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Summit to think about: what will Chinese visitors learn from our emerging apprenticeship system? And what can they teach us?

Martin Doel.  In December, Education Secretary Justine Greening led a small delegation to the latest UK China Education Summit in Shanghai, part of the wider UK China ‘People to People Dialogue’. When arriving in China you anticipate striking differences in our

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FE funding: less bad than feared but still very tough

Brian Creese. You cannot deny the political cleverness of the Chancellor. A week on from the Spending Review people are still shaking their heads at how much less bad it was than they feared. Many are already sitting down to

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Posted in Education policy, Further higher and lifelong education

Why apprenticeship alone won’t fix the skills challenge of an ageing workforce

Alison Fuller and Lorna Unwin.  There are now 1.3 million fewer adults (aged 19 and over) in further education in England than five years ago. Research evidence also shows that employers have been cutting back on off-the-job training since the

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