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Levy launch ‘horror’ story predicted following apprenticeship funding allocations

“Apprenticeship providers are facing up to a “horror story” of bankruptcy and failure after receiving funding allocations that amount to a fraction of their current delivery, sector leaders are warning.

The amount of cash colleges and providers will receive in order to deliver apprenticeships to small employers between May and December was revealed by the Education and Skills Funding Agency on Tuesday (April 25) – leaving many of them fearing for their futures.”

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AELP CEO, Mark Dawe comments on MPs’ report on the apprenticeship levy

‘The Sub-Committee has made some very telling observations about the current reforms to the apprenticeship programme and we urge the government to act without delay on its recommendations.  In particular ministers must address the ‘lack of clarity’ about the long-term funding arrangements for smaller non-levy paying employers.  In AELP’s view, a guaranteed minimum budget of £1bn a year is needed to maintain the apprenticeship opportunities that SMEs offer.’

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Unsuccessful applicants can reapply for apprenticeships register from tomorrow

“Providers that feel aggrieved because they did not make it onto the new Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers will be able to reapply from tomorrow.

Apprenticeships and skills minister Robert Halfon (pictured above) made the announcement during education questions in the House of Commons this afternoon.

Responding to a question from Jack Dromey, MP for Birmingham Erdington, Mr Halfon said: “What is important to note is that from tomorrow, those who did get on the register can reapply. So it may be that they’re not on the register now but they can reapply.”

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Damning Ofsted report that caused downfall of huge provider published

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“The damning Ofsted report that caused the downfall of huge apprenticeship training provider First4Skills has now been published.

The Liverpool-based provider went bust earlier this month, affecting around 200 staff and around 6,500 learners, after the Skills Funding Agency pulled its contract.

That action was prompted by a grade four rating from the education watchdog, following an inspection carried out from February 7 to 10 – the findings of which have now been made public.”

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