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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...
Colleges scrap merger plans less than 3 months after announced
Two colleges have scrapped merger plans less than three months after they were announced. Stanmore College and West Hertfordshire College formally declared their intention to join forces in...
Breaking: Labour manifesto plans for FE and skills unveiled
Labour has unveiled its plans for the future of FE and skills in its official general election manifesto just out. Central to this is the plan to “introduce...
Pay cut row at struggling north east college
Staff are understood to be facing up to 10 per cent pay cuts at a north east college with “real financial challenges” – although questions remain over whether...
C&G Group buys apprenticeship agency in effort to corner nuclear industry
The nation’s largest training provider to the UK civil nuclear industry has been bought out by the City & Guilds Group – through a deal that will also...