Jude Burke

  • Growth in 25+ apprenticeship starts as older learner numbers return to pre-FE loan levels

    The proportion of 25+ apprenticeships has gone back up to levels last seen before the failed 24+ apprentice loans system, provisional figures out today have revealed. The figures, published in the Statistical First Release (SFR), suggest a full-year growth in apprenticeship numbers across all age groups — but the biggest growth was among those aged 25 or

    13.25 Oct. 14th, 2015 | News

  • Apprenticeships quality to come under the House of Lords spotlight

    Apprenticeships will this week come under the spotlight in a House of Lords debate focussing on the quality and accessibility of the programme. Lady Prosser (pictured above), former deputy general secretary of the Transport and General Workers’ Union and ex-president of the Trades Union Congress, is to open a debate on Thursday (October 15) looking at

    16.28 Oct. 13th, 2015 | News

  • FE Commissioner ends work at ‘back on track’ Barnfield and Weymouth

    Further Education Commissioner Dr David Collins will be stepping back from involvement at previously troubled Barnfield College and Weymouth College, FE Week has learned. Barnfield, in Luton, received a letter last month from Skills Minister Nick Boles confirming Dr Collins’ role at the college was over. It followed a visit in July from his adviser

    9.00 Oct. 12th, 2015 | News

  • Two official apprenticeship vacancy websites still live — months after one was due to close

    Two official apprenticeship vacancy websites are still running five months after one of them was said to be closing down. A spokesperson for the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) told FE Week in March that the old National Apprenticeship Service vacancy matching website would be taken down in May, once the new ‘Find an apprenticeship’ service

    9.00 Oct. 12th, 2015 | News

  • 'It's about finding the right measures of quality' — City & Guilds Industry Skills Board panel on how to make apprenticeships work

    A panel of five representatives from industry and trade unions was drawn together by City & Guilds to discuss the findings of the Industry Skills Board (ISB) report Making Apprenticeships Work. The report includes 25 recommendations from the ISB for improving the way that apprenticeships are delivered. It was launched the same day as the

    9.00 Oct. 12th, 2015 | News

  • Merger consultation sets out Institute of Technology ambitions

    Two central London colleges have laid out their ambitions to become an Institute of Technology (IoT), as consultation opens on a possible merger. In a joint proposal sent out by City and Islington College and Westminster Kingsway College, the two colleges outline a number of collaboration models. These include developing their “offer of the highest

    10.09 Oct. 9th, 2015 | News