• Outgoing ESFA chief takes "personal responsibility" for Learndirect decisions

    The outgoing head of the ESFA has claimed personal responsibility for the decision not to terminate Learndirect’s adult education budget contract after its ‘inadequate’ Ofsted rating. Although the DfE’s permanent secretary Jonathan Slater denied at the same meeting that the UK’s largest training provider had been given special treatment, Peter Lauener insisted it had been

    18.10 Oct. 12th, 2017 | News

  • Agency boss writes warning letter to all college principals

    The outgoing boss of the Education and Skills Funding Agency has fired a warning shot across the bows to all colleges on the importance of reliable financial and data management. Peter Lauener (pictured above) reminded college principals– or “accounting officers” – of their responsibilities in this area and the consequences of failing to meet them,

    17.09 Apr. 20th, 2017 | News

  • Job advertised for new Education and Skills Funding Agency boss

    The search has begun for Peter Lauener’s replacement as head of the Education and Skills Funding Agency. The job of chief executive of the funding agency, which will be formed through a merger of the existing Skills Funding Agency and Education Funding Agency on April 1, is advertised through the government’s civil service jobs recruitment

    10.35 Mar. 30th, 2017 | News

  • Concerns over Institute for Apprenticeships readiness justified

    Widespread concerns over whether the Institute for Apprenticeships will be ready to police the brave new world of apprenticeships post-April seem increasingly justified. Peter Lauener is a highly experienced and respected leader, who probably understands the intricacies of the new system better than anyone. It would be hard to argue against his role as shadow

    11.00 Jan. 20th, 2017 | Opinion

  • Marsden 'very disappointed' as assurances on IfA announcements fail to deliver

    Delays to the release of key details about the Institute for Apprenticeships are “very disappointing” evidence of a “haphazard” approach from the government, shadow skills minister Gordon Marsden has said. In a Public Bill Committee hearing on November 22, Peter Lauener, shadow chief executive of the IfA (pictured right), suggested to Mr Marsden that information

    14.18 Dec. 22nd, 2016 | News

  • Learndirect top-slices almost £20 million through subcontractors deals

    Latest figures have shown that Learndirect top-sliced almost £20 million through its deals with subcontractors last academic year, FE Week can reveal. The Skills Funding Agency (SFA) has threated to suspend public money for lead providers that fail to publish all of their management fees – the amount of government cash they withhold for themselves,

    17.08 Nov. 28th, 2016 | News

  • Race on to approve assessors in time for apprentices finishing in March

    Fresh concerns have been raised about endpoint tests on apprenticeships, after an FE Week investigation found learners who will finish in March on a new standard without any officially approved awarding organisation. Global insurance company Aon has confirmed this to be the case for the first wave of students taking its level three insurance practitioner

    10.06 Nov. 4th, 2016 | News