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Skills & Employability Review:
Issue 8

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Good News!

Congratulations to the AoC on the success of their ‘no free lunch campaign.

This week Nick Clegg announced free lunches for 16-18 year olds in further education or 6th form college.
Find out more about the campaign >


Twitter Buzz

Our favourite tweets this month:

A girl with an extra year of education can earn 20% more as an adult. (The World Bank) Studies also show girls give back more to the family.
@debjani_ghosh


Technology's Impact On Education - Infographic http://t.co/by1QxTII80 infovis pic.twitter.com/RpAKTjAvCY
@Mr_Haines


Skills Minister Matthew Hancock calls for employers to inspire young people to make the right career choices - https://t.co/U0bLuH6C3w
@Bispressoffice


An @feweek expert article on @ofstednews by Joy Mercer, director @aoc_info http://t.co/tSLO11fPes
@FEWeek


We've launched an employability section: here's why http://t.co/UfDDY0doW2

@GuardianEdu

Welcome!

In this issue: What do you need to know about new FE funding rules, guidance on skills for growth & our latest labour market infographic.

Reducing The Admin Burden of Skills & Employability Provision

How can colleges & training providers use flexible technology to track the learner journey & monitor outcomes?

Government funded training poses many common delivery challenges for FE colleges & training providers alike – learner engagement, communication with referral agents & destination tracking to name a few.

With the increased Government focus on an ‘outcome responsive curriculum’ funding will follow the learner journey as providers must show that learners have met learning aims and progressed into sustainable employment. However recent an AoC survey found that 71% of colleges sited tracking learner progress & outcomes as key barrier to success.

We have worked for 3 years in conjunction with colleges & training providers to develop an agile software solution specifically for the challenges of modern day provision.

Workpepper was built upon a platform originally developed for the DWP customised and adapted to address these & the need for a low cost, agile delivery management solution.

Gloucestershire College (part of the Gazelle group) was one of the colleges who worked with us commented: “It has now proven an invaluable asset that has enabled  scalability  and reduced cost of delivery.”

Key benefits that Workpepper offers include:

To find out how we took on the challenge of replacing Gloucestershire College’s existing system with a scalable solution to cater for increasing numbers of learner referrals read our latest  case study

Contact us today to find out how Workpepper can help you to track the learner journey and monitor outcomes.  Request a free trial here >


New FE Funding Rules: What Colleges Need To Know

The assistant chief executive of the Association of Colleges, Julian Gravatt, sums up the recent changes.

How new funding rules impact on training for 16-18 years, traineeships, loans & high-need students?
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Guidance On Sustainability Skills For Growth

LSIS has made recommendations for the further education sector.

Identifying effective resource utilisation contribution & sustainable approaches, technologies, products & services as the most important skills to support the UK in transition to a sustainable economy.
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The Return Of A Job For Life?

As part of the Megatrends research project the CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development) have revealed that the number of workers leaving their employer fell two fifths between 1998 & 2012.
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RESEARCH: Career Decision Making, Training & Careers Anchors.

A new report by the Department for Business Innovation & Skills examines the adult career decision-making process, career paths & relevance of learning choices.
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UK Employment Rate at 71.6% - Infographic

Latest figures from the Office for National Statistics show 29.84 million people are employed in the UK. Out latest labour market infographic gives a snapshot of UK employment & unemployment statistics
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