• Allow employers to appeal for more time to spend their apprenticeship levy cash, CBI urges

    Employers should be allowed to appeal for more time to spend their apprenticeship levy funds if the standards they want to use are still in development, the Confederation of British Industry has said. Its new report, ‘Getting apprenticeships right: next steps’, published today, calls on the government to introduce a process for such employers to

    0.01 Jan. 31st, 2019 | News

  • Government 'pushed' to reveal more about national retraining scheme

    The government is being “pushed” by its partners on the national retraining scheme to share more information about the new programme – which could cost “billions” to run, the education select committee heard this morning. The scheme was first promised 18 months ago, but the government has yet to say how it will operate, who

    13.22 Jan. 8th, 2019 | News

  • Anne Milton launches £22m construction skills fund

    The skills minister has launched a new £22 million fund to help tackle construction skills shortages. The 18-month scheme will be overseen by the Construction Industry Training Board and funded by the Department for Education. For our economy to thrive we need everyone, regardless of their age or background, to be able to get the

    12.33 Jun. 18th, 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

  • Bids to open for share of new construction retraining fund in April

    Bidding is to open next month for a share of a new construction retraining fund worth tens of millions of pounds. The Treasury announced back in November that it would establish a “formal partnership” with the Confederation of British Industry and the Trades Union Congress, to oversee a new national retraining scheme focusing on improving

    18.32 Mar. 26th, 2018 | News

  • Summit to launch 'skills revolution' with employers

    The government will host a special summit at the end of this month to launch a new ‘skills partner’ programme with employers to help develop technical and vocational education reforms. The Department for Education announced that the Skills Summit event will take place on November 30. The education secretary will lead the event in London,

    17.08 Nov. 14th, 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

  • Scotland to spend less than half their levy funding on apprenticeships

    The Scottish government has announced that its use of the apprenticeships levy will be more flexible than in England, funding a “range of employment measures”. Less than half of Scotland’s estimated £221m levy funding in 2017-18 will be used for apprenticeships, with the rest to be spent on a range of workforce development and pre-employment support

    16.14 Dec. 23rd, 2016 | News