Apprenticeship pay survey report shows minimum wage non-compliance (FE Week)
A government report has revealed that younger apprentices are being hit hardest by minimum wage non-compliance, with nearly a quarter not getting the right pay levels. FE Week reports that 24 per cent of apprentices aged 16-18 were paid less last year than the apprentice minimum wage of £2.68 per hour.
More lower-income students going to university despite tuition fees (Guardian)
The number of students securing degree places at UK universities and colleges topped half a million for the first time in 2014, with a rise of 10% in those from the poorest households. This increase comes despite fears that the introduction of tuition feels would discourage less wealthy students to apply. The Guardian has the full details.
Undergraduate teaching cost put at less than £8k (THE)
A study by KPMG for the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) has revealed that the cost of teaching undergraduates is £7,700 per year, significantly below the top rate of £9,000 charged for the majority of courses. Postgraduate teaching costs are higher at £11,300 per annum. THE takes up the story.
MPs criticise DWP over disability support programme (HR Magazine)
HR Magazine reports on the story that the government’s flagship Access to Work (AtW) programme is failing to help enough disabled people into employment. The Work and Pensions Committee’s report criticises the DWP for failing to provide enough funding, a lack of effective marketing, and not understanding the needs of disabled people.