Brooks and Kirk

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Is the University of the Third Age the only real University left?

  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 & Skills General Election Q&A with Conservatives, Labour and the Liberal Democrats The Conservatives, Labour and the Liberal Democrats…

Is work experience ‘meaningful’?

  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!     Provider hit with grade four rating after just one apprenticeship achievement in two years A Hampshire-based independent training provider with…

Do you want a new career that could make more time for you?

With the Easter holidays quickly coming to a close, are you becoming increasingly frustrated with not having the free time to do the things that you want to do and spend time with the people you want to spend time with? Whether you have children and didn’t get to spend as much time with them over the holidays as you…

Hunt pledges new FE bill within ‘first 100 days’ of a Labour government

  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!     Hunt pledges new FE bill within ‘first 100 days’ of a Labour government New legislation around apprenticeships and training will…

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…