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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NAS could withdraw funding from providers as they look into “every short apprenticeship” Funding will be withdrawn from providers who fail to meet standards as government agencies bid...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...
Hundreds of 12 week apprenticeships advertised on NAS website are 'under review'
The apprenticeship programmes delivered by the hotelier De Vere are under review and “likely to change” as part of an assessment into provision and standards. The National Apprenticeship...
Attempt to ‘simplify’ funding may prove barrier to FE loans
A consultation on proposals for a further education loans system is set to close today (October 21). The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has said the...
Number of adult apprenticeships expected to more than triple
The number of apprenticephip starts aged 25 and above is expected to soar in the latest Statistical First Release (SFR) due next Thursday. Based on the June 2011 SFR,...
FE Week hosts House of Commons debate on FE Loans
The Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) are planning to replace funding with loans, for classroom and workplace adults (24+) learners studying Level 3 and above. Their consultation (click here...
Labour leadership wowed by pioneering Southend college
Labour leader Ed Miliband and shadow chancellor Ed Balls jumped on a train to Southend to see an innovative example of traditional boundaries in education being broken down...
Colleges fear more data demands
The government is failing to cut the burden of data collection and bureaucracy, a study has suggested. Nearly 80 per cent of delegates surveyed at the Autumn College...