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Confusion for new providers on RoATP over compulsory training
Hundreds of training providers don’t know when they can start apprenticeship programmes, because the government has failed to inform them of the mandatory training they need to complete...
‘Alarming’: ESFA still giving one-man bands access to millions
Labour has demanded an investigation into the way providers are selected for the register of apprenticeship training providers – after a new company with one employee run from...
Assessment organisations put to the customer service test in our mystery shop
End-point assessment has been a huge source of anxiety for providers across the sector this year, amid a growing scandal over the glaring lack of apprentice assessment organisations...
Glacial progress exposed for colleges’ apprentice delivery
Colleges deliver just one in five apprenticeships last year, meaning virtually no progress has been made in the 18 months since they were told to get more involved...
Conservatives announce surprise pledge to let levy pay wages
A surprise move has been made by the Conservatives to allow large firms to use apprentice levy funds to pay wages – in a manifesto retaining the commitment...
Breaking: Conservative manifesto pledges for FE and skills published
The Conservatives’ long-awaited general election manifesto, called ‘Forward Together’, has just been launched, outlining its plans for FE and skills. Click here to download the full document. Key...
Breaking: Updated register of apprenticeship training providers published
The updated register of apprenticeship training providers has now been published. An extra 507 providers have been added by the Education and Skills Funding Agency. It comes after...
Exclusive: Providers finally successful in apprentice register applications
Hundreds of providers including a college from the nation’s second largest city, which largely missed out last time, have made it onto the register of apprenticeship training providers...
Just three new recruits for chartered status in six months
The Chartered Institution for FE has recruited just one new college and two independent training providers in the last six months. The two ITPs welcomed into the CIFE...
Lib Dems pledge to double businesses that hire apprentices
A pledge to double the number of businesses that hire apprentices has been announced by the Liberal Democrats, ahead of its full manifesto launch tomorrow. The policy was...
Subsidised apprentice travel plan falls off Labour manifesto
A long-term pledge to cover the cost of apprentice travel has not made it into Labour’s final general election manifesto – despite it featuring in a leaked draft...