• Blow your own trumpet and shake off your victim mentality, providers told

    FE providers have been urged to “blow their own trumpet more” after research found they have developed a “victim mentality” because they have been “unfairly blamed for deficiencies in a highly complicated system”. A study, conducted by the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) and the Further Education Trust for Leadership (FETL), found that

    11.00 Mar. 29th, 2019 | News

  • 20% funding uplift for 16-to-18 apprentices stays another year

    Extra payments to providers training the youngest and most disadvantaged apprentices will remain in place from August, the Department for Education has confirmed. The 20-per-cent uplift for 16- to 18-year-old apprentices on frameworks, with additional cash for those in disadvantaged areas, were introduced in 2016 as a transitional measure. Today’s announcement confirms they will remain

    13.09 May. 17th, 2018 | News

  • CITB finds almost three quarters of Carillion apprentices new employers

    Almost three quarters of the apprentices left jobless following the collapse of Carillion have secured new employment, following an “extraordinary effort” by the construction industry over the last month. At first, 700 were offered alternative apprenticeships by the end of January, after the outsourcing giant entered liquidation on the 15th. But attempts to move more

    10.00 Apr. 14th, 2018 | News

  • Apprentice travel discounts yet to manifest

    Six months after the Conservatives committed to cutting travel costs for apprentices in their election manifesto, there is no evidence the policy is near to being implemented. It was one of the major FE policies included in the Conservative manifesto in May, when the party pledged to “introduce significantly discounted bus and train travel for

    11.00 Nov. 11th, 2017 | News

  • Levy cash must be used to widen access to apprenticeships

    The AoC’s Teresa Frith believes that the chancellor should make tweaks to apprenticeship funding, rather than wholesale changes Apprenticeships are an increasingly important part of the long-term plan for workforce development, enhanced productivity and social inclusion in England. The government’s reform programme is aimed at ensuring apprenticeships in England become more rigorous and more responsive

    5.00 Oct. 23rd, 2017 | Opinion

  • Why are neurodiverse apprentices so badly supported?

    Students’ learning needs are met at university, but not on apprenticeships, says Chris Quickfall How can it be, in a world that talks so much about equality and diversity, that the self-development opportunities for learners with a neurodiversity, for instance dyslexia, favour one post-16 study route far more than another? If a learning weakness is

    5.00 Sep. 19th, 2017 | Opinion

  • Costs in question after Labour apprentice pledge

    The financial implications of Labour’s pledge to cover apprentices’ travel costs have been called into question, after the Conservatives labelled their costings a “total shambles”. A leaked draft version of Labour’s manifesto committed to paying for apprentices’ travel costs, “which currently run to an average of £24 a week – a quarter of earnings if

    16.24 May. 12th, 2017 | News

  • The minimum wage has gone up - but are apprentices getting paid?

    The minimum wage for apprentices changed on April 1 this year, soaring from a measly £3.40 per hour to a princely £3.50 per hour. And though this extra cash – which represents an impressive 2.9% increase – is probably very welcome for young apprentices, we at FE Week started to wonder whether employers were paying

    10.00 Apr. 22nd, 2017 | News

  • Institute for Apprenticeships announces route panel chairs and apprentice panel

    The Institute for Apprenticeships has appointed the chairs for 15 route panels, and a panel of apprentices to advise the board. The route panels are made up of industry experts and will be responsible for setting the standards of knowledge, skills and behaviours needed by employers for every occupation in England. The chairs will lead their groups

    9.42 Apr. 21st, 2017 | News

  • Government pushes for more over-60s apprentices

    Over-60s are being encouraged to do more apprenticeships, in a new government report looking at how to boost employment prospects in later life. The report by the Department for Work and pensions, called Fuller Working Lives: A Partnership Approach, was unveiled this morning. It refers repeatedly to retraining opportunities for people aged over 45, and

    11.47 Feb. 2nd, 2017 | News

  • Apprentices get IfA representation – but no place on the board

    The government has finally committed to establishing an apprentice panel for the Institute for Apprenticeships, in a move hailed by the National Union of Students as a victory for learners. The panel was announced by apprenticeships and skills minister Robert Halfon during the sixth sitting of the public bill committee for the Technical and Further

    10.00 Dec. 11th, 2016 | News