12 December 2019

With the festive season upon us, January 2020 might seem like a long way off. But with a couple of our most popular events scheduled for the new year, now is the time to book your place and blow away the winter blues with some invigorating and thought-provoking professional development.

On Friday 17 January, we are holding the first day of a two-day course on ‘Apprenticeship Standards in Action – from recruitment to achievement’, with the second day to follow on 31 January.

On Wednesday 29 January, we are hosting another free ETF Professional Exchange (PEN) Network, with a focus on Teaching, Learning and Assessment (TLA).

Here are three reasons to get excited about our January events!



1. They follow on from previous successful events

We recently delivered the Apprenticeship Standards in Action course in-house at two local FE and Skills providers. Following positive feedback, we are now offering this course for the first time at Robins Wood House. The programme will offer you the opportunity to unpick a range of apprenticeship standards relevant to your subject area.

The PEN Network, meanwhile, follows on from two of our events last term: a PEN Network for work-based learning providers and a TLA Network focused on the Quality of Education. Both networks involved critiquing the new Education Inspection Framework and identifying the challenges and opportunities it presents.

These events provided plenty of interesting discussion and thought-provoking questions, which we will review in the morning session of January’s PEN network.

Whether you attended our networks last term or not, we encourage you to come along and join the discussion.



2. Sector leaders will provide their input

At the PEN Network, we welcome Stefanie Wilkinson (Director of Teaching and Learning) and Brad Plows (Learning Technologist) from Barnsley College.

Stefanie will input on evidence-informed approaches to cognitive learning, while Brad will demonstrate the use of learning technologies to enhance the learner experience.

These inputs will be followed by opportunities for discussion about how these ideas can be introduced to your organisation, your teaching teams and your learners.



3. You can continue learning after the network

One of our main aims for the Apprenticeship Standards Network is to guide you on how to use initial assessment information to plan your learners’ journeys effectively. To help you do this, we will provide resources that you can take away with you to support the learning journey from start to finish.

Both events will also include plenty of opportunity for networking and collaboration, meaning you can continue to share ideas with other attendees after the event.

Don’t forget that the My Events and Membership Directory sections of the online membership Hub are great ways to stay in touch with people. If you need any help with using the Hub, you can watch video guides here.



From all of us at the Skills and Education Group, we wish you a happy and relaxing festive break, and we hope to see you in the new year.

To find out more about our January events and to book your place, follow the links below.



Apprenticeship Standards in Action – from recruitment to achievement

Friday 17 and Friday 31 January 2020

09:00 - 16:30

Book Here



ETF Professional Exchange (PEN) Network: a focus on TLA

Wednesday 29 January 2020

09:00 - 15:30

Book Here