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NCFE Podcast

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This informational podcast is dedicated to facilitating insightful conversations with policy specialists, education and employment experts and key influencers with interesting views and opinions.  Explore some of our previous episodes below where we discuss the future of education, address UK unemployment, social mobility and inclusion, and much more. The NCFE Podcast is available to subscribe and listen to on most podcast streaming services. 

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Tackling unemployment: digital futures and careers

NCFE’s in-house expert on all things digital, James Lane, is joined by a panel of guests to discuss the rapidly changing digital world, our increased reliance on technology and how to equip young people and job seekers for the digital workplace.

James, alongside Liz Williams MBE, Chief Executive Officer at FutureDotNow, Dan Troke, Director of IT / Digital Apprenticeships at Impact Futures, Dr Ajay Sharman, Regional Network Lead at National STEM Learning Centre and Network and Ross McCulloch, Director at Third Sector Lab will address the inequalities of the digital world, emerging digital needs and advice for job seekers who want to explore a career in digital industries. 

Find out more about NCFE's Essential Digital Skills qualifications. 

Mental health and motivation, losing it, finding it, and keeping it

NCFE’S Head of Policy, Michael Lemin is joined by a panel of guests to discuss how to harness the power of motivation to achieve educational goals.  The panel, featuring mental fitness experts from Fika, will deep dive into what motivation is and how it can affect our mental health, how it is lost, found and, ultimately, kept driving achievement and supporting learners and educators. 

Making the UK employable: Plan for Jobs and Build Back Better

Paul Turner, Policy Specialist at NCFE, and a panel of employability and policy experts bring skills into the centre of focus to unpack employability initiatives, past and present on this thought-provoking podcast. As we begin to build back the UK economy, the panel will discuss why now is the time to focus on a future that affords lifelong learning and future-proofed skills development the attention and investment that they deserve. 

Ofqual VTQ consultation – what does this mean for the future of assessment?

The outcome of Ofqual’s recent consultation on ‘Alternative Arrangements for the Award of VTQs and other General Qualifications in 2021’ has grabbed national headlines and given many learners, educators, parents and providers alike some much needed direction in a time of great unsettlement. In this podcast, NCFE alongside a panel of voices from across the education sector, looks at the implications of the outcome on all affected parties as well as considering whether this marks a seismic shift the future approach to assessment, and the possibility that the impact of the pandemic might change the face of education forever.

What's really important when it comes to succeeding in your career?

Michael Lemin (Head of Policy at NCFE) and a panel of guests from across education and employment, come together for a special episode of the NCFE Podcast in celebration of National Apprenticeship Week. Michael is joined by David Allison (CEO at GetMyFirstJob), Shahida Aslam (Director of Operations at Helena Kennedy Foundation), Jonathan Gallie (HR Director at Your Horizon), Anna Morrison (Director at Amazing Apprenticeships) and NCFE’s CEO David Gallagher to discuss the various ways in which to be successful and some of the imbalances that may still exist between different education routes and pathways into job roles.

You can read more about the action NCFE is taking to tackle youth employment through the go the distance campaign here.

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Taking decisive action on youth employment

Hear more from David Gallagher, NCFE’s CEO and Strategic Advisor to NCFE’s board, Matt Hamnett, on taking decisive action on youth employment.

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