FE Week Reporter

  • Apprenticeship vacancy adverts in May lower than last year

    Update 1 : At 17:45 the DfE responded by saying the data they published for May is not full the full month. A Department for Education spokesperson said: “The data published did not reflect the full vacancy figures for May, and was only for the first few days of the month. The updated data covering the

    10.26 Jun. 19th, 2017 | News

  • BREAKING: Delayed 2015/16 provider achievement rate tables published

    This morning the Education and Skills Funding Agency published the delayed National Achievement Rate Tables (NARTs). Click here for all the tables. The apprenticeship achievement rates are particularly contentious owing to a several calculation revisions to close loopholes, as reported in FE Week. Full analysis will be published in the next edition of FE Week.

    9.41 Jun. 15th, 2017 | News

  • Exclusive: New minister for apprenticeships and skills revealed

    The new minister for apprenticeships and skills is Anne Milton, MP for Guildford, FE Week can exclusively reveal. The Department for Education are expected to confirm the appointment tomorrow, but FE Week understands she is already meeting with key FE sector officials. According to the DfE website, Anne Milton “was appointed to the Health Select Committee,

    16.25 Jun. 13th, 2017 | News

  • Who gets the skills post? Two junior ministerial appointments confirmed

    Two new junior ministerial appointments have been made to the Department for Education, after it was reported by our sister paper Schools Week that Nick Gibb would be staying on. This evening Robert Goodwill, MP for Scarborough and Whitby and Anne Milton, MP for Guildford, have been appointed. However, it has yet to be confirmed

    21.50 Jun. 12th, 2017 | News

  • Draft Labour Party manifesto FE section in full

    A copy of the Draft Labour Party manifesto was leaked to Schools Week yesterday. Here’s the section on further education and apprenticeships in full. One of the commitments is to fund apprentice travel, so we’ve asked how much this policy would cost and above is our draft cartoon. At a time when technology is changing

    8.24 May. 11th, 2017 | News

  • Paying training bills by Direct Debit could be key to apprenticeship levy success

    Taking on apprentices has long been off-putting for businesses because many believe that trainees’ courses are expensive and the entire process is time-consuming. But the new government levy, introduced in April 2017, addresses the first of these issues, offering many employers considerable financial help with training costs. Having an efficient and automated way of paying

    10.40 May. 9th, 2017 | Advertisements, News

  • Non-levy funding allocations sent to providers following tender pause

    Colleges and training providers were last night sent a funding allocation for apprenticeship starts from next month to 31 December 2017 for non-levy employers. Following a pause to the £440 million tender process announced on 12 April, the Education and Skills Funding Agency met their commitment to provide allocations to existing prime providers that successfully

    8.12 Apr. 26th, 2017 | News

  • Chief executive role for new IfA finally advertised

    This afternoon the Institute for Apprenticeships advertised for a chief executive. The IfA launched this month and is expected to have an annual budget of around £8m and up to 80 staff. Perhaps surprisingly it is only a fixed term contract, of up to five years, with a salary of up to £142,500. The advert says

    18.13 Apr. 21st, 2017 | News

  • BREAKING: Agency writes to apprenticeship providers with further details on non-levy pause

    Today the Education and Skills Funding Agency has written to providers regarding non-levy funding for apprenticeship from 1 May (see full ESFA letter below). After the pause to non-levy allocations, many providers will be relieved that “to maintain stability through the transitional period we will continue to apply current subcontracting rules to the delivery of

    16.12 Apr. 20th, 2017 | News

  • Government to 'formally intervene' at 35 providers with achievement rate failures

    More than 30 private training providers, colleges and councils have been slapped with a notice of concern or serious breach, for falling below qualification achievement rate thresholds. The Education and Skills Funding Agency has today published an update list of providers given the notice, which for the first time lists those providers now subject to formal intervention

    12.03 Apr. 13th, 2017 | News

  • Government adds Birmingham college to register of apprenticeship providers

    After significant political pressure the Department for Education has added one of the Birmingham colleges onto the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers (RoATP). At least one provider had already gone bust when the register was first published, so FE Week yesterday asked the Department for Education why there had been no revision to the list of providers

    20.21 Apr. 13th, 2017 | News