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Thursday May 18, 2017 at 10:48am
After months of planning, our Leadership Trailblazer Ready Conference 2017 finally took place on Thursday 11th May at the Vox Centre, Birmingham. With over 200 senior leaders from colleges and training providers across the UK in attendance.The day gave delegates a chance to hear about how Smart Assessor has evolved from 1 product to a suite of 5 technologies, under the umbrella name, Smart Apprentices and how these innovative technologies can help senior leaders to harvest the opportunities....
Wednesday March 8, 2017 at 10:49am
I left school in September 2014 and went on to study Art& Design at college whilst working part time at as a waiter. Spending mytime there, I felt like it wasn’t taking me anywhere or helping me pursue myambitions and goals, therefore I decided to do an apprenticeship in businessadmin.Iapproached my local training provider where I was given the option of 3different companies to apply for, I applied for the position at Smart Assessorand started 3 weeks later.I’ve been doing an app....
Thursday December 15, 2016 at 11:47am
We are proud to announce our CEO Fiona Hudson-Kelly has wona NatWest Everywoman Award! Nominated in the Iris category – sponsored by Dell, Fionawas awarded the accolade for being the most inspirational and successful femaleentrepreneur who runs a business that uses technology in an innovative anddisruptive way.The NatWest Everywoman Awards were launched in 2003 to recogniseand celebrate the achievements of female entrepreneurs. Run by the company,Everywoman, the club itself brings tog....
Friday December 9, 2016 at 11:59am
Smart Assessor are delighted to have sponsored the EuroSkills 2016 FE Week supplement, it is an honour to be associated with such aremarkable celebration of UK skills.Take a look at it hereAs an apprentice herself, Fiona, founder of Smart Assessorand CEO would like to congratulate the competitors of this Euro Skills 2016. Team UK brought home two golds, one silver, two bronze andeight medallions of excellence from Euro Skills 2016 Gothenburg.Landscape gardening duo Adam Ferguson, aged 20, and Wi....
Friday December 2, 2016 at 4:13pm
The employer levy is fast approaching and this will soon shape the way many employers fund their apprenticeships. With 20,000 employers having to pay the levy, what is the best way to spend their money? Employers need to consider what the levy will do for them AND the apprentices they choose to spend their levy on, it must benefit both.Fiona Hudson-Kelly founded Smart Assessor 5 years ago from her kitchen table and from then, the company has grown into a business that employs 31 people, provides....
Tuesday October 18, 2016 at 2:40pm
seconds in a day. How do you spend yours?If the average person works 8 hours a day minus a 30-minutelunch break, you have 27000 seconds to work, 5 days a week. How productive canyou make them?Mike Pagan, creator of the FAFFometer was our guest speakerat Smart Assessor’s end of Q3 meeting and he had a lot to say about time - orthe lack of it during the working day.Mike’s seminar ‘Business is an ​Endurance ​Sport’ was inspiredby Stephen Sutton and his take on time managemen....
Thursday October 6, 2016 at 3:34pm
 The National Minimum Wagehas risen as of October 1st 2016. For those apprentices thatare in their first year of employment before their 19th birthday,they will be paid £3.40. Those aged 19+, in their second year receive a paymentin line with the National Minimum Wage rates of their age group. This meansthose aged 19 or 20 are paid £5.55 and those 21-24 are paid £6.95.Apprenticeships are guaranteedthe National Minimum and the British Retail Consortium has advised thatregar....
Monday September 5, 2016 at 1:29pm
Hopefully you tuned in to last week’s free webinar onThursday 1st September, hosted by Beej Kaczmarczyk, Director atLearning Curve Group and co-presented by Smart Assessor’s very own, DannyTaylor.The aim of the webinar was to discuss how best to go aboutImplementing the Prevent Duty and the Strategy in the FE and Skills Sector. Theidea behind this concept is to safeguard learners at risk of extremistinfluencers and stop those extremists that may seek to radicalise learners oncampuses....
Tuesday August 23, 2016 at 3:42pm
I left university back in 2015, with a degree in MagazineJournalism and Feature Writing. Since then I have gone on to be an AdminAssistant at Morrisons for just under a year, before moving on briefly as aDigital Media Executive at Creare (where I was made redundant), to working at SmartAssessor as a Marketing Assistant.I have now been at Smart Assessor for around two months andfor someone who had done little marketing before and had a background injournalism, I can admit I thought I would strugg....
Wednesday July 27, 2016 at 1:41pm
What better time for our CEO Fiona to be shortlisted for anaward for women in business than now? We now have a new female prime minister,eight women cabinet ministers and a new female chair of the Institute ofDirectors. Forward Ladies has announced theirshortlist for their Women in Business Awards 2016 and Fiona has been selectedas one of the finalists for the Midlands in the SME Growth category. Theorganisation supports women in their professional lives and celebrates the roleof women in t....
Wednesday July 20, 2016 at 9:04am
App4England hosted a conference on Thursday 14 July andSmart Assessor were lucky enough to be headline sponsors of the event. The mainsubject for the conference was to discuss the upcoming apprenticeship levy andhow best to prepare for it.First of all, we would like to send a huge thank you toLindsay McCurdy for hosting the event and allowing us to sponsor, there wassuch a good turn out and the day was great.The conference was attended by a number of trainingproviders, colleges, industry profess....
Friday July 15, 2016 at 10:00am
We are proud to announce that Smart Assessor has won a BestBusiness Award. Our CEO Fiona Hudson-Kelly was granted the award for OutstandingFemale Entrepreneur 2016.The Best Business Awards have a panel of over 20 judges, whoselect the winners for the various categories. We are grateful to have won the awardand to have fought off competition from a range of entries which come from bothlarge international PLCs and public service organisations. Winning such a highprofile award has given us the moti....
Friday July 8, 2016 at 2:15pm
As part of our company’s quarterly meeting on Friday we hada seminar from Liz Patterson regarding emotional intelligence and how itaffects how well – or how badly, we get work done when we are able to manageour emotions. We did a number of tasks to help us identify how some of ouremotions can be controlled and some we have to accept are out of control. One of the most important tasks we did as a company was todetermine our team charter and the values we believe are most important to ....
Wednesday June 29, 2016 at 10:30am
The two-day AELP 2016 National Conference: the future foremployment and skills kicked off on Monday 27 June and we were there to get aninsight from MPs, senior officials, employers and providers.  For our new Marketing Assistant, Beth, this was a newexperience having never attended a conference or exhibit with Smart Assessor.There definitely was plenty for her to take in and learn from the talks andworkshops available to attend.   MP Nick Boles, Keith Smith, Doug Strycharczyk....
Friday April 15, 2016 at 9:59am
         When Andy, our Technology Director and a seasoned ToughMudder, first suggested that we should do the Wolf Run we all thought it was agreat idea but one that was very far off in the distance. Then we started training, running around the country park ona Friday morning and circuits in the mud on a Monday evening. The date got closer and I was starting to panic, as theoldest member of the team I was feeling just slightly uncomfortable.....
Thursday March 24, 2016 at 8:00am
Recent market research shows that there are still more than25% of the largest apprenticeship training providers still using paperportfolios.Why is this when an electronic portfolio :-·         costs 4 times less than a paper portfolio  engages young digital native learners      provides great interaction with employers increases caseloads by 10%  reduces travel costs by 20%And provides instant and accurate track....
Friday March 11, 2016 at 9:00am
   As the Chief Executive of an award winning apprenticeemployer, I’m surprised that assessors visiting our offices to support ourapprentices, never once drop in to see me to discuss how we are investing ourtraining budget in developing our non-apprentice workforce.This is a missed opportunity for training providerssupporting apprentices to take a greater share of their employer client’s wallet.Share of wallet is a marketing phrase which encouragesexisting suppliers to....
Thursday February 18, 2016 at 9:38am
There has never been a better time to get involved withapprenticeship than now.The current government has pledged to achieve 3mapprenticeship starts in the lifetime of this parliament.The 2016 Appretniceship4England Training Awards are awonderful opportunity to celebrate the success of employers and trainingproviders delivering fantastic apprenticeships for our young people propellingtheir future careers.Fiona Hudson-Kelly, CEO of e-portfolio technology companySmart Assessor, was asked why her o....
Wednesday September 16, 2015 at 9:23pm
My name is Ruth and I have been programming for over 15years now. I juggle this with the care of two  children.   Myblogs are going to be about being a female in IT.Firstly, I don’t like computer games, would much prefer tobe clothes shopping.   I once worked for a company and the otherdevelopers got very excited when the boss was away so they could stay lateplaying computer games.  I was Christmas shopping!  I like running,swimming and horse riding and e....
Wednesday August 26, 2015 at 4:20pm
With recent governmentannouncements of a further funding reduction in FE, there is even more reasonfor Colleges and other educational providers to reduce teaching and supportcosts. Many educational institutes have undergone dramatic austerity programs toreduce their ongoing costs. The threat to continuity of service is evidentand radical changes are needed to maintain high quality, learner satisfactionand learner retention.Technology is playing apowerful role in the life of today’s st....
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