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The Institution for Further Education

The Institution for Further Education is a membership organisation for the higher performing FE colleges and training providers. It will offer members a collective status akin to that which a university has. The Institution is still in the course of development and its website should be public shortly. Presently, Lord Lingfield is petitioning the Privy […]

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Skills Minister Matthew Hancock talks to FE News about Apprenticeship reforms and the future of the programme at the 2014 Association of Employment and Learning Providers Conference.

He says Apprenticeships are increasingly becoming the norm for young people going into Further Education, and explains how the reforms will affect not only the funding but the way in which vocational students learn. http://www.fenews.co.uk/general/aelp-2014-matthew-hancock-interview

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Employment Minister Esther McVey shares her views on sustainable employment with FE News at the 2014 Association of Employment and Learning Providers Conference.

Ms McVey explains how colleges and learning providers can implement government strategies to help keep learners reliable and trustworthy for their future workplaces. She also outlines the needs of local employers and how job centres are helping companies recruit new staff. http://www.fenews.co.uk/general/esther-mcvey-discusses-sustainable-employment

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New online employer toolkit to increase access to Apprenticeships

The National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE) has recently launched an online employer toolkit designed to help more disabled people gain access to an Apprenticeship, and also help employers gain access to skilled and dedicated workers. The development of the toolkit was undertaken through consultation with a number of employers including Barclays Bank, Tottenham […]

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Matthew Hancock’s speech on World-Class Apprenticeships – Speeches – GOV.UK

It’s a great time to be talking about apprenticeships. Apprenticeships are on the rise. For the first time, a whole new generation are seeing apprenticeships as the route to a brighter future. https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/matthew-hancocks-speech-on-world-class-apprenticeships

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Skilled traders’ fears over apprenticeship changes

Rob (left) is an apprentice electrician and Tom (right) has already done a four-year course It’s claimed that many small businesses might stop taking on apprentices, if the government pushes ahead with major changes to the system. It wants small firms to design and run courses with colleges and guarantee apprentices stay a certain length […]

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Apprenticeship rules cost UK £1.5bn and female pupils reject Stem careers

The UK’s economy could be boosted by £1.5bn if barriers to small businesses taking on apprentices were lifted, according to data analysis by LifeSkills, created with Barclays. The calculation was based on data from the Office for National Statistics and figures from the National Apprenticeship Service showing that apprentices bring in £214 a week in […]

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