• 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

  • T-levels implementation should be delayed again, says chair of social mobility commission

    Dame Martina Milburn has called for the rollout of T-levels to be delayed for a year. While giving evidence at an education select committee hearing on Tuesday, the chair of the social mobility commission (SMC) said she agreed with Jonathan Slater’s request to postpone the implementation until 2021. She added that she was disappointed when

    17.29 Jun. 19th, 2019 | News

  • Revealed: The 19 areas splitting £2.5m in careers hubs funding

    The government has announced the names of 19 areas that will join its careers hubs programme, but they will split just half the amount of money handed out in the first round. Damian Hinds, the education secretary, said today that £2.5 million will go to 19 local enterprise partnerships across England. Between them they will

    0.01 May. 20th, 2019 | News

  • Top DfE civil servant claims T-levels timetable is ‘on track’ following ministerial direction

    The tight T-levels timetable is “on track” and is “going well”, the Department for Education’s permanent secretary has insisted. Jonathan Slater was being quizzed by MPs on the education select committee as part of an accountability hearing, alongside education secretary Damian Hinds, this morning. He was asked if he still had concerns over the timescales

    13.13 Jan. 16th, 2019 | News

  • Pressure mounts on Hinds to explain £500m apprenticeship 'alleged overspend'

    The chair of the influential education select committee has urged the government to be “open and transparent” about a projected £500 million overspend on this year’s £2 billion apprenticeships budget, after the education secretary dodged a question about it in parliament yesterday. Robert Halfon asked Damian Hinds to confirm the figure – first raised by

    10.08 Dec. 18th, 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

  • Hinds quick to show IfA support but fails to name employers in agreement

    The education secretary was unable to name a single employer who supported the Institute for Apprenticeships in an interview with FE Week editor Nick Linford this week. Damian Hinds had arranged the interview while on his fact-finding trip to Germany and the Netherlands. He was asked if the English version of employer ownership was working,

    10.00 Sep. 21st, 2018 | News

  • Names of over 60 colleges involved in new careers hubs revealed

    The names of more than 60 FE colleges set to play key roles in new hubs, which the education secretary Damian Hinds has said will transform careers education across England, have been unveiled. But question marks have been raised over how viable it will be for the colleges to implement the required changes, as the

    0.01 Jul. 11th, 2018 | News

  • Damian Hinds defends T-levels timetable to Education Committee

    The education secretary has defended his decision not to delay the first T-levels, insisting the new qualifications are being introduced at a “good pace”. Damian Hinds appeared before the education select committee just two days after his top civil servant told the Public Accounts Committee that he still has contingency planning concerns regarding the tight

    13.00 Jun. 27th, 2018 | News

  • Top mandarin admits to contingency concerns over T-levels

    The Department for Education should have left more time to make sure T-levels go to plan, according to its top civil servant. Jonathan Slater was questioned by the Public Accounts Committee today about his ministerial direction, published in May, in which he asked to defer the start date from 2020 to 2021. He was overruled

    18.40 Jun. 25th, 2018 | News

  • Could Hinds' experience make T-levels work?

    Damian Hinds has been appointed as the new education secretary and, with a background including responsibility for youth employment at the Department for Work and Pensions, he could be exactly what T-levels need. The government has said that all T-level students will have to take part in “high-quality” work placements, which should last between 45

    14.00 Jan. 12th, 2018 | News