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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...
Vocational quals counted out
Concern has been raised at the government’s expulsion of thousands of qualifications from school league tables. While stating that its members would welcome the strengthening of vocational education,...
Young apprenticeships fall as adults nearly double
The rise in adult apprenticeships has continued to accelerate in the first three months of the new academic year, while the number of starts aged between 16 and...
Employability qualifications are just the job
Increasing unemployment is fuelling a sharp rise in demand for short employability qualifications, figures obtained by FE Week reveal. Statistics from three major awarding bodies – Edexcel, City...
Apprenticeship success rates highest ever
Apprenticeship success rates have risen for the fourth consecutive year across all age groups, according to new government data. The statistical first release (SFR), published by the Data...
More than 14m learner accounts unused
Less than 0.01 per cent of more than 14 million learning accounts have been accessed directly by learners, figures obtained by FE Week reveal. The statistics, released in...
Hayes launches independent review into professionalism of FE workforce
The Skills Minister has launched an independent review into the professionalism of the further education (FE) and skills workforce today. John Hayes MP has confirmed the review will...