Nick Linford

  • Supplier relief: London deputy mayor reveals Covid-19 provider support

    Training providers in London are to receive “advance payments” to “support provision and recognise the disruption caused by the Covid-19 outbreak”, the deputy mayor of the Greater London Assembly (GLA) has revealed this evening. The two letters signed by Jules Pipe (pictured), sent to providers with devolved adult education budget (AEB) and European Social Fund

    19.19 Mar. 31st, 2020 | News

  • Apprenticeship quango says less than half passing to be 'expected'

    The proportion of apprentices that last year passed the new style ‘standard’ has been revealed as just 46.6 per cent, something the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education said was to be “expected”. Figures (see below), published this morning by the Department for Education, show that many of the most popular standards had achievement rates

    10.36 Mar. 26th, 2020 | News

  • National apprenticeship achievement rates fall below 65%

    The overall achievement rate for apprenticeships fell last year by 2.2 percentage points to 64.7 per cent.  National achievement rate tables (NARTs) published this morning by the Department for Education reveal the fall comes after three stable years when just over two thirds of apprentices passed the course (see table above and click here for

    9.38 Mar. 26th, 2020 | News

  • FE minister writes to colleges about COVID-19 response

    This evening the apprenticeships and skills minister, Gillian Keegan, wrote to all FE and sixth form colleges in England. Read the letter in full below, or download it from here. Dear Colleagues, I wanted to take the time to write to you and thank you for all of your hard work and continued commitment during

    21.54 Mar. 20th, 2020 | News

  • Revealed: DfE finds small employers now account for just 27% of apprenticeship starts

    The Department for Education has this morning published “analysis looking at the impact of the introduction of the apprenticeship levy on employers engaging with apprenticeships”. The analysts found: “Apprenticeship starts have become more concentrated in large employers, since the introduction of the levy. “Apprenticeship starts were most likely to occur in large employers (those with

    9.37 Mar. 12th, 2020 | News

  • My notes ahead of select committee session on the apprenticeship levy

    The education select committee held their first session yesterday with what it called a “discussion around the complexity of the levy, its impact on smaller businesses (non-levy payers) and the use of the levy to fund higher level apprenticeships”. You can watch the session here. As one of the witnesses, I prepared some analysis and

    9.21 Mar. 11th, 2020 | Opinion

  • MBA apprenticeship faces cull as Williamson 'unconvinced'

    The education secretary has demanded a review into the controversial MBA apprenticeship “to safeguard the integrity of the apprenticeship brand and value for money of the levy.” The letter, sent today from Gavin Williamson to the new boss at the Institute for Apprenticeships, Jennifer Coupland, sets 1 June as a deadline for determining whether the

    8.33 Feb. 27th, 2020 | News

  • Apprenticeship starts nosedive 18 percent in November

    The number of apprenticeship starts in England crashed by nearly 20 percent in November, according to government figures published this morning. Starts fell just four percent between August and October, but provisional figures for November when compared to the same publication last January reveal a fall of 5,200 (18 percent) in a single month. The

    10.31 Jan. 30th, 2020 | News

  • Johnson government a thumbs up for FE investment but sad to lose Marsden and Milton

    The huge 80 seat majority and return of the Conservative Party to government now puts the spotlight on Boris Johnson’s FE and skills manifesto pledges. Significant sums of additional funding for the sector will, we are promised, form part of the government’s next budget. From 2021 there will be, the manifesto says, a National Skills

    9.04 Dec. 13th, 2019 | Opinion

  • Apprenticeship starts for young people continue to fall - DfE reveal

    The number of apprenticeships started by young people has fallen a further eight percent, the third year in a row and now 22 percent lower than five years ago. Figures for the last academic year, published this morning by the Department for Education, reveal a continued decline for those under the age of 19, which

    10.36 Nov. 28th, 2019 | News

  • Interim CEO appointed at college under investigation for nepotism and ‘financial wrongdoing’

    Hull College Group has appointed a short-term interim chief executive, as investigations into nepotism and financial wrongdoing continue, FE Week can reveal. Staff have been told today that Derek O’Toole (pictured) is to take up the interim position of chief executive for the group, initially for just one month. As reported in early October, the

    19.42 Nov. 27th, 2019 | News