Jude Burke

  • Public sector apprenticeship targets to be debated in Parliament

    Apprenticeship targets for the public sector and making the misuse of the term apprenticeship an offence will be debated in the House of Commons this morning as the Enterprise Bill gets its second reading. Both measures are included in part four of the bill, which is due to be introduced by Business Secretary Sajid Javid

    11.01 Feb. 2nd, 2016 | News

  • Former government apprenticeships adviser Doug Richard cleared of child sex charges

    Former government apprenticeship adviser Doug Richard has today been cleared of child sex charges after a week-long trial at the Old Bailey in London. The 57-year-old American multimillionaire, whose 2012 Richard Review of Apprenticeships led to ongoing reforms, had been accused of having sex with a 13-year-old girl after meeting her via a ‘sugar daddy’

    16.30 Jan. 29th, 2016 | News

  • First EFA subcontracting data published

    The Department for Education (DfE) has unveiled a detailed report spelling out Education Funding Agency (EFA) 16 to 19 subcontracting arrangements for the first time. The Skills Funding Agency has published its subcontracting data for years, but yesterday (January 28) was the first time the EFA followed suit. Publication of the 2014/15 report, for example

    11.00 Jan. 29th, 2016 | News

  • Survey of over 91,000 employers reveals 'growing challenge' of skills shortages

    Vacancies that go unfilled because employers can’t find workers with the right skills are a “growing challenge”, a survey of more than 91,000 employers has revealed. The Employer Skills Survey (ESS) 2015, published today by the UK Commission on Employment and Skills (UKCES), found that 23 per cent of vacancies went unfilled because of skills

    0.01 Jan. 28th, 2016 | News

  • Pearson hit with 'inadequate' Ofsted report

    Pearson has been slammed by Ofsted for its inadequate apprenticeship provision in a report which found “no key strengths”. The global education business, which provides apprenticeships for around 80 members of staff through its subcontractor Pearson TQ, has dropped two grades to be ranked ‘inadequate’ across the board by the education watchdog. In their damning

    13.01 Jan. 27th, 2016 | News

  • Small businesses to get apprenticeship levy leftovers, Skills Minister confirms

    Small businesses will get the apprenticeship levy leftovers after large employers have used up their share, Skills Minister Nick Boles confirmed today. He was speaking in front of MPs at an evidence session for the Education, Skills and Economy Sub-Committee, at which he answered questions on FE-related issues including apprenticeships, careers advice and the Institute

    19.24 Jan. 25th, 2016 | News

  • Former government apprenticeships adviser Doug Richard accused of child sex charges as trial begins

    Former government apprenticeships adviser Doug Richard was accused of multiple child sex offences, when his trial opened today at London’s Old Bailey. The 57-year-old multimillionaire, whose 2012 Richard Review of Apprenticeships triggered ongoing reform proposals, faces three counts of sexual activity with a child, one of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual

    17.36 Jan. 25th, 2016 | News

  • Staff consulted over potential job losses at troubled Totton College

    A struggling sixth form college is consulting on a restructuring plan that it is thought could lead to dozens of job losses. Totton College, which was branded as inadequate by Ofsted in June last year, announced on Thursday (January 21) that it had begun consulting with staff in a process that it said will “determine the future path of the

    21.22 Jan. 22nd, 2016 | News

  • Tough new strike laws will apply to FE

    FE colleges that recruit learners from the age of 14 will be covered by tough new strike rules, the government has finally confirmed. Its ballot threshold consultation response, published today, lists teaching and leadership of “pupils aged 5 to 16 in state-funded schools” as “important public services” which would be subject to the new 40

    11.29 Jan. 21st, 2016 | News

  • Fintan Donohue retires from Gazelle Colleges Group

    Fintan Donohue has retired from his role as chief executive of the Gazelle Colleges Group after more than four years at the helm. Mr Donohue said that Carolyn Chapman-Lees, Gazelle’s executive director, would be the troubled group’s “key contact going forward”, in an email to FE Week today. It is the first confirmation seen by

    11.53 Jan. 19th, 2016 | News

  • FE Commissioner ends involvement with seven providers

    Seven FE and skills providers have been told by Skills Minister Nick Boles that their FE Commissioner interventions have come to an end, FE Week can reveal. Letters confirming the conclusion of Dr David Collins’ involvement with the five colleges and two local authorities were published before Christmas and earlier this month, after being sent

    9.00 Jan. 19th, 2016 | News