• Training for hundreds of glass industry apprentices branded 'inadequate'

    A provider which trains hundreds of glass industry apprentices has been branded ‘inadequate’, in a damaging report that warns of a “significant number” being subjected to lengthy enforced breaks from learning. The grade four across the board Ofsted report on the Vocational College Limited, based in Liverpool, was published this morning. Resulting prospects for the

    12.17 Jul. 16th, 2018 | News

  • Public sector apprenticeships on the rise, new figures suggest

    New figures published today suggest that public sector apprenticeships are on the rise, after the government introduced a recruitment target of 2.3 per cent. According to the latest provisional monthly Education and Skills Funding Agency apprenticeship statistics, 43,400 out of a total of 338,400 starts between May 2017 and April 2018 – or 13 per

    12.39 Jul. 12th, 2018 | News

  • IfA yet to review duplicate and low-skill standards

    The Institute for Apprenticeships has yet to carry out any formal review of duplicate, narrow or low-skill standards – two years after being urged to do so by influential peer Lord Sainsbury. Demands are growing for the institute to “take stock” and focus on quality rather than numbers, with 300 standards now approved for delivery

    10.00 Jul. 7th, 2018 | News

  • National Audit Office reviewing apprenticeship reforms progress

    A follow-up review of apprenticeships has been launched by the National Audit Office, which will focus on whether the reform programme is delivering value for money. The NAO is requesting submissions, with a key theme being whether the Department for Education is ensuring that the system is not being abused by stakeholders. This comes after

    18.23 Jul. 4th, 2018 | News

  • AoC criticises new public sector register of providers

    A second register for apprenticeship training providers is being created for the public sector, and the Association of Colleges is furious that its members must pay to reap the benefits. The apprenticeship dynamic purchasing system has been launched by ESPO, which describes itself as a public sector-owned “professional buying organisation”. Providers must register before they

    10.07 Jun. 29th, 2018 | News

  • Skills minister: IfA is better but still not fast enough

    The number of approved apprenticeship standards has exceeded those awaiting sign-off for the first time, but the skills minister still wants to see things done ‘faster and better’. In fact, a tough-talking Anne Milton told FE Week that she has pursued the Institute for Apprenticeships over the need to pick up the pace with “a

    15.24 Jun. 22nd, 2018 | News

  • Public Accounts Committee wants more DfE action on bad apprenticeships

    The Department for Education must “weed out” poor apprenticeship provision, the Public Accounts Committee has said. A new report by the group of influential MPs also presses the department to look into whether financial incentives for teacher training deliver value for money, and to increase the number of women studying science, technology, engineering and maths

    0.01 Jun. 22nd, 2018 | News

  • Open letter sees government on defensive before apprenticeship figures announced

    The government is on the defensive one day before the latest apprenticeship figures appear, expected to show a continued year-on-year drop. An open letter signed by skills minister Anne Milton, Institute for Apprenticeships boss Sir Gerry Berragan (pictured above) and dozens of senior figures from business schools, businesses and other organisations wants the sector to

    0.01 Jun. 13th, 2018 | News

  • Queen's birthday honours 2018: Who got what in FE and skills?

    The FE and skills sector is well represented in the Queen’s birthday honours list this year, in which Ofsted’s chief operating officer has been made a Companion of the Order of the Bath. Matthew Coffey, who joined Ofsted in 2007 and was appointed COO in 2014, has made a “huge contribution” to the education watchdog,

    22.30 Jun. 8th, 2018 | News

  • Another early monitoring report uncovers insufficient progress

    Another Ofsted early monitoring visit to an apprenticeship provider has resulted in a verdict of ‘insufficient progress’ in at least one area – but the Department for Education has refused to say whether it will take action. The watchdog’s report into Mears Learning is the fourth of the 11 monitoring reports so far published to

    17.19 May. 30th, 2018 | News

  • 72 apprenticeship frameworks with replacement standards to stay until 2020

    There are 72 old-style apprenticeship frameworks with direct standard replacements, the government has confirmed – but they’re not going to be switched off until 2020. The list of 72 – which includes 47 different frameworks at multiple levels – was published today by the Education and Skills Funding Agency. It had sought feedback on switching the

    16.36 May. 29th, 2018 | News