Jude Burke

  • Allow employers to appeal for more time to spend their apprenticeship levy cash, CBI urges

    Employers should be allowed to appeal for more time to spend their apprenticeship levy funds if the standards they want to use are still in development, the Confederation of British Industry has said. Its new report, ‘Getting apprenticeships right: next steps’, published today, calls on the government to introduce a process for such employers to

    0.01 Jan. 31st, 2019 | News

  • Social Mobility Commission report warns of ‘virtuous’ and ‘vicious’ cycle of adult learning

    The poorest adults with the lowest qualifications are the least likely to access training despite needing it the most, according to new Social Mobility Commission research, which has warned of a “virtuous and vicious cycle of learning”. ‘The adult skills gap: is falling investment in UK adults stalling social mobility?’, released today, looked at participation

    0.01 Jan. 29th, 2019 | News

  • Number of approved apprenticeship standards to hit 400 next week

    The number of apprenticeship standards approved for delivery is set to hit 400 next week, a little over a year after the Institute for Apprenticeships vowed to get ‘faster and better’. The milestone also comes just six months after it passed the 300 mark, and two months ahead of the institute’s own target date of

    16.49 Jan. 25th, 2019 | News


    Your weekly guide to who’s new and who’s leaving John Gray, director of further education, Emsi Start date: January 2019 Previous job: Director of marketing and strategy, Sheffield College Interesting fact: John is keen cook and loves to bake – egg custard tart is his speciality Jan Gormley, deputy principal, Queen Alexandra College Start date: December

    6.00 Jan. 28th, 2019 | Bulletin, Movers and Shakers

  • College in £37m debt given permission to carry out banned tactical subcontracting

    The Department for Education appears to have given a cash-strapped college special treatment, after it endorsed subcontracting to meet short-term funding objectives. Lambeth College, which is dependent on government bailouts, “embarked on a significant programme of subcontracting” to make up for a recruitment shortfall last year, according to its recently published 2017/18 accounts. The college

    9.47 Jan. 25th, 2019 | News

  • Providers that plan for less than 20% off-the-job training will have 'all funding recovered'

    Apprenticeships found to be planned with less than the minimum 20 per cent off-the-job training will be “ineligible and all funding would be recovered”, FE Week can reveal. The off-the-job training policy has prompted controversy and confusion since it was introduced in 2017. In an attempt to provide some clarity, the Department for Education published

    12.00 Jan. 25th, 2019 | News

  • Management apprenticeships continue to soar as Milton 'thrilled' with rise in starts

    Management standards are continuing their reign as the most popular apprenticeships, according to the first statistics for 2018/19 published by the Department for Education this week. The team leader/supervisor had the most starts of any standard in the first quarter of the year, while three other management standards were among the 20 most popular. They

    12.30 Jan. 25th, 2019 | News

  • Apprenticeship starts up on 2017/18 - but still down on 2016/17

    Apprenticeship starts are up 15 per cent for the first quarter of 2018/19 compared with the same period in 2017/18. There were 132,000 starts from August to October 2018, a rise of 17,700 or 15 per cent on the 2017/18 figure of 114,300, according to figures published by the Department for Education this morning.  But

    9.41 Jan. 24th, 2019 | News

  • Colleges will put learners on inappropriate courses without funding increase, warns Ofsted boss

    Colleges are likely to increase the amount of courses that “attract the most learners” but which don’t offer “real long-term life prospects” if funding isn’t increased, Ofsted chief inspector has warned. Amanda Spielman appeared before MPs on the public accounts committee this afternoon, during which she was asked about the impact of cuts of the

    18.13 Jan. 23rd, 2019 | News

  • DfE U-turns over study programme rule change

    The Education and Skills Funding Agency has U-turned on plans to bar 16- to 19-year-olds who’ve passed GCSE maths and English from following level one study programmes. The announcement today comes after the agency received feedback from a “small but significant number of providers” on the rule change, originally announced last month. “We have decided

    12.27 Jan. 23rd, 2019 | News

  • College claims Institute of Technology bid ‘not in jeopardy’ despite Ofsted grade three

    A college that has plummeted two Ofsted grades from its previous ‘outstanding’ has insisted its bid to open an Institute of Technology is “not in jeopardy”. Swindon College was rated ‘requires improvement’ overall and in five out of eight headline fields, in a report published today and based on an inspection in December. It was

    14.23 Jan. 22nd, 2019 | News