It was great to attend my first meeting yesterday. Can you make sure I’m on any mailing lists so I can find out about upcoming events? Also can I sign up to Jist-mail that was spoken about at the meeting?
Hello, really enjoyed yesterday’s meeting and already looking forward to the next. Please can I sign up for the JISCmail?
Good mix of topics covered and the round table discussion was very useful.
I enjoyed attending the meeting for the first time. I liked hearing from other colleges and the biometrics session was interesting.
Great event, very useful thanks!
Interesting – good to meet other marketers and discuss challenges and successes.
Great first event, wish we’d attended sooner! Can’t wait for the next one!
Useful to know what colleges spend on campaigns, and especially to know what worked/didn’t.
Round table discussion – excellent. Very interesting biometrics discussion, probably ahead of the curve for us.
Encouraging to know we’re all in the same boat. Changing perceptions very useful, lots of tips to take home.
Next meeting at Aylesbury College on 4th March – FREE to CMN member colleges, £75 to non-members. Contact email@example.com
In this issue of Communications Update – Issue 21, the Skills Funding Agency’s monthly newsletter designed for marketing, communications and business development staff in colleges and training organisations:
- National Apprenticeship Week 2015: Stakeholder Toolkits
- Apprenticeships Campaign: ‘100 Reasons Why’
- Apprenticeships Campaign: ‘Get In. Go Far’
- New Excellence Gateway
- Traineeship Marketing Campaign
- Traineeship Factsheet: Updated
If you have any feedback, please email CommunicationsUpdate@sfa.bis.gov.uk.
Taking place on 10th June, the eighth annual VQ Day will celebrate vocational achievement across the UK. It aims to raise the status of technical, practical and vocational learning so that it is valued equally alongside academic paths.
At the heart of the VQ Day celebrations are the students, teachers and employers who take, support and promote vocational qualifications, which is why we hold the VQ Awards.
Nominations for the 2015 VQ Awards are now open. There are three awards:
- VQ Learner of the Year, sponsored by OCR, is open to learners across the UK.
- VQ Employer of the Year, sponsored by City & Guilds, is open to employers across the UK. There are two categories for the employer award, large (250+ employees) and SME (1-249 employees).
- VQ Teacher of the Year, sponsored by the Education and Training Foundation, is open to teachers in England only. There are two categories, one for newly qualified teachers and one for those who achieved their teaching qualification prior to September 2013.
How to nominate
The nomination process is simple and the deadline for all nominations is 1st May. All nomination forms for all awards and all nations can be found here.
England will have nine regional winners as well as one overall national winner for the Learner Award and two category winners- SME and Large Corporate- as well as an overall national winner for the Employer Award. There will be two category winners and one overall winner for the Teacher Award.
Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland will have overall national winners for both the Learner and Employer Award.
Last year, hundreds of colleges, schools, learning providers and employers got involved by hosting events and promoting VQ Day. The best way to get started is to download an Action Pack which includes plenty of ideas, advice and tips on how to make the most of VQ Day.
We are always looking for exceptional and interesting people in vocational fields to use as case studies for media.
Perhaps you had to overcome a stereotype or lack of support in order to pursue your vocation. Or maybe you found yourself heading down a path to higher education that you realised wasn’t for you. Maybe you’re an employer or teacher who has always championed vocational learning. Whoever you are, if you’re proud of your story we want to hear about it.
So, if you know of any students, employers or teachers who are excelling in their field, have an interesting story to tell and would be happy to talk to media, please contact the team at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include ‘CASE STUDY’ in the subject line.
Get in Touch
The programme for our first regional networking meeting of 2015 will include:
Charmian Turner, Marketing Manager, & Catherine Buckley, Campaign Co-ordinator, Shrewsbury College:
This “summer recruitment and changing perceptions campaign” won a Highly Commended certificate in the 2014 FE First Awards.
James McCracken, Marketing Manager, The Manchester College:
50 in 5 – The Manchester College pledged to place 50 apprentices in jobs in 5 days and succeeded – with a little help from Rio Ferdinand. Their PR Campaign around the project won Gold at the FE First Awards 2014.
Dave Cooper, Digital Edge UK (formerly Director of Marketing, Solihull College) :
Biometrics – With colleges and universities dealing with thousands of students each year, understanding who your customer is cannot be overlooked. Patented facial recognition & biometric marketing technology provides the ability to understand more about students and potential customers and their behaviours.
Each of our presenters will introduce their experiences of their topic, followed by a general discussion and the opportunity to share your experiences with colleagues.
We will also aim to have time to discuss issues raised by delegates, including benchmarking and promoting 24+ loans …..
FREE to College Marketing Network members; £75 pp to delegates from non-member colleges.
Venue: Birmingham Metropolitan College, James Watt Campus, Great Barr
To book, contact: email@example.com