Last Friday (23 February), national training provider BB Training Academy was presented with the Apprenticeship Programme of the Year Award at the esteemed Tes FE Awards, in recognition of the provider’s Ofsted outstanding rated courses.
 
Held at the prestigious Grosvenor House Hotel in London, the Tes FE Awards recognises the training providers and colleges that deliver courses which engage with learners and offer them the best chance to develop and succeed in their chosen careers.  
 

STARS - Northumberland parents launch STARS - Save Tynedale's Amazing Rural Schools - as petitions against NCC's proposed school closures gain over 8,000 signatures

A broad network of parents from across West Northumberland have launched a campaign to fight against the proposed closure of 16 rural schools. STARS - Save Tynedale's Amazing Rural Schools - was set up in the wake of Northumberland County Council's controversial schools consultation.

The technology-savvy students of today are digital natives — meaning they grew up using technology that we could scarcely have imagined just twenty or thirty years ago.  Given that using computers, tablets, and resources like the internet are second nature to today’s students, it’s hardly surprising that tech is starting to play such a key role in how they learn.

A new platform helps connect young people in education to the world of work. An innovative new HR company, Uptree, is connecting people in education (aged 16-20) with employers and professionals for events, work experience and apprenticeships. The new ‘professional network and careers platform’ gives young people the opportunity to make numerous professional connections before leaving school, which will prove an invaluable kick-start to their careers and leave them unburdened by crippling student debt.
 

The National Young Writers’ Awards is set to return with a bang as world renowned best-selling children’s author David Walliams has been named judge for 2018!  The competition, organised by tuition provider, Explore Learning, has been running for ten years and has inspired hundreds of thousands of children across the UK to put pen to paper and give writing a try. 

As National Apprenticeship Week highlights the opportunities available for apprentices, UK-based charity Education and Employers launches a report, Teenage Apprenticeships: Converting Awareness to Recruitment. The Government want to have recruited 3million apprenticeships by 2020, and the report investigates why the number of school leavers becoming apprentices has flatlined.

NASBTT has responded to the Department for Education (DFE) consultation on Strengthening Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and Improving Career Progression for Teachers. 
 
The objective of the consultation, which closes on 9th March, is around supporting teachers and ensuring the right structures are in place at the beginning of a teacher’s career, improving access to high-quality professional development and improving progression opportunities for all teachers throughout their careers.  
 

Parents are losing confidence in the benefits of weekend jobs for youngsters, despite helping children learn about the working world, a new study has discovered. Research by home education provider Oxford Home Schooling has found that increasingly fewer parents believe that weekend jobs are important for older children to understand managing money.

Holiday Inn Washington teamed up with college students as part of a global training programme to give students an insight in to the hospitality and events sector.

Over 40 students at Gateshead College took part in the InterContinental Hotel Group (IHG’s) national hotel takeover, in partnership with People 1st, which helps businesses maximise the potential of talent and apprenticeships.

A recent survey conducted by an online label company revealed 32% of people said developing modern skills is the biggest advantage when using technology in schools. Overall 88% of people acknowledge that it has an overwhelmingly positive effect on students.