Jessica Fino

  • Revealed: The 16 members of the 'College of the Future' commission

    The 16 people that will form an independent commission to set out a “new vision” for colleges in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales have been revealed. The commission on the “College of the Future” will be chaired by Sir Ian Diamond, chair of Edinburgh College’s management board, and also features BBC broadcaster Steph McGovern,

    0.01 Mar. 28th, 2019 | News

  • Employers having control over UK skills policy is ‘rhetoric, not reality’

    The government should move away from its “unhelpful” mantra of “employers in the driving seat” in UK skills policy because this is “more rhetoric than reality”, new research has suggested. The phrase was coined with regard to further education in the latter years of the Coalition government – 2010-2015. However, the study has found that

    11.08 Mar. 22nd, 2019 | News

  • Public Accounts Committee to quiz top civil servants from DfE, ESFA and IfATE

    An influential House of Commons committee will grill officials on the future affordability of the apprenticeships programme on Monday. The Public Accounts Committee will hear from the Department for Education’s permanent secretary Jonathan Slater, the Education and Skills Funding Agency chief executive Eileen Milner, the agency’s director of apprenticeships Keith Smith, and the chief executive

    11.02 Mar. 22nd, 2019 | News

  • Apprenticeship quango launches Quality Strategy with aspiration that no apprentice starts without an assessment body

    Employers should have access to at least one end-point assessment organisation (EPAO) before apprentices start their programme, the body responsible for apprenticeship standards and assessment has said today. The “best practice” recommendation, made in a new ‘Quality Strategy’ unveiled by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education today, has been made despite there currently being

    15.09 Mar. 21st, 2019 | News

  • Half of college strikes planned for this week called off

    Half of the 10 strikes planned at colleges across the country this week have either been suspended or called off. The University and College Union told FE Week that Bridgwater and Taunton has settled its dispute ahead of action that was due to start tomorrow, joining New College Swindon, which on Friday announced it had

    16.42 Mar. 19th, 2019 | News

  • 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