SFA: Great progress in developing a simplified funding system

Results of the our fifth annual college and training organisation survey show we made many improvements and developments. Out of the 469 respondents, over 85% were positive about the effectiveness of our role in funding FE skills training and over 75% of respondents thought that actions we have taken over the last 12 months have improved how we operate. 91e3ac20-c679-4be3-adf1-3a2d4218c3c1-original






[…] You can read the survey results in full on our website https://www.gov.uk/government/news/great-progress-in-developing-a-simplified-funding-system

Short inspections: 10 things you need to know

Last month’s blog mentioned our survey on how well school teachers were informed about the September inspection arrangements. There’s still a fair bit of speculation on the short (section 8) inspections for good schools/providers.

At events I attend, and also on Twitter, a few themes keep cropping up, so, I’ve put together 10 points below outlining what these new inspections are about.

[…] https://educationinspection.blog.gov.uk/2015/12/16/short-inspections-10-things-you-need-to-know/

Profound’s Apprentice Louise blogs about the end of year celebrations with Profound

Profound’s Apprentice Louise blogs about the end of year celebrations with Profound:

As 2015 draws to an end it is always nice to reflect on your struggles and successes throughout the year, in the working environment this is done in the form of a Christmas party. The heads of Profound have kindly decided to let us have our Christmas party – or ‘Communications Day’ as they’re calling it – at the Stadium of Light this year.

[…] https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/celebrating-end-year-louise-o-hare?trk=hb_ntf_MEGAPHONE_ARTICLE_POST

Profound – Profound present a cheque to Macmillan Cancer Support

Profound Services presented a cheque to Macmillan Cancer Support on Wednesday 16th of November, for a donation in the amount of £1125 raised by Profound employees at various fundraising events including Macmillan Coffee Morning and fancy dress days.

[…] http://www.profoundservices.com/blog-post/197/profound-present-cheque-to-macmillan-cancer-support

Profound’s Apprentice Josh blogs about keeping motivation high in the build up to Christmas break

Profound’s Apprentice Josh blogs about keeping motivation high in the build up to Christmas break:

In this wonderful festive period of the year, as the ice glistens and the snow is pure (Yeah right!) businesses start to wind down. But can we still remain active and productive? Of course! As adrenaline pumps through our veins and we feel the excitement building can we not use this as a skill to keep us motivated and on our toes?! Some reading this will openly admit that in the build up to Christmas we slack off and wait eagerly for the nice break that is inevitably coming. Here is how we can overcome that lethargic feeling.

[…] https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/christmas-planning-josh-lincoln?trk=hb_ntf_MEGAPHONE_ARTICLE_POST

Profounds apprentice Kallum blogs about his time at Professional Standards Training

Profounds apprentice Kallum blogs about his time at Professional Standards Training:

On Monday 7th December I attended my first ever Mandatory Training Day working for the Profound Group and was quite intrigued to see what this would entail so this made getting up on that Monday morning a lot easier than most!

[…] https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/professional-standards-training-day-kallum-fisher?trk=hb_ntf_MEGAPHONE_ARTICLE_POST

Levy could make apprenticeship providers ‘target driven’

Mark Boulting, CEO of the Plymouth based Skills Group, has criticised the government’s 0.5% apprenticeship levy that companies whose wage bill is more than £3m will have to pay by 2017. The government wants to create three million apprenticeships by 2020, which Mr Boulting believes could make apprenticeship providers ‘target driven’. Mr Boulting would have […]


University vs. Apprenticeship

More and more people are attending university…but uni isn’t for everyone. So many of us (myself included) reach the age of 16 and don’t know what the next step is. I decided to attend sixth form but it wasn’t until a year later than I definitively decided that university was for me. While some people […]


SFA Comms Update 2015

In the latest issue of Communications Update, the Skills Funding Agency’s monthly newsletter designed for marketing, communications and business development staff in colleges and other training organisations, topics include: Advanced Learner Loans Higher and Degree Apprenticeship Fact Sheet Regional National Apprenticeship Awards 2015: Winners Future Apprenticeships Support Programme Armed Forces Bereavement Scholarship Scheme The Apprenticeship […]


Profound – Profound’s apprentice Josh blogs about his search for employment

As I was leaving school, I felt stuck and theoretically trapped in terms that I didn’t know what I wanted to do. I spent more time pondering my future than actually focusing on my exams. When I left school I was unemployed and I felt like a sponge and a financial drain on my parents. I became lazy and lethargic and had no motivation what so ever. I would constantly pester my parents for money. I lacked maturity and thought I knew better. I genuinely was more concerned about my social life and having a laugh with my friends rather than earning my own money to physically fund my social life.

[…] https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/stuck-unemployment-theres-always-way-out-josh-lincoln?trk=hb_ntf_MEGAPHONE_ARTICLE_POST

Profound – Profound’s apprentice Kallum blogs about his presentation to CEO & Chairman

Imagine coming into work on a rainy Monday morning and opening your emails and seeing an email from the Managing Director of the company… trust me it is a shock!

Being intrigued to the reason of the email I opened it and read the content again and again. After all, it was an email from the owner of the business, what could Mr Ward possibly want from Me?!

[…] https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/customer-service-presentation-ceo-paul-champion-managing-fisher?trk=hb_ntf_MEGAPHONE_ARTICLE_POST

Choosing the right path – Profound’s apprentice Louise blogs about how she chose her career path

Profound’s apprentice Louise blogs about how she chose her career path:

A lot of young people today have their lives planned out – they’ll leave school, go to college, go to university then get a job. I thought that this would be the career path that I would also go down, as going to university had been something that had been drummed into me from a young age. After all, my friends said that they wanted to go to university, so this also fuelled my desire to go. However many people do not realise that this is not the only career path available to them…

[…] https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/choosing-right-path-louise-o-hare?trk=hb_ntf_MEGAPHONE_ARTICLE_POST


Profound – Sky Jackson flies from Traineeship to Apprenticeship

Congratulations to Sky Jackson, who has successfully gained an Apprenticeship with Profound Services after completing her Traineeship!

[…] http://www.profoundservices.com/blog-post/196/sky-jackson-flies-from-traineeship-to-apprenticeship