• Huge concern over surge in higher level management apprenticeships

    A surge in higher level management apprenticeship starts has raised grave concerns that employers are rebadging their training. Gordon Marsden, the shadow skills minister, called on the government to “urgently look deeper” at what is behind the rapidly expanding overall numbers of apprenticeships at level four and above, after seeing FE Week analysis of the latest Department

    9.46 Jul. 13th, 2018 | News

  • Massive subcontracting top-slices finally revealed

    Subcontracting top-slices exceeded £100 million last year, and 28 per cent of prime providers were charging more than 20 percent, FE Week can reveal. The long-overdue subcontracting figures for 2016/17 have finally been published by the Education and Skills Funding Agency. FE Week’s analysis of the data has shown that just under a third of

    10.08 Jul. 2nd, 2018 | News

  • Dismay after rail specialist chosen as quality-assurer for digital apprenticeships

    A firm of rail specialists have been chosen to replace the Tech Partnership as the external quality-assurance provider for digital apprenticeships, in a move said to “defy all logic”. It was announced on Tech Partnership’s website that its members had agreed to pass “the baton” to the National Skills Academy for Rail, for EQA of

    10.11 May. 17th, 2018 | News

  • Urgent government action needed to save traineeships, AELP claims

    Traineeships are in decline and could die without more support from the government, the Association of Employment and Learning Providers has warned. Alongside the shadow skills minister Gordon Marsden, the body hosted a special Westminster debate on the future of the scheme in Parliament this afternoon. Panel members, including AELP’s chair Martin Dunford and chief executive

    17.00 Jan. 23rd, 2018 | News

  • Exclusive: Election delay for results of first adult education budget procurement

    The announcement of results of the first ever procurement process for the adult education budget has been delayed until after the general election, FE Week can reveal. An email seen by FE Week was sent to providers earlier today via FASST, the online services hub for organisations working with the Education and Skills Funding Agency,

    22.00 May. 9th, 2017 | News

  • Ofqual should not have double standards

    One thing an assessment regulator should definitely not have is double standards; it undermines the core of their existence. We’ve just emerged from a lively FE week Annual Apprenticeship Conference with much debate and concern about the disruption that the current process will cause without providing any significant benefit to the employer, learner, quality or

    17.50 Mar. 27th, 2017 | Opinion

  • Apprenticeship funding ‘u-turn’ - but how far does it really go?

    Despite the very public “U-turn” the government made on proposed apprenticeship cuts on Tuesday, funding is still due to be cut from key frameworks by up to 50 per cent, exclusive analysis by FE Week has shown. In August, this newspaper discovered that cuts proposed by the Department for Education would cause framework funding rates

    23.49 Oct. 27th, 2016 | News

  • Campaign victory over apprenticeship funding

    Widespread anger about planned funding cuts exposed by FE Week has brought about a welcome change of heart from the government, which this morning pledged much needed extra financial support of 16 to 18 apprentices in poorer areas. FE Week’s analysis published in August of the planned government funding rates, showed they could be slashed by up

    11.39 Oct. 25th, 2016 | News