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Apprenticeship providers warned not to sacrifice quality
The “new apprenticeship system is the eBay of education” and “will drive down quality”,  the boss of the Association of Employment and Learning providers told delegates at FE...
Editor Asks: Amanda Spielman, chief inspector, Ofsted
With ‘inadequate’ verdicts fatally undermining many FE providers, the stakes have never been higher on Ofsted inspections. The new boss, Amanda Spielman, admits this places huge pressure on...
Exclusive: Non-levy allocations no longer ruled out for unsuccessful colleges
Non-levy allocations will no longer be ruled out for the dozens of colleges that weren’t listed on the new register of apprenticeship training providers at the first attempt...
'Mandatory training' for untested apprenticeship providers on register
New providers with little or no track record will have to undergo “mandatory training” before they can deliver apprenticeships, the Skills Funding Agency has said. The plans are...
NHS defends apprenticeship brokerage fees
The NHS has defended controversial new plans to charge a brokerage fee to training providers that win levy-funded apprenticeship contracts. FE Week has seen two examples of the...
Delegates flood to Birmingham for FE Week’s Annual Apprenticeships Conference
FE Week’s third Annual Apprenticeships Conference was off to a flying start this morning, after a warm welcome from the BBC’s Kirsty Wark to a packed exhibition hall...
EXCLUSIVE: England alone with end-point assessment-only apprenticeships
Research by leading FE academics has shown England is the only one, out of eight countries reported on because of their strong vocational education systems, that will have...
#SaveOurAdultEducation: Senior peer tries to protect future learners over loan debts
A senior peer who has thrown his support behind FE Week’s campaign to #SaveOurAdultEducation, has tabled an amendment to protect future learners from being left with huge loan...
Making sense of the 20% off-the-job apprenticeship funding rule
One of the most important apprenticeship funding rules from May is the requirement that every apprentice “spends at least 20 per cent of their time on off-the-job training”. This...
Minister wrongly claims there are no grade four providers on new apprenticeships register
The written response from apprenticeships minister Robert Halfon to an open letter, complaining about the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers’ selection process, wrongly claimed that there are no...
Unsuccessful applicants can reapply for apprenticeships register... but deadline is tight
Providers that feel aggrieved because they did not make it onto the new Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers will be able to reapply from tomorrow – with a...