FE Week Reporter

  • Monthly apprenticeships update: Aug - Dec starts up 10% but down 24% on 2016

    Figures for the apprenticeship starts published this morning for the period August to December 2018 are up 10 per cent on 2017 – but 24 per cent down for the same period in 2016 – the year before the levy reforms were introduced. The Department for Education reports: “There have been 192,100 apprenticeship starts reported

    9.39 Feb. 28th, 2019 | News

  • Chancellor set to announce apprenticeship levy changes

    The Chancellor, Philip Hammond, is set to announce that the annual apprenticeship levy transfer facility will rise from 10 to 25 percent. In a speech at the Conservative Party Conference later this morning, Mr Hammond will also say that he will consult with businesses about further changes to the levy from 2020, following the slow

    7.56 Oct. 1st, 2018 | News

  • T-level employer panel members for 2022 and 2023

    This morning the Department for Education published the list of T-level employer panel members for the routes that will be taught from September 2022 and 2023. Click here to view. The panels are responsible for developing the outline content for new T-levels. They are made up of employers, professional bodies and providers and help in

    8.08 Sep. 10th, 2018 | News

  • Learndirect accuse PeoplePlus of ‘dirty tricks’ after entire senior executive team jumps ship

    The entire senior executive team at Learndirect Apprenticeships Ltd (LDA) along with 18 other senior employees have today quit to work for PeoplePlus Group, the firm that had only recently had a purchase offer rejected. The unexpected mass exodus of 22 key staff has been met with a furious response from the Learndirect Group, calling

    23.14 Jun. 29th, 2018 | News

  • How to get SET for teaching success

    Do you have a passion for Science, Technology and Engineering, as well as a desire to get into teaching? If so, emfec, part of the Skills and Education Group and Blackburn College are delivering a special national Education and Training Foundation (ETF) programme that could be a great opportunity for you! The SET for Teaching

    5.00 Jun. 29th, 2018 | Advertisements

  • Learndirect under new ownership just days after PeoplePlus deal falls through

    Learndirect has a new owner, after striking a deal with entrepreneur Wayne Janse van Rensburg for his firm Dimensions Training Solution to take the reins. But it remains unclear how many jobs will be saved at the troubled provider, as government income beyond July will be limited to Learndirect Apprenticeships Limited (LDA) which began recruiting

    23.04 Jun. 24th, 2018 | News

  • HE funding review launch: read the Prime Minister's speech in full

    Delivered this afternoon from Derby College, here’s the PM speech in full and checked against delivery. I took my very first steps into elected politics as a local councillor, in south London. For two years I was the chairman of the education authority in Merton. It was an experience I will never forget. I saw

    15.35 Feb. 19th, 2018 | News

  • Finalists for 2018 AAC Apprenticeship Awards announced

    After an overwhelming response to our call for nominations, the shortlist for the inaugural AAC Apprenticeship Awards has been announced. Earlier this month the judging panel (pictured above) met in central London to deliberate on the eventual winners; over 250 organisations submitted nominations this year, from colleges and training providers to the Home Office and

    11.48 Feb. 9th, 2018 | News

  • Public Accounts Committee calls for evidence ahead of Learndirect hearing

    UPDATE: The PAC has confirmed this hearing will start from 4pm on Monday January 15, and confirmed the witnesses will include Amanda Spielman, Andy Palmer, Peter Lauener, and Jonathan Slater The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has today said they want to hear the views of people that “had a problem with Learndirect” or those concerned

    14.35 Jan. 4th, 2018 | News

  • Ofsted inspection report for Learndirect finally published

    Ofsted has this morning published their inspection report for Learndirect, the largest training provider in the UK. Download here. This follows a failed legal bid by Learndirect to quash the grade four report, and FE Week’s successful overturning of a gagging order. Ofsted observed in their report that “directors and senior managers failed to take

    7.22 Aug. 17th, 2017 | News

  • DfE confirms special treatment will be given to Learndirect

    This evening the Department for Education said that it will not, as would typically be the case, serve a three-month termination notice on Learndirect contracts when its Ofsted grade four is published on Thursday. During the judicial review hearing, as reported in FE Week, the Learndirect lawyer said they expected to be given a three-month

    19.05 Aug. 15th, 2017 | News