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Sector news, 3 - 16 July 2016

Full steam ahead for apprenticeship levy launch FE Week, 19 July 2016

FE Week reported on Tuesday that the Department for Education was due to launch the delayed document about the new apprenticeship funding arrangements in the next few days. The new skills minister Robert Halfon had signed off the document which his predecessor Nick Boles had reported delayed in June. However the next day in an exclusive the paper said that the Confederation of British Industry had called for the levy to be delayed, after a CBI survey of nearly 500 companies showed there was widespread concern about the rushed design of the levy, with businesses still saying they lacked vital information. The CBI want the levy launch put back beyond April next year. Josh Hardie, CBI deputy director-general, said the current design did not recognise the breadth of great training currently being held, and ran the risk of producing fewer apprenticeship opportunities.

It’s official… Amanda Spielman confirmed as next Ofsted chief inspector FE Week, 19 July 2016

The new Ofsted chief inspector has been confirmed as Amanda Spielman, who will replace Sir Michael Wilshaw when he stands down in December. There had been doubts about whether new education secretary Justine Greening would continue with her predecessor Nicky Morgan’s choice for the top job at the inspectorate. After a pre-appointment hearing on June 29 the House of Commons Education Committee report had voiced concerns over Ms Spielman’s lack of “passion for the role” and the fact she had not worked as a teacher.