Officials at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) are currently sifting through the results of FE and skills consultations — one focussed on traineeships and the other on FE loans.

The traineeship consultation began on June 19 and closed on August 14. It asked if traineeship providers should be paid based on learner destination. Progression into apprenticeships, jobs or further learning could be incentivised from 2015/16 under the proposals.

Meanwhile, the consultation on FE loans, which opened on the same date but ran a week longer, considers extending the system to cover level two qualifications and more learners as it looks to make 19 to 23-year-olds. Currently, FE loans are available to level three and above learners from the age of 24.

Below is a snapshot of the responses the government received from some of the major sector bodies.

*Some bodies only responded to one consultation