• Levy-lockout update: Employers lose access to £37 million from first 2 months

    Employers lost access to £26 million of their apprenticeship levy funds in June, the skills minister has revealed. The figure, revealed in an answer to a parliamentary question from Catherine McKinnell, the MP for Newcastle upon Tyne North, means that a “staggering” £37 million has been clawed back by government after the first two months

    16.27 Jul. 12th, 2019 | News

  • Treasury took back over £300m despite small employers being turned away

    The government has for the first time admitted the vast majority of the £400 million underspend from the Department for Education’s apprenticeship budget was taken back by the Treasury. In an interview with FE Week editor Nick Linford, the skills minister Anne Milton was asked how much cash the Treasury clawed back in the financial

    10.20 Apr. 12th, 2019 | News

  • It's FE Week wot won it: 5 month mystery of missing £300k levy 'resolved' by ESFA

    The Education and Skills Funding Agency has finally returned £300,000 to a large high-profile employer within hours of FE Week asking for an explanation. The employer, that did not wish to be named, saw the money mysteriously disappear from their apprenticeship levy pot in November without warning or reason. After reporting the missing funds to

    9.29 Apr. 5th, 2019 | News

  • Universities and training providers clash on apprenticeship priorities

    It is “entirely unacceptable” to expect public sector employers to subsidise low-level apprenticeships for chefs and hairdressers, a university membership organisation has said, calling on government to better support levels 6 and 7 instead. Adrian Anderson, chief executive of University Vocational Awards Council, the body that represents over 90 universities delivering apprenticeships, said the decline

    11.00 Apr. 5th, 2019 | News

  • Scrap funding rule that stops providers from transferring their unspent levy, says UEL

    A university has called for the scrapping of an apprenticeship funding rule that stops them from using unspent levy funds to support local businesses. The University of East London delivers apprenticeships to large employers, but after missing out on a non-levy allocation they have to turn small employers away. One solution would be to share

    12.00 Mar. 15th, 2019 | News

  • ESFA seeking views on 'long-term operation' of apprenticeship levy

    The Education and Skills Funding Agency is seeking employers’ and providers’ views on the long-term operation of the apprenticeship levy, almost two years after it was introduced. Employers can now email their “thoughts and feedback” to the agency, and it will launch a short survey in the “coming weeks”, according to today’s business update. The

    11.36 Jan. 9th, 2019 | News

  • DfE figures reveal colleges hit hardest by move to apprenticeship levy funding

    Colleges were hit hardest by the move to apprenticeship levy funding, FE Week analysis of new figures published by the Department for Education have revealed. The statistics, which included the number of starts per provider for the first time, showed that colleges’ share of the market dropped from 31  to 26 per cent from 2016/17 to

    16.21 Dec. 11th, 2018 | News

  • Damian Hinds reacts to concerns that spend on apprenticeships is soaring

    The education secretary didn’t deny that the apprenticeships budget is heading for a £500 million overspend this year, when he was quizzed about it by FE Week. Damian Hinds was asked whether he acknowledged the Institute for Apprenticeships’ concern, revealed in a presentation by its chief operating officer Robert Nitsch last week, that “we are

    10.00 Dec. 7th, 2018 | News

  • Urgent levy reform demanded for nursing degree apprenticeships

    Nursing degree apprenticeship start targets will be missed without urgent reform to how the apprenticeship levy can be spent, MPs have been warned. There has been an extremely slow take-up so far, with only 30 starts up to the end of January this year, the Commons education committee was told in a specially convened hearing.

    14.14 Jun. 5th, 2018 | News

  • 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

  • Government cashes in on levy brokerage

    Providers training apprentices for the civil service will be subject to a controversial new brokerage charge from the top tier of government which will recoup millions of pounds. Candidates to train government apprentices were told to register with the Crown Commercial Service, and a group of 16 were chosen. These were given access to at

    6.30 Mar. 9th, 2018 | News