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Check out our Christmas special of the programme (!) When Tom Bewick shared the presenter mic for the first time with the UK’s employment minister, Mims Davies MP. Before entering Parliament, Mims was previously a local BBC radio DJ. So, the Skills World Live production team were honoured to record an episode with Mims, which was all about how the Department for Work and Pensions has been working to prevent a public health crisis from turning into a employment crisis during the pandemic. On the back of better than expected employment figures (unemployment at 4.2%), including a record number of vacancies (1.2 million) in the British economy, Mims and Tom, interviewed guests who have been at the front line of delivering these impressive results.
After the successful FAB conference, where the programme aired two outside broadcasts, the Skills World Live Radio Show returns to its familiar surrounds of the livestream studio. On this week’s show, Tom Bewick goes Head to Head with Lord Shipley, the chair of the House of Lords committee on youth unemployment. He explores the committee’s central recommendation to gear two thirds of all apprenticeships in future towards the under-25s. Following committee stage and second reading of the Skills Bill in the House of Commons recently, Labour’s shadow minister for skills, Toby Perkins MP, chats with Tom about the latest developments of the passage of the legislation; and what Labour’s strategy will be for FE and qualifications at the next general election. In the Final Take segment of the show, Tom talks to Gemma Creamer, a volunteer with the Beyond Trust non-profit that has a big vision to support the country’s 40,000 care leavers.Tom himself grew up in care, so find out more as to why this is a subject so close to both his and Gemma’s hearts.
In this week’s show, Skills World Live presenter Tom Bewick, looks at the impact of the recent Budget and Spending Review for FE and skills. The Department for Education says the three year settlement for FE will result in a 26 per cent real terms increase on levels invested in 2019. However, analysis by the Learning and Work Institute has found that by 2025, spending will still be on average, £750 million less on FE than it was in 2010.There is a special segment looking at the ongoing controversy of the Level 3 qualifications review, including analysis of education questions in the House of Commons on Monday; and later in the week, the appearance of the education secretary and DfE perm sec, at the Education Select Committee. Featuring in this week’s episode: Nadhim Zahawi MP, Secretary of State for Education Susan Acland Hood, Perm Sec, DfEVera Hobhouse MP, Liberal Democrat Robert Halfon MP, chair of the Education Select Committee Alun Francis, Principal of Oldham College and Deputy Chair, Social Mobility Commission Stephen Evans, Chief executive, Learning and Work Institute
Welcome back to a brand new season of the Skills World Live Radio Show! Thank you for sticking with the number one podcast in FE. In this episode, presenter, Tom Bewick, explores why we have a skills crisis in the UK and what can be done about it. After all, you can’t read a newspaper or switch on a news channel at the moment without one story or another about supply chain shortages, caused by not enough HGV drivers, abattoir workers and even bricklayers. The skills crisis comes at a time when various business lobby groups have been calling on government to relax immigration rules which will allow more overseas visas to be issued, now that the UK has ended unfettered immigration and free movement with the European Union. In our Head to Head segment this week Tom talks to the former Labour Treasury minister and chief economist at the Institute of Directors, Kitty Usher. He is joined by Viren Patel, the Open University’s business development director, who has teamed up with the IoD to produce the Annual Business Barometer — a handy snapshot of employer sentiment on workforce skills. In The Final Take this week, Tom talks to Baroness Fox of Buckley (Claire Fox) about the recent Battle of Ideas Festival in Westminister, organised by the Academy of Ideas; and her thoughts on the Skills Bill, which came back to the House of Lords this week at Report Stage. We're now taking a short break for the half term and will return with episode 2 of the new season on the 5 November!
To end Season 3 of the radio show, I was delighted when Alun Francis, the principal and chief executive of Oldham College invited us to record the last episode of the series at the campus business centre which has recently been constructed. It was a real pleasure to have such close involvement with the college staff teams and wider student community.The end result is a version of the show on tour, in front of a live audience. My panel included:~ Cllr Shaid Mushtaq, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills in Oldham~ Susanna Lawson, Co-founder, and CEO of OneFile~ Alun Francis, Oldham College’s PrincipalWith questions from:~ Natalia Chudy, Level 3 Law student~ Alexander Newton Hall, Level 3 Law student~ Matthew Taylor, Level 3 Uniformed Public Services (UPS) student~ Taylor Richardson, T Level Digital Production, Design and DevelopmentWhat was great about this recording was getting a real appreciation, in just one local community, for the transformative power of further education. For the fact that FAB’s members, working with college tutors, are delivering literally hundreds of great qualification courses that are giving real life chances to young people. It includes, of course, the new T-Levels that will feature more prominently in FE from September 2023.Crucially, we talked about the difficult issues in FE as well, like the fact equality and diversity debates need to move beyond the abstract and find more practical solutions.I want to thank FE News and everyone for your support on this digital journey. And, above all, to say to those who are considering transforming your own digital delivery: don’t let your desire for innovation and change be drowned out by those miserable sceptics, who, let’s be honest, don’t like to see too much innovation and change, particularly when it roundly exposes their own mediocrity.Season 4, with more innovations, will return in mid-October!
The #SkillsWorldLive Radio Show is back! In this 50-minute special the show’s presenter, Tom Bewick, asks the important question “Will the Spending Review deliver for FE?”.After the news, Tom speaks to Rt Anne Milton the Former skills minister, Julian Gravatt from Association of Colleges and Luke Sebiata from the IFS for their views.After an extended length interview Tom speaks to Emily Carver, Head of Media at the Institute of Economic Affairs.
During this week’s show, Presenter, Tom Bewick focusses on the Post-16 review of qualifications at Level 3 and the recent Skills for Success report from The Open University and Be the Business.Tom kicks of the show with a 1-2-1 interview with Chief Executive of VTCT and Federation of Awarding Bodies co-chair, Alan Woods. Following on from the 1-2-1, Tom interviews guests:Stewart Segal, Executive Director at Youth Employment UKCatherine Winter, Managing Director, Financial Capability and Community Outreach at The London Institute of Banking & FinanceKatie Orr, Awarding Director at TQUKIn the final segment of the show, Tom speaks to Anthony Impey (Chief Executive of Be the Business), Jane Dickinson (Digital Skills Lead at The Open University) and Rich Bishop (Web Consultant Developer & SME ambassador) all about their recent report on supporting business leaders with digital adoption.
In our 13th episode of the third season, Tom Bewick dives into the Baker Clause and the current state of careers advice.In the first 1-2-1 interview of the show, Tom interviews Ruth Gilbert, Honorary Fellow, UCL Institute of Education and Group Education Director at Qdos/Manor. In the first chat segment of the show Tom speaks to William Baldwin, Principal at Brighton, Hove & Sussex Sixth Form College and former pupil, Gemma Creamer, who is a care leaver, aspiring barrister, recruitment specialist and student ambassador at Greenwich University.In the final part of the show Tom interviews IMI’s (Institute of the Motor Industry) Chief Executive Officer, Steve Nash. Steve was Chairman of the IMI for five years, before becoming President in November 2009 and then CEO in 2013.
In today’s episode of the #SkillsWorldLive Radio Show, Tom Bewick explores the future of qualifications and assessment with special guests.After the news Tom interviews Robert Halfon MP, Chair of the Education Select Committee, about learning loss, catch-up support in further education and the attainment gap of the white working class.Following on from this interview Tom speaks to Professor Louise Hayward, Chair of the New Era Assessment Commission. The Commission brings together academics, parents, and students as well as the National Education Union, Chartered College of Teaching, the EDGE Foundation and the CBI. The Independent Assessment Commission (IAC) has Equality, Diversity, Inclusion and Health and Well-being at its heart - a qualifications system that offers opportunities for every learner - different kinds of opportunities but opportunities.In our final segment of the show Tom interviews Rod Bristow, President of Pearson UK & Global Online Learning all about Pearson’s recent interim report titled: The Future of Qualifications and Assessment for 14-19 year olds.
In this week’s episode of the #SkillsWorldLive Radio Show, Presenter Tom Bewick discusses all things green economy with a range of special guests.Kicking off the show, Tom interviews Gordon Marsden, Former Labour MP for Blackpool South & Shadow Minister for Higher, Further Education and Skills, before leading our first chat segment between Andy Durman, Managing Director of Emsi UK and Candace Miller, Managing Director of SFJ Awards.In our second chat segment of the show Tom speaks to Rachel Cooper, Strategy Director at the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education before closing the show with a special interview with Judy Ling Wong CBE; Painter, Poet & Environmentalist.
After a two-week break, the #SkillsWorldLive Radio Show is back for its tenth episode of the third series: Is it time to give all adults a universal skills account?Presenter, Tom Bewick, kicks off the show with a 1-2-1 interview with City & Guilds Chief Executive, Kirstie Donnelly, before interviewing Dr Fiona Aldridge, Director for Policy & Research at Learning & Work Institute and Professor Martin Jones, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Staffordshire University.In the final chat segment of the show, Tom speaks to Laura Dodsworth, author of the Sunday Times Bestseller; A State of Fear: how the UK government weaponised fear during the Covid-19 pandemic.
In the ninth episode of Series 3 of the #SkillsWorldLive Radio Show, we investigate the relationship between FE providers and the government. Presenter, Tom Bewick, begins the show with a special 1-2-1 interview with Lord Blunkett, 22 years on from his seminal Green Paper, the Learning Age.In this episode Tom also leads three chat segments with a range of guests, first being Ian Pretty, Chief Executive at Collab Group.In the second segment Tom interviews the following guests:Sam Parrett, CEO and Group Principal at London South East Education GroupJill Whittaker, Managing Director of HIT TrainingSimon Bozzoli, Founder and CEO of LND ApprenticeshipsIn the final chat segment of the show Tom speaks to the Principal and Chief Executive of Oldham College, Alun Francis.We’ll be taking a two-week break now and will return on Friday 11th June where we will look into whether it’s time to give all adults a universal skills account.
Presenter, Tom Bewick, kicks off episode 8 of the #SkillsWorldLive Radio Show in a 1-2-1 interview with journalist, commentator, and author, David Goodhart.Following on from the 1-2-1 Tom speaks to Jo Maher, Principal & CEO at Loughborough College and Safaraz Ali, co-founder & Head of Pathway Group.In the final chat segment of the show Tom speaks to the show’s sponsor, OneFile’s Susanna Lawson and Neil Bentley-Gockmann, CEO of WorldSkills UK.
Presenter, Tom Bewick, kicks off episode 7 of the #SkillsWorldLive Radio Show in conversation with David Gallagher, Chief Executive of NCFE.In the first chat segment of the show Tom speaks to Simon Ashworth, Chief Policy Officer at AELP and Luke Sibieta, Research Fellow at the Institute for Fiscal Studies.Later, in the show Tom speaks to Robin Landman OBE and Stella Mbubaegbu MBE from the Black FE Leadership Group.
The theme of today’s episode is based on @EDSKthinktank’s recent report: Re-assessing the future (Part 2). Presenter, Tom Bewick, kicks off this week’s episode with a three-way debate between Jill Duffy, Chief Executive of OCR and Tom Richmond, Founder and Director of EDSK.Following on from the debate, Tom leads a discussion between special guest’s Dr Amelia Peterson from LSE, Dr Peter Fidczuk, Development and Recognition Manager at The International Baccalaureate (IB) and Catherine Sezen, Senior Policy Manager at AoC.Ending the show on a light hearted note, Tom speaks to Author, Marc Morris, all about his latest book: The Anglo-Saxons: A History of the Beginnings of England.
In the fifth episode of the third series of the #SkillsWorldLive Radio Show, Tom Bewick begins the show with an exclusive interview with interim Chief Regulator of Ofqual, Simon Lebus.In the second and third chat segments of the show, Tom delves into the recent research from WorldSkills UK, Learning & Work Institute & Enginuity: Disconnected: Exploring the digital skills gap.Tom speaks to special guests:Emma Roberts, Head of Research & Public Affairs at WorldSkills UKStephen Evans, Chief Executive at the Learning & Work InstituteLucy Thompson, Chief Operating Officer at Enginuity GroupDan McCabe, WorldSkills UK Competitor & Gold Medal Winner
After a two-week break for the Easter holidays, the #SkillsWorldLive Radio Show returns for episode 4 as Tom Bewick discusses this summer’s exam results.Kicking off the show with his first guests; John Cope and Mark Lehain, Tom discusses last year’s exams fiasco and what this year might hold.In the second chat segment of the show Tom speaks to a regular guest on the #SkillsWorldLive Radio Show; Cindy Rampersaud, Senior vice-president for BTECs and Apprenticeships at Pearson and we welcome a first time guest; Morag Davis, Assistant Principal for Technical Curriculum at Nelson and Colne College. Joining us to close the show this week is teacher, singer, composer, and pianist; James Partridge. Tom speaks to James all about his time at Cambridge University, how he entered the world of teaching and his recent viral TikTok’s.Make sure you watch until the end to see James perform his top 3 school assembly bangers!
In the third episode of Series 3 of the #SkillsWorldLive Radio Show, @TomBewick discusses all things @Zoom with special guests.The show features a 1-2-1 interview with the Shadow Secretary of State for Education, Kate Green MP, followed by a discussion between Tom, Susanna Lawson (OneFile) and Mike Blakeley (Exeter College).In the second half of the show Tom will be speaking to Sharon Blyfield from Coca-Cola European Partners and Paul McGrail, Assistant Principal - Apprenticeships & Skills at Myerscough College.Ending the show on a light hearted note, Tom will be speaking to farmer Dot McCarthy, owner of Cronkshaw Fold Farm in Lancashire, all about their newly added services since the pandemic; 'Goats on Zoom' and 'Goat with a note'.
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Was there an indication that Tony Blair didn't say that 50% into HE was a target? Not my recollection.

Aug 8th
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