As part of Pearson's strategic partnership with the Association of Colleges (the AoC), this week we joined them at their Annual Conference as Headline Sponsor. It is easily the biggest CPD event in FE, and though hosted remotely this year, was still an unmissable opportunity for colleges in the UK to come together as a community.
Our SVP of BTEC and Apprenticeships Cindy Rampersaud led a keynote speech on Monday morning on the importance of adult learning. Cindy explored the crucial role of lifelong learning post-pandemic to help us keep up with rapid and unpredictable changes in skills demand, technology and shifts in industry.
Watch the recording of Cindy's talk to learn more about the actions that we need to take in FE - and beyond - to make learning more accessible to people no matter their age or background.read more
The recent College of the Future report for Wales has emphasised the importance of access to lifelong learning in Wales, alongside the rest of the UK. Vocational learning is an essential part of this landscape, equipping learners with practical skills and knowledge to get them ready for their career, and enabling them to upskill throughout their working lives.
We’ve heard from some inspiring adult learners in Wales who have excelled in vocational education. In this blog we’ll hear about Saffron Herbert, a BTEC Health and Social Care student from Neath College who is now studying paediatric nursing at The University of West England in Bristol.
BTEC Higher Nationals (levels 4-5) play a unique role in the journey of an individual in post-16 education. Delivered to institutions internationally, these qualifications offer an alternative approach outside the university sector, allowing for a focus on vocational education, developing knowledge and skill in specific industries.
For teaching staff or professionals seeking a form of continual professional development it is widely cited that self-paced learning has the benefits of convenience, efficiency, scalability and effectiveness. Many principles of learning indicate optimum learning takes place where the individual works at their own pace.read more
We interviewed Tonicha Roberts, a full-time forensic scientist and former BTEC learner, to hear about her experiences of BTEC and her career in forensics. Tonicha undertook a BTEC in Applied Science (Forensic Science), alongslide an NVQ, as part of her apprenticeship with CSR Scientific Training Group and Eurofins Forensic Services.read more