NCFE Podcast
Tackling unemployment: digital futures and careers

Tackling unemployment: digital futures and careers

April 16, 2021

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 at ncfe.org.uk/eds. 

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

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

March 25, 2021

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

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

March 18, 2021

Paul Turner, Policy Specialist at NCFE, and a panel of employability and policy experts bring skills into the centre of focus and 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?

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

March 5, 2021

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?

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

February 5, 2021

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.

Tackling unemployment: careers in the Community and Voluntary sector

Tackling unemployment: careers in the Community and Voluntary sector

January 21, 2021

Michael Lemin (Head of Policy) is joined by Jayne Graham MBE (Executive Director at Society Matters cic), Rebecca Cooney (Senior Analysis and Features Writer at Third Sector), Glen Manners (Associate Director – Membership and Education at Charity People) and Stuart Campbell (Employability Manager at Home Group) to discuss the misconceptions about the sector, and the range of opportunities, including voluntary roles, and identifying and developing transferable skills to help jobseekers thrive.

This is the latest podcast from our Go the Distance series – tackling the big issues when it comes to taking action on unemployment in the current economic climate.

Tackling unemployment: the challenge for adult job seekers

Tackling unemployment: the challenge for adult job seekers

November 23, 2020

Philip Le Feuvre (NCFE’s Director of Strategy, Policy and Insight) and Michael Lemin (Senior Policy Specialist) are joined by Becci Newton (Institute for Employment Studies) and Kathleen Heneha (Resolution Foundation) to discuss the scale of the challenge for adult job seekers. They take a closer look at the accompanying statistics, the action taken by government, and the hope that is on the horizon in terms of growing sectors and collaboration between organisations.

Tackling unemployment: the importance of meta skills

Tackling unemployment: the importance of meta skills

October 19, 2020

Philip Le Feuvre (NCFE’s Director of Strategy, Policy and Insight) and Matt Hamnett (Founder of MH+A) are joined by Richard Eyre (Chief Programmes Officer for The Brilliant Club) and Lamide Odanye (co-founder of LIVE) to discuss how meta skills could be key to a post-pandemic recovery; supporting sustainable and adaptable careers and providing the key to individuals’ future wellbeing and economic mobility. 

Tackling unemployment: a focus on young people

Tackling unemployment: a focus on young people

September 24, 2020

NCFE’s Chief Executive David Gallagher joins Matt Hamnett of MH&A Consultancy, Stephen Evans from Learning and Work Institute and Neil Carberry from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation connected for an insightful discussion on the challenges of youth employment.