Latest FE Jobs:
Epping Forest College are Ascending New Heights
Music plays from a piano in the reception of Epping Forest C...

Read more

The Levy is here but will it deliver?
The moment we have been waiting for has arrived and the levy...

Read more

How can women make work “work” for them?
The job, as a concept is vanishing. Long gone are the days o...

Read more

TEACHING APPRENTICESHIPS? A QUESTION OF PERCEPTION
LOUISE DOYLE, a further education consultant and direct...

Read more

Three skills-based solutions to boost UK's productivity
How to address the UK's 'Productivity Challenge' amongst G7 ...

Read more

The 20%: Off-the-job learning is vexing apprentice employers
After what has felt like the longest lead-in time ever, the ...

Read more

Lesson observation records: A plea to box makers and their tickers
When it comes to observation records, I have issues with che...

Read more

Don’t allow this to be known as the...
Epping Forest College are Ascending New Heights
The Levy is here but will it deliver?...
How can women make work “work” for them?...
TEACHING APPRENTICESHIPS? A QUESTION OF PERCEPTION
Three skills-based solutions to boost UK's productivity
The 20%: Off-the-job learning is vexing apprentice employers...
Lesson observation records: A plea to box makers...

FE Voices

Government's 3 million Apprenticeships target under threat after devastating cuts to SMEs' apprenticeship funding

Apprenticeship training providers have reacted with unprecedented dismay to government cuts to the funding that helps support smaller businesses offering apprenticeships.   Areas of the country face becoming close to ‘apprenticeship deserts’ for young people over the...

FE News helping employers to understand the Apprenticeship Levy

Stewart Segal explains 3aaa Apprenticeships partnership with FE News and how FE News are helping UK employers to understand the Apprenticeship Levy by covering different views and facts that come with this Government reform. FE News also...

  1. Latest News
  2. Popular News
  3. Popular Video
  4. Submit Content

Apprenticeship funding and performance management rules 2017 to 2018

Apr 28, 2017 / Sector News

The ESFA today (28 April) reissued the rules that will apply to all apprenticeship provision funded by the ESFA following the introduction of the apprenticeship levy. These documents set out the funding and performance management rules for employers, employer-providers and training providers delivering the new apprenticeship programme from 1 May 2017. The funding...

Have an article you wish to share with the community?
Click here to become an approved FE News member and submit your content

FE Voices

Government's 3 million Apprenticeships …

Apr 28, 2017 / FE Voices

Apprenticeship training providers have reacted with unprecedented dismay to government cuts to the funding that helps support smaller businesses offering apprenticeships.   Areas of the country face becoming close to ‘apprenticeship deserts’ for young people over the next 7 months where there are few or no large levy paying employers to make...

All FE Video

Stewart Segal Explains The New Apprentic…

Apr 20, 2017 / FE Video

One of the key changes when the Government launched its changes to the Apprenticeship Programme, was introducing new Standards. Stewart Segal, 3aaa Apprenticeships Director of Strategy discusses how the new Standards are getting more employers involved in developing Apprenticeship Programmes. Stewart also talks about the main differences between the new Standards and...

Sector News

Apprenticeship funding and performance m…

Apr 28, 2017 / Sector News

The ESFA today (28 April) reissued the rules that will apply to all apprenticeship provision funded by the ESFA following the introduction of the apprenticeship levy. These documents set out the funding and performance management rules for employers, employer-providers and training providers delivering the new apprenticeship programme from 1 May 2017. The funding...

"

Employers have voiced their concerns over the negative impact of skills shortages in the retail sector through a recent survey, it was announced yesterday.

The poll has found that most employers fear that 2006 will see them hampered by a lack of skilled workers to fill their vacancies. Furthermore, there are concerns over the skills levels of the existing workforce on the part of almost four out of five of the respondents. Fear of competition might be expected to encourage them to meet this shortage through involvement in training programmes, but the poll also reveals that a little over 10 % of the employers are actually involved in such a scheme.

The Feedback

The figures make for stark reading for both the FE sector hoping to tackle skills shortages across the workforce and for the employers. 72% of those asked predicted that their business will be threatened in 2006 by a lack of skilled personnel to fill recruitment needs. An even greater proportion (79%) believe that their competitive position in the marketplace suffers from the skills gaps in their present workforce.

One of the greatest single fears of the retail sector was competitiveness (alongside issues such as online shopping and falling customer spending), with 90% expressing their concerns on this. One in four (26% to be precise) of those surveyed expect that they will fail to meet business targets in the next financial year, which certainly paints a grim picture for those suffering from rising overheads and falling customer participation.

Failure to Act

There is a broad level of support for vocational learning amongst the employers. An impressive 82% supporting vocational training provision. This figure is higher than in any other business sector. A further 87% believe that there is a clear link between training and profitability, and 98% agree that encouraging staff to increase their skills helps to increase employee satisfaction and retention. Foundation degrees are the most popular of the training options sought by employers for their staff, with the unique combination of academic knowledge and work-based experience pleasing 82% of those surveyed.

With the wealth of information on the benefits of training for staff, and the awareness demonstrated above of the competitive advantage gained through having a better trained workforce, it is saddening to notice that in this case words seem to be more popular than action. Only 12% have actually been involved to date in designing courses to help combat the skills issues that their business faces, and 18 % are not involved with any kind of vocational training for their workforce.

Minister Calls for Better Participation

Bill Rammell MP, the Minister for Lifelong Learning, Further and Higher Education, said: "I am pleased to see employers in the retail sector continue to back vocational qualifications. I want more UK business leaders to come on board and commit to the design and delivery of Foundation Degrees.

"Foundation Degrees were introduced in 2001," he continued, "designed in conjunction with business so that they are specifically tailored to individual employers needs and can help bridge sector-specific skills gaps. The feedback from early adopters such as Youngs Bluecrest and Radisson Edwardian shows that these qualifications have real, quantifiable benefits to the bottom line. Wed like to see more employers seizing the skills initiative - and reaping the benefits."

Jethro Marsh

Are other industry sectors any better in training? Tell us in the FE Blog

"

Exclusive articles from Further Education sector specialists, our team of reporters give you the latest breaking news and updates on emerging education strategies. With our Press Release section you can view the latest Press Releases across FE, and see breaking news – even before it reaches a reporter's desk!

FE News also ‘shoot’ video interviews and news bulletins so you receive the latest developments in Skills News and across the Further Education and Employability sectors.

FE News RSS Feeds

 

FE Careers Jobs RSS Feeds