Here's a round up of the latest skills policy news:

  • New research has found that early interventions and campaigns would help to encourage more women to get into engineering. Click here for more.
  • High costs and financial worries are creating barriers for adults who would like to get back into learning. Click here for more.
  • Contracts for training providers working with non-apprenticeship levy paying employers have been extended for an extra 12 months to March 2020. Click here for more.
  • The government has rejected calls from an influential committee of parliamentarians to abolish the Institute for Apprenticeships. Click here for more.
  • 38% of manufacturing companies have seen costs increase as a result of skills gaps, according to new government research. Click here for more.
  • The first results for young people taking new, exam-focused GCSE courses showed a significant gap between male and female performance in Physics. Click here for more.
  • The government has refused to back its longstanding commitment to 3 million apprenticeship starts by 2020. Click here  for more.
  • Apprenticeship starts in May 2018 were 40% down on the same month in 2016, according to official figures. Click here for more.

If you have any queries please contact our Policy Team or call 01923 652400.