Paul Offord

  • Skills minister: IfA is better but still not fast enough

    The number of approved apprenticeship standards has exceeded those awaiting sign-off for the first time, but the skills minister still wants to see things done ‘faster and better’. In fact, a tough-talking Anne Milton told FE Week that she has pursued the Institute for Apprenticeships over the need to pick up the pace with “a

    15.24 Jun. 22nd, 2018 | News

  • Ex-schools minister proposes DfE shake-up to stop schools and HE favouritism

    Education ministers’ portfolios need a major shake-up if the historic favouritism shown to schools and universities is to change, according to a former schools minister. David Laws, who served as schools minister under Michael Gove and Nicky Morgan between 2012 and 2015, believes the current approach is “corrosive of good policy”. In an exclusive interview

    17.00 Jun. 21st, 2018 | News

  • How to apply for T-level teacher training funds

    Details of how providers can ask for money to train industry experts who will teach the first T-levels have been revealed by the Education and Training Foundation. A £5 million pot, managed by the ETF on behalf of the Department for Education, was unveiled this morning by skills minister Anne Milton. Up to £20,000 per

    16.25 Jun. 20th, 2018 | News

  • Anne Milton launches £22m construction skills fund

    The skills minister has launched a new £22 million fund to help tackle construction skills shortages. The 18-month scheme will be overseen by the Construction Industry Training Board and funded by the Department for Education. For our economy to thrive we need everyone, regardless of their age or background, to be able to get the

    12.33 Jun. 18th, 2018 | News

  • Digital and science engineering UTC to open in Doncaster in 2020

    A new university technical college is being created in South Yorkshire despite mounting problems with the programme, the Department for Education has confirmed. Doncaster UTC will train up to 750 learners in the “latest rail engineering techniques, as well as coding and 3D design skills”. It is scheduled to open in September 2020, and the official announcement explained that it aims to complement the

    10.46 Jun. 18th, 2018 | News

  • Essex council protests college merger with London group

    A council in Essex has come out firmly against merger plans for its financially stricken local college, fearing it will lose its community focus if it joins a giant college group. London-based New City College is preparing to merge with the financially stricken Epping Forest College from August 1, after the latter was placed in

    15.30 Jun. 15th, 2018 | News

  • Metro mayors demand control over unspent levy

    The metro mayors overseeing skills budget devolution have joined forces to demand control of apprenticeship levy cash that employers fail to spend. The devolved adult education budget will come into effect from 2019/20. In a joint statement, they insisted that with Brexit approaching it is more important than ever to ensure local workers have the

    11.44 Jun. 14th, 2018 | News

  • Leading charity sector figure to lead London’s largest college group

    A leading figure from the charity sector will take the reins at London’s largest college group. Roy O’Shaughnessy, who is currently chief executive officer of the Shaw Trust, will start his new role at the Capital City College Group next term.  Outgoing boss Andy Wilson is retiring, but will stay on for the time being

    16.35 Jun. 12th, 2018 | News

  • 'Outstanding' Ofsted result for Redbridge Institute of Adult Education

    A local authority provider has been rated outstanding by Ofsted for the first time since 2015. Redbridge Institute of Adult Education has received top marks in all headline fields. The report was full of praise for the organisation, which teaches at a main adult education campus in Gants Hill and 47 other community settings in

    10.04 Jun. 12th, 2018 | News

  • Rye Studio School to close over low pupil numbers

    The Rye Studio School in East Sussex will close this summer after it failed to recruit even half of the pupils it needed. It is the 24th studio school – 14-to-19 institutions with a vocational curriculum – to close or announce plans to close since the inception of the project. According to trustees, the school

    10.52 Jun. 11th, 2018 | News

  • Scrap the Institute for Apprenticeships, says Lords report

    The Institute for Apprenticeships should be scrapped, according to an influential committee that sits in the House of Lords. The Lords economic affairs committee has also poured scorn on the government’s target of three million apprenticeship starts by 2020. “The IfA should be abolished,” it said in a new report. The role of the institute

    0.01 Jun. 11th, 2018 | News