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DfE Urged To Launch Independent Review Into Careers And Enterprise Company

Schools Week has reported that the government has been urged to commission an independent review of whether the Careers and Enterprise Company is doing a good job helping poorer students get work experience.

https://schoolsweek.co.uk/dfe-urged-to-launch-independent-review-into-careers-and-enterprise-company/

British Youth Council charity, also said Ofsted should inspect provision that is funded by the CEC to check on its quality.

The organisation, which came under fire from MPs in May for spending almost £1 million on research and not frontline careers advice, is set to face the education select committee for a second time on Wednesday.

Now, the ‘Realising the potential of work experience’ report, which reviewed 50 submissions of written evidence and two days of oral evidence, has warned of the “patchy and unequal nature” of students’ access to work experience. Read more

ESFA Update: 14 November 2018

Latest information and actions from the Education and Skills Funding Agency for academies, schools, colleges, local authorities and further education providers.

Documents

 

Details

Items for further education

Action colleges to submit their audited financial statements and associated documentation by 31 December 2018
Action subcontractor declaration for 2018 to 2019 adult delivery, including apprenticeships and traineeships
Information ESFA post-16 intervention and accountability
Information data returns for special post-16 institutions
Information T Levels professional development

Items for academies

Action asbestos management assurance process online portal reopening
Information risk protection arrangement (RPA)
Information T Levels professional development

Items for local authorities

Action asbestos management assurance process online portal reopening
Information consultation on the new arrangements for reporting deficits of the dedicated schools grant (DSG)
Information T Levels professional development

 

Published 14 November 2018
Adult Education Budget (AEB) Devolution

From the 2019 to 2020 academic year (1 August 2019 to 31 July 2020), the government will devolve the AEB to the following 6 combined authorities and through a delegation agreement to the Mayor of London for the Greater London Authority (GLA):

  • Cambridgeshire and Peterborough
  • Greater Manchester
  • Liverpool City Region
  • Tees Valley
  • West Midlands
  • West of England
A map of the combined authorities

A map of the combined authorities

This means that from 1 August 2019, the ESFA will no longer be accountable for administering the AEB in these areas.

Subject to readiness, two further authorities, North of Tyne and Sheffield City Region will take on the new responsibilities one year later, in the 2020 to 2021 academic year. We will continue to work closely and support both these authorities in their preparations.

Find out more HERE

Apprenticeship Pay Survey

It provides important information on training, hours and pay from current apprentices. The findings enable us to look at wage levels nationally, measure changes with previous years and monitor whether employers are adhering to the rules on fair pay. The research will help set pay policy and to make improvements in apprenticeship training.

IFF Research, an independent research organisation, will undertake the research on our behalf

The selected apprentices will receive a letter explaining the purpose of the research and who to contact if they have further questions. They are then interviewed by phone. Around 10,000 apprentices will take part in the phone interview which includes questions on: Read more

Ofsted Asking FE Staff to Share Views on Provision
November 12, 2018
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Ofsted has introduced a new questionnaire asking staff for feedback about their FE provider.

The new questionnaire, published on 6th November and available from Monday, will be used in short and full inspections, but not monitoring visits.

Questions include whether staff are proud to be working at the FE and skills provider, if they think it is well led and managed, and whether managers are considerate to their staff’s well-being and workload.

According to the inspectorate, providers will be asked to inform their staff about the online questionnaire at the point of inspection.

The Further Education and Skills Inspection Handbook has been updated to reflect the introduction of the new document. Read more

Touchbase: November Budget Edition
November 9, 2018
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In the Budget on 29th October, the Chancellor announced a package of measures worth £4.5 billion to support the safe and secure roll out of Universal Credit.

Key Budget announcements:

  • The Universal Credit Work Allowance will be increased by £1,000 from April 2019. This means that 2.4m households will keep an extra £630 of income each year.
  • Jobseekers’ Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance and Income Support will roll on for the first fortnight of a Universal Credit claim, where otherwise they would have stopped. This will be effective from July 2020, and benefit around 1.1 million claimants.
  • Government is extending the 12-month grace period (the period before the Minimum Income Floor applies) to support all gainfully self-employed people. This will be introduced from July 2019 and implemented fully from September 2020.
  • Claimants can repay overpayments and debt more slowly from October 2019 (from 40% of the standard allowance to 30%), and from October 2021 people will have longer to repay advances.
  • In addition, the Budget provides funding for the announcements made by the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in April and June 2018 to support the roll out of Universal Credit.

The Budget in full Read more

ViewPoint: By David Hughes – Chief Executive of the Association of Colleges
November 8, 2018
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By ignoring colleges, the Budget ignored the UK skills crisis Far from being a “People’s Budget”, the Chancellor failed to address the critical need amongst young people and employers for investment in colleges.

“The hard work of the British people is paying off. Austerity is coming to an end.” These were the words of the Chancellor as he introduced his Budget for “the strivers, the grafters and the carers”. I’ve even heard commentators talking about it as a “People’s Budget”. The problem, as always, is which people?

There are many other commentators who will pore over the tax and benefits announcements to declare how fair or otherwise the Budget was and who won and who lost. What I saw was a Budget that was more about politics and potholes than about the jobs, skills and life chances.

Any long-term view of our country will recognise just how important it will be to improve our education and skills investment as the weaknesses in our labour market become more exposed. Employers in private and public sectors have become reliant on skilled and semi-skilled people moving here to work, many from the EU. Nurses, teachers, engineers, construction workers, carers, shop workers – the list goes on and on. That reliance has hidden the misfit between our education and skills investment and the jobs that are available.

Read more

ESFA Update: 7 November 2018

Latest information and actions from the Education and Skills Funding Agency for academies, schools, colleges, local authorities and further education providers.

Educating for the Modern World: Increased demand for Higher Skilled Roles
November 7, 2018
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The CBI reports that more than three-quarters (79%) of businesses expect to increase the number of higher-skilled roles over the coming years.

Yet two-thirds (66%) fear that there will be a lack of sufficiently skilled people to fill vacancies. 

That’s according to the 2018 CBI Education and Skills Annual Report, in partnership with Pearson.

The report represents 28,000 businesses and reveals that 85% of firms are expecting to maintain or increase investment in training in their workforce. Currently, UK employers spend £44.2 billion on training expenditure each year.

When asked about the impact of the apprenticeship levy, the report highlighted a drop in the number of firms offering apprenticeship programmes (from 83% in 2017 to 70% in 2018). Worryingly, 59% of those firms that offer such programmes have experienced difficulty in recruiting apprentices or expect to do so in the next three years.  And over a quarter (26%) have taken the decision to absorb the levy as an added cost of doing business. Read more

Online Career Resources
November 6, 2018
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The following set of resources have been put together by www.visualcv.com

The hardest part of finding a job is getting started…

There are so many tools, resources, and technologies out there that just beginning your search or career development can seem overwhelming.

How can you find a job or further your career when you can’t even find the best tools to help you?

Well, we’re here to help. In this job search resources list we have carefully curated all the best job search articles and websites, so your focus can be on looking for the right job instead of looking for the right tools.


 

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