• Don't double the immigration skills charge

    Conservative manifesto pledge: Double the Immigration Skills Charge to £2,000 to reinvest in FE and skills Alex Balch argues AGAINST Barely a month after the Immigration Skills Charge (ISC) has come into effect (April 2017), the Conservative Party have said as part of their manifesto that they will double the charge from £1000 to £2000.

    16.15 Jun. 1st, 2017 | Opinion

  • Tories are right to double the immigration skills charge

    Conservative manifesto pledge: Double the Immigration Skills Charge to £2,000 to reinvest in FE and skills Steven Woolfe argues FOR I welcome the Conservative pledge to double the Immigration Skills Charge (ISC) to £2,000 per applicant. In many respects, our immigration policy has been filling in the gaps for many flaws within our education system.

    16.15 Jun. 1st, 2017 | Opinion

  • 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 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

  • Subsidised apprentice travel plan falls off Labour manifesto

    A long-term pledge to cover the cost of apprentice travel has not made it into Labour’s final general election manifesto – despite it featuring in a leaked draft version. Last week, the draft version first leaked to our sister paper Schools Week, included a commitment to paying for apprentices’ travel costs, “which currently run to

    17.11 May. 16th, 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