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The Levy is a step forward, it's time to take the next step
We have consistently highlighted the risks around unequal access and inconsistent quality that Reform's report...
The introduction of the levy has diminished the quality of apprenticeships. Part 5
This is part 5 and the final section on the FE News daily analysis of...
The Apprenticeship Levy: What is it good for?
As we take a moment to look back on the past year of Apprenticeship Levy...
How the levy has affected providers. Part 4
This is part 4 of a daily analysis of the Reform report on the Apprenticeship...
Making the Apprenticeship Levy work for employers
We’re one year on from the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy and we have a...
The Levy is a step forward, it's time to take the next step
The Levy is a step forward, it's time to take ...
The introduction of the levy has diminished the quality of apprenticeships. Part 5
The introduction of the levy has diminished th...
The Apprenticeship Levy: What is it good for?
The Apprenticeship Levy: What is it good for?
How the levy has affected providers. Part 4
How the levy has affected providers. Part 4
Making the Apprenticeship Levy work for employers
Making the Apprenticeship Levy work for employ...

 

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Stephen Evans, Chief Executive, Learning and Work Institute

The Levy is a step forward, it's time to…

Apr 20, 2018 / FE Voices

We have consistently highlighted the risks around unequal access and inconsistent quality that Reform's report on the Apprenticeship Levy, "The Great Training Robbery: assessing the first year of the apprenticeship...

Tom Richmond, Senior Research Fellow at the Reform Think Tank

The introduction of the levy has diminis…

Apr 20, 2018 / FE Voices

This is part 5 and the final section on the FE News daily analysis of the Reform report on the Apprenticeship Levy. Now that the apprenticeship levy has completed its first...

The Apprenticeship Levy: What is it good…

Apr 19, 2018 / FE Voices

As we take a moment to look back on the past year of Apprenticeship Levy funding, amid mixed reports and opinions in the press, could it be time for employers...

Tom Richmond, Senior Research Fellow at the Reform Think Tank

How the levy has affected providers. Par…

Apr 19, 2018 / FE Voices

This is part 4 of a daily analysis of the Reform report on the Apprenticeship Levy that FE News are running this week. Not only is it important to gain the...

David Willett, Director of Corporate Sales, The Open University.

Making the Apprenticeship Levy work for …

Apr 18, 2018 / FE Voices

We’re one year on from the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy and we have a lot to reflect on: more than £1.39 billion has been paid in by large employers...

Tom Richmond, Senior Research Fellow at the Reform Think Tank

How the levy has affected employers. Par…

Apr 18, 2018 / FE Voices

This is part 3 of a daily analysis of the Reform report on the Apprenticeship Levy that FE News are running this week. Maintaining the support of the business community for...

Tom Richmond, Senior Research Fellow at the Reform Think Tank

The impact of the levy on apprenticeship…

Apr 17, 2018 / FE Voices

This is part 2 of a daily analysis of the Reform report on the Apprenticeship Levy that FE News are running this week. Having considered the number of people starting an apprenticeship since...

Petra Wilton reflects on the anniversary of the Apprenticeship Levy

Leading employers are recognising how ma…

Apr 17, 2018 / FE Voices

An Anniversary of Apprenticeships. As we celebrate the first anniversary of the new Apprenticeship Levy, it’s timely to use the occasion to celebrate what’s working whilst also reflecting on what more...

Tom Richmond, Senior Research Fellow at the Reform Think Tank

The impact of the levy on apprenticeship…

Apr 16, 2018 / FE Voices

This is part 1 of a daily analysis of the Reform report on the Apprenticeship Levy that FE News are running this week. The levy formally came into force on 6th April 2017...

£600 million a year could be wasted on p…

Apr 13, 2018 / FE Voices

Many low-skill and management training courses have been incorrectly labelled as ‘apprenticeships’ to attract millions in government subsidies through the apprenticeship levy, according to a new report from the public...

Gerard Dominguez-Reig, Senior Researcher, Post-16 and Skills, Education Policy Institute

Apprenticeships that Work for Everyone: …

Apr 12, 2018 / FE Voices

On the anniversary of the levy we brought together leading employers, providers and researchers to consider the future of apprenticeships policy. What did we learn? Last week JP Morgan, the...

Showcase Your Education To Secure Your N…

Apr 11, 2018 / FE Voices

Your resume is the perfect place to highlight all that you have achieved during your further education. According to CIPD, there were on average 19 applicants applying for every medium-skilled position and...

David Falzani MBE CEng

Why competition improves the breed

Apr 10, 2018 / FE Voices

Business schools have long since proven their ability to equip students with the technical capabilities necessary to flourish in the world of work. The reality, though, is that genuinely “business-ready”...

Skills Minister Anne Milton

Getting skills right: How businesses can…

Apr 09, 2018 / FE Voices

Providing young people with a high-quality education — technical or academic — is vital for them, it’s vital for business and it’s vital for our economy. That is why the introduction of T levels, a...

Flashback Friday

Flashback Friday! April

Apr 06, 2018 / FE Voices

Welcome to this month's Flashback Friday, where we take a look back through time at April, in the year: 2017: Don’t allow this to be known as the missed opportunity of the...

Peter Marples, Group Chief Operating Officer, 3aaa Apprenticeships

The levy 1 year on... a mixed bag of Inv…

Apr 05, 2018 / FE Voices

Every provider in the country started April 2017 with enthusiasm and the expectation of employers enrolling significant numbers of Apprentices to spend their levy. As we know, it hasn’t quite...

Treesje Verlinden, chief operating officer of Microsoft recruitment partner Curo Talent

Take down those tech barriers

Apr 05, 2018 / FE Voices

Treesje Verlinden, chief operating officer of Microsoft recruitment partner Curo Talent, explores gender disparity, specifically within the technology sector. The generation barrier Debates in any arena have the concept of general ethics...

Post-Brexit failure to replace European …

Apr 04, 2018 / FE Voices

Any gap in payment between the existing European Social Fund and a new fund would be disastrous. In a report published today (Wednesday 4 April 2018), the Work and Pensions Committee also...

Happy 1st Birthday ESFA!

ESFA marks its 1st birthday - Sector Res…

Apr 03, 2018 / FE Voices

Marking the first year anniversary since the creation of the ESFA.  Simon Ashworth, Chief Policy Officer, AELP, said: "Through its National Apprenticeship Service and National Careers Service brands, the ESFA has done some very...

Flashback Friday

Flashback Friday! March

Mar 30, 2018 / FE Voices

Welcome to this month's Flashback Friday, where we take a look back through time at March, in the year: 2017: Broadening Apprenticeship Provision Beyond Traditional Occupations Click here to see other articles by Doug   by...

Apprenticeship and levy statistics March…

Mar 29, 2018 / FE Voices

DfE have today (29 Mar) published the latest statistics covering apprenticeship starts, apprenticeship service registrations and commitments. The figures released show a drop in Apprenticeship numbers. Monthly Apprenticeship starts In December 2017 down...

Stephen Lambert is a Newcastle City Councillor and a community governor for Newcastle City Learn – the adult education service.

WAS THERE EVER A GOLDEN AGE FOR THE GRAM…

Mar 28, 2018 / FE Voices

Durham University published research yesterday (27 Mar) on grammar schools and on the attainment of pupils at selective schools comparative to non-selective schools. Amongst its key points, the report "Grammar...

Tom Bewick is the new CEO of FAB

Tom Bewick appointed new Chief Executive…

Mar 28, 2018 / FE Voices

The Board of the Federation of Awarding Bodies (FAB) is delighted to announce Tom Bewick as its new chief executive. Commenting on the appointment, the chair of FAB, Paul...

Skills Minister Anne Milton

Skills Minister highlights new provider …

Mar 28, 2018 / FE Voices

New legislation requires all maintained schools and academies to provide opportunities for a range of education and training providers to have access to pupils.  Skills Minister Anne Milton has highlighted how the...

A World Of Work: Top Destinations For In…

Mar 28, 2018 / FE Voices

Thousands of Brits take on apprenticeships in a whole range of sectors every single year. However, the apprenticeship world has recently taken a hit: while in 2016 it wasn’t unusual...

Dr Paul Phillips CBE, Principal and Chief Executive of Weston College

Breadth of Provision Means - Obstacles, …

Mar 27, 2018 / FE Voices

I read an article in the newspaper last week considering the efficiency of anti-depressant drugs and the extent to which they have helped individuals deal with crises in their lives. It...

Phillip M Watson

What exactly is the role of Further Educ…

Mar 26, 2018 / FE Voices

In the current climate, the change in direction alongside, consolidation for FE colleges, the effects on students and staff combined (i.e. such as contracts of employment, lecturing agencies, salaries, pensions...

Ofsted's Chief Inspector, Amanda Spielman

Amanda Spielman’s Speech to the Annual A…

Mar 22, 2018 / FE Voices

Amanda Spielman’s Speech to the Annual Apprenticeship Conference being held in the ICC, Birmingham today (22 Mar). Thank you for inviting me to speak to you today …….. Introduction This is a very...

School Standards Minister, Nick Gibb

Nick Gibb welcomes teachers to internati…

Mar 22, 2018 / FE Voices

School Standards Minister addresses teachers from across the world at the International Conference for the Teaching Profession (22 Mar):  It is a pleasure to be here in Lisbon at the ISTP 2018...

Nathan Konstantino, Co-Founder & Director, TheTalentFinders

Assessment of employees and candidates c…

Mar 22, 2018 / FE Voices

We love helping organisations assess their people in a fun, objective, scientific, unbiased, powerful and ultimately highly engaging way. We work with employers, training providers and educational institutions to help them...

Di McEvoy Robinson, Joint Owner, 3aaa - Aspire Achieve Advance

Follow your dreams, not the pack…

Mar 21, 2018 / FE Voices

I have had the absolute pleasure of meeting lots of apprentices and employers during National Apprenticeship Week 2018 and I am constantly delighted to hear the stories of how many...

Is ignorance to blame for the lack of an…

Mar 19, 2018 / FE Voices

Despite the slow growth in apprenticeship starts since the introduction of the apprenticeship Levy, this new funding mechanism is precisely what the UK needs to bridge its widening skills gap. The...

AELP withdraws from the governance of th…

Mar 16, 2018 / FE Voices

The Board of the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) has decided that AELP should formally withdraw from the sector ownership of the Education and Training Foundation (ETF) and...

David Hughes, Chief Executive, Association of Colleges (AoC).

Investment needed to support our future

Mar 16, 2018 / FE Voices

For a long time, the UK economy has relied on large numbers of skilled and semi-skilled people from the EU and beyond. There are already signs that migration is falling...

Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work, Sarah Newton

Minister urges businesses to make adjust…

Mar 15, 2018 / FE Voices

The Minister for Disabled People is encouraging businesses to make reasonable workplace adjustments for their disabled employees and to make the most of the support available. The call to action came...

Apprenticeships and Skills Minister Anne Milton

Association of Colleges Governance Summi…

Mar 14, 2018 / FE Voices

Anne Milton delivers governance speech to members of the Association of Colleges. Thank you. I’m very pleased to be here at such a significant time in the development of further education. In 25...

Spring Statement 2018: Sector Response

Mar 13, 2018 / FE Voices

The Chancellor has presented his first Spring Statement to Parliament today (13 Mar).  The Spring Statement gives people and businesses certainty and stability to plan for the future. Major tax or spending...

Stephen Evans, Learning & Work Institute, Chief Executive

Learning and Work Institute responds to …

Mar 13, 2018 / FE Voices

The Chancellor’s Statement is a case of short-term gain, long-term pain. There is relatively good news over the public finances and growth in the short-term, but long-term pessimism abounds about our...

Dr Coorous Mohtadi, Senior Academic Technical Specialist, MathWorks

Spring Statement comment - despite inves…

Mar 13, 2018 / FE Voices

Responding to today’s Spring Statement, Dr Coorous Mohtadi, Senior Academic Technical Specialist, MathWorks, argues that despite increased investment in UK education, the skills gap continues to be an issue. This time...

Mark Bentley, Online Safety and Safeguarding Manager at London Grid for Learning

Tackling sexual violence and harassment …

Mar 13, 2018 / FE Voices

Mark Bentley, Online Safety and Safeguarding Manager at London Grid for Learning, discusses The Department for Education's new report providing updated guidance of sexual violence and harassment. The Department for Education (DfE)...

John Homer, chief executive of NM Group

NM Group builds on apprenticeship succes…

Mar 13, 2018 / FE Voices

National construction and engineering firm NM Group (North Midland Construction Plc) is set to invest £500,000 in training and development over the next 12 months – building on the success...

Ofsted's Chief Inspector, Amanda Spielman

Amanda Spielman's speech at the ASCL ann…

Mar 12, 2018 / FE Voices

Ofsted's Chief Inspector addressed the 2018 Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) Annual Conference in Birmingham, 10th March. Can I start by saying how pleased I am to be here today...

Universities Minister Sam Gyimah

Universities to be rated by subject qual…

Mar 12, 2018 / FE Voices

Sam Gyimah announces subject-level TEF in value-for-money drive for students. Teaching excellence will be rewarded and poor quality teaching exposed under a new rating system for English universities, the Universities Minister has...

Education Secretary Damian Hinds

Damian Hinds: There are no great schools…

Mar 10, 2018 / FE Voices

Education Secretary addresses the Association of School and College Leaders’ annual conference in Birmingham 10th March.  I’m delighted to have this opportunity to speak directly to school and college leaders here at...

Peter Marples, Group Chief Operating Officer, 3aaa Apprenticeships

New Guidance on Sub-contracting Manageme…

Mar 09, 2018 / FE Voices

I have been waiting with interest this week to read the good practice guidance on fees. It’s something of real interest to me as back in 1996, I was heavily involved...

New best practice guidance for a relatio…

Mar 07, 2018 / FE Voices

Management fees charged by a prime FE or skills provider should not be more than 20% of the programme funding and will generally be much less. This is the lead recommendation...

Top Tips For Surviving On An Apprentices…

Mar 07, 2018 / FE Voices

Embarking on an apprenticeship is an excellent way for a young person to make the move into the working world. However, the apprenticeship wage leaves a lot to be desired, with...

Paul Feldman, CEO of Jisc

Changes to Jisc funding for FE colleges

Mar 06, 2018 / FE Voices

Regarding the changes to Jisc funding for FE colleges, a Jisc spokesperson said: “The Department for Education has confirmed that it intends to change how Jisc is funded for general further...

Jake Tween, Head of Apprenticeships at ILM

Businesses missing out on funding for le…

Mar 06, 2018 / FE Voices

58% of employers feel middle and senior managers would be unwilling to be seen as an apprentice, despite apprenticeships being a key source of training budget  Half unaware that funding is...

Hadyn Luke, Director of CMS Vocational Training

National Apprenticeship Week: Showcasing…

Mar 05, 2018 / FE Voices

The 11th National Apprenticeship Week is taking place from the 5 – 9 March 2018 in celebration of apprenticeships in England. The theme of this year’s National Apprenticeship Week is...

Peter Marples, Group Chief Operating Officer, 3aaa Apprenticeships

End Point Assessment – Value Added or wi…

Mar 05, 2018 / FE Voices

We have now been working with end test assessment organisations for over 21/2 years. It has been an interesting journey and one where we have needed to establish new relationships, you could...

Stephanie Mason, head of further education, RSM

HMRC VAT crackdown on FE sector continue…

Mar 05, 2018 / FE Voices

It appears that HMRC is reviewing the contractual arrangements with subcontractors to ensure all FE providers are complying with VAT rules on management fees. Sub-contracting is widespread across the sector and the...

Sir Gerry Berragan, CEO, Institute for Apprenticeships

Sir Gerry Berragan keynote speech: Ofqua…

Mar 02, 2018 / FE Voices

Sir Gerry Berragan talks about the first 10 months of the Institute for Apprenticeships at the 27 February 2018 Ofqual Conference.  So I’ve titled my talk ‘The Institute 10 Months On’. I have been...

Sally Collier, Chief Regulator, Ofqual

Securing the Qualifications Landscape: T…

Mar 02, 2018 / FE Voices

Sally Collier's keynote speech from the 27 February 2018 Ofqual Conference.  Good morning everyone. Thank you all very much for coming from far and wide to be with us today. It’s my second conference...

Sam Windett, Head of Policy and Communications, ERSA

This week, John Major and I gave our vie…

Mar 02, 2018 / FE Voices

It’s not often you’re asked to speak before the Prime Minister does on the topic of Brexit, especially in a week of big EU speeches. So Wednesday was a big day...

Public Accounts Committee: learndirect c…

Mar 02, 2018 / FE Voices

Committee urges action in wake of apparent special treatment given to ‘inadequate’ further education provider. With the collapse of Carillion, questions are rightly being asked about how Government manages companies who...

Luke Menzies, Director, Menzies Law, specialist employment law firm.

Employment law, equal pay and taking on …

Mar 01, 2018 / FE Voices

Luke Menzies, barrister and solicitor, specialising in employment law for the Further Education sector, talks about taking an innovative approach to appointing lawyers and the challenges FE colleges face in...

Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation, Sam Gyimah MP.

A Revolution in Accountability - Sector …

Feb 28, 2018 / FE Voices

The Office for Students (OfS), has officially published their new regulatory framework at their launch conference in Westminster today (28 Feb). The document, "Securing student success: Regulatory framework for higher education in England", sets...

Advanced Maths Premium can open more doo…

Feb 28, 2018 / FE Voices

Schools will receive £600 for every additional pupil who takes an advanced maths qualification, helping to ensure Britain has skills for success in the future.  During a visit to Lilian Bayliss Technology...

Education alliance to benefit cross bord…

Feb 27, 2018 / FE Voices

The North West Strategic Growth Partnership, in partnership with the Higher and Further Education and Training Institutions of the North West City Region, has announced a new agreement in education...

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