5 Steps To Successful Employability Provision - Ofsted

OfstedA new best practice guide published by Ofsted examines how Halton Borough Council (HBC)’s Employment, Learning and Skills Division works very effectively with employers, local partners and other providers to develop outstanding employability provision.

The study highlights 5 key steps to successful skills and employability provision.

  1. Employer Engagement: A dedicated employer engagement team links closely with prospective employers to identify current and future employment opportunities.
  2. Employer Focussed Curriculum: Discussions with employers on programme design focus exactly on the specific vocational skills and more generic employability skills that employers regard to be critical for the recruitment process and for sustaining employment.
  3. Careers Advice: The National Careers Service team provides information, advice and guidance to learners on an on-going basis to help them identify their career and employment goals and the steps needed to achieve them.
  4. Identify Learners Goals and Barriers: The tutors use a combination of information on learners’ employment goals, initial interviews and initial assessments to identify personal barriers to employment and prioritise personal learning targets.
  5. Target  Both Vocational & Generic Skills: Deliver learning programmes that develop essential sector-specific vocational and generic employability skills, such as:
    • Computer skills and work-related English and mathematics skills linked to specific vocational areas
    • Work experience and work tasters
    • Job applications / job seeking workshops and support
    • Life skills support such as skills in managing a bank account, time management, and journey planning to help learners transition from benefits to paid employment.

Read the full resource on Ofsted >

What is the the key to delivering an outstanding skills and employability provision? Share your thoughts and tips in the comments section below.

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UK Employment Rate 71.8% - Infographic

The latest workforce statistics from Office for National Statistics show UK employment figures have risen to 71.8%. In July to September there were 29.95 million people employed in the UK, an increase of 378,000 the same time last year.

Out latest labour market infographic gives a snapshot of UK employment and unemployment statistics. (view full size)

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Perkins Review: 10 Recommendations To Boost Engineering Skills & Training

Perkins Review

Engineers are vital to the UK economy and more needs to inspire and promote engineering skills and to support skills training if we are to compete globally.

Professor John Perkins’ recent review of UK engineering skills examines the provision of engineers in the economy, offering recommendations to secure the talent pipeline.

The UK will need roughly 100,00 new engineering professionals each year, according to forecasts by The Royal Academy of Engineering. In the short term businesses are having to ‘make do’ with the skills levels they have inherited or look abroad. ( Immigrants make up 20% of professionals in strategically important sectors e.g. oil and gas extraction, aerospace & computer engineering ). However in the long term there is much that the education and training sector, with the support of the Government, can do to ensure the future workforce has the right skills.

Engineering skills are in demand throughout the economy from professional services, energy and communications to the construction industry. Perkins highlights that these skills are valuable across the labour market as engineers’ analytical approach and project management skills are applicable to any working environment.

To secure the flow of talent into engineering careers Perkins suggests that we need to look at the full education ‘pipeline’ starting at the beginning and inspiring young people.Skills Pipeline

“We must inspire young people throughout their education. We must improve the engineering skills supply system to help develop the types of engineer which current and future industries need.”
- Professor Perkins, Chief Scientific Advisor to the Department for Business Innovation & Skills.

In reviewing the vocational and FE training the report questions just how responsive is the further education and skills sector? There is evidence of skills mismatches between FE provision and the real skills that local businesses need as well as cases where FE colleges have been unable to respond to local skills demands and real jobs due to inflexible funding rules.

Perkins observes that being flexible, targeted and employer driven, and strong employer – provider collaboration are key to success. The lack of responsiveness in the system could hold us back.

The report offers 22 recommendations for action by the Government, the education sector, UK businesses and the engineering profession. These suggestions, although specifically focused on the training engineers are applicable to all areas of Further Education where sector specific ‘skills gaps’ are evident. 

Here are 10 key recommendations affecting the education sector (including further and vocational education)

  1. A-levels - The Government should consult the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng) and institute of Physics on revisions to A-level physics to ensure they will provide a sound foundation to progress to degree-level study.  Continued Government support schools will be needed to increase progression to A-level physics, especially among female students.
  2. Teacher Training & Development – The Government should focus on teacher recruitment and training to shortage subjects.  The engineering community should also support professional development for teachers, providing industry experience to put their teaching in a practical context and enabling teachers to better inspire and inform their students.
  3. Level 2 and 3 Qualifications – The Government and engineering community should work together to develop and promote vocational routes for 16-19 year olds.
  4. Work Experience – Should be supported by the engineering community and employers.
  5. Apprenticeships - The engineering community needs to work with the Government to develop more Trailblazer Apprenticeships and build upon SFA research pilots.
  6. Elite Provision ­ - Develop vocational training for adults to learn the latest engineering techniques and approaches.
  7. Knowledge Sharing – Employers should encourage staff to share their skills and knowledge to learners.
  8. Learning Technologies ­ - Increased application of education technology will allow providers to extract maximum value from lectures & course materials.
  9. University Work Placements - Employers should engage with university students such as offering work placements.
  10. Funding - should be reviewed to ensure that engineering courses are financially sustainable for high quality programmes.

Read the review in full – Professor John Perkins Review of Engineering Skills pdf

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Welcome To Paul Edsall


We would like to introduce Paul Edsall who has joined the Macleod Associates as our new Partnership and Account Manager. 

Bringing with him 15 years of experience working in the education sector , most recently Paul managed UK centre accreditations, qualification and partnership development within IAM of The Instructus Group and education charities. 

Paul is a regular at education events and conferences, so if you haven't already met him, you will probably bump into him soon. 

As Partnership and Account Manager, Paul will lead our marketing and new partnership growth. Including introducing of Workpepper LMS to the UK education sector, recognition of partners and national training centres, and managing distribution of Cloud trials, system training to recognised centre’s SMT.

Say hello to Paulm: 07880 367 655 or e: pe@macloedassociates.com

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Skills & Employability Review Issue 9


The latest issue of our Skills & Employability Review is out now.

In this issue: Welcoming Paul Edsall, AELP comments on the big FE & skills challenges, 20 further education leaders to follower on twitter, and as always our pick of the months news and infographics.

Read Issue 9 online >

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Previous Issues

  • Issue 8 - What Do You Need To Know About New FE Funding Rules, Guidance On Skills For Growth & Our Latest Labour Market Infographic...
  • Issue 7 - SFA Funding For Work Placements, The Education & Training Foundation Launches & New Infographics...
  • Issue 6- Meeting GWP Memebers, A Business Case For Education Reform & Skills Shortage In Marketing & Media Sector...
  • Issue 5 - Using Careers Advice To Tackle Skills Gaps, 6 Challenges To The Skills & Employability Sector...
  • Issue 4- Tips To Motivate Learners, Research Into Creating An Agile Curriculum & Our Latest Infographic...
  • 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...
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