Nick Linford

  • ‘Inadequate’ grading triggers government funding threat

    City of Liverpool College could have its funding withdrawn after falling from outstanding to the lowest Ofsted grade of inadequate. The Skills Funding Agency and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) said they were “considering action” in response to the 17,000-learner college’s inspection result. Options listed in the agency’s Provider Risk Assessment and

    23.44 Mar. 21st, 2013 | News

  • Effective Leadership and Governance supplement

    Download your free copy of the FE Week 16 page special supplement on effective leadership and governance, sponsored by the Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS). Click here to download (18mb) Introduction College leaders operate in an ever–changing world against which they must act predictively and react prudently. From considerations surrounding the new student intake

    11.37 Mar. 21st, 2013 | News, Supplements

  • Government launch consultation in response to Richard Review

    The government has today published their response to the Richard Review in a “plan to redefine apprenticeships”, starting with a formal consultation. The document, The Future of Apprenticeships in England: Next Steps from the Richard Review, comes four months after Doug Richard’s independent review of apprenticeships, and asks 24 questions. Business Secretary Vince Cable said: “These plans will radically change

    0.00 Mar. 14th, 2013 | News

  • Richard Marsh, director, National Apprenticeship Service

    Richard Marsh remembers his first job well. “It was the Eighties, just after the Berlin Wall had come down, and loads of construction work was being done,” he says of working in post-Cold War Germany. “I was part of a roving gang of builders, tarmacking roads and improving infrastructure, which felt a bit like an

    13.28 Mar. 7th, 2013 | Profiles

  • Schools and employers need to get together

    The needs of employers should be running through the veins of the school system. Young people should be fully informed about their choices – and have the vital skills for the world of work, , says Jason Holt. Apprenticeships have barely been out of the headlines over the past six months.  There have been two

    13.21 Mar. 7th, 2013 | Opinion

  • National Apprenticeship Week Photography Competition

    If you provide apprenticeships then encourage your learners to take a photograph that represents their apprenticeship and be in with a chance of winning an absolutely fantastic prize! Email one entry before March 18th to, including contact details, the apprenticeship qualification, employer and college or training provider. A selection of submissions will be published

    16.19 Mar. 7th, 2013 | Events, News

  • A strong apprentice brand is invaluable

    Schools and businesses must both play their part in reinforcing  apprenticeships, says Adrian Bailey MP National Apprenticeship Week is an opportunity to underline the crucial role that apprenticeships play in the skills base of our country, to celebrate the achievements of many of our young people and to campaign for the changes needed to get

    13.04 Mar. 7th, 2013 | Opinion

  • Advertorial: Accessing apprenticeships – a passport to a successful future

    Apprenticeships are good for business, in every sense of the word, says David Grailey National Apprenticeship Week is a time to celebrate the true value of apprenticeships in terms of stimulating the economy, increasing workplace productivity, developing staff, and providing exciting opportunities for young people to get their foot on the career ladder. It’s my

    12.57 Mar. 7th, 2013 | Opinion

  • Why the introduction of FE loans is wrong

    It’s folly to try to transfer a university funding model to FE, says Toni Pearce National Apprenticeship Week celebrates the success of a system that creates education and employment opportunities for thousands of young people and adults. That’s why it is so worrying that the government is introducing initiatives that haven’t been proven to work

    12.50 Mar. 7th, 2013 | Opinion

  • Give employers ownership via tax system

    More employer ownership (and tax credits) will help to ensure that apprenticeship schemes drive the economy forward, says Doug Richard National Apprenticeship Week provides the perfect opportunity to reflect on how valuable but undervalued apprenticeships are in this country. I am a big believer that they need to be both championed and reworked for their

    12.22 Mar. 7th, 2013 | Opinion

  • Q&A with Ofsted’s Sir Michael Wilshaw

    Sir Michael Wilshaw (pictured left), Ofsted’s chief inspector, tells FE Week of his experiences looking at Germany’s apprenticeship system Why did you visit Germany? When preparing my first annual report for learning and skills, I was keen to see how England fared on the international scene. It was striking to note that youth unemployment was

    12.09 Mar. 7th, 2013 | News