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New webinar – Adult Education Budget (AEB) 2016 to 2017

The Skills Funding Agency (SFA) has contacted awarding organisations (AOs) to provide a briefing note on the AEB for 2016 to 2017...

£25m in 16 to 18 apprenticeship growth awarded

The Skills Funding Agency (SFA) has announced an additional £25m for colleges and training providers to deliver 16 to 18 apprenticeships. In prioritising funding for apprenticeships the SFA has been unable to award any additional funding for 16 to 18 traineeships...

Poor basic literacy and numeracy: effect on employers

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has published the findings of a study into employer views on the effect of poor basic skills on workplace performance, based on a literature review, survey results and case studies.

Apprenticeship levy 'could undermine skills in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

The TES has reported that ministers from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland fear the apprenticeship levy has the potential to undermine devolved apprenticeship policies...

OECD Report – Building Skills for All

OECD has published a review of skills in England which reports that an estimated 9 million adults of working age in England have low basic skills...

BIS Committee comments on the Government’s Productivity Plan

The Business, Innovation and Skills Committee has commented on the Government’s Productivity Plan which was launched in July 2015...

Supporting learners through the advanced learner loans process

The Learning and Work Institute was commissioned by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) to explore providers' and learners' experience of 24+ Advanced Learner Loans...

Advanced learner loans prospectus 2015 to 2016 and 2016 to 2017

The Skills Funding Agency (SFA) has published the Advanced learner loans prospectus which sets out how awarding organisations (AOs) can notify them of qualifications eligible to be included in the Advanced Learner Loans offer...

Three new members appointed to Qualifications Wales Board

Three new members have been appointed to the Qualifications Wales Board...

A level and other level 3 results: 2014 to 2015

The Department for Education (DfE) has published revised information on A level and other level 3 results for 16- to 18-year-olds at the end of their final year...

Progress 8 school performance measure in 2016, 2017 and 2018

The Department for Education (DfE) has published updated information for schools about the Progress 8 measure which is being introduced in 2016 (although some schools have opted in early, from 2015)...

Prime Minister’s speech on Life Chances

Last week, the Prime Minister delivered his ‘Life Chances’ speech which aimed to explain how the government intends to transform the lives of the poorest in Britain and ‘offer every child who has had a difficult start the promise of a brighter future’...

David Cameron’s speech at CBI conference

On 09 November, David Cameron addressed the CBI Conference and within his speech he made reference to apprenticeships and the apprenticeship levy. In the speech he said that the levy will be ‘a challenge’. He also said that:

Assessment in Apprenticeship Standards Seminar at FAB2015: Conference, Awards and Exhibition

Apprenticeship growth is one of the Government’s top priorities over the Parliament. 

Daniel Foster from BIS will be delivering a seminar at the FAB conference on 22 October focussing on this important subject.......
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