Uncon-ventional approach to tackling employability issues


What’s the very hottest of all the hot topics facing learning and skills providers at the moment? Employability must be one of the strongest contenders for the title, which is why we’ve chosen it as the theme for LearnPod14, this year’s unconference for FE colleges and skills providers in the North.
It will take place on Wednesday, 16 July and if you’ve never been to an unconference before, maybe this is the year to give it a try. For one thing it’s free (and includes lunch and cake!), but much more importantly, it’s an opportunity to decide for yourself what you need to know about the topic, discover some possible answers and come away with ideas to explore in the future.

There’s no set agenda for an unconference, just an overarching theme to bear in mind and it really gets started where the traditional conference format leaves off. Delegates are invited to come along in the morning and pitch their ideas for what they’d like to talk about –whether they have some expertise that they’d like to share and get feedback on, or whether they’ve got a problem that needs a solution. As many as possible of these will then have the opportunity to run a workshop, give a presentation or perhaps simply ask an initial question to kick off a conversation. No-one has to pitch an idea, but it’s a very good way to make sure there’s a discussion that’s geared to your particular area of interest. Whether you do so or not, it’s important to be an active participant, to choose the workshops and break-outs that interest you, go along, and chip in with your comments.


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About Paul Champion

Some have called me a leader, and a entrepreneur, they say I have integrity, presence and skills to ensure continuous improvement and success in whatever challenges I face. They also tell me that I am positive, resilient and motivating. I say, I'm just a normaI guy from Gateshead in the North of England, who started as an apprentice engineer. I have been in the right place at the right time and in the wrong place at the wrong time! I have successfully initiated and led complex organizations and situations to completion and success, and I have been in some jobs where success seemed untouchable. Mainly though, I have tried to learn everyday, help people to progress and learn the skills they need to be successful. I have had the privilege of working with some great people locally across the UK and more recently internationally in Asia, Europe and now USA, where I am lucky enough to work for www.3aaa.co.uk where I am head of 3aaa USA. This website is just me having an outlet to talk about all those thoughts, ideas and things I learn that pass through my head every day when I face the challenge of doing business. I will also rant on about how great apprenticeships are, and how you can help change peoples lives through them. After all thats how I got to do the great things that I have done, and also I am still an apprentice everyday! All I ask is that if you find it interesting then leave a comment and share what you read. THANK YOU.

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