Billy Camden

  • DfE announces first regional ‘skills deal’

    The West Midlands has become the first combined authority to strike a “skills deal” with the Department for Education, in which £69 million can be unlocked for training. Up to £49 million is available through government investment, while the extra £20 million is being pumped into the region by the authority itself. The funding, to

    0.01 Jul. 18th, 2018 | News

  • Milton leaves MPs ‘staggered’ by admitting she wouldn’t encourage her children to study first T-levels

    The skills minister is expecting a “slow take-up” when T-levels are launched, whilst admitting as a parent she would tell her children to “leave it a year” before studying a brand new qualification. Anne Milton left one member of the commons education committee “staggered” by her comments on the post-16 technical qualifications during an accountability

    11.38 Jul. 17th, 2018 | News

  • 8 things we learned from skills minister's select committee grilling

    A feisty commons education select committee meeting, held this morning, saw Anne Milton quizzed on a number of pressing FE topics. The skills minister offered a few outlandish opinions while updating MPs on her progress in areas such as funding and subcontracting. FE Week has the main findings:   1. Milton may ask colleges to

    15.11 Jul. 17th, 2018 | News

  • Employers leave Learndirect Apprenticeships following the sale

    The recent sale of Learndirect Apprenticeships Ltd is causing some of its large levy-paying customers to take their business elsewhere, FE Week has learned. William Hill, the world’s biggest bookmaker, has signalled its intention to look for alternative providers to train their apprentices. It is understood that the betting company may transfer its business to

    12.00 Jul. 13th, 2018 | News

  • Wayne's world: meet the new Learndirect boss

    A little-known entrepreneur, Wayne Janse van Rensburg, has overnight become one of the most powerful figures in FE after taking the reins at Learndirect. He’s watched from afar as, over the past 12 months, the nation’s biggest FE provider lost a battle with Ofsted to suppress a ruinous grade four inspection report, with the fallout

    10.30 Jul. 13th, 2018 | News

  • Minimum 2-month notice period for reduced apprenticeship funding rates

    Apprenticeship funding bands currently under review by the Institute for Apprenticeships will be given a minimum two-month notice period if their funding rate is reduced. But in the case of standards whose funding rate increases, the change will be immediate. Lucy Rigler (pictured), the IfA’s acting deputy director for funding policy, revealed the extra detail

    13.00 Jul. 13th, 2018 | News

  • ‘Ridiculous’: PAC chair slams Ofqual’s 4-week T-level consultation

    The chair of an influential committee of MPs has hit out at the rushed pace of T-level implementation – after Ofqual gave the sector just four weeks to respond to its consultation. Meg Hillier, head of the Public Accounts Committee, pronounced the timescale “ridiculous” when the exams regulator began asking for views on July 10

    9.36 Jul. 13th, 2018 | News

  • Keep co-investment fee, but transfer non-levy cash to providers with demand, UVAC tells Milton

    A membership body representing universities has written to the skills minister to say it would be a “massive mistake” to water down policy on employer fees for apprenticeships. The University Vocational Awards Council issued the warning to Anne Milton this week. The letter argued that the 10 per cent co-investment fee for non-levy payers is

    6.00 Jul. 13th, 2018 | News

  • NHS apprenticeship starts in the north west fell by nearly half last year, new figures reveal

    The north west was the region where NHS apprenticeships saw their biggest fall last year, as they dramatically dropped by nearly half, new figures have revealed. As previously reported by FE Week, the health service had a total of 19,820 apprenticeship starts in the 2015/16 academic year, but this fell by 22 per cent to

    19.07 Jul. 12th, 2018 | News

  • Union warns against another ‘shoddy’ pay deal on eve of college pay talks

    The University and College Union has written to Anne Milton before key pay talks, to warn it will not put up with another “shoddy” deal. The union wrote to the skills minister today ahead of tomorrow’s sit down with the Association of Colleges, in which it is looking to secure a pay offer better than

    11.01 Jul. 12th, 2018 | News

  • Ofqual launch 52 question T-level consultation - but four week deadline a 'shame'

    Ofqual has today launched a consultation about how it will regulate T-levels – but has only given the sector four weeks to respond. The exams regulator is asking for views on how it should frame its rules, including on issues such as how assessments should be set and marked, when retakes can be taken, and

    16.50 Jul. 10th, 2018 | News