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Nick Clegg announces scheme to tackle unemployed 16-17 year-olds
The Deputy Prime Minister has revealed a new scheme to try and tackle the “ticking time bomb” of 16 and 17 year-olds who are not in education, employment...
SFA ‘strongly encourage’ 12 month minimum
Providers are being urged to introduce new apprenticeship duration requirements immediately. The Skills Funding Agency is calling on existing apprentices aged 16-18, where possible, to be given a...
Adult Basic Skills qualifications to be scrapped
Basic skills qualifications in numeracy and literacy for adults will cease to be funded for new starts from August. The Department of Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) is...
Holt heads-up employer-led review of apprenticeships
Social entrepreneur and jeweller Jason Holt is to take charge of an employer-led review into how businesses can be encouraged to hire an apprentice. Mr Holt, chief executive...
Banks ‘invest’ in more than 1,500 apprentices
Three high street banks are launching new apprenticeship schemes to try and help young people launch a career in the financial services sector. HSBC, Barclays and Santander announced...
Childcare supported for at least one more year
A scheme which supports thousands of teenage parents in further education has been reprieved – at least for a year. Care to Learn, which helps parents under 20...
AELP backs minimum duration for young apprentices at end of #NAW2012
The new minimum length of delivery for all apprentices aged 16 to 18 has been backed by the head of the association of employment and learning providers (AELP)....
WorldSkills UK – The Skills Show announced by John Hayes MP
The skills minister announced a UK successor to the WorldSkills London 2011 competition at the House of Commons last night. The new annual showcase, named ‘WorldSkills UK –...
EMA replacement is inadequate and under-funded, says Barnardo’s
Young learners from disadvantaged backgrounds are being let down by the 16-19 Bursary Fund because it is inadequate, inconsistent and under-funded, according to a report by Barnardo’s. The...
Jayde Kirkup is the FE Week & Me competition winner
Congratulations Jayde Kirkup! We asked students to send in a 500-word article explaining what brought them to college, along with their hopes, fears and aspirations and asked you...
NAO’s verdict on adult apprenticeships
Funding rates are unreliable The funding rates used to pay training providers for delivering an apprenticeship are not based on robust information, according to the NAO. The NAO...