• Providers that plan for less than 20% off-the-job training will have 'all funding recovered'

    Apprenticeships found to be planned with less than the minimum 20 per cent off-the-job training will be “ineligible and all funding would be recovered”, FE Week can reveal. The off-the-job training policy has prompted controversy and confusion since it was introduced in 2017. In an attempt to provide some clarity, the Department for Education published

    12.00 Jan. 25th, 2019 | News

  • Ofsted finds no off-the-job training at care sector apprenticeship provider

    A care sector apprenticeship provider has been heavily criticised by Ofsted for failing to give its apprentices any off-the-job training. Premier Nursing Agency Limited was found to be making ‘insufficient progress’ in two out of three themes under review in an early monitoring report published today. The damning report comes just two and a half

    16.57 Dec. 3rd, 2018 | News

  • Milton not budging on 20% off-the-job training rule

    The 20-per-cent off-the-job training rule is the biggest barrier to apprenticeship recruitment according to an FE Week survey – but Anne Milton will not budge on it. The contentious policy was attacked by more than a quarter of respondents to our annual survey, where we asked readers which single policy change would make the apprenticeship

    14.18 Mar. 9th, 2018 | News

  • The levy is not to blame for the fall in apprenticeship starts

    In last week’s FE Week webinar, the skills minister insisted the 20-per-cent off-the job training rule for would be sticking around. Neil Davies explains why not all employers are in favour While some employers might not welcome the financial cost of the levy, most undoubtedly want to maximise their return. For most, the levy is

    5.00 Mar. 6th, 2018 | Opinion

  • Level 2 apprenticeships are vital for social justice

    The boss of the AELP wants the education select committee to help him get rid of the 20-per-cent off-the-job training rule hated by so many small ITPs The education committee’s inquiry this week into the quality of apprenticeships could not be more timely after the change at the top of the Department for Education. The

    5.00 Jan. 15th, 2018 | Opinion

  • DfE quick to rebuff ‘evidence’ of employers calling for changes to off-the-job rule

    A plea for flexibility in apprenticeship off-the-job training requirements has been swiftly rebutted by the Department for Education. In a paper sent to the DfE on Monday, the Association of Employment and Learning Providers, backed by leading employers, asked that employers developing apprenticeship standards be allowed to set their own rules for how much time

    17.53 Jul. 25th, 2017 | News

  • AELP demands widespread changes to 20 per cent off-the-job apprenticeship training rule

    Calls are being made for widespread changes to the minimum 20 per cent off-the-job training apprenticeship rule, in a new report expressing Association of Employment and Learning Providers frustration. According to the government, off-the-job training must amount to “20 per cent of the apprentice’s contracted employment hours across the whole apprenticeship”, but AELP wants more detailed

    15.01 Apr. 10th, 2017 | News