• Halfon loses apprenticeships and skills ministerial role in reshuffle

    It is a change that will shock the FE sector. Apprenticeships and skills minister Robert Halfon has this evening been told he will not return to his ministerial role, FE Week understands. Mr Halfon, who took up the role of Apprenticeships and Skills Minister from Nick Boles on July 17, 2016, is well known for his

    19.48 Jun. 12th, 2017 | News

  • Election night 2017: The constituencies to watch if you work in FE

    It’s been one of the most eventful and uncertain election campaigns in recent history, and now it’s almost over. The polls will close at 10pm tonight, and this will be closely followed by exit polls before constituency results start to trickle in from around 11.30pm. In case you were worried we hadn’t done something really nerdy

    15.39 Jun. 8th, 2017 | News

  • General Election 2017 | a closer look at election pledges

    When I wrote my last general election supplement in 2015, I never thought I’d be doing another over two years. But that’s the world we live in now, so here we go again. Click here to download the supplement Education is once again a key issue on the campaign trail and in these 20 pages,

    16.30 May. 25th, 2017 | Supplements

  • 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

  • Breaking: AoC manifesto calls for employer levy funding restrictions

    The Association of Colleges’ manifesto has called for new levy funding restrictions on employers. The document was unveiled this afternoon by the AoC, led by chief executive David Hughes (pictured). Of key interest is the commitment to “reduce the proportion of the levy available to employers to 75 per cent”. It added the “available resources”

    16.53 May. 10th, 2017 | News

  • Lib Dems commit to defending 16 to 19 funding

    A “real-terms” commitment to protect 16 to 19 FE funding per pupil has been announced by the Liberal Democrats. The party announced today that over the course of the parliament, it will protect FE per pupil funding “in real terms” at £660 million, and “invest in continuous professional development for teachers” through a £165 million

    0.01 May. 10th, 2017 | News