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College opens doors for its own ‘Skills Show’ event
  From manicuring to forensic science and robotics to bricklaying, London learners got a taste of the Skills Show with a host of their very own have-a-go activities...
Labour’s apprenticeship policy fails to win support
Labour’s pledge to axe apprenticeships at level two  came under attack once again when Shadow Junior Education Minister Yvonne Fovargue spoke at NCFE’s policy conference in Central London....
Boles kills off two-page Trailblazer pledge
Skills Minister Nick Boles has relaxed much-vaunted rules set by his predecessor, Matthew Hancock, that limited new apprenticeship guidelines to two sides of A4. The official government guidance...
Budget confirms 2017 roll-out of apprenticeship vouchers as FE sector braces for more cuts
New “digital apprenticeship vouchers” will be introduced in 2017, the government confirmed today as sector bodies raised concerns about the impact further departmental cuts might have on FE....
Jan Hodges announces Edge Foundation retirement
Edge Foundation chief executive Jan Hodges OBE today announced her retirement next month after a 35-year career in education. The former South Essex College of Further and Higher...
Number 10 reveals apprenticeship funding reform ahead of Budget
The two-year apprenticeship funding reform saga in which employers were expected to be handed government money to pay for training today came to an end — with cash...
Sector welcomes 'biggest ever' apprentice minimum wage rise
An inflation-busting 20 per cent rise in the national minimum wage for apprentices announced today by Prime Minister David Cameron and his deputy, Nick Clegg, has been welcomed...
European states rely on QCF to recognise English apprenticeships, DWP official admits
The method used by other European states to recognise English apprenticeships relies on the doomed Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF), a senior civil servant has admitted. Angus Gray...
Education committee calls for careers advice to be 'high up the agenda' in next parliament
Careers advice should be “high up the agenda” in the next parliament, the House of Commons education select committee urged today in a review of its work over...