Smita Jamdar

  • SFA apprenticeship contract creates risks for employers

    The new apprenticeship programme was designed to put employers in the driving seat, but the contract the SFA will make them sign places them in a risky situation, says Smita Jamdar. As the jedi master Yoda once observed, “always two there are, no more and no less: a master and an apprentice”. If only life

    5.00 Feb. 19th, 2017 | Opinion

  • How many contracts does it take to make an apprenticeship?

    With the news that the levy will effectively function as a tax, Smita Jamdar asks whether government will succeed in its aim of making it simple and attractive for employers to offer high-quality apprenticeships. Last week, FE Week reported that employers will have to enter into contracts with the Skills Funding Agency when they access

    12.00 Sep. 25th, 2016 | Opinion

  • Government may need to try again with Prevent definition

    Legal expert Smita Jamdar reflects on legal issues with the implementation of the new Prevent duty, and how this could affect the FE sector. In parliament last week, the prime minister described the reported decision of an unnamed college to ban Christian Union meetings because of the Prevent framework as “clearly ludicrous”. People, he went

    12.00 Jun. 20th, 2016 | Opinion