Anne Milton

  • End of term report: people are waking up to the need to rebalance FE and HE

    The new prime minister will have to rise to the skills and productivity challenge, and make sure that everyone, no matter where they come from, can get a chance to have a great job, says skills minister Anne Milton With the end of term in mind, and alongside all the changes that are going on

    5.00 Jul. 13th, 2019 | Opinion

  • How you can help with the post-16 qualifications review

    The lowdown on new rules for insolvency, plus level 3 and below changes, explained by Anne Milton I thought it would be helpful to highlight two important areas that colleges and further education providers should be aware of. Firstly, I know that every college principal, finance director and governor will already be aware by now

    17.00 Apr. 5th, 2019 | Opinion

  • Intervention in struggling colleges is painful but necessary

    Government interventions can be tough, but they’re necessary if we want to create successful and sustainable colleges, says Anne Milton I wanted to use this month’s column to share with you the work that the FE Commissioner, Richard Atkins, and his team of deputies are doing to champion and support the sector. Almost eight out

    13.00 Mar. 1st, 2019 | Opinion

  • We must encourage schools to promote apprenticeships

    Too many providers are still being blocked from going into schools to talk about apprenticeships, despite enthusiasm from both employers and young people about the rewards they reap, says Anne Milton. We need to work together to tackle negative perceptions among teachers and parents Top of the list of priorities for any minister for apprenticeships

    12.00 Feb. 1st, 2019 | Opinion

  • Technical training must match the best academic options

    The new year will include the introduction of T-levels – which makes this an ideal time to celebrate the best that vocational education can offer, says Anne Milton One of the great privileges of my job is the opportunity to meet apprentices, their employers and brilliant training providers. Whether it’s visiting Leeds Teaching Hospital –

    5.00 Dec. 16th, 2018 | Opinion

  • Why I 'Love our colleges' and always will

    Monday is the start of Colleges Week! This is a chance to celebrate the role colleges play in the country’s education system and the fantastic work that they do. Colleges touch the lives of a huge cross-section of our communities – people of all ages, from a wide variety of backgrounds with exceptional and special

    5.00 Oct. 15th, 2018 | Opinion

  • Apprenticeship funding bands needed reviewing to be fair

    A new approach to funding apprenticeships will provide better value for money so that people can benefit from the training opportunities on offer and progress in their careers, says Anne Milton I have spoken a lot about the important changes we are making to improve the quality of apprenticeships in this country. One of the

    5.00 Sep. 17th, 2018 | Opinion

  • Ensuring young people have the 'best possible' careers advice

    As the Department for Education announces plans to take action against schools that aren’t complying with the ‘Baker clause’, Anne Milton urges providers to contact her directly with their experiences, and outlines what else the government is doing to ensure young people have the best possible careers advice.  Last March I wrote in FE Week

    17.00 Aug. 7th, 2018 | Opinion

  • Why we're pressing ahead with T-levels

    There are worries across the FE sector that T-levels are being rushed through, but Anne Milton believes there’s no time like the present Last month we took an exciting step forward and announced the 52 colleges and post-16 providers which will be leading the way and teaching the first new T-levels. These qualifications will be

    5.00 Jun. 11th, 2018 | Opinion

  • It’s up to colleges and providers to sell apprenticeships to parents

    Parents are still sceptical about high-quality technical education. The entire FE sector has a duty to change their minds, writes Anne Milton As exam time approaches and lots of young people will be thinking about their futures, I want to talk directly to colleges and providers about what they should be letting parents know about

    5.00 May. 14th, 2018 | Opinion

  • Anne Milton: The restructuring facility won't be used to prop up colleges

    The government has put up £300m to keep struggling colleges on their feet, but it’s not a hand-out for failures, writes Anne Milton FE Week readers will know that a strong further education sector can change the lives of both young and older people. I want to do what I can to make the sector

    15.12 Apr. 9th, 2018 | Opinion