• Kick poor-performing new providers off RoATP, education committee urges

    Poor-performing apprenticeship providers should be kicked off the government’s register – not just barred from taking on new starts, the education select committee has urged. It made the call in its new report, ‘The apprenticeships ladder of opportunity: quality not quantity’, published today, based on the findings of its recent inquiry. The report outlines a

    0.01 Oct. 8th, 2018 | News

  • In pursuit of parity: degree apprenticeships expand into the Russell Group

    Although seen by some as controversial, degree apprenticeships are central to the government’s plans to put technical education on a par with academic education. The Department for Education has repeatedly referred to the number of Russell Group universities signed up to the register of apprenticeship training providers as a sign that it’s succeeding in this

    11.48 Sep. 28th, 2018 | News

  • DfE in firing line with former skills minister for ‘misrepresentation’ and 'discourtesy'

    Chair of the education select committee Robert Halfon has accused the Department for Education of misrepresentation and discourtesy. Yesterday afternoon the DfE published a blog, aimed at journalists, that claimed the former skills minister gave inaccurate apprenticeship figures in an interview with the BBC Today programme that morning. Mr Halfon says this clearly misrepresented what

    17.50 Aug. 23rd, 2018 | News

  • Ofsted criticised for allowing college mergers to be excuse for turning a blind eye to failure

    The chair of the influential education select committee has called on Ofsted to “learn the lessons” from Learndirect, after an FE Week investigation found failing colleges that still hadn’t been visited by the education watchdog a year after they merged. Mid-Cheshire College, rated ‘inadequate’ for the second time in a row in May 2017, merged

    7.00 Aug. 3rd, 2018 | News

  • Halfon pleads for nursing apprenticeships to be 'special case' with levy spending

    The education select committee chair has pleaded for nursing apprenticeships to be made a “special case” with flexibility over levy spending. But skills minister Anne Milton told him in a special session this morning – dedicated to investigating what is holding up their roll-out – that this could not be done. It comes after FE Week reported

    14.44 Jul. 17th, 2018 | News

  • 'Preferred' Social Mobility Commission chair wants 'complete overhaul' of FE

    The government’s preferred candidate to chair the Social Mobility Commission has told MPs that the FE sector needs a “complete overhaul”, and reviewing vocational education would be one of her key priorities. Dame Martina Milburn appeared before the education select committee this morning. She made it clear that she is not impressed with the FE

    12.04 Jul. 11th, 2018 | News

  • Careers and Enterprise Company agrees to publish board minutes

    The Careers and Enterprise Company has responded to savage criticism from MPs over secrecy by finally agreeing to publish its board minutes. Its chair Christine Hodgson and chief executive Claudia Harris were grilled in May over the CEC’s lack of transparency, during a bruising appearance before the Commons education select committee, where CEC was called an “over-bloated quango”. The

    8.00 Jul. 9th, 2018 | News

  • Ex-minister calls subcontracting fees 'scandalous', but DfE has 'no concerns'

    The government has for the first time concluded they have “no concerns” about subcontracting fees, despite more than 10 providers charging an average of over 30 per cent last year, FE Week can reveal. This is completely at odds with the view of the last skills minister Robert Halfon, who now chairs the education select

    9.39 Jul. 6th, 2018 | News

  • 21 new members appointed to IfA apprentice panel

    The Institute for Apprenticeships’ apprentice panel will have 21 new members when it next meets on July 4. A week ago, the former skills minister Robert Halfon said the IfA should “get its act together”, following revelations that the panel hadn’t met in nearly 10 months. “The voice of the apprentice is central to the

    14.34 Jun. 29th, 2018 | News

  • Careers and Enterprise Company slammed for multimillion-pound research spending

    The Careers and Enterprise Company has been heavily criticised for spending almost £1 million on research and not on frontline guidance for learners. During a bruising appearance before the Commons education select committee, where CEC was called an “overbloated quango”, its chair Christine Hodgson admitted that £900,000 had been spent on research since it was

    13.56 May. 16th, 2018 | News

  • Government ignoring apprentices in mental health plans

    Apprentices have been ignored in the government’s plans to improve support for learners with mental ill-health, according to a critical report from two influential committees of MPs. The education and social care select committees were full of criticism for proposals laid out in December in a green paper on beefing up mental health provision for

    0.01 May. 9th, 2018 | News