Learning loans sees fewer adults in education, says charity (BBC)
The BBC reports on the warning from the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE) that a fall in the number of adults in further education will hamper the UK’s economic recovery. The drop has been attributed to the removal of funding for higher and advanced level courses for the over 24s.
Apprenticeships contribute £34b to UK economy in 2014 (HR Magazine)
Research by the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) has calculated that for every £1 of public money spent on apprenticeships, £21 is generated for the Treasury through higher wages, increased tax receipts and a £370 million reduction in unemployment benefits alone. HR Magazine takes up the full story.
Degree apprenticeships launched to boost hi-tech skills (BBC)
Still on the subject of apprenticeships, Digital Economy Minister Ed Vaizey has announced plans for the new Degree Apprenticeship qualification that will be taught in England from next September and will equip working for the tech sector. Young people will be able to gain a full honours degree while paying no fees and earning a wage. The BBC gives the details.
Teach supply crisis feared as School Direct fails to fill places (TES)
The TES reports that concerns about a teacher supply crisis have deepened after recently released government figures reveal a drop in the number of people who started teacher training courses this September. The number of unfilled training places is particularly prevalent in the School Direct scheme where just 61% of places were filled.