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FE Week investigates: The Youth Contract for 16-17 year-olds
The Deputy Prime Minister has unveiled  a new scheme to try and tackle the “ticking time bomb” of 16 and 17 year-olds who are not in education, employment...
Increasing NEETs linked to EMA cut
Rising numbers of young people not in education, employment or training (NEET) are being linked to the axing of the education maintenance allowance (EMA). Latest data, released yesterday...
John Hayes announces ITE funding for trainee teachers in FE
Bursaries of up to £1,500 are to be given to up to 11,000 trainers undertaking initial teacher education (ITE) to teach in further education. Skills minister John Hayes,...
SFA may have breached Code of Practice
Data on the FE comparison website, FE Choices, being investigated for unannounced changes. The government’s performance comparison site for further education is under scrutiny following an investigation by...
SFA publish details of subcontractor allocations
Subcontractors with an overall allocation of more than £100,000 have been listed for the first time by the Skills Funding Agency (SFA). New data published today details more...
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...