Nick Linford

  • Ofsted is vital to good apprenticeship provision - now more than ever

    Key6 Group was found to be “not fit for purpose” – and the majority of their 200+ recruits weren’t even aware that they were on an apprenticeship. The inspectorate has really shown what makes it so vital, by visiting so quickly and choosing to make public its first report into a new apprenticeship provider. And

    10.30 Mar. 16th, 2018 | Opinion

  • Change is coming - but can the apprenticeship market handle it?

    Employers are paying too much for their apprenticeships, according to the Department for Education. Officials “expected” employers would negotiate prices below the relevant upper limit they set before April last year, and the Institute for Apprenticeships since then. But instead many employers pay top whack as, apparently, “they do not feel able to negotiate with

    10.21 Feb. 23rd, 2018 | Opinion

  • Apprenticeship starts slip further behind as November flops

    There were just 27,000 apprenticeship starts last November according to figures published by the government this morning, 40 percent fewer than in 2016. As the figures above show, this latest update to the monthly starts will come as a huge disappointment following declines of 21 and 24 percent in September and October. The figures from

    10.38 Feb. 22nd, 2018 | News

  • Staff vote to strike over pay at more than a dozen colleges

    Staff at more than a dozen colleges have voted overwhelmingly to strike over pay. Industrial action is due to begin in the coming weeks, and the majority of staff are planning a two-day walkout, according to the University and Colleges Union. The dispute follows what a spokesperson for the union described as “a disappointing” pay

    17.01 Feb. 12th, 2018 | News

  • 200,000 FE staff are now trained in Prevent

    Over 200,000 people working in FE have completed training to help them understand their duty to prevent the radicalisation of learners, FE Week can reveal. The Education and Training Foundation launched the online support programme in September 2015, when the government first applied the Prevent duty to the sector. FE teachers, trainers, leaders, support staff

    14.13 Feb. 8th, 2018 | News

  • Let's maintain the upward Ofsted trend for colleges!

    Our analysis of colleges’ Ofsted grades suggests a significant improvement in the past five months. By the end of August last year, the sector’s grades had declined for three years in a row, with only 69 per cent of colleges at ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’. But with a flood of college inspections improving from a grade

    10.40 Feb. 9th, 2018 | Opinion

  • College sector performance continues rapid improvement

    Just under three quarters of colleges are now rated ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted, as the sector’s rapid improvement continues into 2018. Two reports published this morning – for Chelmsford College and Craven College – record a crucial step up from grade three to grade two. And Leicester College and Lakes College both achieved the

    11.10 Feb. 7th, 2018 | News

  • National College for Nuclear launched

    A national college planning to train the bulk of the country’s workforce for Britain’s nuclear industry opens today. The National College for Nuclear is based across two hubs, in Cumbria at Lakes College and Somerset at Bridgwater and Taunton College. It is the fourth national college to open, following colleges for high-speed rail, based in

    0.01 Feb. 7th, 2018 | News

  • Ofsted announces tougher approach to monitoring subcontracting

    Ofsted will increase its focus on management and quality in subcontracting, according to its most senior director for FE and skills. The letter is being sent out today by Paul Joyce, with new “sample based” monitoring visits on the horizon. “This letter is to inform you that Ofsted will be increasing its focus on the

    15.08 Feb. 6th, 2018 | News

  • Invest in Ofsted to guarantee apprenticeship quality

    This week the number of providers and employers able to directly tap into an annual £2.5 billion apprenticeship pot exceeded 2,000. Everyone and anyone is being given a piece of the funding action, from Cambridge University, to Greggs, to one-man-band sole traders. Regulating the quality of training in this proliferation of actors will be mission

    9.10 Feb. 2nd, 2018 | Opinion

  • Cambridge University and Greggs among 354 organisations added to register of apprenticeship training providers

    The government increased the size of the register of apprenticeship training providers (RoATP) by 354 today, pushing the total to 2,187 organisations with direct access to funding and in scope for Ofsted inspection. The number of apprenticeship providers now in scope for Ofsted inspection, assuming the vast majority recruit level two and three apprentices, has now

    22.45 Jan. 31st, 2018 | News