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Freelance assessing could be a solution to the pension changes

  If you are either coming up to retirement or already retired, then you may have heard about the changes to pensions coming into effect on the 6th of April. These changes haven’t exactly been welcomed. This is probably because most retirees are now going to have to keep their pension pot invested and draw an income from it as…

16 to 18 providers ‘missed out on £1.2bn’ since 2010

  Here you will find a brief overview of what’s been going on in the training world over the last week, as well as a completely random story that we hope you’ll enjoy as much as we did!     16 to 18 providers ‘missed out on £1.2bn’ since 2010 An extra £1.2bn could have been dished out to 16…

24+ Loans plans put on hold until spending review

A two-month consultation was launched by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) in June to look at making the FE loans system cover level two qualifications and learners aged 19+ rather than 24+. Unfortunately, it’s now looking like we won’t be seeing these changes as soon as we hoped. This comes after the publication of the government’s response…

The FE sector welcomes ‘biggest ever’ apprentice minimum wage rise

  Here you will find a brief overview of what’s been going on in the training world over the last week, as well as a completely random story that we hope you’ll enjoy as much as we did!     SFA wins provider allocation deal with BIS to stop budget cuts hitting 32 per cent The Skills Funding Agency (SFA)…

Putting digital skills on the FE agenda

  Here you will find a brief overview of what’s been going on in the training world over the last week, as well as a completely random story that we hope you’ll enjoy as much as we did!     Hundreds more employers sign up to Trailblazer revamp of apprenticeships More than 200 new employers have joined the 1,000-plus organisations…

9 out of 10 businesses say that school leavers aren’t ready for work

  Here you will find a brief overview of what’s been going on in the training world over the last week, as well as a completely random story that we hope you’ll enjoy as much as we did!     A local government thinktank has called for the abolition of the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) within just over a year…

FE Providers set for a funding cut of up to 24%!

  Here you will find a brief overview of what’s been going on in the training world over the last week, as well as a completely random story that we hope you’ll enjoy as much as we did!     FE Learning Providers could be set for a funding cut of up to 24%! The Department for Business, Innovation and…

In the news this week…

  Here you will find a brief overview of what’s been going on in the training world over the last week, as well as a completely random story that we hope you’ll enjoy as much as we did!     Colleges ‘not meeting employer needs’ on digital skills In its latest report, Make or Break: The UK’s digital future (pictured…

In the news this week…

  Here you will find a brief overview of what’s been going on in the training world over the last week, as well as a completely random story that we hope you’ll enjoy as much as we did!     Learners and staff among creditors £800k out of pocket by Bright demise An estimated 900 students and around 50 workers…

Have 24+ loans helped more people back to work?

  At the end of 2011, there were 2.7 million people unemployed in the UK. This was the highest it had been for 17 years. Now, just over three years on and the unemployment rate is at its lowest since 2008. There will be a multitude of factors that have caused a decrease in the unemployment rate, but how big…