech platform – can help.

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Aptem updates for March 2020

We are pleased to share the details of the most significant Aptem updates that went live this month including updates to Learning Plans, Compliance Documents and Reviews.

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EdTech can transform learning… if we let it

Deborah Talbot, Communications Officer at MWS, talked to Vikki Liogier, National Head of EdTech and Digital Skills at the Education and Training Foundation (ETF) about the benefits of, and barriers towards, using EdTech in colleges

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Apprenticeship funding is under pressure… but we have a new apprenticeship and skills minister

A study by the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) and Public First on apprenticeship levy funding has shown that lowering the £3 million annual payroll threshold to £1 million would not generate enough revenue to meet the funding shortfall for SME apprenticeships.

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Failure to use data is costing UK business over £10 billion a year, says report

A report by Qlik and Accenture says that the reluctance to train employees in data analysis is costing the UK and other national economies billions every year.

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Aptem updates for February 2020

We are pleased to share the details of the most significant Aptem updates that went live this month including updates to administrator roles and permissions.

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MWS DfE apprenticeship data article in FE News

Mark Abrahams, Head of Research and Analytics at MWS Technology, featured in a published article in FE News on the 11th February.

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Skills gap to cost the UK £120 billion by 2030, says report

A report by the Learning and Work Institute (L&W) says that the UK skills deficit will cost the country £120 billion by 2030.

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Aptem updates for January 2020

We are pleased to share the details of the most significant Aptem updates that went live this month including updates to the administrator view of Learning Plans, the Signatures tile and reviews.

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The EdTech learning revolution

Technology is impacting society and everyday life in all sectors, yet education and training lag conspicuously behind. Should the education and training sector be more technologically engaged, and what are the implications for pedagogy?

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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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