Digital technology has a role to play in addressing the key challenges faced by training providers

As a sector we need to look at working together to uncover digital best practice, says City & Guilds UK MD.

13 April 2015

The FELTAG report along with the new OFSTED directives around the use of digital technology has given the vocational education sector much food for thought. We saw this as the perfect opportunity to investigate how these changes could impact those working in training provider organisations.

Towards the end of 2014, we surveyed over 100 operational staff in independent training providers and work-based learning units in FE colleges to find out the following:

  • The current issues they faced
  • The extent to which existing digital support is helping to overcome some of those issues
  • How that support is perceived by those who use it

When we asked them to indicate which challenges, if any, they faced on a day-to-day basis, this is what we found:

  1. 46% identified the pressure to make financial savings in the way teaching, learning and assessment is delivered
  2. 37% highlighted a lack of access to digital resources and e-tools 
  3. 80% of those currently using e-portfolios said they give them greater visibility of student progress and 
  4. 88% of those currently using e-learning said it makes training more accessible to students.

This clearly demonstrates that digital technology, where used, can play a role in alleviating the key day to day issues faced by staff in training providers.

Commenting on the report Kirstie Donnelly, UK Managing Director of City & Guilds said:

"There is one clear solution here. If we can work together to uncover digital best practice and consider which are smart investments then training providers will be much better able to streamline their operations and become more effective and efficient delivering those much needed savings without impacting on the quality of the teaching intervention.

Clearly having a better approach to digital won’t be the answer to all the issues we face but the collective impact of all of the issues highlighted will be to help your staff to deliver quality to your students."

We hope the findings from this research will help you implement more effective digital strategies as well as enabling City & Guilds to ensure that ‘Grow your Business’ offers you support that is both valuable and relevant.

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