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!
Sue Husband director of Apprenticeships delivery speaking on Employer involvement in the development and delivery of Apprenticeships – ‘There has to be that employer involvement all the way through’.
Employers who trialed the new apprenticeship scheme said that it would probably be ‘too onerous for them to take full responsibility for updating standards’. However Ms Husband said that it is necessary for employers ‘to guide and advise what those standards look like and how they change and get amended’.
When the consultation on traineeships was launched in June, then skills-minister Mathew Hancock proposed a new funding system for traineeships. This new system involved providers only being paid based on learner job outcomes. This system was rejected in the government’s consultation response which was released last Tuesday.
The response also revealed changes to the eligibility criteria for 19-24 year old’s. Anyone in this age bracket that currently holds a level two qualification will now be allowed to take up traineeships from January 2015.
Thousands of students marched through central London earlier in the week, calling for free higher education and an end to austerity.
#FreeEducation was the hashtag that was circulating student’s twitter feeds. University students, Further Education students and students in sixth forms were all part of the march.
Who said all guard dogs have to be big, intimidating creatures with ferocious barks? Watch the hilarious moment a burglar gets scared off by possibly the world’s smallest guard dog here.