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    Localisation in FE

    It’s been a busy fortnight here at Policy Connect, with highlights being meetings with the Universities Minister Chris Skidmore to discuss the findings from our report on international students, and attending a roundtable with Andy Haldane, Chief Economist at the Bank of England and Chair of the Industrial Strategy Council.

    What’s striking about many of the recent discussions I’ve had is the extent to which policymakers are thinking in terms of the ‘local’, whether that’s engaging local players in the implementation of the Industrial Strategy or considering the impact of boosting international student recruitment on university towns.

    You can read more about this here. 

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    Brexit and Skills

    I'm extremely conscious that a great deal of the our output relating to Brexit has simply been to point out how much time it has been taking up in the parliamentary calendar. As the nation's eyes are drawn towards Westminster, it is important to assess the impact Brexit is likely to have on FE.

    There has been plenty of discussion as to what Brexit could mean for HE, as we have written extensively about, but comparatively little discussion in relation to FE, which perhaps somewhat mirrors the under-prioritisation of FE in political discourse more generally. You can read more here.

     

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    APGSE hosts roundtable with APMG on Women in Engineering and Manufacturing

    On Thursday 22nd November, the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Skills & Employment (APGSE) and the All-Party Parliamentary Manufacturing Group (APMG) hosted a roundtable following up on the Skills Commission’s report - A spotlight on: women in engineering.

    The event brought together women engineers, leading manufacturers, skills providers and policy makers to discuss the how business and government can collaborate to increase the number of women working in engineering and manufacturing.

    You can read more about this here.

     

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    Roundtable with the APGSE

    In Conversation with Rt Hon Robert Halfon MP

    Rt Hon Robert Halfon MP joined the Group for a conversation on apprenticeships and further education on Tuesday 23rd October. The previous Minister of State for Apprenticeships and Skills started the conversation off with an overview of the state of the sector, with particular emphasis on T-levels, nursing apprenticeships, degree apprenticeships and FE funding. After recognising apprenticeships as vehicles for both rectifying social injustices and improving skills and education in a rapidly changing world, the minister opened up for questions and discussion. 

     

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    Time to embrace the future with a Minister for Lifelong Learning

    Appearing before the Lord’s Intergenerational Committee, Policy Connect’s Head of Education and Skills – Simon Kelleher – calls for a joint minister to lead a cultural shift in our approach to education and training

    People are living and working longer, technology is rapidly changing the structures of work, and the social contract of increasing prosperity from one generation to the next is broken.

    The Lord’s Intergenerational Fairness Committee's new inquiry focuses on skills as a means to restore pay progression and productivity in the labour market. 

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    Education Questions, Anne Milton MP
    Education Questions, Anne Milton MP

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    Education Questions: Ministers promise a focus of Social Mobility

    Some of us were anxious to hear any leaks from the Augar Review, launched in February 2018 to look into quality, choice and value for money in post-18 education. Rumour had it that recommendations might include caps on student intake and reductions of fees in higher education. However, yesterday’s questions gave only a little away.

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The APGSE serves to raise the profile and status of skills and employment policy in the UK.

The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Skills and Employment  (APGSE) is a coalition of UK Parliamentarians from all parties, devoted to raising the profile and status of skills and employment policy in the UK. We bring together Parliament, employers, and the skills sector to promote and develop effective skills policy as a central means of personal and economic development for the 21st Century.

For further information regarding our events up to the Summer Recess please contact Dominic.Trendall@PolicyConnect.org.uk

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