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  • Post-16 segregation threatens 'parity of esteem' for technical education

    Post-16 pathways are increasingly segregated, which risks damaging the government’s ambitions for technical education to be treated with parity of esteem, argues David Robinson Where do disadvantaged young people go after they leave secondary school, and what does this mean for social mobility in England? Today the Education Policy Institute sheds light on this question

    11.51 Jul. 25th, 2018 | Opinion

  • Why good governance is crucial for ITPs

    The AELP’s new code of governance is a chance for training providers big and small to think about how they comply with best practice, observes Nichola Hay Governance is a hot topic right now. Only a week after I spoke on the subject at the Association of Employment and Learning Providers’ national conference, Ofsted’s chief

    11.00 Jul. 20th, 2018 | Opinion

  • Let FE colleges deliver nursing apprenticeships!

    FE has vast expertise in delivering healthcare apprenticeships, but those trying to solve the nursing shortage fail to see the larger role it could play, says Laira Pearson Apprentice numbers in the NHS are falling and the number of nurse vacancies are increasing. The obvious question is: Why aren’t NHS employers using their large apprentice

    5.00 Jul. 15th, 2018 | Opinion

  • Are apprenticeship funding bands being set deliberately low?

    Are funding bands deliberately being set below cost to restrict the supply of some high-cost apprenticeship standards? Mandy Crawford-Lee weighs the evidence The recent changes to the funding band structure and the review of funding bands for several apprenticeship standards, most notably the chartered manager degree apprenticeship, have drawn extensive media coverage. Although the Institute

    5.00 Jul. 16th, 2018 | Opinion

  • A milestone month for the Institute for Apprenticeships!

    The publication of the 300th apprenticeship standard is a sign of real change with tangible outcomes, says Sir Gerry Berragan June was a record-breaking month for the Institute for Apprenticeships, in which we published the 300th apprenticeship standard. We have now approved 90 new standards in just six months – twice the number approved in

    5.00 Jul. 16th, 2018 | Opinion

  • Why we are planning to use a single licensing approach for T-Levels

    Choosing awarding organisations in open competition will not only give the new technical qualifications the greatest chance of success, but clarify the landscape for students, promises Anne Milton I was recently interviewed by Nick at FE Week, who wanted to know why we are planning to use a single licensing approach for T-levels. I thought

    5.00 Jul. 8th, 2018 | Opinion

  • Nursing apprenticeships are a good thing - here's why

    Apprenticeships may not be a magic bullet, but neither are they the poisoned chalice the Royal College of Nursing would have us believe, argues Lucy Hunte I recognise there are challenges with the implementation and roll-out of the nursing degree apprenticeship, but they are not for the reasons the Royal College of Nursing stated in

    14.30 Jul. 6th, 2018 | Opinion

  • If the 10% apprenticeship co-investment is removed, it should be done selectively

    The 10 per cent apprenticeship contribution rule for non-levied employers remains a lively issue. It is frequently cited by training providers as a barrier to engagement, and the calls for its removal by leading sector bodies such as the Association of Employment and Learning Providers and others remain strident. An air of suppressed anticipation awaited

    5.00 Jul. 10th, 2018 | Opinion

  • If colleges are not careful, HE will muscle in on their territory

    The FE sector is already beleaguered, but market forces will soon see universities trying to carve themselves out a bigger slice of the pie, writes Ewart Keep A research project about to be published by the FE Trust for Leadership on the marketisation of further education points to the growing competition that colleges face from

    5.00 Jul. 9th, 2018 | Opinion

  • When does Ofsted inspect a newly merged college?

    Merging with another college is certainly not a way to dodge a visit from Ofsted, explains Paul Joyce, in response to FE Week’s criticism of the regulator’s move to suspend routine inspections for at least three years following a merger. College mergers have become much more commonplace in recent years. With this in mind, and

    15.37 Jul. 5th, 2018 | Opinion

  • If A-levels need multiple exam boards, why don't T-levels?

    The system that makes A-levels so revered would work just as effectively for the new technical exams, argues Rod Bristow The groundbreaking Copyright Act of 1710 was in its long form entitled “an Act for the Encouragement of Learning”. The idea behind it was simple, that by protecting the intellectual property developed by authors and

    5.00 Jul. 2nd, 2018 | Opinion