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BIS to 'sweep away' apprenticeship red tape for employers
The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has announced a package of new measures today that will cut data returns and audit requirements for apprenticeship delivery, despite...
NAS concerned about quality following rapid apprenticeship expansion
The National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) and Skills Funding Agency have this week published a statement (click here) saying they are “determined to see that recent rapid expansion of...
'Apprenticeships need to be marketed better' say training providers
The Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) says that not enough employers understand the financial benefits of apprenticeships. The body wants the government’s National Apprenticeship Service (NAS)...
Ofsted calls for government review on post-16 arrangements
Young people with learning difficulties and disabilities are not receiving adequate support as they progress to further education, according to an Ofsted report published today. The report, called...
Research shows that LGBT learners are being treated better in FE
Research comissioned by the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) suggests that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) learners are being treated better than they were before in Further Education....
FE Week visits South Thames College for A Level results day
Thousands of students across the country picked up their A Level results yesterday by visiting their sixth form or college. FE Week went to South Thames College on...
Consultation report outlines plans for further education loans
A consultation report released yesterday by the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) outlines a new loan system for further education learners. Under the proposed plans FE...
FE Week follows Top2Toe charity challenge through Birmingham
Over the last couple of days FE Week has been following the Top2Toe charity fundraiser lead by Dave ‘Blind Dave’ Heeley and South Birmingham College Principal Mike Hopkins....
Youth unemployment shows no improvement in latest quarter
The latest government statistics show that youth unemployment has changed very little in the last three months. The Labour market statistics, released today, announced that the unemployment rate...
The Guardian reports on 'striking rise' of adult apprenticeships
The dramatic increase in apprentices aged above 25, reported by FE Week back in June, has been picked up by The Guardian newspaper today. Page 10 (also online) of the national...
FE Week to cycle with Birmingham principal and 'Blind Dave'
FE Week will be cycling hard next Tuesday in order to welcome back South Birmingham College Principal Mike Hopkins and local blind man Dave Heeley as they complete...