FE Week Reporter

  • Making sense of the plans for T-Levels

    As reported in FE Week yesterday, the Budget on Wednesday will announce new money for technical education to fund what some national newspapers have called ‘T-Level’. The government said it was “the most ambitious post-16 education reforms since the introduction of A-levels 70 years ago.” Is the introduction of T-Levels a new announcement? No. The

    9.18 Mar. 6th, 2017 | News

  • Chancellor to announce 'over £500m' per year in extra funding for post-16 skills reform

    The Budget will invest new funding in FE from 2019 to pay for increasing the amount of training for 16 to 19-year-olds by more than 50 per cent to over 900 hours a year. This will come as a welcome surprise to the FE sector, as when the Sainsbury reforms were first outline in the Post-16 Skills Plan last

    22.40 Mar. 4th, 2017 | News

  • 'Shocked' staff sent packing as huge apprenticeship training provider goes bust

    One of the largest apprenticeship providers in England has called in the administrators after the Skills Funding Agency terminated their contract, FE Week has learned. First4Skills, which holds an annual £15m apprenticeship allocation and is 60 percent owned by City of Liverpool College, this afternoon told around 200 ‘shocked’ staff to pack their belongings and leave. It is

    22.36 Mar. 3rd, 2017 | News

  • SFA already finding ineligible employer incentives and will 'strengthen' funding rules

    The apprenticeship funding rules will be beefed up to stop inappropriate employer incentives, just two months ahead of the launch of levy-funded apprenticeships. The Skills Funding Agency said in their weekly update that they were aware of providers offering incentives, such as payments to employers to refund fees, which was ‘contrary to the policy intent’. “Following

    8.17 Mar. 2nd, 2017 | News

  • School funding 'done rather well' and it's cuts to 16-18 that's the 'bigger story' claims Institute for Fiscal Studies

    Researchers at the influential Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) have contrasted cuts to 16-18 funding with “spending shifting towards earlier in youngsters’ lives” in the last 25 years. The IFS today publish a report into education spending and are keen to point out that despite school funding cuts hitting the headlines in recent weeks, in the

    0.01 Feb. 27th, 2017 | News

  • BREAKING: Apprenticeship achievement rate falls to 67 per cent under new method

    The percentage of people passing their apprenticeship has fallen to 67 percent, figures released this morning show. The overall achievement rate for apprenticeship frameworks fell from 71.7 percent to 67 percent in 2015/16, however this follows a change to the methodology. Applying the new methodology to 2013/14 and 2014/15 shows overall achievement rates remain at 67 percent (see table

    9.40 Feb. 16th, 2017 | News

  • Digital Apprenticeship Service to be renamed prior to launch

    The Digital Apprenticeship Service (or DAS) is due for launch later this month, but will be renamed the ‘apprenticeship service’, FE Week can reveal. In an email to employer groups, seen by FE Week, the Department for Education said: “The name of the new service through which employers will plan, manage and pay for their

    11.18 Feb. 10th, 2017 | News

  • Apprenticeship starts rise despite fall in vacancies

    Apprenticeship starts published by the DfE this morning show a slight increase, when comparing provisional figures for the first quarter of the academic year (August to October). Latest figures out today show provisional starts at 155,600, compared to 153,100 over the same period a year ago. This comes as the latest vacancy numbers taken from the ‘find and

    9.39 Jan. 26th, 2017 | News

  • Industrial Strategy will put FE in spotlight with £170m to create Institutes of Technology

    The Industrial Strategy Green Paper will be published tomorrow, with post-16 technical education taking centre stage. A statement by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy says the strategy will “include plans for a radical overhaul of technical education to address its historic undervaluation in the UK and provide a credible alternative to the academic

    10.07 Jan. 22nd, 2017 | News

  • Navigating 2017

    In 2016 the FE sector navigated very choppy waters – but for the New Year it is now full steam ahead. There is much to do to be ready for the developments 2017 will bring, and it is important to take stock of what was achieved in the past 12 months. Click here to download

    23.31 Jan. 5th, 2017 | Supplements

  • Institute for Apprenticeships consultation launched

    This morning the government launched their long awaited Institute for Apprenticeships consultation. With a January 31 deadline, you have less than four weeks to give your view on the Draft Strategic Guidance to the Institute for Apprenticeships. Key functions for the Institute for Apprenticeship, which will be launched in April: Standards development and approval Currently the government

    9.33 Jan. 4th, 2017 | News