• DfE U-turns over study programme rule change

    The Education and Skills Funding Agency has U-turned on plans to bar 16- to 19-year-olds who’ve passed GCSE maths and English from following level one study programmes. The announcement today comes after the agency received feedback from a “small but significant number of providers” on the rule change, originally announced last month. “We have decided

    12.27 Jan. 23rd, 2019 | News

  • ESFA seeking views on 'long-term operation' of apprenticeship levy

    The Education and Skills Funding Agency is seeking employers’ and providers’ views on the long-term operation of the apprenticeship levy, almost two years after it was introduced. Employers can now email their “thoughts and feedback” to the agency, and it will launch a short survey in the “coming weeks”, according to today’s business update. The

    11.36 Jan. 9th, 2019 | News

  • ESFA announce changes to 16 to 19 funding rules from August 2019

    Study programme learners aged 16 to 19 who’ve passed GCSE English and maths are set to be barred from level one courses from next year, the Education and Skills Funding Agency has revealed. The proposed rule change, published today, prompted the Association of Colleges to warn that the government was in danger of creating the

    17.36 Dec. 18th, 2018 | News

  • ESFA insists the apprenticeship budget is not under pressure

    The top apprenticeship civil servant has sought to reassure the sector after fears were raised of a budget overspend this year, as part of a wide-ranging interview with FE Week. Keith Smith, director of apprenticeships at the ESFA, said he was “not expecting any pressures” on the £2 billion budget this year, in response to

    10.00 Dec. 14th, 2018 | News

  • ESFA finally launches 'tougher' apprenticeship provider register

    The “tougher” register of apprenticeship training providers has finally reopened, more than a year after the last window closed. It’s now open indefinitely – meaning that providers can apply on a rolling basis, rather than having to wait for an application window. It comes almost 15 months after the Education and Skills Funding Agency revealed

    16.01 Dec. 12th, 2018 | News

  • Sixth form funding rates to remain unchanged in 2019/20

    Funding rates for 16 to 19-year-olds will remain unchanged next year, the government has confirmed – prompting disappointment from the Sixth Form Colleges’ Association, which has been fighting for extra cash. A letter from Peter Mucklow, FE director at the Education and Skills Funding Agency, published today, said that “the national base rates of £4,000

    14.43 Dec. 12th, 2018 | News

  • IfA and ESFA in listening mode about apprenticeship concerns at FAB conference

    The bosses of the Institute for Apprenticeships and the Education and Skills Funding Agency were in listening mode today, as they acknowledged there were points they needed to “learn from” about apprenticeship assessment. Sir Gerry Berragan and Eileen Milner’s speeches on the second day of the Federation of Awarding Bodies conference followed a panel discussion

    13.28 Oct. 19th, 2018 | News

  • 3aaa co-founders still own the company despite resignations

    The co-founders of crisis-hit Aspire Achieve Advance have remained as the apprenticeship giant’s majority owners despite resigning as directors, FE Week can reveal. Peter Marples and Di McEvoy-Robinson, who were the company’s chief executive and main director respectively until last week, had their terminations of directorships confirmed on Companies House this morning. Since their resignations

    16.46 Sep. 25th, 2018 | News

  • Revealed: The 6 apprenticeship providers banned from taking new recruits

    Six new apprenticeship providers have been barred from taking on new apprentices after early monitoring visits found them to be making ‘insufficient progress’, the Education and Skills Agency has confirmed. The penalties are revealed in the latest update to the register of apprenticeship training providers, dated September 10, which now includes a column titled ‘provider not

    16.56 Sep. 17th, 2018 | News

  • UVAC demands special treatment for degree apprenticeships

    The University Vocational Awards Council is demanding special treatment for universities offering degree apprenticeships, following the Education and Skills Funding Agency’s recent decision to extend existing non-levy contracts by a year.   The body, which represents HE institutes delivering vocational training, is claiming that degree apprenticeship provision has been hit the hardest by the move

    10.41 Aug. 22nd, 2018 | News

  • Ofsted given final say over new apprenticeship provider quality

    Ofsted has officially been given the final say over poor-performing apprenticeship providers following an early monitoring visit, the Education and Skills Funding Agency has confirmed today. FE Week reported back in May that the move was on the cards, following embarrassment for the government over apprenticeship accountability. According to the ESFA’s ‘Removal from register of

    15.40 Aug. 16th, 2018 | News