The managing editor of FE Week will give evidence at the next session of an inquiry into apprenticeships.

Nick Linford, who is also author of the Hands-on Guide to Post-16 Funding, has been called as a witness for the Business, Innovation and Skills Committee’s fifth evidence session, which takes place on Tuesday.

The session will be held in Committee Room 6, at the Palace of Westminster, from 10.30am, when Martin Doel, chief executive of the Association of Colleges, and Tom Wilson, director at Unionlearn, will give evidence.

They will be followed by Mr Linford, who will then appear at 11.30am.

Anyone can attend the session, or it can be watched live on Parliamentary TV here.

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  1. Please emphasise the need for someone to monitor and take action with the unscrupulous apprenticeship providers. We (an FE college) are desperately trying to give our apprentice learners a great head start in their careers, working with employers to ensure they are doing real work whilst actually teaching them the knowledge element and developing their English and Maths skills. This is all so easily undone by giving apprenticeships a bad name through fast track routes, unfair practices and broken promises.
    Proper apprenticeships, supported by a funding system that supports the learner, not perverse incentives similar to the newly announced 10% bonus if a learner fails (genius! and an open door to more dodgy funding claims) are what’s needed if the government truly believe in the value of an apprenticeship.
    Good luck!

  2. Letmeinplease

    While you’re at it Nick, can you persuade SFA etc to recalculate Apprenticeship Success Rates for the last 2 years – excluding all 16-18 Frameworks delivered in less than 12 months. Might as well go the whole mile and do the same for 19+ Frameworks too.

  3. Julie Kemsley

    Fantastic, well done Nick and the very best of luck! Scrubbed out my morning, popcorn will be popping and drink carton at the ready (at least no-one will tell me off if I throw popcorn at the screen whilst I watch the link!). Go get em!