Jude Burke

  • Funding rates to be slashed for popular management apprenticeships

    The management degree apprenticeship standard is set to have its funding slashed by a massive £5,000. And funding rates for two other management standards – including the most popular standard, for team leader/ supervisor – will also be reduced. The employer group behind the standards, led by the Chartered Management Institute, is planning to appeal

    17.19 Aug. 17th, 2018 | News

  • Popular apprenticeship standard to be hit with £2k funding rate cut, claims employer group

    One of the most popular apprenticeship standards is in line for a more than 20 per cent funding rate cut, according to the employer group that developed it. The level two hair professional standard was one of 31 named by the Institute for Apprenticeships in May as part of its funding band review. It had

    10.37 Aug. 17th, 2018 | News

  • A-Level results 2018 | Live blog

    A-level results day is here! Today’s the day when A-level learners up and down the country find out whether all their hard work has paid off, and what their next step in life will be. *** The live blog is now closed. Sorry if your pictures didn’t make it in – we’ve been inundated with

    16.36 Aug. 13th, 2018 | Bulletin, News

  • Ofsted given final say over new apprenticeship provider quality

    Ofsted has officially been given the final say over poor-performing apprenticeship providers following an early monitoring visit, the Education and Skills Funding Agency has confirmed today. FE Week reported back in May that the move was on the cards, following embarrassment for the government over apprenticeship accountability. According to the ESFA’s ‘Removal from register of

    15.40 Aug. 16th, 2018 | News

  • Tight deadline for ESFA survey on non-levy transition period for providers

    Providers are being asked for their views on the expansion of the Education and Skills Funding Agency’s apprenticeships service– but they only have four days to respond. The agency emailed all those currently on the register of apprenticeship training providers today, inviting them to complete a survey asking for their views on the “best way

    12.41 Aug. 16th, 2018 | News

  • Monthly apprenticeship update: 3m starts target slips further away with just 22,300 starts in May

    Apprenticeship starts for May are down 40 per cent compared with the same period in 2016 – but up 9,400 on last year. There have been 22,300 starts recorded so far in May 2018, compared with around 36,700 in May 2016 according to the Education and Skills Funding Agency’s monthly apprenticeship statistics update, published this morning.

    9.41 Aug. 16th, 2018 | News

  • North-east training provider on the verge of collapse

    A training provider in the north-east that held subcontracts worth more than £3 million last year is on the verge of collapse. JB Skills Training Limited, based in Sunderland, is in talks about bringing in the administrators, according to its managing director Dave Macmillan. He told FE Week it was “highly likely” the provider would

    17.30 Aug. 15th, 2018 | News

  • Allow UTCs and studio schools to select pupils, argues Toby Young

    University technical colleges and studio schools should be allowed to select pupils on the basis of aptitude, a controversial new report authored by Toby Young has argued. Furthermore, such a move would be legal and would only require a change in policy, according to ‘Technically gifted: How selection can save technical and vocational education’, published

    0.01 Aug. 15th, 2018 | News

  • Hull College overspent by almost £10 million in 2016/17, overdue accounts reveal

    Cash-strapped Hull College overspent by even more in 2016/17 than the previous year, according to its recently published and long-overdue accounts. The college, which reportedly received a massive £54 million government bailout earlier this year in order to balance the books, recorded a deficit before tax of £9.69 million in 2016/17 – an increase of

    16.47 Aug. 13th, 2018 | News

  • Baker clause update: DfE gears up to start ‘direct intervention’ as minister encourages providers to grass on schools

    The Department for Education is threatening “direct intervention” from September at schools that are failing to open their doors to FE providers, as part of a crackdown on non-compliance with the controversial ‘Baker clause’. At the same time skills minister Anne Milton (pictured above), writing for FE Week, is encouraging providers to grass on schools

    17.00 Aug. 7th, 2018 | News

  • Ofsted watch: A 'reasonable' week for new apprenticeship providers

    It’s been a ‘reasonable’ week for FE and skills, as two ‘new’ apprenticeship providers have been given the thumbs up following monitoring visits. Employer provider Flight Centre (UK) Limited was found to be making ‘reasonable progress’ in all areas under review in a report published August 3 and based on a visit in mid-July. The

    15.30 Aug. 3rd, 2018 | News