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Scrap the new and ‘controversial’ £200,000 non-levy tender minimum, says AELP
A request to scrap the “controversial” £200,000 threshold in the new non-levy procurement process is going to be put forward by the Association of Employment and Learning Providers....
IfA appoints small exam board as apprenticeship ‘External Quality Assurance’ delivery partner
A small awarding organisation that appears to have little experience in the apprenticeships market will deliver external quality assurance of end-point-assessment on behalf of the Institute for Apprenticeships...
SFCA welcome significant funding win for two year courses
Funding for students that drop-out in the second year of their two year course will be doubled, under a temporary change the Sixth Form Colleges’ Association is claiming...
Providers to be blocked by DfE from speaking directly to the media – it’s ‘nonsensical’ says AELP boss
The government has told providers who deliver apprenticeship provision for non-levy-paying employers that they must not speak directly with the media about their delivery until officials approve the...
Apprenticeship reforms and social mobility under the spotlight in new inquiry
Social mobility and the government’s apprenticeship reforms are set to come under the spotlight of a major new inquiry, led by education leaders, business and MPs, launched today....
A busy day for mergers as 21 colleges join 10 partnerships
A record-breaking 10 partnerships involving 21 colleges have been made official today – making this the single busiest day ever for mergers. But that figure could have been...
Hartpury becomes second FE college to earn degree awarding powers
A college in Gloucester is only the second FE provider in the country to be granted powers by the Privy Council to develop and award its own honours...
AEB devolution plans are the latest to face delay
The first wave of adult education budget devolution deals are likely to be delayed beyond the planned 2018-19 delivery date because the timetable no longer seems viable for...
IPPR: The apprenticeship levy needs a 'radical rethink'
The apprenticeship levy needs a radical rethink to double investment in skills, according to a new report from a leading think-tank. The so-called “skills and productivity levy” proposed...
Flammable cladding discovered at major Birmingham college
One of Birmingham’s largest colleges has failed a government fire safety test in the wake of the Grenfell Tower blaze. Matthew Boulton College, part of Birmingham Metropolitan College,...
BREAKING: New non-levy procurement launched
The new tender for apprenticeship provision allocations for non-levy-paying employers has been launched at long last today. Hundreds of providers were left disappointed after the Department for Education...