• IFS: Parties’ spending plans leave 16 to 18 education with 10% less than schools

    General election manifesto plans of all three major parties’ proposals will leave spending for 16 to 18-year-olds around 10 per cent lower than secondary schools, according to new analysis from the Institute for Fiscal Studies. The think tank says that while the Conservatives, Labour and Liberal Democrats are all proposing to spend more on this

    11.19 Jun. 1st, 2017 | News

  • Conservatives are lying about 3m apprenticeships for young people

    The Conservative manifesto has repeated the pledge from 2015 to “deliver our commitment to create 3 million apprenticeships for young people by 2020.” This target description remains at best grossly misleading, and now they’re repeating it two years later, I think it’s fair to call this a lie. Why? Because in reality they are aren’t

    14.14 May. 19th, 2017 | Opinion

  • Conservatives announce surprise pledge to let levy pay wages

    A surprise move has been made by the Conservatives to allow large firms to use apprentice levy funds to pay wages – in a manifesto retaining the commitment to 3 million starts by 2020. The document, launched this morning, also commits to a major review of tertiary education funding, which it is thought could review

    15.14 May. 18th, 2017 | News

  • Breaking: Conservative manifesto pledges for FE and skills published

    The Conservatives’ long-awaited general election manifesto, called ‘Forward Together’, has just been launched, outlining its plans for FE and skills. Click here to download the full document. Key pledges include: National Productivity Investment Fund, including £250 million in funding for skills by 2020 to boost productivity Double the Immigration Skills Charge for business employing skilled

    11.49 May. 18th, 2017 | News

  • Costs in question after Labour apprentice pledge

    The financial implications of Labour’s pledge to cover apprentices’ travel costs have been called into question, after the Conservatives labelled their costings a “total shambles”. A leaked draft version of Labour’s manifesto committed to paying for apprentices’ travel costs, “which currently run to an average of £24 a week – a quarter of earnings if

    16.24 May. 12th, 2017 | News