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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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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.

Tackling unemployment: careers in the Community and Voluntary sector

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) for this podcast 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.

Tackling unemployment: the challenge for adult job seekers

Philip Le Feuvre and Michael Lemin (NCFE) are joined by Becci Newton (Institute for Employment Studies) and Kathleen Henehan (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. The podcast explores NCFE CEO David Gallagher’s thought piece on the topic in more depth, looking at both issues and solutions. 


Tackling unemployment: the important of meta skills

This podcast explores  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

NCFE’s Chief Executive David Gallagher joins a panel of guests from across education and employment to discuss the youth employment challenge.

From the current labour market context - with youth unemployment at its highest since 1996 - to insights from the demand side and reflections on the role and needs of business, the podcast explores the substance and nuance of the challenge we face.


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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