Further education in 2020: the challenges and opportunities

Delegates at this Guardian hosted event see the future of the further education as, “turbulent, but full of opportunity.” The article highlights, how in the light of further cuts, discussion focused on how to take advantage of a changing landscape. Some ideas for institutions included:

  • crisis management becoming the norm for the sector
  • the need to form partnerships and collaborate with businesses, local authorities etc.
  • for employers to take more responsibility for skills training
  • inconsistency of policy
  • the implications of social media for learners and institutions

Read the article here.


Ufi launches Vocational Learning Tech Fund

From the Ufi site:

 In April 2015 Ufi will be launching the Vocational Learning Tech Fund.  This will be targeted at supporting UK-based entrepreneurs and organisations to build innovative tech-led vocational teaching and learning solutions.  We will be looking for innovations that utilise technology to improve the vocational teaching and training of adults, the learning experience, and assessment of vocational learning.

The grants for successful applicants are between £15,000 and £50,000. They stipulate that projects should be responsive to user feedback, address an opportunity in adult learning and be scaleable.