KFE News & Social Media
KFE in the news
20 June 2021
Kent Further Education (KFE) which is the partnership of all three of Kent and Medway’s FE colleges (EKC Group, MidKent College and North Kent College), undertook its third successful annual inter-college skills event on Friday 18 June, compered by KM’s Nicola Everett.
Over 200 students and staff engaged in the event which took place virtually using the Remo conferencing platform. The event saw students showcase their skills in eighteen different industries across three main categories of commercial and service, creative and artisan trade industries.
For 2021 however, there were some differences to previous years due to the impact of the Covid 1 pandemic on education and training. The event known as KFE4Skills is normally a single day skills competition which takes place at one of the hosting colleges.
Covid 19 caused the Kent and Medway colleges’ event to be postponed in March, but the three colleges’ leadership and management teams agreed that rather than losing the event completely, that a friendly end of year skills showcase transmitted live online would be a great way to celebrate students’ achievements and resilience over the last 15 months.
Simon Cook said, “As a genuine partnership of colleges with twelve campus sites right across the county, we were all in agreement that we needed to provide an opportunity for our students to shine despite the year’s challenges. It was a real delight to see all the hard work put into the event’s content by the students and the support they’ve had from our incredible FE college staff to help make it happen. A huge thanks indeed to all involved.”
Despite the Covid challenges, the students supported by staff produced over 70 short videos and presentations, which formed the basis of the event. These were carefully scheduled into a day programme by industry and played concurrently via the Remo conferencing platform. The use of the Remo platform meant that students, staff and invited guests could watch the skills showcases in a live transmission style and engage through the platform’s interactive functions on the day.
For the full press release go to our KFE4Skills page.
KFE Confirmed as Small Business of the Year Sponsor for KEiBA 2021
20 May 2021
KFE is pleased to confirm that it will act as sole sponsor of the best Small Business of the Year category at this year's KEiBAs. Kent and Medway's FE colleges have had a long history of supporting the KEiBAs and in fact were closely involved with organisation and event delivery of the very first event all those years ago at Leeds Castle.
KFE was already acting as sponsor for the 2020 event and had even started the judging process when the Covid 19 pandemic interrupted everything including the KEiBAs which sadly in the end were cancelled for 2020. So it is great that they are back albeit in a virtual format this time. Despite this KFE is keen to support the event as part of its own employer engagement and Covid recovery activities especially because KFE colleges deliver thousands of apprentices and each work with hundreds of employers, many of which are small businesses every year.
The Kent Excellence in Business Awards (KEiBA) 2021 is now open for entries. This is a great opportunity to demonstrate how your company has successfully overcome the challenges of the last 12 months. Awards are one of the most powerful and cost-effective marketing tools. Winning a prestigious KEiBA award will help your organisation to stand out from the crowd, send a positive message to your existing customers and attract new business. Full details on how to enter are available at keiba.co.uk.
KFE4Skills Industry Virtual Showcase Briefs Now Live
18 June 2021
10 May 2021
KFE is pleased to confirm that all the KFE4Skills showcase briefs are now live on the website's skills competition page. The showcase will take place on 18 June 2021 using the Remo platform
The event will be showcase based without a competition element. This change enables students and staff who are working hard to complete their 2020/21 programmes, to include course work, assessment and portfolio contents in the showcase.
The day will see a series of showcase demonstrations from the county's various FE colleges banded into three categories - Artisan Trades, Service & Commercial and Creative Industries. We hope this will provide students, staff and industry guests an opportunity to enjoy approximately 2 hours per category of superb skills demonstrations that set colleges apart and showcase what FE can offer young people especially via a great celebration of a wide variety of skills.
To find out more go to the KFE site's Competitions Page. The event hashtag as always will be #KFE4Skills. Registration is now open and closes 4 June 2021. Registration is essential to access Remo on the day.
KFE4Skills Industry Virtual Showcase
18 June 2021
29 April 2021
Following 2 years of successful inter-college skills competitions in 2019 at Canterbury College and 2020 at MidKent College, KFE has opted for a virtual event in 2021 which will take place on 18 June 2021 using the Remo platform.
Covid has meant we can't have the type of event which brings hundreds of students and staff together in friendly skills competitions across over 20 industries, as pictured above from 2020.
Therefore, the event will be showcase based without a competition element. This change is intended to enable students and staff who are working hard to complete their 2020/21 programmes, to include course work, assessment and portfolio contents in the showcase. This will reduce pressure on everyone after a challenging year with lockdowns and face to face education and training disruption, or even complete closure of some vocational skills especially in employment settings.
The aim is also to end the 2020/21 year as positively as possible for students and staff, in what we hope will be a great celebration of a wide variety of skills.
There are currently 21 industry briefs on the KFE website covering, artisan trades, creative industries and commercial and service industries. The event will run throughout the day on 18 June and through Remo will allow students, staff and guests to watch the various showcases and interact across industry areas.. These will be mainly brief video format showcases and demonstrations from each college.
To find out more go to the KFE site's Competitions Page. The event hashtag as always will be #KFE4Skills.
SELEP Launches New SE Skills Website
25 March 2021
The South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) has launched a new dedicated SE Skills Website. The new site is intended as a dedicated online resource to support raising skills in the south east.
Following development work during 2020 the site is now able to present key information from SELEP's Digital Skills Partnership and the Skills Advisory Panel (SAP).
The site includes nav-bar tabs covering labour market, apprenticeship and T-Level information, as well as details on how businesses and residents across the regions counties can boost their skills and access digital training opportunities and courses.
There's even information for technical skills practitioners and educators in what will be an important addition to the region's skills information resources.
The site can be visited by clicking the SELEP link button above or here.
KFE's TLAC21 Hits Record 600 Delegates on Remo
18 Feb 2021
KFE's fourth major Teaching, Learning & Assessment Conference took place virtually online for the first time, on Wednesday 10th February 2021! The virtually based event will brought together hundreds of academic teaching and academic support staff from all KFE colleges as well as some external parties and guests.
The TLAC21 virtual event used the Remo conferencing platform supported by MS Teams and Zoom workshops and included 3 keynotes and 15 presentations and workshop sessions across three strands.
The event saw an incredible 600 staff and guest registrations! Three times more than KFE has been able to accommodate in the previous physical events. The event took a strand based approach with staff benefitting from an improved range of keynotes as well as workshop strand options on themes most relevant, or of interest to them and their personal and organisational CPD enhancement.
Given the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on education and training delivery, a major focal point was on digital and blended learning, including lessons learned, good practice identified and consolidation of delivery and evolving related QA and QI approaches.
For historic event slide packs and other resources visit the site's dedicated TLA Resources page where you can find the 2019, 2020 and 2021 programmes and presenters' presentations. #KFETLAC.
If you are an external person or organisation interested in attending please contact KFE via the contact form.
KFE Colleges Supporting National Apprenticeships Week 2021
08 Feb 2021
This week is National Apprenticeships Week! The week will see various activities led by the National Apprenticeship Service, Association of Colleges (AoC) and Department for Education as well as colleges locally which promote and showcase Apprenticeships.
Apprenticeships play a critical role in enabling young people and adults to earn whilst learning and training for their careers. With Covid 19 having caused disruption to apprenticeship delivery and recruitment nationally, it is recognised that FE colleges will play a vital part in their recovery. This is especially at local level in Kent and Medway.
Apprenticeships will also play a major role going forward as detailed in the recently published Skills White Paper, which will see the development of college business centres and chambers of commerce becoming more involved with skills provision planning with local employers.
For activities colleges are undertaking linked to National Apprenticeships Week, check out the links to each on the Our Colleges page.
For more about National Apprenticeships Week visit the DfE site via the image above or check out Amazing Apprenticeships. #NAW #LoveOurColleges #KFE4Skills
KFE TLA Conference 2021 Programme Live & Registration Open
14 Jan 2021
KFE is pleased to confirm the pre-event programme for the Teaching, Learning and Assessment Conference 2021. This year the annual event will take place virtually using the Remo conferencing platform supported by additional strand workshops delivered via Teams and Zoom.
This year we have our most comprehensive event ever with multiple keynotes including Matt Bromley, Professor Dylan Wiliam and Oftsed's Richard Beynon. The conference will also feature Remo sessions on the lessons learned and good practice emerging around TLA by our Kent & Medway college teams, digital inclusion and a DfE update on Prevent.
Workshops will include a timely apprenticeships week update from the AoC, English and Maths focused workshops by TEP and EKCG, wellbeing support sessions by TEP and T-Level practical development sessions by ETF.
For more information visit our events page via the button link above and download the programme and register now. Registration closes 1st Feb 2021.