Jessica Fino

  • PhD-level apprenticeships are a ‘perfect fit’ for today’s jobs market, says UVAC director

    A university membership organisation has criticised those opposing PhDlevel apprenticeships, saying such resistance shows a “bewildering lack of understanding of higher education provision and contemporary skills programmes”. Writing for FE Week, Mandy Crawford-Lee, director of policy and operations at the University Vocational Awards Council, argues that “the whole concept” of knowledge, skills and behaviours or

    6.00 May. 25th, 2019 | News

  • Ofsted watch: Tough week with one employer provider crashing to a grade four

    It has been a tough week for FE as one provider was hit with ‘inadequate’ and three others found making insufficient progress. Securitas UK, a large employer provider in the security sector, was rated as ‘inadequate’ in its first full inspection after Ofsted found none of its apprentices achieved their qualification. Ofsted’s report found that

    15.56 May. 24th, 2019 | News

  • Statistics watchdog ‘content’ with DfE including unreliable data in achievement rate tables

    The country’s national statistics regulator has given the DfE achievement rate data a clean bill of health but called for greater transparency. FE Week reported last month the 2017/18 national achievement rate tables included a list of more than 30 apprenticeship providers with data the DfE had admitted was unreliable. The DfE said at the

    12.41 May. 24th, 2019 | News

  • T-level students in rural areas still at disadvantage, despite DfE ‘tinkering’

    The flexibilities added to the controversial industry placement in T-levels are “helpful” but they still leave rural counties at a “distinct disadvantage”, according to a principal involved in the pilots of the programme. Last week the government launched a “package of support” to encourage more employers to offer the 315-hour minimum placements that students will

    12.00 May. 24th, 2019 | News

  • UCU elects general secretary

    Jo Grady has been elected the new general secretary of the University and College Union, though on a turnout of only 20 per cent. The employment relations lecturer at the University of Sheffield secured 64 per cent of the vote, almost double that of second-place Matt Waddup, UCU’s national head of policy and campaigns, who

    14.10 May. 24th, 2019 | News

  • DfE's double standards over level 2 business admin apprenticeship

    The Department for Education has been accused of double standards after it launched a recruitment drive for level 2 business administration apprentices on frameworks while refusing to approve an equivalent standard. Old-style apprenticeship frameworks will be fully switched off next year and replaced with standards, which the government constantly lauds as being of “higher quality”.

    11.00 May. 24th, 2019 | News

  • Ofsted finds learners unaware they are on an apprenticeship programme

    An experienced commercial training provider has been heavily criticised by Ofsted after it found a “high proportion” of learners not knowing they are on an apprenticeship programme. Manatec Limited, which had 550 apprentices at the time of inspection and is based in Grimsby, received two ‘insufficient’ ratings in its first monitoring visit since it started

    15.54 May. 23rd, 2019 | News

  • My main priority is the students in Hadlow college insolvency

    The application for educational administration by Hadlow College is a watershed moment for FE. It will be the first time the College Oversight guidance has been used to steer an FE provider out of trouble. In some senses, this is an opportunity to see if the guidance works. But my overwhelming feeling is of concern for the

    9.51 May. 22nd, 2019 | Opinion

  • Revealed: The 19 winners of the Liverpool City Region AEB tender

    The names of the 19 training providers that have won contracts with Liverpool City Region to deliver its devolved adult education budget (AEB) have been revealed. The combined authority will take control of an annual £50.35 million budget to deliver adult education from September. Up to 30 per cent – or £15.11 million – of

    17.51 May. 20th, 2019 | News

  • Ofsted slams large employer provider with no apprenticeship passes - again

    A large employer provider in the security sector that was suspended from recruiting apprentices last year has been rated ‘inadequate’ after Ofsted found none of its apprentices achieved their qualification. Securitas UK said today it will challenge the education watchdog after it criticised leaders and managers for being “too slow” to improve the weaknesses identified

    13.22 May. 20th, 2019 | News

  • Revealed: The 19 areas splitting £2.5m in careers hubs funding

    The government has announced the names of 19 areas that will join its careers hubs programme, but they will split just half the amount of money handed out in the first round. Damian Hinds, the education secretary, said today that £2.5 million will go to 19 local enterprise partnerships across England. Between them they will

    0.01 May. 20th, 2019 | News