Jessica Fino

  • Ofsted watch: Four providers improve to ‘good’ in busy week for FE

    Four providers – including a major college – have boosted their grades from three to two this week, while seven others either maintained the ‘good’ rating or achieved it in either their first inspection. Elsewhere it’s been a busy week for monitoring visits, with 16 reports published – 14 for new apprenticeship visits which produced

    17.28 Mar. 15th, 2019 | News

  • Scrap funding rule that stops providers from transferring their unspent levy, says UEL

    A university has called for the scrapping of an apprenticeship funding rule that stops them from using unspent levy funds to support local businesses. The University of East London delivers apprenticeships to large employers, but after missing out on a non-levy allocation they have to turn small employers away. One solution would be to share

    12.00 Mar. 15th, 2019 | News

  • Damning Ofsted visit finds provider not knowing who its apprentices are

    A training provider has been heavily criticised for not knowing accurately enough who their apprentices are, in an Ofsted monitoring report which rated it ‘insufficient’ across the board. Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust was today accused of failing to understand what constitutes a “high quality apprenticeship programme”. Ofsted found that managers are “unable to provide

    15.04 Mar. 12th, 2019 | News

  • DfE department responsible for apprenticeship policy has hardly any apprentices

    The division responsible for running and promoting apprenticeships within the Department for Education employs the lowest proportion of apprentices across the whole department. Of the 519 people working within the DfE’s Higher and Further Education office, fewer than 10, which is less than 1 per cent, are apprentices. It is not clear the exact number

    18.00 Mar. 11th, 2019 | News