• Hinds blames colleges as their share of apprenticeships slumps to 26 per cent

    Apprenticeships delivered by colleges fell to just 26 per cent last year, according to analysis by FE Week, and education secretary Damian Hinds has accused colleges of “not winning enough” funding. When asked by the education select committee last week about financial constraints within the FE sector, Hinds blamed colleges for failing to secure more

    10.00 Jul. 5th, 2019 | News

  • Former adviser to two skills ministers blasts apprenticeship levy

    A former senior advisor to two previous skills ministers is the latest figure in FE to insist the levy is in urgent need of reform, in a new report full of stinging criticism of the recent apprenticeship reforms. Tom Richmond, who worked under Nick Boles and Matt Hancock and left the Department for Education in

    0.01 Apr. 13th, 2018 | News

  • Cancer Research UK calls for major levy rethink over charities

    More than 20 leading charities including Cancer Research UK have joined forces to raise grave concerns over the apprenticeship levy which they fear the government is ignoring. Major charities like CRUK will “only be able to spend a small proportion” of funding generated through compulsory levy payments, the organisation told FE Week, due to a

    10.00 May. 6th, 2017 | News

  • 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

  • Third of employers paying levy in April don't know it exists yet, according to new report

    A third of employers who will have to pay the new apprenticeship levy from April are not even aware it exists, a worrying new survey report has shown. City & Guilds has today published the results of a poll with 500 senior decision makers on their knowledge of the imminent apprenticeship reforms, carried out last November

    0.01 Feb. 13th, 2017 | News

  • New legal apprenticeships contract between SFA and employers unveiled

    The controversial new legal agreement, that employers will have to sign with the Skills Funding Agency to run new apprenticeships, has been unveiled. FE Week exclusively revealed last September that businesses would for the first time have to sign strict contracts with the SFA – rather than just with providers, as the sector had expected.

    13.20 Feb. 13th, 2017 | News