• More support for disadvantaged apprentices is needed

    With the latest figures on apprenticeship starts published today, its easy to get pulled into the debate about whether or not government will hit its three million target, and indeed whether or not it matters. The Learning and Work Institute has welcomed efforts to expand apprenticeships, but we’re clear that as numbers increase, it is

    17.12 May. 17th, 2018 | Opinion

  • Leicester city council in row over 'brokerage-style' levy deal

    Leicester city council is the latest public body accused of diverting apprenticeship levy funding away from frontline learning via a brokerage-style deal with a third party. It awarded a contract to a firm known as Salad Skills last October, to operate as a “quality-assurance partner”. This role involves identifying suitable providers to train the council’s

    12.00 May. 4th, 2018 | 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

  • Breaking: Full Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers finally published

    Almost 75 per cent of applicants to the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers were successful, the Skills Funding Agency has revealed. The full list of providers on the new register has finally been published by the agency (click to download full list), almost 24 hours after providers began to learn their fate via the SFA’s

    20.00 Mar. 13th, 2017 | News

  • Apprenticeship funding, apprenticeship providers and the levy: key documentation

    In case you were in any doubt, the reforms to the apprenticeship system are complex. You might think that there would be one single place that you could access to get all the information you would need, but there isn’t (unless you include gov.uk but not all the documents are on one page or even

    11.00 Mar. 15th, 2017 | Resources

  • Final levels of apprenticeship funding revealed

    This morning the government released an update to their apprenticeship reform plans, including final levels of funding for new framework and standards starts from May 1, 2017. Click here to read. The latest information first appeared in a ministerial statement here, and follows a three week consultation on provisional plans that was published in August. Final funding levels announced

    10.02 Oct. 25th, 2016 | News