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De Vere strikes deal with NAS to introduce ‘short’ Access to Apprenticeships
An organisation whose apprenticeship programmes were placed under review has launched a new delivery model. The De Vere Academy of Hospitality has launched their new apprenticeship programme, which...
Apprenticeship policy doesn't address "issues of quality and progression", says Gordon Marsden MP
Gordon Marsden MP, Shadow Minister for Further Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning, spoke to FE Week about the government’s recent apprenticeship announcements. Q) What do you make of...
Skills Funding Agency to become an Executive Agency
The Skills Funding Agency (SFA) will become an Executive Agency following a review of its status. Skills minister John Hayes, who announced a review of the Agency and its Chief...
Apprenticeship inquiry calls for evidence
The Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) Select Committee is calling for evidence ahead of an inquiry into apprenticeships. Written evidence can be submitted to the Committee up until...
Apprenticeship quality tackled
A shake-up of apprenticeships will see all programmes for 16 to 18 year-olds take place for at least a year. Skills minister John Hayes revealed the new measure,...
All 16-18 apprenticeships to last at least one year
All apprenticeships for 16 to 18 year-olds must last at least a year, Skills Minister John Hayes MP will announce in the House of Commons today. Mr Hayes...
Jobs saved as National Extension College sold
An arm of the crisis hit Learning and Skills Network (LSN) has been sold. Ian Oakley-Smith, David Hurst and Karen Dukes of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), the administrators of LSN, have revealed this...
NAO report critical of BIS and SFA bureaucracy reform
Government efforts to reduce bureaucracy in further education (FE) lack clarity and the complete picture, according to a report released today. Issued by the National Audit Office (NAO),...
Chris Shapcott (NAO) asks for “more detailed and clearer picture” of reforms
We spoke to Chris Shapcott, National Audit Office director of regulatory reform, about the NAO report titled ‘Reducing bureaucracy in further education in England’ published today. Q) Were...
Dozen new 'studio schools' announced
A dozen new vocationally-based schools, with links to major employers such as Sony and Glaxo, have been revealed by the government. The Department for Education (DfE) released this morning the...
Employers need greater incentives to invest in apprenticeships, say UKCES
A single skills market is needed to make employers invest more in apprenticeships and training, according to a report published today by the UK Commission for Employment and...