FE Week Reporter

  • Coronavirus: Pregnant staff advised to speak to college leadership

    The Department for Education said tonight that college staff who are pregnant should be talking with their line manager about working from home. Government guidance, published this afternoon, says pregnant women should be particularly stringent to new measures aimed at protecting the most vulnerable groups, including working from home where possible. However pregnant staff have contacted

    22.39 Mar. 16th, 2020 | News

  • Ofsted publishes contested Shrewsbury College grade 4

    Ofsted this morning published their contested grade four report into Shrewsbury Colleges Group, expressing concerns that “not all students feel safe”. The college will be “appealing against the safeguarding grade” and appear to be accusing the Ofsted national team of “overruling” their regional colleagues. See their full statement below. Shortly before 9am the report was

    9.02 Mar. 16th, 2020 | News

  • Monthly apprenticeships update: February starts up 16% but down on 2017

    Apprenticeship starts for the period August 2018 to February 2019 are up 10 per cent on the previous year – but 18 per cent down for the same period in 2016/17 – the year before the levy reforms were introduced, figures published this morning show. Provisional figures for February 2019 show 25,300 starts, up 16

    9.40 Apr. 30th, 2019 | News

  • 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