Top ten tips for self-assessment

Self-assessment is widely-regarded as an essential element of the improvement cycle, but it is all too often misunderstood and maligned. Learning to self-assess effectively as an organisation is not easy and the skills to do so have to be developed. 

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Six apprenticeship levy myths that need to be put straight

2017 - the year of the apprenticeship levy has arrived.

From April 6, the levy will come into effect and eligible employers will begin to pay. Over the next three years, the levy is expected to fund the government’s target of three million new apprenticeships.

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Apprenticeship Reforms: Thinking of becoming an employer-provider?

So after much deliberation and discussion you have decided that becoming an employer-provider is a viable and attractive option for your organisation.

You have analysed your levy bill, reviewed your workforce skill needs, evaluated your L&D and talent development programmes in line with…

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Time to decide - what is the levy strategy for your business?

2017 will be a turning point for employers, employees and apprenticeships as a whole. By now I expect every employer understands what the apprenticeship levy is and, financially, how this will affect their business. Despite this, with only 6 months until the levy comes into effect, many…

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Apprenticeship reform 2017: What do we know so far?

Four months ago I sat in the Palace of Westminster listening to an FE Week debate which featured a number of leading figures within the learning and skills sector air their views on the proposed reforms to apprenticeship funding, delivery and assessment.

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A vote to leave – what's the outlook for the education sector?

Britain’s decision to leave the European Union was a shock to many, and will certainly have significant and far-reaching implications for the future of our country. In a previous post we looked at the differing views for those who wanted to leave and those who wanted to remain, and what a Brexit…

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Should we stay or should we go?

Should we stay or should we go? On Thursday 23rd June Britain will decide whether it should leave or remain in the European Union. Over recent weeks we have heard many arguments from both sides of the campaign. Our holidays will cost more, our house values will plummet and thousands of jobs…

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Financial Planning for Training Providers – there’s “doing it”, and there’s doing it to truly impact the bottom line of the business.

For many Providers, the Financial Planning is a labour intensive process that doesn't necessarily provide the business with the level of accurate analysis to truly impact the bottom line. Spreadsheets are prevalent in the process due to the limitations of the systems used to manage learner data,…
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How can Providers get ‘Levy-ready’?

The Government’s vision for 2020 and the introduction of the Apprenticeships Levy are set to change the landscape of how employers and Providers interact to drive high quality Apprenticeship provision. Undoubtedly the impact on Providers will be significant, but taking into account the knowns…

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Software Development – Helping Skills for Care develop the social care workforce

In 2007 the Department of Health commissioned the build and development of a much needed workforce intelligence system to help providers in the adult social care sector with workforce development, retention and recruitment.

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