Skills & Employability Review Issue 12


Check your inboxes! Issue 12 of the Skills & Employability Review is out now.

In this issue:

    1. FE Sector Must Be 'Bolder' In Using Tech To Transform Education
    2. FE Buzz: The Skills Funding Statement
    3. Our New Labour Market Infographic & much more

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Previous Issues

      • Issue 11 - FELTAG & EdTech In The 1920's, FE Leaders React To Funding Cuts and our New Labour Market Infographic
      • Issue 10 - 5 steps to successful employability provision, highlights from the AoC conference and recommendations to boost engineering skills & training...
      • Issue 9 - Welcoming Paul Edsall, AELP comments on the big FE & skills challenges, 20 further education leaders to follower on twitter...

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Tor Macleod 07:00

Another Satisfied Customer!


We will be at the EduTech Fair in Exeter on 13th March.

Organised by the South West Training Provider Network and JISC RSC South West, the Education Technology Fair will be showcase of education-focussed technology. There will also be a series of presentations of real world examples of how technology is being used in the education sector.

Visit room 1 at 1.30pm to hear Angela de’Gandy's personal account of using Workpepper in her talk “Another Satisfied Customer - Angela De Gandy (Gloucestershire  College) - Real Workpepper results!”. (We like to take a different approach to presentations and our letting customer reviews speak for themselves.)

Meet us!

To arrange to meet up and have some questions answered send us an email to or come and say hello to the team in the exhibition section - T32 - you might even get a free mug!

Booking has already closed, so if you’ve already secured your place we look forward to seeing you there!

Tor Macleod 11:12

Welcome to Jon Clark


We would like to take a moment to introduce Jon Clark who has recently joined our team.

Jon’s extensive experience of working in both Public and Private sectors has given him an in-depth understanding of how to develop strategic learning management, delivery and utilisation solutions that mirror customer needs and business drivers.

His strong business consultancy skills coupled with a history of delivering award winning outsourced learning services make Jon a welcome addition to Macleod Associates. 

To talk to Jon about Workpepper and learning management technology email him on


Tor Macleod 15:56

UK Employment Level at 72.1% Infographic

The latest publication of UK employment and unemployment figures show 396,000 more people in employment compared with last year.

There are  30.15 million people aged 16 and over now in employment  in the UK ( 72.1% of the population). The corresponding rate of unemployment decreased to  7.2% down 161,000 from a year earlier.

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

labour market FEB 2014 sml

Read the full Labour Market Statisics report: ONS Website

Our Previous Labour Market Infographics

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Tor Macleod 10:39

FE Buzz: the Skills Funding Statement


With the publication of the long awaited Skills Funding Statement for Further Education, funding has been a big talking point amongst FE leaders.

In brief the Government priorities for education are:

 “To provide Traineeships to improve young people’s chances of gaining sustainable employment; Apprenticeships as a core offer to all young adults; English and maths for those who need them; and provision for all learners to increase their skills, competence and knowledge. It is paramount when using our limited funding that we ensure a continual improvement in quality and value for money. We must use our collective expertise and evidence to build a responsive skills system that has rigour, employer ownership and enterprise at its core.”

Reactions from the sector:

“There will be an unwelcome shrinkage in publicly supported provision, but we are relieved that in the rhetoric at least the government is very supportive of maintaining wider access and progression throughout the system.

"The danger though is that by pushing responsibility for deciding cuts onto individual providers, overall coherence in the system will be lost and adults will not have the opportunities they need to get on in learning.”

    – David Hughes, Chief Executive at NAICE  (full statement)

“The acknowledgement that adult education should be viewed in the round is significant, and it is important now that those of us within Further Education work with our colleagues in the Higher Education sector to secure value for money and a good experience for all adult students.”

     – Lynne Sedgmore CBE, executive director of the 157 Group (full statement)

“We knew that significant cuts to the adult skills budget were coming, and we know that that will place real pressure on Colleges. However, we are relieved that the Skills Funding Statement does not add significant further cuts to those we were already aware of.”

– Peter Roberts, chair of the 157 Group and chief executive of Leeds City College (full statement)

“A 20% cut in the adult skills budget comes at a time when colleges are coping with increasing numbers of apprentices, adult learners and unemployed in training.

“The statement provides clarity in some areas but we are still waiting for clearer information on the new HMRC-led apprenticeship funding model and the LEP-led capital funding system. Uncertainty is a disincentive to investment.” 

 – Julian Gravatt, Chief Executive at the AoC (full statement)


For an overview of the statement and implications of funding cuts on the further education and skills sector have a look at these slides by Nick Linford, Director at Lsect – Skills Funding Statement with NCFE.pdf


Freddie Whittaker has also written a great article on Fe Week that is worth reading – An In-Depth Look At The Skills Funding Statement As 19% ASB Cut Attacked

Tor Macleod 16:01


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