Skills and Employability Review Issue 16

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Check your inboxes! Issue 16 of the Skills & Employability Review is out now.

What’s be happening in the world of further education and skills? Here’s our recap of trending news from June.

In this issue:

  • Technology in FE: Tracking Student Progress A Priority
  • Infographic: UK Employment At 30.54 Million
  • Matthew Hancock On Reforms To Vocational Education

Read Issue 16 online >

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Previous Issues

    • Issue 15 - Building Links Between Colleges & Employers, UK Employment at 30.43 Million and New Apprentice Funding Model No: Simple System...
    • Issue 14 - FE Learner Choices Survey, Apprenticeship Loans & our latest employment infographic...
    • Issue 13 - Why Data Is Your Most Important, Funding Follows The Learner Journey & Online Delivery Data...
    • Issue 12 - Using Tech To Transform Education, The Skills Funding Statement & our new Labour Market Infographic…

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Case Study: Intuitive Learner Management System Helping Students Into Work

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Workpepper has been featured in a new Jisc RSC case study highlighting the effective use of technology by further education colleges.

Jisc Regional Support Centres work with more than 2,000 UK learning providers helping them use technology to improve performance and efficiency. In a series of case studies Jisc RSC highlight best practice in e-learning and technology amongst their UK learning providers.

We are pleased to announce that our Workpepper learner management system has been chosen to be featured in this!

The study looks at how Gloucestershire College has significantly increased the attendance of students involved in their work programme by deploying our intuitive learning management system (LMS). Since the Workpepper LMS has been in place student attendance at their sector-based work academies has risen from 50% to 80%. 

Read the full case study: Gloucestershie College Intuitive Learner Management System

Infographic: UK Employment At 30.54 Million

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Employment and unemployment statistics for June 2014.

Labour market estimates from the Office for National Statistics contain the latest employment, unemployment and average earnings estimates for February to April 2014. In comparison with the previous quarter there has been a large increase in UK employment and a significant fall in unemployment numbers.

Employment:

UK labour market statistics show 72.9% of those aged 16 to 64 are now employed. 30.54 million people are in employment for February to April of 2014, up 345,000 from November 2013 to January 2014 and a large increase of 780,000 people from the previous year.

Unemployment:

The unemployment rate fell to 6.6%. From February to April there were 2.16 million unemployed people in UK, 161,000 fewer than November 2013 to January 2014 and a fall of 347,000 from a the same time last year.

Our latest labour market infographic gives an overview of the new statistics. (view full size)

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Read the full Labour Market Statisics report: ONS Website

Please note: components may not sum exactly to totals due to rounding


Our Previous Labour Market Infographics

May 2014April 2014March 2014 | February 2014January 2014 December 2013
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Skills & Employability Review Issue 15

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Check your inboxes! Issue 15 of the Skills & Employability Review is out now.

What’s be happening in the world of further education and skills? Here’s our recap of trending news from May.

In this issue:

  • Building Links Between Colleges & Employers
  • Infographic: UK Employment at 30.43 Million
  • New Apprentice Funding Model No: Simple System

Read Issue 15 online >

Join our mailing list to receive the monthly Skills & Employability Review by email.


Previous Issues

    • Issue 14 - FE Learner Choices Survey, Apprenticeship Loans & our latest employment infographic...
    • Issue 13 - Why Data Is Your Most Important, Funding Follows The Learner Journey & Online Delivery Data...
    • Issue 12 - Using Tech To Transform Education, The Skills Funding Statement & our new Labour Market Infographic…
    • Issue 11 - FELTAG & EdTech In The 1920's, FE Leaders React To Funding Cuts and our New Labour Market Infographic..

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Funding Update; Funding follows the learner

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The UK Government  Skills Funding Agency (SFA) have published a new update regarding funding rules for 2014 – 15.  Here's a brief overview of the changes and key points that Further Education Colleges and Training Providers should be aware of.

Evidencing Traineeships

  • Learning Agreements: Now includes assessment of learners participating in a Traineeship. Providers requirements to show that learners will be ready to move onto an Apprenticeship or employment within 6 months.
  • Attendance Records: Now includes requirement to evidence attendance and participation in a work placement for learners taking part in a Traineeship.

“Funding Follows The Learner”

Building on the Government mantra that education should lead to employment, providers’ earnings will be affected successful outcomes.

  • Track the Learner Journey: Funding is distributed over the learner’s journey from starting the programme to achieving the expected outcome.
  • Outcomes: Funding is directly linked to learner retention and achievement of both qualifications and jobs.
  • Providers earn funding for what they deliver, when they deliver it.

Earnings Method

  • Earning Insallments: Earnings are based on monthly instalments so that funding follows the learner for as long as they remain in learning.
  • Learning Aim Achievement: For each learning aim the SFA will hold back 20% of the funding. This will only be paid when the learner achieves their qualification or when the framework is achieved.
  • Recognition of Upfront Costs: There will be  a double payment of the monthly instalments in the first month recognising the upfront costs of enrolling a learner on a learning aim.
  • Non-completers: If the learner leaves early, the monthly instalments will stop.
    ...However
    • providers could be paid a job outcome payment (equal to half of the achievement element) if the learner leaves early without achieving their qualification to enter work of 16 hours or more a week for at least four weeks in a row. 
    • the provider will earn the outstanding monthly instalments and the remainder of the achievement element if the learner subsequently goes on to achieve the learning aim 

Are you tracking the learner journey in enough detail to meet these requirements?
Find out how we have helped further education and skills providers to improve retention, track learning aim achievements an evidence job outcomes. Tell Me More >


Read the full update from the Skills Funding Agency:

SFA funding rules 2014 to 2015 – summary of changes 

SFA funding rates and formula

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