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Train to Gain volumes prove ‘lesson in government-speak’
The number of learners starting workplace learning continues to thrive despite the government’s focus on increasing apprenticeships. The number of new starts in Train to Gain/ Workplace learning...
Careers conference told to step up and get with the programme
Careers guidance professionals were told to step up and get with the programme at the Institute of Careers Guidance (ICG) conference in Brighton. Ruth Spellman, chair of the...
Apprenticeship marketeers doing more for less
Those with a good ear for sound bites would have found it hard to miss the latest campaign to push apprenticeships on their radios. But what most people...
Free vocational training for adults criticised
Employers and learners should pay more towards apprenticeships, according to Graham Hoyle. Mr Hoyle, Chief Executive of the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP), says the government...
Adult apprenticeships triple as youth unemployment soars
New adult apprenticeships have hit a record high, adding to fears that the government skills drive is struggling to combat youth unemployment. The number of new apprentices aged...
De Vere defend apprenticeship programme
Hotel operator De Vere Group has come out in defence of its apprenticeship programme, following the announcement that they are under review. Despite praising the “appropriate and valuable”...
Adult apprenticeships benefit from Train to Gain funding
The rise in adult apprenticeships is being fuelled by the transfer of funding from Train to Gain, according to government statistics. New apprentices aged 25 or over increased by...
Funding will be cut if standards not met
NAS could withdraw funding from providers as they look into “every short apprenticeship” Funding will be withdrawn from providers who fail to meet standards as government agencies bid...
Government figures show adult apprenticeships more than tripled
Figures published this morning show that the number of apprenticeship starts aged 25 and above has more than tripled, to 175,500 in 2010/11. Provisional figures in the October 2011 Statistical...
Education unions join forces to lobby over pension cuts
A petition opposing pension cuts was delivered to the Department for Education (DfE) by all seven education unions this morning. The ‘Decent Pensions’ petition had more than 154,000 signatures from lecturers...
Sixth-form funding expected to fall dramatically in next three years
Sixth-form spending is expected to fall by 15.8 per cent in the next three years, according to a report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS). The IFS...