• New senior role for former SFA boss after Positive Outcomes disaster

    A former Skills Funding Agency boss will take over as chair of the work-based learning specialist JTL, nine months after another major provider he had been overseeing went into administration. Geoff Russell will take over from Dr Ian Livsey when his term in office ends in December. Mr Russell, who was chair of major Derbyshire-based

    16.54 Oct. 11th, 2017 | News

  • DfE blames lack of resources for loans figures suspension

    The Department for Education has blamed a lack of resources for its failure to publish up-to-date advance learner loans figures – on which reporting is now suspended indefinitely. In the past, the DfE has published a report with up-to-date numbers of the advanced learner loan applications it has received and those applications ready for payment

    12.40 Jun. 19th, 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

  • More than half of apprenticeship standards still have no assessor

    Too many uncertainties in the new apprenticeship system is fuelling the acute lack of assessment organisations for new standards, according to the boss of their industry body. FE Week research has revealed that more than half (87 out of 162) of the apprenticeship standards approved for delivery by the Skills Funding Agency still do not

    8.00 Mar. 20th, 2017 | News

  • I wouldn't 'trust' the new Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers

    Many of the colleges and training providers that failed to get on the apprenticeship provider register are red-faced. Not just angry but embarrassed, given some simply failed to comprehensively answer the questions in the tender document. The SFA is sticking to its guns, but I suspect a quick reapplication will result in this being a

    12.15 Mar. 17th, 2017 | Opinion

  • No Birmingham colleges make apprenticeships register

    The nation’s second largest city may not have an FE college delivering apprenticeships when the levy launches in April, as none of its colleges has made it onto the new register of apprenticeship training providers. Birmingham Metropolitan College, Bournville College, South and City College and Solihull College were all missing from the list published by

    12.00 Mar. 17th, 2017 | News

  • Why is there no appeals process for the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers?

    After her company failed to get a place on the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers, despite its Ofsted ‘good’ rating, Anne-Marie Morris wrote a letter to Sue Husband expressing her sense of injustice at the lack of an appeals process Open letter to Sue Husband, Director of the National Apprenticeship Service, Skills Funding Agency Dear

    16.40 Mar. 16th, 2017 | Opinion

  • Colleges delivering hundreds of apprenticeships 'surprised' to be left off new provider register

    A number of major apprenticeship delivering colleges are “stunned”, “disappointed” and “frustrated” at not being on the new Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers. As reported by FE Week, the Skills Funding Agency yesterday published the full list of providers that will be eligible to deliver apprenticeships from May. Among the colleges with significant current apprenticeship

    12.34 Mar. 15th, 2017 | News

  • Company shuts down just days before SFA gives them green light for apprenticeship delivery

    Update, November 1, 2017: The company has now confirmed to FE Week that it is continuing to operate, following a change of ownership.   A private training provider is on the new Register of Apprenticeship Training Provider despite having ‘ceased trading’. Hertfordshire-based Apple Training Academy is listed as a main provider on the list published

    14.46 Mar. 15th, 2017 | News

  • Apprenticeship frameworks could be discontinued without SFA approval

    The UK’s food and drink frameworks could be switched off against the government’s wishes, FE Week has learned. The Skills Funding Agency is currently deciding on which frameworks it will discontinue from April 2018, but because the new food and drink standards are not yet ready, it hasn’t put them up for consideration. However, the

    15.00 Mar. 10th, 2017 | News

  • Government considers legislation change to protect learners with loans when providers go bust

    The government is considering a change in legislation to protect learners left in loans debt after their providers go bust, in a move that would mark an early victory for FE Week’s #SaveOurAdultEducation campaign. We have been demanding justice for hundreds of learners who have recently been left with thousands of pounds of student loans

    10.00 Mar. 11th, 2017 | News