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!
New legislation around apprenticeships and training will be one of the first bits of work for a Labour government, with a bill expected in the first 100 days of the next parliament if the party wins, Tristram Hunt has said.
He did not say exactly what would be included in the new legislation, but his party’s pledges for FE so far in the election campaign have included overall protection of the education budget, including for 16 to 19-year-olds, new technical institutions and apprenticeships for every learner who “gets the grades”.
The shadow education secretary, Tristam Hunt said:
“Within the first 100 days you will have a Labour education bill about vocational education, apprenticeships and training.”
The SFA has split the process of notifying the sector about which qualifications will be exempted from the public funding axe due to a “high volume of submissions” from AOs making the case for continued funding.
The SFA was originally supposed to confirm how many of all 779 submissions had been approved for funding on April 1, and while an announcement on the 360 qualifications at level two and above remains expected on that date, news about the 419 entry and level one, plus QCF English and maths, submissions is not due until just over three weeks later at worst.
A review of the early stages of the £340m pilot, which aimed to involve employers in the design of skills training by giving them public money to combine with their own investment, has revealed that starts were at 37 per cent of the 10,000 apprenticeships and 90,000 non-apprenticeship qualifications originally planned in grant offer letters from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).
Speaking on the failure of the employer ownership pilot, Martin Doel, the chief executive of the AoC said:
“We’ve always had considerable doubts about the employer ownership pilot, and it gives us no pleasure to note that the recruitment of students to training was only just over one-third of that which was expected.”
A man has been charged with impersonating an officer after he used sirens and flashing lights to cut in front of vehicles waiting in line at a fast-food restaurant.
Police in West Texas said Manuel Chico was arrested at the weekend after an off-duty officer spotted the pickup truck adorned with law enforcement gear.