#183 – Skills
This series is all about the things that matter in education, and how and when tech might help. In this series, we are looking at themes that shape Bett’s conference programme in 2020:
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What’s in this episode?
This episode was recorded LIVE at #Bett2020 and is all about skills. We take a top-level view of the skills agenda both here and internationally, looking into why there is a disconnect between education and skills requirements and where the UK stands on solving this issue compared to the rest of the world. We then drill into some of the vocational learning experiences which are attempting to take on the skills gap.
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Sophie Bailey is the Founder and Presenter of The Edtech Podcast
Sophie is the founder of the iTunes new and noteworthy, The Edtech Podcast. The mission of The Edtech Podcast is to improve the dialogue between ‘ed’ and ‘tech’ for better innovation, through storytelling. The podcast is downloaded 2000+ times a week, from over 145 countries with the UK, US & Aus in the top 3. Sophie is a mentor and advisor within the edtech community. If she’s not interviewing a University Lecturer, School Leader, Ex-Angry Bird, NGO, or Investor about education innovation, she’s chasing her son around the park or binge-reading Homo Deus. Twitter: @podcastedtech
Cindy Rampersaud, Senior Vice President, BTEC and Apprenticeships, Pearson UK
Cindy is currently Senior Vice President, BTEC and Apprenticeships at Pearson Education where she is responsible for the development of all Pearson’s UK technical, vocational and apprenticeship qualifications which are delivered to over one million learners a year. Cindy moved into the education sector in 2011 when she took up the role of Deputy Principal at City & Islington College. In 2016 she was appointed a Deputy Further Education Commissioner by the Department for Education working on the Government’s review of the Further Education sector nationally. Before moving into the education sector Cindy held a number of senior roles in the entertainment media sector including roles at EMI, Warner Brothers and Virgin. Cindy is passionate about the vital role education and skills based learning can play in helping individuals make progress in their lives but also in driving economic growth and productivity. She has a particular interest in the increasing role of technology in providing access to education and lifelong learning including how it can innovate what we learn and how we learn. Cindy is a member of the Commission on Sustainable Learning and she currently sits on the board of The Speakers Trust and is an honorary lifetime member of The Children’s Society having served as a Trustee for 8 years. Twitter: @RampersaudCindy
Sarah Taunton, Acting Head of Pathways and Enrichment, Ark
Sarah currently oversees a series of programmes, working through and with schools in the Ark network, to provide support and opportunities that enable students to select, secure and succeed in their future pathways. These programmes are designed to ensure that all students, regardless of their background, can be ambitious about their post-school destinations. Sarah has also led on developing the vocational curriculum at Ark.
Before working at Ark, Sarah was a teacher in South London, holding a series of leadership positions. She has also worked in advisory roles in the education technology sector, working with schools on a variety of school improvement initiatives focussed on teaching, learning and assessment. Twitter: @SERTaunton
Ben Blackledge, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, WorldSkills UK
Having held senior policy roles within government and not for profit organisations, Ben is responsible for driving WorldSkills UK’s programme of work both in the UK and internationally. Working in partnership with representatives from government, industry and education, he leads on the UK-wide initiative to embed skills competitions methodology into apprenticeship and training programmes, raising standards and ensuring more young people are being equipped with the right skills to help businesses better compete globally.
Overseeing the programme of national skills competitions, Ben also ensures that the UK remains at the forefront of international skills development in his role of Technical Delegate at WorldSkills Europe and WorldSkills. Twitter: @BenBlackledge1
Helen Hall, UK Recruitment & Partnerships Director, Oxford Brookes University (University Alliance member)
Experienced higher education professional with a background in widening participation and student recruitment. Particular focus on partnership working including relationship management at a senior level. Twitter: @HelenLHall
Quotes from this week’s episode
References from this week’s episode
- Transferable skills – Forbes article, Feb 2018
- Future of Skills – Pearson and Nesta collaboration
- The Future of Skills, Employment in 2030 – Nesta publication, Sept 2017
- Pearson – website, homepage
- Pearson – website, qualifications
- Pearson – twitter
- BTEC – further information via Pearson website
- Bett Show – twitter
- Bett Show – website, homepage
- GEC – Gender Equality Collective. Website, homepage
- Dominic Norrish – twitter
- Dominic Norrish – LinkedIn
- United Learning – website, homepage
- Ian Hurd – twitter
- What is a BTEC? – UCAS explanation
- Laura McInerney – website
- Laura McInerney – twitter
- Teacher Tapp– website, homepage
- Teacher Tapp – twitter
- Disconnected, career aspirations and jobs in the UK – report by Education and Employers
- Education and Employers Charity – website, homepage
- Education and Employers Charity – twitter
- Times Higher Education – website, homepage
- Will US universities be made redundant by the employability agenda? – article, THE January 2020
- Times Higher Education – twitter
- Gavin Williamson pledges £120m expansion of technology institutes in bid to beat Germany – article Sept 2019, via Independent
- Sajid Javid pledges £400m further education funding – article Aug 2019, BBC
- Cindy Rampersaud – Q&A via Skills and Employability Summit 2020
- Ben Blackledge – LinkedIn
- World Skills UK – website, homepage
- Sarah Taunton – LinkedIn
- Ark – website, homepage
- Helen Hall – LinkedIn
- Oxford Brookes University – website, homepage
- University Alliance – website, homepage
- T-Level – explanation via Gov UK
- The CBI/Pearson Education and Skills survey 2018: how employers view the education system – link to full report
- Lifelong learning – explanation via Skills You Need
- Gen Z – explanation
- Luke Gregory – twitter (ex-BTEC student)
- Talk Sport – twitter
- Southend College – website, homepage
- New Zealand announces plans to strengthen vocational sector – article Feb 2019, via ICEF Monitor
- UCAS Post 16 – further information via UCAs website
- Apprenticeship – further information via UCAS website
- Guild Education – website, homepage
- Guild Education – twitter
- The Missing Piece by Tom Ravenscroft – further information via Amazon
- Career Pilot – website, homepage
Thank you to Bett for supporting the What Matters in Edtech series
The What matters in Edtech Series is produced by The Edtech Podcast and supported by Bett. For more skills content check out the BETT 2020 programme where skills was a key theme. Register here. To search across all events, browse across our global events calendar.
Bett is the first industry show of the year in the education technology landscape, bringing together over 800 leading companies, 103 exciting new EdTech startups and over 34,000 attendees. People from over 146 countries in the global education community come together to celebrate, find inspiration and discuss the future of education, as well as seeing how technology and innovation enable educators and learners to thrive. Each year our CPD-accredited seminar programme provides over 300 hours of workshops, talks and discussions addressing the most prominent issues in education, delivered by the people who are leading change and innovation. Find out more and register today: https://www.bettshow.com/.
And a big thank you to Pearson for sponsoring this episode
This episode of the EdTech Podcast is sponsored by Pearson, the world’s learning company.
In a world of increasing change and technological advancement, the need for people to have transferable skills is more important than ever. Aligned to the future of skills and employability, Pearson BTEC prepares learners for the future world of work by providing them the knowledge, technical and transferable skills they need to be successful in their careers and in their lives.
For more information about BTEC qualifications, visit btecworks.com
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