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Last year, I launched National Apprenticeship Week 2011 by saying that I wanted to create the biggest and best apprenticeships programme in our country’s history. Thanks to record...
As the dust settles from National Apprenticeship Week 2012, surely all eyes now are on the next big event of the year, the Eurovision Song Contest. Aside –...
The Department for Education’s recent cull of more than 3,000 vocational qualifications taught in schools sparked a media response that exposed the bitter rift that continues to dog...
If you were one of the many thousands of visitors to WorldSkills London 2011 last October it will come as no surprise as to why we are launching...
The Government has committed itself to creating an extra 250,000 Apprenticeships by 2015. This is a challenging target, particularly in an economic downturn, with increasing youth unemployment and...
If you saw FE Week’s front-page headline “Private providers ahead of FE colleges in government learner satisfaction survey” and also visited the FE Choices website ( http://fechoices.skillsfundingagency.bis.gov.uk/ )...
It’s great as Shadow Skills and FE Minister to celebrate this fourth annual Apprenticeships week. Looking back on Labour’s record in Government, our revitalisation of Apprenticeships remains for...
It’s a mess.  Anyone who thinks the current or proposed system for providing information advice and guidance (IAG) to young people is fit for purpose is either a...
The chance to develop vital skills and experience before starting an Apprenticeship can give would be apprentices a real head start. The National Apprenticeship’s Access to Apprenticeship programme...
The government’s commitment to promoting and funding more Apprenticeships has been welcomed by those who are working hard to tackle youth unemployment. Skills minister John Hayes set out...
Despite a lot of media coverage of apprenticeships in the last year, not enough has been heard from the apprentices themselves. We know that the Government and employers...

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