March 2018 Policy News
Here's an update on the latest skills sector policy news.
- 2016/17 saw a 5% decline in the number of Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies technical qualifications awarded. More here.
- Employers will now be able to include technical qualifications in more apprenticeship standards following a revision to Institute for Apprenticeships guidance. More here.
The Chancellor announced £80m in funding to help SMEs to access apprenticeships in his inaugural Spring Statement, although this will come from existing funding. Read more here.
The government has confirmed that there are currently no plans to devolve any non-adult skills funding within England. More here.
- A year-long review of post-18 education funding has been launched by the Prime Minister. It will look at the levels of tuition fees, support given to students and the balance of funding between universities and other routes. More here.
- Providers will be able to outline how off-the-job training is carried out in their apprenticeships – but this will not be mandatory. More here.
- The government is falling short on its target of 3 million by 2020 by 18%. More here.