• MATs miss apprenticeship targets requirement, but DfE softens stance

    The Department for Education looks to have relaxed the requirement for public bodies to publish their progress towards the 2.3 per cent apprenticeship target, claiming it is merely “good practice”. It comes after an investigation by sister title FE Week found multi-academy trusts had failed to meet a new government requirement to publicise what percentage

    11.00 Oct. 16th, 2020 | News

  • How can schools be supported to take on apprentices?

    Schools paying into the apprenticeship levy need advice on how to access it so they can reap its benefits for staff training, argues David Cobb At a time when the headlines are awash with schools’ struggles for funding, since May 2017 some £225 million has been taken from schools in the shape of the apprenticeship

    5.00 Dec. 2nd, 2018 | Opinion

  • PE apprenticeships solve Kent schools’ levy woes

    Primary schools in Kent have found an effective way to make the most of the apprenticeship levy by taking apprentices on to support the delivery of PE lessons and sports clubs. From last April, employers with an annual payroll of more than £3 million have to pay 0.5 per cent into the apprenticeship levy, which

    5.00 May. 19th, 2018 | News

  • Minister: It's 'not impossible' for schools to meet apprentice hiring targets

    It is “not impossible” for schools to meet apprentice recruitment targets, but they may need extra help, the skills minister said today. Anne Milton insisted to MPs that the public sector apprenticeship target – which requires public bodies to hire 2.3 per cent of their workforce as apprentices every year – is achievable for schools,

    13.03 May. 15th, 2018 | News

  • The apprenticeship levy: How to make the best of bad policy

    The apprenticeship levy is badly designed and implemented even worse, but schools are stuck with it for now, says Jon Coles Although the government is keen that the apprenticeship levy is not seen as a tax, it is very clearly a payroll tax. It drives up the costs of employment and – especially in a

    5.00 May. 14th, 2018 | Opinion

  • One year on: The uneven success of the apprenticeship levy

    Schools and academy trusts are not making the most of the millions of pounds they pay into the apprenticeship levy, over a year on from its introduction. Concerns about schools’ understanding of the levy have been raised by a training specialist, who said he was “shocked” by how little was known, while a senior MP

    5.00 May. 6th, 2018 | News

  • Teacher apprenticeship providers get fast-track treatment

    Thirty-six teacher-training organisations have been approved to deliver apprenticeships after the Department for Education opened a secret application window just for them. Seventeen academy trusts, 11 schools, three universities, three councils and two other organisations were given special treatment after a “disastrous” first attempt by the government to get teacher training providers registered, which saw

    10.30 Apr. 20th, 2018 | News

  • Halfon: ‘Cut pupil premium for schools that don’t promote apprenticeships’

    Schools that fail to send pupils into apprenticeships should lose some of their pupil premium funding, the chair of the education select committee has said. Robert Halfon, a former apprenticeships minister, told a fringe event at the Conservative Party conference that the government should consider financial incentives to encourage schools to promote apprenticeships. At the

    12.28 Oct. 3rd, 2017 | News

  • Teaching apprenticeships will work if used wisely

    There’s no reason why teacher apprenticeships can’t train new educators to the highest standards, says David Owen In 1947, my father, aged 17, left the Welsh market town of Carmarthen to start an engineering apprenticeship at Austin Motors in Longbridge, Birmingham. This was the start of a successful career in the car industry; he became

    5.00 Oct. 3rd, 2017 | Opinion

  • Most new apprentice teaching assistants are paid just £3.50

    The vast majority of apprentice teaching assistants are being used as “cheap labour” for just £3.50 an hour, the union GMB has found. Analysis of 190 TA apprenticeship vacancies revealed that 143 (75 per cent) were advertised at the legal minimum wage for those in their first year of training. A TA apprenticeship is a

    0.01 Sep. 13th, 2017 | News

  • New 'careers leader' apprenticeship for school staff proposed

    Middle leaders in schools could be trained to deliver careers advice through a proposed new apprenticeship. The teacher training charity Teach First has called for an “apprenticeship qualification” to give every school “a trained careers middle leader”. The role would involve developing and leading a “whole school strategy for careers and employability”, and the proposal

    16.57 Aug. 16th, 2017 | News