• Apprenticeship provider register won’t reopen until September

    The register of apprenticeship training providers will not open again until September – nearly a year after the last window closed, the government has revealed. The register has been under review since November, but Rory Kennedy, the Department for Education’s director of apprenticeships, admitted to general surprise at FE Week’s Annual Apprenticeship Conference that it

    12.51 Mar. 23rd, 2018 | News

  • Marsden: Labour would look at devolving apprenticeships and other skills funding

    Labour’s proposed National Education Service would look at devolving apprenticeships and other skills funding, and not just the adult education budget, the shadow skills minister has said. Gordon Marsden told the AAC that full devolution of FE is “the way forward in terms of community growth and cohesion”, in his keynote speech on the second

    11.30 Mar. 23rd, 2018 | News

  • 20% off-the-job rule divides opinion again

    The director of the National Apprenticeships Service has mounted a strident defence of the controversial 20-per-cent off-the-job training requirement. “The 20 per cent remains, absolutely,” declared Sue Husband (pictured) in response to a barrage of questions from presenter Kirsty Wark and members of the audience at FE Week’s Annual Apprenticeships Conference. But she promised the

    11.06 Mar. 23rd, 2018 | News

  • Colleges, training providers, adult education services - we need a diverse provider market

    It’s always nice to be at a big conference with people passionate about learning, skills, training and apprenticeships. The FE Week Apprenticeship Conference at the ICC brings together a vital part of the education system: independent training providers, colleges, universities, awarding organisations, students and employers. The diversity of the audience is part of its strength

    10.28 Mar. 23rd, 2018 | Opinion