Skills and Employability Review Issue 4


The latest issue of our Skills and Employability Review is out now. In this Issue tips to motivate learners, research into creating an agile curriculum and our latest labour market infographic.

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Previous Issues

  • Issue 3 - LSIS project - Getting People Back Into Work , A New Streamlined Funding System & The Need For Destination Tracking...
  • Issue 2 - Infographic: The UK Labour Market, Guide to FE Learning Technology & Making the Skills System More Responsive to Employer Demand...
  • Issue 1 - The Missing Link Between Education & Employment, INFOGRAPHIC: Skills for Life Survey...
Tor Macleod 10:50

Business Leaders Call to Gov to Help Boost Workforce Skills

skills shortageThe 'skills gap' is not just a UK problem, it is a global issue. 58% CEO's from organisations world wide claim that a lack of key skills is hampering their growth prospects, according to PWCs 16th Annual Global CEO Survey.

"I worry enormously about skills. Statistics from the UK and US on the number of kids studying science, technology, engineering and maths show that we're not actually creating enough people with the necessary skills today to fuel the industry in the future" - Steve Holliday, CEO, National Grid Group plc

Want a quick overview, check out this Global Talent Change Infographic.
Tor Macleod 10:02

An Agile and Responsive Curriculum For Colleges

supporting agile deliveryLast year the Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS) asked the learning and skills sector to open up a strategic dialogue to discuss their key issues.

In response the 157 Group have examined the challenges colleges faced in aligning their curriculum to business objectives, wholesale curriculum redesign and responding to employer, learner and labour market demands.

Individual projects carried out by Derby College, Hull College, Liverpool Community College, New College Nottingham, Sunderland College and the Sussex Downs College and York College have found several success factors in implementing swift curriculum change.

  • A learner responsive curriculum: change driven by leaner needs
  • Employer engagement: change driven by employer needs
  • Strong communication: between staff, departments and referral agents.
  • Internal structure: establish an effective, streamlined and agile system within the college

How to support a flexible delivery

" The current inflexibility suffered by many colleges dues to their inability to move quickly in response to identified needs from the communities. Colleges need to review their structures (including staff contracts and processes for planning staff utilisation) critically, and develop mechanisms that enable them to identify and respond to needs in a timely way with high-quality provision." - 157 Group

Macleod Associates Unity system (now Workpepper - Sept 2013) has already been used by colleges to tackle many of the common issues raised above; streamlining the referrals process, improving communication across departments as well as with the JCP and allowing colleges more agililty to swiftly adapt their delivery to meet changing curriculum and learner needs.

Contact us to find out more

Read the full report Curriculum redesign in further education colleges: exploring current challenges and opportunities pdf


Tor Macleod 11:45

Government praises third sector contribution to FE and skills sector


The UK Government has praised the strengths of third sector organisations for their valuable role in outreach and learner support - often the first step to engaging 'hard to reach' learners.

The Government aims to develop the role that the third sector plays within the FE and skills sector and ensure that them a valuable role in all parts of the system.

"I believe that the third sector has significant potential and has a great part to play in our quest for success across the broader further education and skills agenda"

- Matthew Hancock, Minister for Skills

The report highlights the strengths of the 3rd sector in delivering to and supporting disadvantaged learners and their ability to demonstrate successful outcomes and significant impact for the learners it supports.

Read the full report Third Sector Engagement & Participation In The Learning & Skills Sector

Tor Macleod 12:25

Infographic - UK Labour Market April 2013

Unemployment Increases By 70,000

This months labour market statistics issue by the Office for National Statistics estimate the UK workforce from December 2012 to February 2013. 

This months statistics show that there are 70,000 more unemployed people in the UK. This could mean increased numbers of learners seeking skills and employability training to help get them back into the workforce.

Contact us to find out how you can manage and reduce the administrative burden of these increased numbers.

Our latest Labour Market Infographic gives a snapshot of the UK employment, unemployed and economic inactive population.

labour market april 2013 thumb

See the full labour market statistics on the Office for National Statistics

Our Previous Labour Market Infographics

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Tor Macleod 11:10


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