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Working with employers
Welcome to the October edition of Vocational Education Exchange. Our theme for this issue is working with employers. We have examples of UK initiatives that show how employers and training providers can work together effectively, improving productivity and providing valuable career experiences for young people.
We cover the new T-level qualifications for people who prefer vocational programmes of learning, apprenticeships, the work of Sector Skills Bodies, the value of skills competitions, better assessment, and an example of an assured skills programme involving a college and a major employer.
We hope this will provide you with some ideas and talking points.
Principal and CEO of Boston College, Jo Maher explains why skills competitions are so valuable for students and employers in the UK.
SEMTA describes how it's working to ensure success in one of the largest British peace-time investments.
The UK Government plans that new T-levels will provide an alternative for young people who would prefer vocational programmes to academic courses.
Belfast Metropolitan College in Northern Ireland has a long history of innovative programmes designed with employers.
East Midlands Chamber Sector Forum and Representation Manager Ian Bates stresses the importance of employers working with training providers.
Much of the United Kingdom is seeing profound changes in vocational education, with new apprenticeship standards, a levy for many employers and the introduction of new vocational qualifications for young people.
One of the North East region’s most influential business leaders, tells us why apprenticeships are so important to his thriving company, the engineering sector and North East industry in general.
Although there are differences between Modern Apprenticeships in Scotland and Apprenticeships across the rest of the United Kingdom, the key to success still lies in effective partnerships between employers and training providers.