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MPs demand answers on ESFA support of Learndirect sale

From FE Week: MPs furious at the long-running Learndirect debacle are asking the public accounts committee to find out why the government supported the sale of the provider’s apprenticeships business, consequently delaying its Ofsted inspection. Labour’s…

Anger as ESFA dodges MPs’ scrutiny over subcontracting fees

From FE Week: The government has been accused of shocking double standards on transparency, admitting it probably won’t publish its long-delayed findings on subcontracting fees in time for parliamentary inquiry hearings. The Education and Skills Funding…

Non-levy tender appeals are lucky for some

Multiple providers have successfully overturned the government’s decisions not to award them contracts in the controversial non-levy tender – including several big hitters. The ESFA last week began contacting organisations that had appealed the outcome of…

ESFA – traineeship in year growth window 2017 to 2018

As in previous years, ESFA will be operating a business case process for traineeship in-year growth (IYG) for providers with an ESFA 16 to 18 contract. The IYG window will open after the R06 data return…

Digital Skills workshops live for booking….!

Would you like to improve your use of digital skills & use digital tools to create more interactive, fun, cost effective teaching sessions? *A CPD Bursary fund is available for this course for those who meet…

Making maths and English relevant to the workplace

The Adult Learning Improvement Network (ALIN), on behalf of the Education and Training Foundation (ETF) are working with a wide range of study programme providers to improve the maths and English skills of their learners through…

Ofqual Research – what do providers and learners think of VTQs?

Ofqual, the regulator of qualifications, exams and assessments in England, is conducting some important research to find out what training providers and learners think about Vocational and Technical Qualifications (VTQs). This includes Functional Skills, Apprenticeships and…

IfA Consultation on T level Occupational Maps

The Institute for Apprenticeships (IfA) has launched its consultation on the draft occupational maps, which will help shape the way that the new T level qualifications are governed. Part of their early work involves categorising occupations…

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