• Non-levy apprenticeship funding process was as fair as possible

    Every month, Anne Milton, the minister in charge of skills and apprenticeships, will write a column for FE Week, giving her perspective on the issues facing the sector. For her first outing, she tackles the non-levy procurement exercise As a government we have made significant changes to the way our apprenticeship system will work –

    10.30 Feb. 2nd, 2018 | Opinion

  • Non-levy procurement process was a lottery

    The government’s non-levy procurement process wasn’t a fair competition because providers weren’t given all the information in advance, writes Patrik Knowles Last December 7 was going to be a critical day across the sector, as providers found out the results of the long-awaited procurement exercise for “apprenticeship training to employers not using the digital account”,

    5.00 Jan. 21st, 2018 | Opinion

  • Colleges 'deeply concerned' about £650m non-levy tender

    The Education and Skills Funding Agency was accused of plunging the relaunched non-levy apprenticeship funding tender process into chaos last night, as new “clarifications” and document updates were sent out. David Hughes reflects on college concerns below. Colleges are very frustrated and deeply concerned about the timing and the details of this procurement. Concerned because

    11.12 Sep. 1st, 2017 | Opinion

  • ESFA £650m non-levy tender has 'descended into farce'

    The troubled second attempt at an ESFA non-levy apprenticeship funding tender descended into chaos last night as a series of  new “clarifications” and document updates were sent out. With little over a week until the submission deadline, bidders were informed that the tender cap calculation for existing apprenticeship providers should be based on a proxy

    8.32 Sep. 1st, 2017 | News