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It's official: public sector apprenticeships target set at 2.3 per cent
The government has confirmed that at least 2.3 per cent of the workforce in public sector bodies in England will have to be apprentices, in a move requiring...
All eyes on tonight’s National Apprenticeships Awards
The UK’s most promising apprentices and best employers will tonight be crowned the winners of the National Apprenticeships Awards 2016. Nine apprentices and 18 employers will take centre...
AoC defends colleges after new DfE statistics show lack of English and maths progress
The Association of Colleges has sprung to the defence of its members after key performance statistics unveiled today by the Department for Education showed a lack of progress...
Over 60 MPs call on minister to commit to adult education resurgence
More than 60 MPs have written to the apprenticeships and skills minister, backing a campaign in support of a return to widespread ‘night schools’ and demanding more government...
Lord Nash: Fifth of sixth form colleges have begun official negotiations for acadamy status
A fifth of sixth form colleges have started formal negotiations to convert to academy status, the academies minister has revealed. Lord Nash made the announcement in front of...
IfA director role like ‘hand grenade with pin removed’, AELP warns
The director of assessment role for the new Institute for Apprenticeships has been likened to “a hand grenade with the pin removed”, by the head of the Association...
Unison: New labour market tsar must protect underpaid apprentices
The government’s new director of labour-market enforcement must protect apprentices from exploitation in the workplace, one of the UK’s largest trade unions has said. Unison demanded that Sir...
Wave three of area reviews produces four merger proposals
Just five mergers have been proposed in the latest area reviews to have completed – and with one of them already off the cards, parts of the sector...
Ofsted watch: Poor start to the year for FE colleges
No college inspection report to have been published by the education watchdog since the beginning of the year has resulted in a higher grade. It’s part of a...
Active IQ unveils Level 3 Diplomas in Personal Training for Health, Fitness and Performance
Active IQ, the UK’s leading Ofqual-recognised awarding organisation for the active leisure, learning and wellbeing sector, has launched two Level 3 Diplomas in Personal Training for Health, Fitness...
Halfon denies picture ‘bleak’ for adult education in ‘night school’ debate
The skills minister has denied that the picture of adult education is “bleak”, as Labour MP David Lammy launched his campaign for a “renewed culture of night schools”....