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Future Apprenticeships - 3 Million New Starts by 2020 is a Big Goal

By Mike • In Learning

There are big plans to increase the number and quality of apprenticeships in the UK. In England the Government has committed to increase the number of apprenticeships to 3m by 2020 - that's 3m starts in 2020. At the same time the Government wants to raise quality. Apprenticeships will become more rigorous - simpler, employer led standards together with independent end point assessments will raise the profile and quality of apprenticeships.

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Bill Gates and others talking about online education

By Michael Jones • In Learning

6th Davos Philanthropic Roundtable "RevolutiOnline.edu - Online Education Changing the World". A long video but worth watching if you're interested in education and new technology.

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Why not give Google+ a try?

By Michael Jones • In Learning
Google+ is Google's answer to Facebook and Twitter. It lets you share posts, documents, photos and videos with ‘Followers'. Google say it's growing fast with over a 100m users and though it's got a way to go before it can match Facebook (800m) and Twitter (140m) for active users, it does have some great features: integration with other Google services like Google Apps and YouTube; really great photo sharing (photos look great in the brilliant mobile app); and Google+ ‘Pages' - standalone ‘Pages' linked to a Google+ account that you can use to promote your company or brand online.

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Online Learning in HE

By Michael Jones • In Learning

More news this week from the US about free online access to university courses. This time Coursera, the online platform created by two academics from Stanford, announced that a new bunch of universities including the University of Edinburgh have signed up to make some of their courses available on the platform.

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Functional Skills 1

By Michael Jones • In Learning

The post is a very brief idiot's guide to Functional Skills. It's the first of two and a bi-product of some background reading I've decided to do this weekend. There's a switchover to Functional Skills in August 2012 and they'll become increasingly important to our clients - particularly those independent training providers who deliver apprenticeships.

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