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Management apprenticeships debate rages
The Institute for Apprenticeships has defended the rise in management apprenticeships, amid stark warnings about the fate of those at level two from the boss of the Association...
AAC Apprenticeship Awards launched by FE Week and AELP
FE Week and AELP are proud to announce the launch of the inaugural AAC Apprenticeship Awards, which will be held at the next Annual Apprenticeship Conference to recognise...
Third of employers unaware of off-the-job rule
The government should make sure employers are aware of the 20-per-cent off the job training rule, sector figures have said, after nearly a third were shown to be...
National Union of Students launches campaign to tackle 'problem' of poor FE transport
The National Union of Students is campaigning for free or subsidised travel for FE learners to tackle the “huge problem” of poor transport for students. The ‘My FE...
‘Postponed’ non-levy tender results imminent
The results of the second attempted tender for funding apprenticeships with small employers (non-levy) are expected imminently, FE Week understands. We reported last week that the ESFA had...
CITB retains 'outstanding' Ofsted rating
The Construction Industry Training Board has held onto its ‘outstanding’ rating from Ofsted, in a report due to be officially published tomorrow. The report, which looked only at...
Revealed: 3 million apprenticeship target slipping away
The government’s commitment to three million apprenticeship starts by 2020 is increasingly out of reach, exclusive FE Week analysis of new statistics has revealed. Average monthly starts are...
Learndirect's apprenticeship achievement rates continue to fall, says Ofsted
Learndirect’s apprenticeship achievement rates have continued to fall, Ofsted has found in its first monitoring visit to the provider since its grade four earlier in the year. Inspectors...
Baker clause: Schools obliged to let FE providers talk to pupils from January
The Baker clause, which forces schools to open their doors to FE providers to let them advertise their services to pupils, will take effect from January, according to...
Budget 2017: Inflation-busting apprentice minimum wage rise
The national minimum wage for apprentices will rise again in April, from £3.50 to £3.70 per hour, the chancellor announced in his budget statement today. This will be...
Budget 2017: £8.5m to explore new maths resit approaches
The government has set aside £8.5 million to pilot “innovative approaches” to improving its controversial GCSE maths resit policy. Earlier today, the chancellor delivered his budget speech in...