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Tens of thousands of adults on low wages look set to benefit from a new rule which will see their training fully funded from next year, FE Week understands.

Up until now, adults have had to have been on benefits to receive full funding for education courses.

But a radical adult education budget rule-change is expected to come into play in 2018/19 which will open the door to a huge number of other adults on low wages.

It will apply to those who earn less than the Social Mobility Commission’s low-pay threshold.

CPD FE and Skills

We are running a refresher course on June 8th aimed at Designated Safeguarding Leads, Managers and Tutors looking to update or refresh their Safeguarding knowledge. 

The course counts towards your CPD record and will run from 10:00am until 3:00pm with lunch included.

During the session, you will cover the following areas:

Learn how to identify news through the eyes of a journalist, master the art of composing a press release and then how best to flag up your own story by being able to tackle those all-important calls to the press or broadcast stations.

Join PR guru, Louise Third MBE from Integra Communications and Mike Sassi, Editor and Publisher at the Nottingham Post for this fast-paced, practical and interactive introduction to working with the media.

The funding rate for the controversial management degree apprenticeship is set to fall, as part of a review of the most popular standards.

The Institute for Apprenticeships announced today that it is to review the rates for 31 standards at request from the Department for Education.

It comes after the department announced last week that the IfA will now have 30 funding bands to choose from – the maximum rate paid for from the levy – up from the current 15.


Apprenticeship starts were down a massive 40 per cent in February on the same period in 2017, the latest provisional government statistics have revealed.

There were 21,800 starts reported for the month, compared with February 2017’s provisional total of 36,400, according to the Education and Skills Funding Agency’s monthly apprenticeship statistics update, published last week.

This represents this biggest year-on-year percentage drop since last August.