Infographic: Skills for Life Survey

The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) has released its latest report examining adult English and Maths levels.

The report highlights that in some areas almost a quarter of adults have numeracy skills of entry level 3 or below- the national school curriculum equivalent for age 9-11.

Skills Minister Matthew Hancock commented:

"Good English and Maths are vital for getting a job and playing a full part in society. We have doubled the funding for adult English and Maths because they are so important…These essential skills are the building clocks of a productive society and a thriving economy. I am determined that everyone - no matter how they live - should have the chance to achieve their best."

See our infographic for an overview of the findings. view full infographic here


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Tor Macleod 11:53

Highlights From the AoC Conference 2012


The Association of Colleges (AoC) Conference and Exhibition 2012 was attended by over 1,800 further education and skills professionals this year. In case you missed the event we have collaborated with the AoC to create an infographic of the twitter buzz (#aocannual12).

One of the biggest talking points has been Vince Cable's announcement of a £400 million boost to colleges. To read the full speech as well as other main speeches visit the AoC website.

Highlights from the conference:

FE News has interviewed some of the keynote speakers, here are the highlights:

Kim Thorneywork, Interim Chief Executive Skills Funding Agency on Demand Led Systems: watch interview

Rob Wye, LSIS CEO on the Commission Adult Vocational Teaching and Learning: watch interview

Vince Cable, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills on the Developments on Earn and Learn: watch interview

Making the Most of Changes to the Adult Skills Budget

Independent Training Providers are being encouraged to respond to local learning needs by taking advantage of the increased flexibility offered by the Single Adult Skills Budget. New guidance by the AELP and LSIS offers advice to succeed.
Tor Macleod 12:31

Increased Funding for Workplace Courses


Latest news from the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) indicate that up to 1,100 workplace courses (formerly Train to Gain) will gain increased funding.

The average increase is around 39% (£2,308) with some courses receiving even larger boosts; Vehicle Accident Repair and Body Competence (up 508% to £8,861) and Work-Based / Land-Based Engineering Operations (up 262% to £5,968)

These changes are part of the SFAs plans for a more simplified funding system:

 “The agency is creating for the first time a clear and transparent approach to funding rates as part of its work to simplify a system that has, in recent years, been overly complicated with different rates applying to different programmes delivered by different types of providers.

“The creation of a flexible single Adult Skills Budget has enabled all providers to deliver the full range of qualifications and delivery models that started in 2011/12….The cost of these changes will be based on the choices learners and employers make throughout this year in deciding which skills offer is right for them and will not, therefore, be known until the end of this academic year.”

Read more about changes to workplace qualifications

Tor Macleod 14:33

Richard Banks Talks Career Change and Employability

Paulette Edwards talks to Richard Banks on BBC Radio Sheffield about how to use online resources to improve your employability and find work.

Listen online on BBC Radio Sheffield (skip to 20mins into clip)


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