Why does the wider use of technology in education benefit your business?
Technology changed the face of many businesses in the last two decades. The new mechanisms, digital tools, analytics and in the last decade social media, present a great potential for expansion. They allowed companies to speed up or automate their production, serve more customers or bring unique and personalized products based on comprehensive market research. However, the rapid developments also caused a shortage of skills. With more and more completely digitalized job positions created every day and IT skills requirements growing gradually, employers are in urgent need of skilled workers which won’t need any further training.
The Education sector’s reaction to those demands was slow at first but progressed rapidly in the last couple of years. More educational institutes are now cooperating with technology companies to digitalise their classrooms. Use of computers and tablets has been progressively incorporated into curriculums over the last five years, and many schools and organisations are working towards a complete transformation of their assessment and feedback processes.
Millions of pounds* of Apprenticeship Levy money, aimed at increasing the vocational skills of the nation, is apparently going unused by businesses.
According to new research by Evolve Learning Group Ltd and West London College, only one in three (32%) of employers who qualify for the levy are taking advantage of it to train new and existing staff, suggesting that much of the levy is going untapped.
Leadership Through Sport & Business (LTSB) is a national social mobility charity that gives bright, ambitious young people who face disadvantage access to careers in accounting and finance.
Changing your educational journey through distance learning
It’s easy to think of life being split up into three distinct phases – the education stage, the working stage and the retirement stage. There is some crossover when you have a student job but, for many people, once you graduate your learning journey ends and your working journey begins.
This idea once had a pragmatic element to it. Education, particularly formal and accredited education, takes time out of your working day. Night school in one form or another has always existed but that still involves time and money to attend classes.
The rollout of T-Levels has been delayed – but what will they mean for you?
The Government has announced their planned overhaul to technical education. This is commonly referred to as ‘T-Levels’ in the media and will be delayed by another year.
The Government have called T-Levels the ‘most ambitious post-16 education reform since the introduction of A-Levels’. The delay means the first ‘pathfinder’ qualifications will now start in September 2020, with the rest to be available as planned from September 2022.
The rollout of T-Levels is already behind schedule, with nobody yet appointed to the T-Level advisory development panels and the DfE suggesting that the plan to have one awarding organisation per qualification won’t be viable. As such, the delay is probably a positive outcome as it is very important the DfE get this right.