The Most Important Leadership Competencies, According to Leaders Around the World

They’re all hard to improve because they run counter to our instincts. Sourced through from: See on – Leadership and Management

How To Make The Most Of Our Mistakes – Lolly Daskal | Leadership

Everyone makes mistakes; that is a given. But not everyone knows how to make the most out of them. Often people are quick to blame others and make Sourced through from: See on – Leadership and Management

Not choosing but changing (How career guidance can change the world)

We are about to launch a new careers pathway in our Education Studies degree. So today I’m talking to the current first year to try and persuade them to take the careers pathway. This is what I thought that I’d cover to try and persuade young educators that careers work is the most exciting pathway […]

7 Ways to be Impatient Like a Leader

Impatient leaders are like junkies looking for a fix. The drug is results. Unhealthy impatience blows up leaders. “Slow” is the source of impatience. Delay. Repeated mistakes. Incompetence. Lack of planning. Falling short. Advantages and disadvantages of impatience: Goal-driven leaders are prone to impatience. Impatience has it’s advantages. Impatient leaders: Feel frustration over lack of progress […]

Wilshaw challenges the FE Sector at AAC 2016, but also has to answer some tough questions himself…

At the AAC Conference in Birmingham #AAC2016
Sir Michael Wilshaw (Ofsted) Chief Inspector, gave lots of challenges to the FE sector around the quality of Maths and English and also the improvement of apprenticeship outcomes, but also was asked lots of tough questions too! He stated that locally and nationally, employers would need assistance to ensure that they can meet the challenges of delivering apprenticeships under the future reforms. 

This is where NAppCO can be part of the solution. Handling payments, administration, mentoring and the general complications that is required when you handle funding etc. Simply Hiding the wiring.. Sign up now at


Apprenticeship Reforms call for radical model… FE News..

Paul Champion on the launch of the National Apprenticeship CompanyTuesday, 01 March 2016 19:19

New Venture

Paul Champion chats about the launch of the National Apprenticeship Company with FE News at the Apprenticeships 4 England conference. Paul is the CEO of the Profound Group and has just launched the National Apprenticeship Company.

The National Apprenticeship Company is being set up to develop a new radical system to engage employers, for Training Providers to work together to deliver high quality Apprenticeships and a joint up approach to end assessment.

The National Apprenticeship Company will initially work with employers, training providers and to help hand hold employers through the bureaucracy of delivering high quality Apprenticeship

Paul explains that Apprenticeships are going through such a fundamental reforms that has not been seen for a generation that Profound Group have launched the National Apprenticeship Company to help employers understand and work within the new Apprenticeship reforms to help employers engage learners on high quality Apprenticeships and to procure and work with high quality Apprenticeship Training Providers.



Don’t wait to see what everyone else is going to do! Hesitate and it could be too late!! 

Recently, the chief executive of the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) has warned providers that failing to adapt to changes in the FE sector could put their future in the market at risk.

Peter Lauener, who is also chief executive of the Education Funding Agency, described recent changes in the sector as radical and stressed the importance of providers finding ways to work with the new system.

He told an audience dominated by colleges and training providers: “This is a radical, radical change programme and in any radical change programme there are some organisations, some employers that will adapt and work out the best way of working with the new system — and there are others that will take longer.”

He warned that failing to adjust to developments, such as the impending introduction of the apprenticeship levy, could jeopardise providers’ progress.

“There is risk in this, particularly probably for training organisations and for colleges if they don’t adapt to the new world,” he said.

Mr Lauener repeatedly acknowledged that the process would not be an easy one, but reassured his audience that though there were “some big, big challenges” there would also be “some big opportunities”.

The National Apprenticeship Company is not hanging around!!  We are developing a model that will support not only employers and training providers, it will enable all of the key players needed to have an effective transition through the reforms to work together and deliver quality apprenticeships for many years to come. 

Don’t hang around keep informed by signing up and telling the world “ImIn” at or call paul on 07557447191.

Don’t wait, don’t hesitate, don’t be left behind!!!  

Get involved and be part of the solution. 


After a really successful Apprenticeships 4 England conference where we had unprecedented support for the National Apprenticeship Company we will be starting to get more information out to those 400+ early adopters and innovators who have supported us in our early concept stages.  
We will be meeting with our key partners and also organising some roadshows to get the message and vision for the next 5 years out there, so keep an eye out for those dates. 

There is clearly a need for NAppCo during this once in a generation change to learning and skills in England and with the right partners and collaborators is potentially the radical change in the business model that the government is looking for .

Lots of new partners and opportunites being developed through NAppCo so don’t delay in getting involved at 


Higher Level Apprenticeships:  A slow start.

David Cameron qualified his pledge to create three million more apprenticeships with ‘That’s three million more engineers, accountants, project managers’ Expanding the Higher Level apprenticeship  will be considered fundamental to this, with the then Business Secretary, Vince Cable arguing at its 2012 launch that: ‘Investing in skills is central to our drive to boost […]

Shaping European policies for adult learning

In 2009, the European Union set itself a series of objectives for education and training by 2020. This agenda, known in summary as ET2020, set four common goals, including that of ‘making lifelong learning and mobility a reality’. It also identified a number of benchmarks, one of which is that at least 15% of adults […]