What Skills for Jobs means to Skills Forward

What Skills for Jobs means to Skills Forward

Dan Howard

With the release of the recent ‘Skills for Jobs’ white paper, and National Apprenticeship Week last month, the spotlight is well and truly on technical education and lifelong learning.

The theme of ‘Build the Future’ for this year’s National Apprenticeship Week could not have come at a better time. The potentially catastrophic impact of the pandemic on society and the economy is something that we need to work hard to rectify, but the commitment from the government in helping and supporting the sector is welcome and could really signify a step-change in the approach to lifelong learning.

You know how passionate I am about technical education and the importance of being able to choose the right path for you, your learning and your career. It’s encouraging to see this passion now shared by a much wider audience – this is our time to build on that and create a better future for our young people.

The adaptations made to the world of learning, and work for that matter, demonstrate how quickly we can bring about change and embrace new technologies and ways of working. Personally, I’m thrilled to see this shift and know from experience how effective e-learning and embracing digital transformation can be – over the last 18 months, I’ve completed my Level 7 in Strategic Leadership, all remotely. This past year has definitely kept us all on our toes and the uncertainty has been unnerving at times. However, it’s meant that as a business we’re faster and more agile than ever, ensuring that we bring you the tools and platforms you need to develop your learners.

Our Skills Portfolio system manages the complete learner journey, allowing you to assess learners remotely, create immediate dashboard reports, monitor their progress and manage your quality assurance. External scrutiny will always consider whether you collect and analyse data effectively, and how these findings are used to effect continuous improvement and progress in your delivery. We’re proud to be fully compliant with OFSTED and ESFA audit requirements too, which means that you’ll have all of the evidence you need during an inspection.

We specialise in bespoke learning solutions at Skills Forward and understand how important it is to have resources and tools that are relevant to each learner, whether they’re undertaking a specific qualification, apprenticeship or training plan. This is why we’re continually improving our offer to ensure we’re always a step ahead.

‘Skills for Jobs’ is what we passionate about providing and we’re here with you every step of the way. There’s no doubt in my mind that we can work our way out of the issues that the pandemic will leave us with, whether that’s by upskilling, retraining, or continuing to adapt how we teach and learn in the new world that is ahead of us. We’ll navigate this new roadmap together!

All the best,

Dan Howard

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