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DfE advertises for over 100 paid advisors to help with Sainsbury reforms
A job advert for more than 100 panel members to help develop new technical qualifications has been posted for the Department for Education, with payments expected to top half a...
Are career colleges working two and a half years on?
Apprenticeships minister Robert Halfon has paid his first visit to a career college, attending London South East Colleges’ Hospitality, Food and Enterprise Career College in Orpington. He was...
Ofqual to discuss conflict-of-interest concerns with NSAFD organisation
Ofqual will hold talks with an awarding organisation owned by the National Skills Academy for Food and Drink, over alleged conflict of interest “issues raised” through an FE...
‘Shambles’ IfA on course to launch with temporary leadership
The Institute for Apprenticeships looks increasingly likely to launch without either a permanent chief or deputy chief executive, following yet more delays to board appointments. With less than...
It's official: public sector apprenticeships target set at 2.3 per cent
The government has confirmed that at least 2.3 per cent of the workforce in public sector bodies in England will have to be apprentices, in a move requiring...
All eyes on tonight’s National Apprenticeships Awards
The UK’s most promising apprentices and best employers will tonight be crowned the winners of the National Apprenticeships Awards 2016. Nine apprentices and 18 employers will take centre...
AoC defends colleges after new DfE statistics show lack of English and maths progress
The Association of Colleges has sprung to the defence of its members after key performance statistics unveiled today by the Department for Education showed a lack of progress...
Over 60 MPs call on minister to commit to adult education resurgence
More than 60 MPs have written to the apprenticeships and skills minister, backing a campaign in support of a return to widespread ‘night schools’ and demanding more government...
Lord Nash: Fifth of sixth form colleges have begun official negotiations for acadamy status
A fifth of sixth form colleges have started formal negotiations to convert to academy status, the academies minister has revealed. Lord Nash made the announcement in front of...
IfA director role like ‘hand grenade with pin removed’, AELP warns
The director of assessment role for the new Institute for Apprenticeships has been likened to “a hand grenade with the pin removed”, by the head of the Association...
Unison: New labour market tsar must protect underpaid apprentices
The government’s new director of labour-market enforcement must protect apprentices from exploitation in the workplace, one of the UK’s largest trade unions has said. Unison demanded that Sir...