Council prepares to approve £306m investment strategy


A multi-million pound investment strategy that will see the delivery of 2,000 new homes is set to be approved by Oldham Council.

Reframing the apprenticeship levy deadline for spending


Lizzy Grayson discusses how the apprenticeship levy has changed post-deadline for spending .

Apprenticeship system ‘failing’ to make progress, MPs warn


Local government leaders have backed sharp criticism by MPs of the current apprenticeship system.

The future of social work: creating pathways through apprenticeships


Joanna Rawles explains how the new Social Worker Degree Apprenticeship will help councils attract and retain social workers.

Reform Apprenticeship Levy ahead of Brexit, CBI says


Business leaders have urged the Government to reform the Apprenticeship Levy in order to help solve some of the economy’s challenges ahead of Brexit.

Business leaders call for Apprenticeship Levy ‘overhaul’


London’s business leaders have called for a ‘radical overhaul’ of the Apprenticeship Levy and warned changes need to be made to skills provision.

Taking a new approach to apprenticeships


Cornwall Council explains how it has re-evaluated its approach to apprenticeships, setting an ambitious target of 500 by 2021.

South East councils call for powers to tackle skills shortage


Councils have called for more powers to help address the skills shortage as report shows nearly all jobs will soon be closed to people without qualifications.

Whitehall announces £1,000 apprenticeship bursary for care leavers


Care leavers who choose to start an apprenticeship are to receive a £1,000 bursary to help the transition into the workplace, the Government announced yesterday.

Apprenticeship system should be ‘fully devolved’, council chiefs say


The Apprenticeship Levy needs to see ‘significant changes’, council chiefs warn as the number of people starting apprenticeships drops dramatically.

Councils call for improvement to Apprenticeship Levy


Councils should be allowed to spend the money returned from the Apprenticeship Levy beyond the two-year deadline, according to the Local Government Association (LGA).

London councils call for ‘better use’ of apprenticeship levy


London authorities have called on Whitehall to allow employers to transfer more than the planned 10% of their apprenticeship levy funding to supply chains.

Adult training company described as ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted


The UK’s largest provider of adult training and apprenticeships has been described as ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted, sparking speculation about the company’s future.

Government’s apprenticeship policies ‘blunt instruments’, MPs say


Whitehall’s flagship apprenticeship policies will not fill the growing skills gap which is set to widen post-Brexit, MPs say.

Apprenticeship target could be ‘damaging’ to public sector


The Government has been urged to scrap its new apprenticeship target for the public sector, after new analysis by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) found it would not deliver value for money.

Apprenticeship targets ‘unrealistic’ for London’s boroughs


The Government’s ‘unrealistic’ apprenticeship targets would see London boroughs being pressured to increase their creation of apprenticeships by more than 570%, councillors warn.

Local authorities to hire ‘thousands’ of new apprentices


The local government sector will be required to hire ‘thousands’ of apprentices as part of Whitehall’s commitment to deliver three million apprenticeships by 2020.

LGA: Apprenticeship Levy ‘discriminates’ against council schools


Small council-maintained schools should be treated the same as small academies and faith schools and be exempt from the Apprenticeship Levy, say council chiefs.

Apprenticeship target could undermine programme's credibility warns think tank


Huge amounts of money will be spent on sub-standard apprenticeships unless new quality standards are imposed, a leading think-tank has warned.

Whitehall’s apprenticeship target ‘unrealistic’, London boroughs say


London boroughs would have to increase their creation of apprenticeships by more than 570% to meet ‘unrealistic’ Government targets, boroughs warn.

Apprenticeships not going to young people, study reveals


The Government’s new apprenticeship system is not doing enough to alleviate youth unemployment, report finds.

North East no longer a ‘low skilled’ region, think tank says


The North East’s reputation as a low skilled region is ‘outdated’, but councils need to do more to increase skill levels in certain areas, new report reveals.

Apprenticeship targets ‘unrealistic’ and damaging to vulnerable individuals


Vulnerable groups are at risk from the Government’s public sector apprenticeship target, according to London Councils.

Number of young apprentices has ‘flat-lined since 2010’, commission reveals


The Government’s drive on apprenticeships is failing to deliver for young people, according to commission.

Apprenticeship plans will cost councils millions, LGA warns


Whitehall's push to increase the amount of apprenticeships will cost councils hundreds of millions of pounds, putting extra pressure on already squeezed budgets, town hall leaders say.

Councils could face £600m bill to meet apprenticeships target


Local authorities are being left in the dark on how they will be able to meet the government’s new apprenticeships target.

Minister hails success of Coastal Communities Fund


The number of jobs, apprenticeships and training places in Britian's seaside resorts has passed the 10,000 milestone thanks to a special fund, according to coastal communities minister Mark Francois.

Reserve 20,000 apprenticeships for care leavers, says charity


A leading children’s charity has called on the Government to set aside 20,000 apprenticeships for care leavers.

Councils issue skills crisis warning


Councils have warned that a growing skills crisis in the construction industry could undermine government plans to build more affordable homes.

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