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

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

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

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

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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Reframing apprenticeships: the importance of level 2 and 3 apprenticeships

Delivered by employers in partnership with training providers, level two and three apprenticeships offer a concrete and reliable path into employment, and a steady supply of new recruits to companies that can train them in the specific skills they require. However, these lower-level apprenticeships have been overshadowed in recent years by the higher- and degree-level apprenticeships that offer an alternative to university education. The declining uptake in level two and three apprenticeships reflects a missed opportunity for employers and employees alike. Here, we explore why.

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Understanding the skills deficit now

The skills deficit in the UK is not a new challenge. As reported in our recent skills-focused white paper, in 2019 a quarter of all vacancies were skills-deficit related, with 60% of these in medium- and high-skilled roles. ONS data from October 2021 reveals a record high number of job vacancies between July and September 2021, indicating the re-opening of many sectors. Yet, as pointed out in the Big Issue, much of the positive news around employment relates to low-skilled, temporary and insecure work; a gap is preventing people from finding secure employment to match their skillset and their needs.

This article explores a pan-sector skills gap, the influence of Brexit and coronavirus on the skills gap, the current talent pool, and the future of employment in the UK.

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How have the government schemes performed at a local level?

The government has taken a sector- and skills-specific approach to tackling unemployment across the UK, rather than forming their response to specifically meet challenges as they are presented at a local level. So, how have these schemes performed locally? Have local authorities and businesses been provided with the tools they need to successfully kick-start local economies? And what should their next steps be?

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Sunak’s Autumn Budget and Employability Services

Announced on 27 October, Rishi Sunak’s autumn budget is as interesting for what it includes as for what is omitted. Given the proximity of the announcement to COP26, the budget has been criticised for a lack of emphasis on green initiatives and the government’s net-zero plan. The cost of long-haul flights is set to rise (with climate change cited as the reason), yet duty on domestic flights has been cut. Overall, as reflected in this particular example, the budget is a mixed bag, offering some causes for celebration, and others for commiseration.

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Traineeships explained

The government introduced traineeships in 2013 as a stepping stone for young people leaving school to either get into an apprenticeship, or directly into work. They offer a means for school-leavers to gain valuable work experience while filling in any academic gaps with the core subjects of maths and English. Provided by businesses and aimed at young people who are unemployed or have little or no work experience, traineeships give 16- to 24-year- olds a clear pathway into work.

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Degree apprenticeships white paper says mandated qualifications should stay

The white paper, which includes perspectives from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IfATE), the University Vocational Awards Council, former business secretary and leader of the Liberal Democrats Vince Cable and university-based apprenticeship managers, was written to inform the IfATE’s consultation and review of integration and standards in degree apprenticeships.

The white paper found that the function of mandated degrees went far beyond shaping an apprenticeship’s off-the-job training. While much work is needed to ensure degree apprenticeships deliver widening participation, the evidence shows degree qualifications enhance productivity, increase social mobility, and offer enhanced and transferrable skills to graduates and employers.

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The Challenge of College Enrolment

Colleges are experiencing higher rates of enrolment than ever before and as we approach winter, it’s still unclear whether we’ll be forced to re-introduce measures to control the spread of coronavirus. This means enrolment processes may need to be conducted remotely and thanks to digital solutions, like Aptem Enrol, this is easily done.

Our latest article looks at the challenge of college enrolment and how colleges, students, and employers nationwide benefit from a single, remote enrolment solution.

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Digitalising employment services to survive local authority budget cuts

Local authorities around the country are struggling to meet budget-cut demands as they struggle to make do with much less and residents feel the impact. The digitalisation of employability services will be key as local authorities and housing associations struggle to provide the same support as they did pre-pandemic, and for an increased number of jobseekers.

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First findings ahead of the furlough scheme ending

The government’s furlough scheme is scheduled to finish at the end of September. As we near that date, we take a look at hopes, fears and predictions for the millions of people still being supported by the scheme, and the steps the government can take to safeguard the recovery of our economy.

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Lifetime signs up to Aptem to deliver integrated learning experience

Lifetime, the largest training provider in the UK, has signed up to EdTech SaaS platform Aptem to deliver apprenticeships and Kickstart programmes. The contract was signed in March 2021 and Lifetime and Aptem are working closely to onboard Lifetime’s apprenticeship programmes, alongside the successful implementation and launch of Kickstart in April 2021.

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Mental health and wellbeing, resilience and the pandemic

Since the pandemic started, global mental health has declined significantly. Alongside the stresses caused by chronic uncertainty, isolation and grief, rising unemployment has contributed to a drop in mental wellbeing in populations around the world.
Here, we examine how mental health has changed as a result of the coronavirus, how this converges with experiences of unemployment, and what jobseekers and employers can do to safeguard themselves and others.

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Covid-19, BAME young people, and the consequences for employability

Heading into the coronavirus pandemic, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) groups already faced discrimination and inequality, including in access to work. Evidence shows that the virus and its many consequences have also disproportionately affected BAME people. For young people in general, Covid-19 has been particularly challenging, disrupting education, causing and exacerbating mental health issues, and limiting their employment prospects. At the intersection of these two groups, BAME young people are in a particularly challenging position.

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Employability the new normal

The past year has seen change sweep across every aspect of our lives. The combination of a global pandemic with the rise of automation and an increasingly desperate environmental crisis has impacted everything from how we live and learn to how we work. The shift to remote working is here to stay, with implications for jobseekers, employees and employers alike. There is an opportunity to increase inclusivity, diversity, happiness and productivity. Yet there are also risks tied up with this way of working, from legal implications to its effect on company culture. By exploring these nascent benefits and risks we can move forwards with an awareness that will support the creation of a better future of work for us all.

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The role of transferable skills in economic recovery

The UK faces not just a huge skills deficit, but rising unemployment that’s particularly concentrated in sectors hit hardest by the pandemic, including hospitality, travel and retail. For large numbers of newly unemployed people the path back to work will involve a career change. Whether that means transitioning within a sector to a different role – shaped by new health and safety protocols and increasing automation – or a sidestep into a completely new industry where growth is predicted to continue, individuals will need to identify the skills they have and those they need to get hired.

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Rishi Sunak’s Budget received mixed reviews, but there’s good news on skills and jobs

The 2021 Budget was always going to be difficult. UK GDP shrank by 9.9% in 2020 and, according to the latest ONS data, 18% of the UK workforce are still furloughed. Meanwhile, 45% of businesses currently trading and 66% of temporarily paused/closed companies have cash reserves of less than six months.

Yet there was plenty in the Budget for skills and jobs, with the extension of schemes to retain business stability and employment, and a gradual rolling out of skills training for the most precarious.

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Aptem Employ: Three predictions for employability in 2021

2020 was a year filled with unprecedented disruption. Globally, remote working became increasingly normal, enacting a digital transformation that looks set to create long-term changes to the world of work that are likely to remain throughout 2021 and beyond.

As we move into the new year, with the hope of recovery on the horizon, it is time to ask: what is the future of employability? Here are three predictions for how the employability will recover and evolve.

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Putting skills centre stage in a fast-changing economy

With long-term economic changes, the pandemic and Brexit, the employment landscape in the UK is changing. Dr Deborah Talbot talks to Dr Fiona Aldridge, Director of Policy and Research at the Learning and Work Institute, about why skills should be at the core of every UK policy.

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University Ofsted inspections more opportunity than risk

On 1 April 2021, after nearly four years of lobbying, Ofsted will formally take over the reins of university degree apprenticeship inspections across all levels of study through to level 7. We explore the view that university Ofsted inspections are more opportunity than risk.

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New ONS figures reveal impact of coronavirus on economy and jobs

The UK has continued to be hit hard by the pandemic. Now enduring a third lockdown, many sectors are struggling, and economic performance and labour force data show steady declines. However, many companies are successfully riding the pandemic by adopting digital and remote working capabilities.

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Solving the skills gap for economic recovery

2021 needs to be a year of economic recovery. To support that, it’s essential to have a clear idea of the shortcomings in the existing talent pool to fill vacant jobs, and the roles which will see high demand in the coming years. So informed, we will be better equipped to determine the best way to support jobseekers to reskill, upskill and move into secure jobs, and to once again nourish growth and innovation in our economy. 

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The shape of employability in 2021

2020 has been a challenging year. COVID-19 has dramatically accelerated unemployment and had a disproportionate effect on young people, with youth employment falling to its lowest rate since 2014. It has also stalled progress being made in closing the disability employment gap.

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Aptem updates for November 2020

November sees us continue to focus on improving the platform to support virtual management and delivery whilst increasing flexibility so you can deliver your operating model in the best possible way. To that end, we are pleased to include two significant upgrades in Aptem’s November update – the introduction of Multi-Factor Authentication and the release of the Employer Console.

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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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Aptem updates for November Updates

We are pleased to share the details of the most significant Aptem updates that went live this month including all four Power BI dashboards being made available and Review Manager improvements.

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Aptem updates for October 2019

Enhanced functionality in the October 2019 update includes – “Episode” information added to reporting functions and mass programme enrolment feature.

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Reducing the stress of Ofsted visits

Ofsted visits are notoriously stressful – if you’re caught off guard, staff can end up in a panic trying to reconcile all the data and information to present to Ofsted. Aptem instils a sense of calm with a selection of features that drive, and effectively demonstrate to Ofsted, progression and development.

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Aptem updates for Summer 2019

We are pleased to share the details of the most significant Aptem updates that went live this summer. If you have any questions regarding these updates, please contact us at info@aptem.co.uk.

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Education Select Committee says FE Colleges need funding boost

The Parliamentary Select Committee for Education has published a damning report into education funding for the FE sector.
Calling for a ten-year plan to “fix the broken school and college funding system,” the report refers to a “troubling lack of a long-term vision” and “winner takes all short-termism” driven by a “politically-driven spending review cycle.”

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Richard Alberg in FE Week

Richard Alberg, CEO of MWS Technology, has been featured in FE Week. In an opinion piece on why FE colleges need to harness big data to survive and thrive.

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MWS launches Aptem Area Analysis Tool

Looking to bring the benefits of big data to the apprenticeships sector, MWS has taken Department for Education data and transformed it into an interactive map designed to help providers plan their offering.

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The public/private dilemma in apprenticeship training

The UK government has consistently pushed the benefits of opening up education to the private sector. But is the private sector any better than FE and HE institutions when it comes to delivering apprenticeship training? Deborah Talbot weighs the benefits of each.

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User profile update

We are pleased to share the details of our latest update to the user profile in Aptem. If you have any questions regarding this update, please contact us at info@aptem.co.uk.

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Recent Aptem updates

We are pleased to share the details of the latest updates to Aptem. If you have any questions regarding these updates, please contact us at info@aptem.co.uk. Functional skills initial assessment. Bksb functional skills initial assessments can now be configured as part of the Onboarding Wizard (provided bksb integration is enabled and configured)…

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When the Levy breaks — Interview with Mark Dawe

Is the government’s apprenticeship policy working? And why is there a fall in new apprenticeship starts but a potential levy overspend? MWS’s Deborah Talbot talks apprenticeship policy and funding with Mark Dawe, CEO of the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP).

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More Aptem enhancements for March 2019

As scheduled, our development team have pushed lived the second round of enhancements to Aptem this week. Allow provider to edit ILR Learner Reference Number Aptem generates a reference number for each learner which previously populated ILRs automatically. This update allows providers to overwrite the reference number field in the ILR with their own…

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First round of Aptem updates for March 2019

Our development team have pushed live even more updates this week to further enhance Aptem functionality. Here are the details of the new functionality that we released. Granular date control for Learning Plans You can now set the due date for Learning Plans by day or week as well as month. In conjunction with…

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More upgrades for Aptem customers

Our development team continue to bring enhanced Aptem functionality that improves delivery for providers, universities, colleges and employer-providers whilst improving the learning experience for thousands of learners across the country. Here are the details of the new functionality that we pushed live in February. Enhancements to Aptem’s Learning Plan The new Learning Plan functionality…

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Greater flexibility within Aptem’s Learning Plan

Providers can now lock down a scalable Learning Plan while enabling certain staff to make modifications for particular learners. MWS Technology is pleased to announce even greater functionality within Aptem’s Learning Plan, allowing providers to lock down a scalable delivery model, while having the flexibility to grant certain staff and experienced tutors with permissions to…

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We’ve found a new home

Our growing team needed a new space so we said goodbye to our office at Highgate Studios and have moved to Camden Town. Our new address is: 3 Harmood Grove London NW1 8DH The nearest underground stations are Chalk Farm and Camden Town on the Northern Line. We look forward to welcoming you here!

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Funding apprenticeships after Levy overspend

Apprenticeship numbers are falling, but the Institute for Apprenticeships calculates that the levy will be overspent. What’s going on, and what should the government do about it? Richard Alberg, CEO of MWS Technology, discusses the options.

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Aptem customers enjoy another round of new functionality

After a well-deserved Christmas break, our development team were straight back to work bringing customers even more Aptem upgrades. Here are the details of new functionality that we released in January. Learning Plan Component and Tasks We have updated Learning Plan components instructions & task details to support text formatting. Some of the new formatting…

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Aptem users enjoy new functionality

The Aptem development team have been busy creating new functionality to better support organisations with their apprenticeship delivery. Here are details of new functionality that we released in December. QAR Report Providers, universities and colleges are finding the new QAR Reporting feature incredibly valuable, as it helps you predict what your QAR rating will be.

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Will the new RoATP guidelines drive up quality?

The ESFA recently announced more stringent rules to get on, and stay on, the RoATP. Will they work? Deborah Talbot takes a look at what’s changed. Since the UK government created the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers (RoATP) in March 2017, concerns…

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Introducing the latest members of our growing team

This month we have welcomed several new colleagues, with additions to our Implementation, Customer Support, Marketing and Business Development teams. Our new members bring valuable skills and experience to the company, helping us improve our overall service, communicate more effectively with those we are selling to and to develop the relationships we have with our…

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Smart machines can transform apprenticeships

Artificial intelligence, or the rise of the smart machine, is the stuff of science fiction. But applying machine learning to apprenticeships can deliver a better learning experience, argues Mark Abrahams, Head of Research at MWS Technology.

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Keeping our ear to the ground – HE user group

Yesterday, we hosted our inaugural Higher Education User Group chaired by Buckinghamshire New University’s Director of Strategic Development and Planning. In attendance we had many of our HE customers including the University of Salford, Ada the National College for Digital Skills, Harper Adams University, University of Plymouth, to name a few. During the day, useful…

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Looking forward to the AELP Autumn Conference

AELP Autumn Conference 2018 The Principal Manchester Oxford Street Manchester M60 7HA Tuesday 30th October www.aelpautumnconference.org.uk The Aptem Team is excited to attend the AELP Autumn Conference. Visit us at stand 6 to see how Aptem can enhance every aspect of apprenticeship and vocational training delivery. Aptem has a rapidly growing list of customers,

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Find us on Linkedin

We are proud to announce that we have just published our new Aptem showcase page on LinkedIn. On our LinkedIn page, we will be sharing engaging content focused on apprenticeships and vocational training. We have exciting and useful material in the pipeline including eBooks, case studies and quarterly newsletters that contain market analysis, interviews and…

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MWS releases custom reviews through Aptem’s Enhanced Review Manager

We are delighted to announce the release of Aptem’s enhanced Review Manager, allowing providers to easily create custom reviews for all review types, including Initial, 121 and Tripartite, and even customise the sections within each review. This functionality is unavailable within any other delivery platform. The Review Manager ensures that tutors follow the provider’s required…

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MWS celebrates G-Cloud 10 Framework re-listing

MWS Technology (MWS), providers of the leading end-to-end software solution built to cover the lifecycle of the apprenticeship journey, is delighted to announce that their application to the government’s G-Cloud Digital Marketplace has been successful yet again. MWS’s solutions are listed as approved cloud software by the government’s Crown Commercial Service for another year. This…

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MWS Technology announces further investment and board member appointments

MWS Technology (MWS) is delighted to announce the investment of over £1m from the Guinness Asset Management EIS fund and the appointment of three new board members. The investment from Guinness Asset Management will enable MWS to further develop its sales and marketing team, invest in product development and create eLearning content. Commenting on the…

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Join the MWS team for prosecco and beer at the AELP National Conference

AELP National Conference 2018 Monday 25 & Tuesday 26 June Novotel London West, Hammersmith www.aelpnationalconference.org.uk Visit us at stand 19 to see how Aptem can make your apprenticeship delivery business more efficient, compliant and profitable. Please join us for prosecco and beer at 3:40pm on 25 June. Aptem has quickly gained momentum as the…

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AELP Colleges Summit May 2, 2018

We are excited to be exhibiting at the AELP Spring Conference at BMA House, London on Wednesday, 2 May 2018. As the leading sector trade association, AELP offers advice and help with the evolving challenges faced by its members. This AELP Colleges Spring Summit will focus on: Updates from DfE/IfA in regards policy development specifically of…

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AELP Universities Summit April 26, 2018

The AELP Spring Conference at the MacDonald Burlington Hotel, Birmingham on Thursday, 26 April 2018 is fast approaching. The number of HEIs in the market place has grown significantly and AELP offers support with the different challenges they face. The AELP Spring Summit provides updates on current apprenticeship funding, the wider reforms and what lies ahead…

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Partnership is the key to innovation

MWS places a high value on partnering with providers. Close working relationships give us a deep insight into current needs and help us to develop useful new features for Aptem, our easy-to-use apprenticeship delivery platform. Our latest partnership is with the Sussex Council of Training Providers. As a new Commercial Associate member, MWS Technology will…

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Episteme Group insists on delivery excellence

With a combined 45 years of experience in workforce solutions, the team at Episteme Group know exactly what it is looking for in apprenticeship delivery. The team members have pooled their expertise to found an innovative company which provides apprenticeship programme back office support and compliance to large employers. Quality, efficiency and compliance sit at the…

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World class training with Corndel

Since May this year, Corndel has used Aptem for the end-to-end delivery of its world-class training programmes. Alongside its Software Engineering Academy, Corndel has also focused on developing high-quality Leadership and Management training courses, accredited by the Chartered Management Institute, which learners access online through Aptem’s eLearning functionality. The learners and Corndel staff have enjoyed…

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BlackRock Training goes live with Aptem

BlackRock Training works with Apprenticeship Levy paying employers and training providers to deliver Level 3 and Level 5 Leadership and Management training. To ensure the right quality for its delivery, BlackRock looked at many apprenticeship technology solutions. Ultimately the team concluded that Aptem’s end-to-end functionality met its strategic needs: to strengthen delivery, save costs and…

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Working with the Dorset and Somerset Training Provider Network

MWS Technology is excited to be sponsoring the Dorset and Somerset Training Provider Network meeting on Tuesday, September 26 in Evershot, near Dorchester. This collaborative network includes training providers, colleges, employers and stakeholder bodies working in the post-16 education and training sector. Members share ideas and work together to improve the experiences of the learners, employers…

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AELP Autumn Conference Autumn 2017

The AELP Autumn Conference, takes place on Wednesday November 1. Six months after the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy, it’s a good opportunity to review programme reforms, explore what improvements are still needed and look at what progress has been made in safeguarding of programme quality. Delegates will also focus on training issues and work…

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Better the devil you know?

When we speak to providers about their apprenticeship delivery systems, we do sometimes encounter the phrase immortalised by that global pop sensation, Kylie Minogue: ‘Better the devil you know’.

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Introducing our new apprenticeship platform

MWS are thrilled to announce the launch of our new apprenticeship platform. As providers contemplate the increased opportunities – and competition – heralded by the Apprenticeship Levy, Aptem offers a transformative tech-first approach to delivery. With the Aptem Collaboration Centre at its centre, Aptem ensures that every participant can see what they need to do and…

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