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SFA - Cash boost on out-of-favour qualifications

11/2/2012 12:00:00 AM

Funding for a host of politically unpopular workplace qualifications is set to rise, with payments for one course rocketing 508 per cent. Click here for the list. Payments for more than 1,100 workplace qualifications (formerly known as Train to Gain) will rise this month as the Skills Funding Agency aims to simplify an “overly complicated” funding system. The average increase in provider funding for the courses, which include diplomas in professional cookery and domestic plumbing and heating, is 39 per cent, to £2,380.

SFA - Employer Responsive Other Funding Rate Alignment October 2012

10/25/2012 12:00:00 AM

Author: Skills Funding Agency Publication date: 24/10/2012 Published by: Skills Funding Agency Region: Skills Funding Agency Copyright: Skills Funding Agency Publication scheme class: Type: List Employer Responsive Other Funding Rate Alignment October 2012 – A list of affected aim

2011/12 R15: addressing file submission errors

10/24/2012 12:00:00 AM

Hi Folks I would like to draw your attention to the errors we are seeing with your R15 ILR submissions. We recently communicated on the issue of providers submitting 2011/12 ILR data and overwriting ‘A’ file submissions through use of multiple MI systems and the impact this will have on allocations, funding payments and success rates.

ILR - Transmitting A and B files

10/22/2012 12:00:00 AM

As you may have noticed, R15, the final Individualised Learner Record (ILR) data collection for 2011/12, is looming on the horizon. Due in by 16 November, it records activity in the 11/12 teaching year that hasn’t previously been reported. This includes any learning aims with a start date, actual end date or achievement date, up to and including 31 July 2012.

SFA - Dozens of providers exempt from rule

10/19/2012 12:00:00 AM

Forty providers are exempt from funding rules that ban introductory apprenticeships where more than 10 per cent of learners are out of work, FE Week can reveal. The 40 were over the limit before its introduction this year and so were told to carry on — although they have been ordered to try to hit the target. It has also emerged that the The De Vere Academy of Hospitality is the only provider given “formal approval” to keep running its access courses with more than 10 per cent unemployed.

National Audit Office overview of the Department for Work and Pension

10/15/2012 12:00:00 AM

The National Audit Office (NAO) has released its Departmental Overviews of 2012. The NAO has offered a summary of its work on the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) 2011–12. The DWP’s responsibilities, (re)organisation, spending, development, leadership, financial management and reported performance, were covered in the summary.

2013/14 ILR changes - The I.A

10/15/2012 12:00:00 AM

The ILR has been restructured as part of a general review to enable a ‘ground up’ assessment of data needs and assure that the ILR is robust, fit for purpose and future proof. For 2013/14 onwards we plan to collect basic data about the provider, learner and the type of learning they are undertaking. Any additional data needed to support funding or policy must be requested with a business case.

UK apprentices win medals at EuroSkills 2012

10/15/2012 12:00:00 AM

SquadUK, a team made up of the UK’s most talented apprentices, employers and learners, won seven medals at EuroSkills, a European skills competition, the Skills Funding Agency has reported.

Skills Funding Agency – Update 129

10/15/2012 12:00:00 AM

Author: Skills Funding Agency Publication date: 10/10/2012 Published by: Skills Funding Agency Region: Skills Funding Agency Copyright: Skills Funding Agency Publication scheme class: Type: Newsletter Issue 129 of Update, the Agency’s weekly round-up of business-critical information and news for the further education sector.

Skills Funding Agency : 24+ Advanced Learning Loans

10/11/2012 12:00:00 AM

This week, the Skills Funding Agency has published a suite of information materials to help providers in their conversations with learners and employers. These include a learner frequently asked questions and factsheet and frequently asked questions for providers to use in conversations with employers. They are available on the Student Loans Company's practitioner website, which is now live at

Grayling backs payment-by-results contracts for reoffending

10/10/2012 12:00:00 AM

Private sector firms and charities could be given a bigger role in the rehabilitation of prisoners through the extension of payment-by-results contracts, new Justice Secretary Chris Grayling told the Conservative Party conference yesterday. The former employment minister, who helped pioneer the use of such contracts for the government’s Work Programme, said they would help end the ‘national scandal’ of half of offenders leaving prison being reconvicted within a year.

'Rehabilitation revolution' planned

10/8/2012 12:00:00 AM

Chris Grayling will champion the use of payment by results across the public and private sector as part of a "rehabilitation revolution", he told Tory activists. The Justice Secretary said he planned to use his experience in setting up the Work Programme, where firms and charities who helped get the unemployed into jobs were rewarded according to their success, in tackling the problem of reoffending.

Workplace Pensions – the latest - the Department for Work and Pensions

10/8/2012 12:00:00 AM

As the population grows older most of us can look forward to around 20 years in retirement. This is good news. A comfortable retirement should be a reward for years spent at work. But what if we haven’t saved up for our retirement? Our dreams of time spent on holidays and hobbies might never come true. Millions of us are not saving enough to afford the retirement we want. The State Pension is a foundation for your retirement, but you may want more. Today, the full basic State Pension is £107.45 a week for a single person.


10/3/2012 12:00:00 AM

New Learner View website enables students to grade FE and skills provider based on how well they think it's preparing them for the working world.The inspectorate says students' views are "vital" during an inspection and the views posted on the website will help contribute to that.

SFA: Healthy FE and Skills Recognition

10/3/2012 12:00:00 AM

‘Healthy FE and Skills recognition’ is a new programme to promote health and well being amongst learners and staff in organisations across England. Supported by the Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS) and Skills Funding Agency, the programme gives providers opportunity to undertake a self-review and develop a two-year action plan that they will work towards to improve health and wellbeing. There are twenty organisations that have recently been awarded Healthy FE and Skills status. The total number of learning and skills providers who have gained recognition since 2009 is now 77.

Local Enterprise Partnerships receive boost

10/1/2012 12:00:00 AM

Core funding of over £24 million for Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) was announced by the government. The funding will be provided equally by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Department for Communities and Local Government. This is a big increase from the £5 million of core funding made available to LEPs last year.

Apprenticeship subcontracting more than triples

9/28/2012 12:00:00 AM

Funding figures expose boom in colleges’ apprenticeship deals. The amount that colleges spend on apprenticeship subcontractors has more than trebled in a year to £66.7m, FE Week can reveal. Figures from the Skills Funding Agency also show a boom in the number of deals. In the 2010/11 academic year they averaged 2.4 for each college, compared with 4.2 in the first nine months of last year. The growth comes despite an agency warning, in its annual reports and accounts document for 2011/12, that subcontracting was “exposing the agency to higher levels of operational and financial risk”.

Youth unemployment 2: Where is the evidence that wage incentives work?

9/21/2012 12:00:00 AM

he importance of wage incentive schemes is highlighted in the report released today by the House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee on Youth Unemployment. Wage incentives schemes are payments made to employers from the Government designed to incentivise the recruitment of young unemployed people. It is proposed that they will account for up to 160,000 of the total 430,000 potential additional opportunities for young people and possibly around a third of the total £1 billion budget.

Skills Funding Agency consultation on ESF funding - URGENT Consultation

9/17/2012 12:00:00 AM

The Skills Funding Agency (SFA) will commission in November the remaining funds of 2007-13 ESF Priority 2 aimed at enhancing the skills of the existing workforce.<br /><br />The SFA will seek to reduce underperformance in the remaining period of the programme in the number of participants without basic skills; without level 2; those with a learning difficulty and/or disability and those who will gain a basic skills as a result of ESF support.

Helping find work for school leavers

9/10/2012 12:00:00 AM

A Business Centre boss is urging local employers not to miss out on an apprenticeship fund that rewards employers who recruit apprentices for the first time. Led by the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) and the Skills Funding Agency (SFA), the Apprenticeship Grant for Employers (AGE) offers an incentive of £1,500 to employers to help them recruit their first 16 to 24 year old apprentice.

SFA:Classroom Learning Funding Assurance Audit Documentation 2011/12;

9/6/2012 12:00:00 AM

The Skills Funding Agency’s updated and simplified Classroom Learning funding assurance audit programmes for 2011/12. CL C1 DSAT (16-18 and ASB) Working Paper updated August 2012

SFA: Training Provider register - 1st October 2012 Deadline!

9/5/2012 12:00:00 AM

The Register has three distinct purposes for the Chief Executive of Skills Funding: to confirm the organisations with an existing funding agreement are suitable for us to continue to fund to provide the Skills Funding Agency with a list of organisations that are eligible to be selected to be invited to tender for the provision of education and training services to enable the Skills Funding Agency to identify which subcontractors (organisations who do not hold a direct contract) prime contractors need to be asked to undertake a higher level of due diligence, monitoring and review on.

Charities seek guarantees on compulsory work experience

9/3/2012 12:00:00 AM

Young people’s charities have called on the government to guarantee that young people will be offered meaningful placements under plans to force 6,000 unemployed young people to carry out three months of unpaid work experience.

NYA offers guidance for councils to prevent a repeat of the riots

9/3/2012 12:00:00 AM

The National Youth Agency (NYA) has published guidance for councils in a bid to prevent a repeat of last summer’s riots. The briefing document Summer Riots: Summary of existing literature and key observations provides details of the crimes committed, the age of offenders and causes of the riots.

Uniformed youth work scheme launches in London, Birmingham and Manchester

9/3/2012 12:00:00 AM

The first eight youth groups to benefit from the government’s £10m package of funding to improve uniformed youth provision in deprived areas will launch next week. The funding was announced in February and is a joint initiative between the government and Youth United, which represents uniformed youth groups including the Scouts, St John Ambulance and Army Cadets.

Skills Funding Agency - Update 123

9/3/2012 12:00:00 AM

Issue 123 of Update, the Agency’s weekly round-up of business-critical information and news for the further education sector

Prospectus published for new Apprenticeship Application Support Fund for young people

8/23/2012 12:00:00 AM

Young people who have struggled to get on to an apprenticeship via the government&rsquo;s Apprenticeship Vacancy service are to receive support from a new Apprenticeship Application Support Fund being managed by the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) on behalf of the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS), from whom &pound;450,000 of funding has been made available.&nbsp;

UK unemployment falls for 5th month

8/23/2012 12:00:00 AM

Work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith today welcomed a fifth consecutive fall in unemployment as official figures showed an extra 201,000 people in employment compared to the previous quarter.&nbsp;

Skills Funding Agency: Funding Higher-risk Providers and Subcontractors

8/23/2012 12:00:00 AM

The Skills Funding Agency has published a document to set out criteria which would prevent a provider being considered for funding. The criteria his applies to providers that are, or are seeking to be, funded directly by the Chief Executive and to organisations that are delivering, or are proposing to deliver, education and training funded by the Chief Executive under a subcontract.&nbsp;

Co-production in young people's services a major success

8/23/2012 12:00:00 AM

The New Economics Foundation&rsquo;s (NEF) recently completed international review of co-production in young people&rsquo;s services has found the model an engine for success.&nbsp;

SFA: Qualification Journey - Guidance, Process and Information

8/13/2012 12:00:00 AM

The Qualification Journey is the process by which qualifications are assessed for public funding for post-19 learners in England. To help providers understand this process, an updated version of the Qualification Journey document is now available.

European Social Fund and the Skills Funding Agency: Successes

8/9/2012 12:00:00 AM

It is a privilege for the Skills Funding Agency to be the main European Social Fund (ESF) Co-financing Organisation, with the remit to deliver skills provision throughout the 2007-13 programme. We take this responsibility seriously and I hope you will enjoy reading about our ESF achievements here

The framework for school inspection from September 2012

8/6/2012 12:00:00 AM

This framework sets out how the general principles and processes of inspection are applied to maintained schools and several other types of school in England. It states the statutory basis for inspection and summarises the main features of school inspections carried out under section 5 of the Education Act 2005 from September 2012.

Survey on Skills Funding Agency Subcontracting

8/6/2012 12:00:00 AM

The Association of Employment and Learning Providers and the Association of Colleges have been commissioned by the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) to carry out a survey of providers. Subcontracting is now the main route for third sector organisations to access SFA funding (including their European Social Fund provision) whether from local authorities, colleges or third sector.

Funding for centres in relation to CPCAB qualifications

8/6/2012 12:00:00 AM

Summary of key facts: The Skills Funding Agency (SFA) have published their “Funding Rules 2012/13 (version 1)” document, which consolidates all existing funding guidance into what is intended to be a clear, single document. It can be viewed or downloaded from here.

TSNLA working with Skills Funding Agency on future of ESF funding

7/26/2012 12:00:00 AM

TSNLA is represented on the Skills Funding Agency Advisory Forum and this group recently established an External Advisory Group to assist it with plans for future ESF spending by the Agency. TSNLA Director John Hacking is attending the group and will be providing regular feedback to members on issues raised and ensuring that there is a Third Sector perspective on the group. The Group last met on the 26th June and will meet again on the 14th August

ESF Skills Support for the Unemployed – 2012 to 2015

7/25/2012 12:00:00 AM

Author: Skills Funding Agency Publication date: 20/07/2012 Published by: Skills Funding Agency Region: Skills Funding Agency Copyright: Skills Funding Agency Publication scheme class: Type: Form A record agreement between employer receiving the ESF Apprenticeship Grant payment, the Contractor who will administer the payment on behalf of the Skills Funding Agency, National Apprenticeship Service and the learner.

Data Issues - a response by the Information Authority

7/25/2012 12:00:00 AM

<p>As requested - here is confirmation of how the ILR data should be completedat the end of the year. It is currently different for LR funded and ERfunded aims which may be where some of the confusion has come from.For LR aims:If the actual end date is before 1 August 2012 then it is recorded in the11/12 final return. The outcome for an aim that finished prior to 1 Augustmay not be known until later on in the autumn. This should be recorded onceknown in the final return for 11/12. You have until 16 Nov 2012 to do this for it to be included in the success rates for 11/12.&nbsp;This information does not need to be duplicated in the first returns of12/13.If the actual end date is on or after the 1 August then this is recorded inthe 12/13 returns.For ER aims:Pretty much the same, but it is the achievement date that determines when anaim is finished. So if the achievement date is before the 1 August then theachievement is recorded in the final 11/12 returns. If the achievement dateis after 1 August then the aim is carried forward and the achievementrecorded in 12/13. Again it is only recorded in one teaching year.As someone mentioned, the data service will look at the first returns of12/13 in order to include these achievements in the ER timely success rates.This is the current position - it may change for future years depending onwhether changes are made to the success rates as part of the single adultskills budget. That is up to Skills Funding Agency to decide. Hope thishelps from an ILR perspective. Lisa Macdougall</p>

ILR Specification, Validation Rules and Appendices for 2012/13

7/24/2012 12:00:00 AM

We will be adding individualised learner record (ILR) specification and support documents for 2012/13 to this page over the coming months. Notification of new documents and new versions of the documents, which may be added throughout the year, will be issued on our Data Updates page and emailed to Data Update subscribers. Sign up for Data Alerts.

LIS V20.01 for 2012/13 goes live

7/23/2012 12:00:00 AM

We have published LIS V20.01 for 2012/13 along with supporting documentation on the LIS V20.01 webpage. Over the coming weeks we will continue to publish further support documentation on this webpage. LIS V20.01 will allow users to validate and amalgamate their ILR data in preparation for the first 2012/13 ILR return, R01, due in on 06 September. What does this release include?

Further delays for college success rate data

7/23/2012 12:00:00 AM

Revised versions of the 2010/11 Education and Training National Success Rate Tables (NSRT) have been delayed until August, according to the Data Service. Widespread errors were found in the original NSRT, published on May 24, forcing the Data Service to take down and investigate the data. A spokesperson for the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) then told FE Week they expected the amended versions to be published by the middle of June.

Scope of the Data Service Service Desk

7/16/2012 12:00:00 AM

What do we deal with? • ILR completion: completing fields, return dates, validation, funding issues, etc. • Learning Aim Database (and Learning Aim Reference Application) use and the data contained within it • Learner Information Suite use, calculations and reports • Online Data Collections System, including Provider Online, and its reports, including the Provider Funding Report (PFR) • Data Quality reports

Increased apprenticeship numbers could help tackle rise in unemployment

7/16/2012 12:00:00 AM

Employers are being advised to refine their recruitment strategies after research showed that a rise in UK unemployment during the recession that started in 2008 came about, in part, as a result of a "mismatch" between available job vacancies and the skill sets of unemployed workers. A rise in the number of apprenticeships in the UK offers light at the end of the tunnel as young people learn new skills that will make them valuable additions to the workforce in the future.

Providers’ management fees to be audited

7/9/2012 12:00:00 AM

Lead providers who subcontract will need to provide a report next year that proves they are not taking too much in management fees, according to the Skills Funding Agency (SFA). “(Each provider) must provide a report from its external auditors at the end of the contract year that provides assurance that the funding that it has retained is no more than is required to cover the actual costs directly incurred in managing its subcontractors,” the SFA website said. The clause forms part of the main terms and conditions for provider agreements in 2012/13.

SFA publish sub-contractor management fee percentages

7/5/2012 12:00:00 AM

This afternoon the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) published the “2011/12 Percentage of SFA funds that are drawn down for the subcontracted provision that is passed onto the subcontractor through the contract in a PDF formatted list”. Click here to download the spreadsheet. There is also a related FAQ document here. The release of the data follows an FoI request for the information, made by FE Week in February.

DWP publishes guidance for certifying AE schemes

7/3/2012 12:00:00 AM

The Department for Work and Pensions has published guidance on auto-enrolment scheme certification for employers and advisers. The guidance covers defined benefit and hybrid pension schemes - and also includes updated guidance on certifying DC schemes. The main guidance sets out which DB or hybrid schemes can be used for auto-enrolment and when and how employers can self-certify that their scheme meets the test standard.

£1m funding secured for launch of charity training comparison site

7/3/2012 12:00:00 AM

Skills Third Sector has secured £1m of funding from the UK Commission for Employment and Skills to develop its new online skills platform for charity employers. Subject to contract the charity will receive the funding from the funder's Growth and Innovation Fund to develop and launch LINKS (Learning, Information, Knowledge, Skills), a knowledge-sharing platform which aims to encourage "open, transparent competition between skills and training providers"

Learner Information Suite 19.04 software

7/3/2012 12:00:00 AM

Overview The Learner Information Suite (LIS) v19.04 is a software application made available to Providers to assist in preparation of single Individualised Learner Record (ILR) data. It will process 2011/12 single ILR data and contain functionality for single ILR Validation, funding calculations and reports. This release contains defect fixes and an enhanced version of the Shadow Funding Calculation module. Documentation to support the updated Shadow Calculation modiule is available below.

Richard Review of Apprenticeships

7/3/2012 12:00:00 AM

On 11 June 2012 the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills and Education appointed Doug Richard, serial entrepreneur and early invetor, to lead an independent review into the future of apprenticeships. The review aims to:

DWP- 02/07/12 – Guidance on scheme certification for automatic enrolment published

7/3/2012 12:00:00 AM

Guidance has been published for businesses wanting to use high quality pension schemes for the Government's workplace pension reforms. The detailed guidance on certifying defined benefit (DB) and hybrid schemes for automatic enrolment will help firms continue to use existing schemes, rather than setting up a new one for reforms. Starting from October 2012 employers will begin to automatically enrol eligible workers into a qualifying pension scheme, and contribute to that pension.

Call for all youngsters to have work experience

6/29/2012 12:00:00 AM

WORK experience should be a statutory right for young people, according to the head of the Confederation of British Iindustry (CBI). Speaking at the employer organisation’s Action for Jobs summit, John Cridland, director general of the CBI, yesterday urged businesses and Government to take a more cohesive approach to ensure young people have the right skills and opportunities to obtain jobs.

Pilot programme looking at "distance travelled" by adult English and maths learners

6/25/2012 12:00:00 AM

Following its review of English and maths provision for adults, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) published its English and maths action plan in New Challenges, New Chances. One of the key actions is to run a pilot with a small group of colleges and training providers in 2012/13. The pilot will explore and determine how skills gained - or "distance travelled" - in English and maths can be assessed and measured, and make recommendations to the BIS and the Skills Funding Agency on how providers could be funded on the basis of the distance each learner has travelled. The BIS and the Skills Funding Agency would like colleges and providers to contribute so they can draw on their knowledge and understanding

Ofsted publish new inspection framework

6/22/2012 12:00:00 AM

Ofsted is to reduce inspection notice periods from three weeks to two days. The change, which will be implemented from September, is set down in an amended Common Inspection Framework, released last week as part of the handbook for the inspection of further education and skills. Ofsted has already piloted “no notice” inspections, but Matthew Coffey, its national director for learning and skills, said that many providers “raised genuine concerns about logistics”. Joy Mercer, director of policy at the Association of Colleges (AoC), said that the organisation was pleased there would be two days rather than “no notice”, but concerns remained.

Geoff Russell offers funding insights as he prepares to leave the Skills Funding Agency

6/21/2012 12:00:00 AM

Geoff Russell, outgoing chief executive of the Skills Funding Agency, offers his insights on the funding issues that he has tackled during his time with the group. Russell also gives his thoughts on the current challenges facing the sector, and outlines the farewell speech he will be giving he AELP 2012 conference dinner on 19 June. Click below to hear more:

SFA £2.3m website hardly used

6/18/2012 12:00:00 AM

The FE Choices website has been viewed by 6,230 people since it launched in January, figures obtained by FE Week reveal. The response from the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) to a Freedom of Information request shows that the website, which allows the public to compare the performance of providers with one another, has been visited by 1,246 ‘unique’ visitors on average each month. The request, submitted by FE Week, also reveals that the FE Choices website has cost more the taxpayer more than £2.3 million to date.

Government injects £5m into existing work scheme

6/15/2012 12:00:00 AM

The government is investing a further £5 million into the mandatory work activity scheme, it was announced on Tuesday (June 12th). In a bid to encourage more people into employment, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) revealed the initiative would see up to 70,000 people enter the scheme each year. The mandatory work activity scheme has been set up to enable people on benefits to work full time for a month, or risk losing their Jobseekers Allowance.

Last orders for the 2013/14 ILR Request for Collection

6/14/2012 12:00:00 AM

There is just over a week to go before the deadline for submitting data collection requests for the 2013/14 ILR closes on 22 June.

Fifteen sector organisations left Work Programme in second half of last year

6/14/2012 12:00:00 AM

Employment minister Chris Grayling says that, of the 28 organisations that pulled out of the programme, 15 were from the voluntary sector A total of 15 voluntary sector organisations pulled out of the Work Programme in the second half of last year, according to new figures . Answering a parliamentary question from Jon Trickett, the shadow minister for the Cabinet Office, employment minister Chris Grayling said 28 organisations had withdrawn from the welfare-to-work scheme as subcontractors between August and January, of which 15 were from the voluntary and community sector.

Grass Roots appointed to deliver The Skills Show at The NEC

6/12/2012 12:00:00 AM

The Delegate Management Services arm of the Grass Roots agency has been appointed to handle the registration process for The Skills Show, which takes place in November at Birmingham’s NEC. It is a new contract secured following Grass Roots’ work completed on the Big Bang show. The event is jointly supported by the Skills Funding Agency and the National Apprenticeship Service and shines a spotlight on further education, skills, and apprenticeships.

Lancashire council approves £10m to help young people get work

6/8/2012 12:00:00 AM

A £10m investment to help more than 5,000 young people from Lancashire into work over the next five years has been approved by the county council. The authority will use £5m to expand its current apprenticeship programme and £3.25m to support those not in employment, education or training.

Transport for London: securing apprenticeships for local people

5/30/2012 12:00:00 AM

Skills brokers are matching unemployed Londoners with jobs and training in transport and engineering, using contracts to make sure local people are first in the queue. Skills shortages in transport are forecast to rise to 35% by 2013/14, while in some areas of the capital 30% of residents are out of work. Transport for London is tackling both problems with its initiative, Strategic Labour Needs and Training (SLNT), using corporate social responsibility and business strategies

£600,000 for "inspirational" awards programme

5/25/2012 12:00:00 AM

An innovative awards scheme that brings together young people from different backgrounds to work for the benefit of their communities will be backed by a £600,000 grant from the Scottish Government, First Minister Alex Salmond announced today. The Outward Bound Trust, together with The Mark Scott Foundation will receive the funding over the next three years to help expand their work tackling divisive issues in society through practical community projects, enabling more young people in Scotland to take part.

Government provides funds to employers who recruit young people with disabilities

5/24/2012 12:00:00 AM

The Government has launched a wage incentive scheme to encourage employers to give young disabled people further work opportunities A payment of up to £2,275 will be made available for employers who recruit young disabled people through Work Choice - a specialist disability employment programme that provides tailored support to help disabled people who have the most complex support needs.

SFA launches Community Learning Innovation Fund

5/22/2012 12:00:00 AM

A new community learning fund has been launched today by the Skills Funding Agency (SFA). The Community Learning Innovation Fund (CLIF), which will be managed by the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE), will provide grants worth up to £65,000 to learning providers and other organisations. The funding, worth £4 million in total, will support projects which offer “imaginative community learning opportunities” for adults between September 2012 and the end of July 2013.

Celebrate Adult Learners’ Week

5/21/2012 12:00:00 AM

Adult Learners’ Week, 12-18 May 2012, is the largest annual celebration of adult learning in the UK. Led by NIACE and supported by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, European Social Fund, The National Careers Service, Open University, BBC, and Pearson, it inspires thousands of people each year to discover how learning can change their lives. Throughout the Week, thousands of organisations from across the country will be holding events demonstrating the learning opportunities that they provide, attracting new learners and inspiring adults to discover how learning can transform lives. Holding events can be a great way to share your passion and interest in learning with others, publicise your organisation and attract media attention.

£2.5 million Employment Grant Scheme launched

5/18/2012 12:00:00 AM

The Back to Work Employment Grant Scheme has been launched to encourage employers to take on people who have been unemployed for 12 months or more. The £2.5 million scheme is being funded by the Back to Work programme and will provide financial assistance to employers who employ someone who has been actively seeking work for 12 months and is locally qualified for work under the Regulation of Undertakings Law having completed five years residence. Employers will be entitled to a maximum amount of £7,200 for each individual employed on a permanent contract of at least 18 months.

YJB saved from quango cull

11/23/2011 12:00:00 AM

The government has abandoned plans to scrap the Youth Justice Board, minister Lord McNally has announced.

Careers service at risk of 'destruction' warning

9/9/2011 12:00:00 AM

The re-organisation of careers advice services in England could be "potentially damaging to young people's lives", a group of experts has warned




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