Apprenticeships deliver loyalty boost (gov.uk)
An independent survey of employers in England shows that apprenticeships are helping businesses to boost loyalty. The gov.uk website reports that the survey of 555 employers found that 56% of those surveyed who offer apprenticeships say their apprentices stay in the business longer than other recruits.
Colleges say ‘swathes of cuts’ threatens adult education (BBC)
The Association of Colleges says 190,000 adult education places will go next year as funding is cut by 24%, leading to that warning that adult education ‘will not exist by 2020’ if these cuts continue. Courses for health, public services and ICT could be hardest hit, according to an article by the BBC.
Teach First to double early years recruitment (TES)
The TES reports that Teach First will be doubling the number of early years trainees it takes on this September and expanding the scheme into new areas. The educational charity enlisted 38 early years trainees in September 2014 after launching a pilot project in 2013. This year, the number of recruits will rise to 82.
Firms named and shamed for not paying minimum wage (Telegraph)
48 employers including French Connection and Toni & Guy have been named by the government as owing a total of £162,000 in arrears due to failure to pay the national minimum wage. More than 200 employers have now been “named and shamed” since a new regime came into force in October 2013, with total arrears of £635,000. The Telegraph has the full details.