• 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

  • 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

  • Redesigned RoATP to open tomorrow despite no delivery from 1 in 3 approved providers

    Almost a third of providers on the government’s register did not deliver any apprenticeships last year, FE Week analysis has revealed – the day before the redesigned register re-opens for applications. There were 1,787 providers on the register of apprenticeship training providers in 2017, of whom 580 – or 32 per cent – had no

    17.52 Dec. 11th, 2018 | News

  • Skills minister will 'look at whether it is right to continue to fund all apprenticeships'

    The skills minister has said she will “look at whether it is right” for the government to “continue to fund all apprenticeships”. Anne Milton made the remarks as part of a wide-ranging video interview with Association of Colleges’ boss David Hughes this afternoon, after she was unable to stay for questions at the association’s annual

    18.56 Dec. 4th, 2018 | News

  • Levy budget bust: Government agency warns of imminent apprenticeship over-spend

    The apprenticeships budget for England is set to be overspent by £0.5 billion this year, rising to £1.5 billion during 2021/22, according to the government agency for apprenticeships. The warning from the Institutes for Apprenticeships follows a refusal from the Department for Education last month to answer FE Week’s questions concerning the full levy costs.

    14.38 Dec. 3rd, 2018 | News

  • The chancellor's levy transfer increase – a ‘package of reforms’, or mere tinkering?

    Selling the increase in the amount levy-paying employers can transfer to small companies as a “package of reforms” is a huge overstatement, says former SFA deputy director Tony Allen I am sure that I was not alone in having a sense of anticipation on Monday morning, when I found out (via FE Week), that Phillip

    11.29 Oct. 2nd, 2018 | Opinion

  • National Audit Office reviewing apprenticeship reforms progress

    A follow-up review of apprenticeships has been launched by the National Audit Office, which will focus on whether the reform programme is delivering value for money. The NAO is requesting submissions, with a key theme being whether the Department for Education is ensuring that the system is not being abused by stakeholders. This comes after

    18.23 Jul. 4th, 2018 | News

  • First early Ofsted monitoring visit of apprenticeship newcomer warns training 'not fit for purpose'

    The first of a new wave of Ofsted’s early-monitoring visit reports on newcomers to the apprenticeship market has been brutally critical of training that is “not fit for purpose”. The inspectorate’s stark criticism of Key6 Group is all the more striking because it has high-profile apprenticeship levy contracts with Liverpool Football Club and charity giant

    12.38 Mar. 15th, 2018 | News

  • Investigation: Agency accused over 'tax avoidance' levy advice

    An apprenticeship and graduate recruitment agency for schools has been accused of exploiting a tax incentive scheme after it emerged it has been advising schools how to become “better off’ by manipulating apprenticeship levy rules. Qualified Schools proudly states on its website that schools can make “significant in-year budget savings” if they choose to enrol

    21.00 Jan. 18th, 2018 | News

  • £1.6 billion bids for ‘markedly oversubscribed’ non-levy procurement

    The total value of bids lodged through the now-paused procurement for apprenticeship provision allocations for non-levy-paying employers was around £1.6 billion, almost four times more than the sum available, FE Week has learned. The Education and Skills Funding Agency announced on April 12, that the decision over funding allocations relating to this procurement had been be paused,

    15.20 Apr. 18th, 2017 | News

  • How will the NHS spend its apprenticeship levy?

    The NHS will build strong partnerships with colleges and training providers, as long as they are honest about their capacity, says Lucy Hunte. With the imminent introduction of a public sector target which will require all public sector organisations to have 2.3 per cent of their workforce on apprenticeships, the NHS will have an estimated

    5.00 Feb. 4th, 2017 | Opinion