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New Ministerial appointments

Monday, 18 July 2016

Following the confirmation of Theresa May’s appointment as Prime Minister, there has been a significant reshuffle of the cabinet. You will no doubt have seen the media coverage of the key appointments across the cabinet. (more follows

Post-16 skills plan and the Report of the independent panel on technical education (Sainsbury Review) released

Friday, 08 July 2016

The much anticipated post-16 skills plan and the report of the independent panel on technical education (Sainsbury Review) have both been released today (8 July 2016). The Federation of Awarding Bodies (FAB) shares the desire for a “dynamic high quality technical option” but does not accept the premise that “we have a marketbased approach to qualifications, which has led to huge numbers of competing qualifications.” (more follows)

EU referendum result

Monday, 27 June 2016

The implications of the decision for the UK to exit from the EU and the announcement that David Cameron will step down as prime minister by October will become clearer over time.  

We will, of course, continue to update members primarily through the FAB Weekly Update with relevant information as the situation unfolds. (more follows)

FAB Conference shortlisted for TAF Event of the Year

Thursday, 02 June 2016

We are delighted that the FAB 2015 Conference, Awards and Exhibition has been shortlisted for the Trade Association Federation's 2016 Best Practice Award for Event of the Year. (more follows)

CCEA Regulation - New logo

Friday, 27 May 2016

CCEA Regulation also sent Responsible Officers the new logo which reflects the change of name to CCEA Regulation. It also provided new guidance on the permitted use of the logo and an updated version of Additional Certificate Requirements. (more follows)

Get involved in Festival of Learning 2016

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Festival of Learning (previously Adult Learners' Week) is a national celebration of lifelong learning.  Building on the success of Adult Learners’ Week, the Festival celebrates the remarkable achievements of adults who have used learning to transform their lives, and highlights how learning benefits individuals, families, communities, employers, society and the economy.  (more follows)

Qualifications Wales – QiW database update

Friday, 18 March 2016

Qualifications Wales is nearing the launch of its new online database, Qualifications in Wales (QiW) on Friday, 1 April 2016... 

Ofqual Portal

Friday, 18 March 2016

On 17 March 2016, Kate Evans and Gary Audrain of Ofqual, who have been leading on the development of the Ofqual Portal, provided a useful webinar for FAB members on its progress and functionality, as well as the anticipated dates for the cutover from the Regulatory IT System (RITS) to the Portal. Some of the key points of interest included:

Ofqual’s Inter-Subject Comparability conference

Friday, 12 February 2016

Ofqual held an Inter-Subject Comparability conference on 4 February 2016...

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

Friday, 05 February 2016

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

Friday, 05 February 2016

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

Friday, 05 February 2016

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

Thursday, 04 February 2016

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

Monday, 01 February 2016

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

Monday, 01 February 2016

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