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Minister backs early years educator u-turn as sector made to wait by PM’s office
A government u-turn on GCSE requirements for early years educator apprenticeships has the backing of the secretary of state for women, equalities and early years, but FE Week...
Learndirect tops list of European Social Fund contracts with provision worth almost £50 million
Learndirect has come out on top in the race to win European Social Fund contracts, securing 26 deals worth almost £49.5 million, FE Week analysis has shown. Calderdale...
Breaking: Online apprenticeship service registration opens
The online system that employers will use to manage apprenticeship funds is now open for registration to all levy-paying companies. A link to the new apprenticeship service was...
New legal apprenticeships contract between SFA and employers unveiled
The controversial new legal agreement, that employers will have to sign with the Skills Funding Agency to run new apprenticeships, has been unveiled. FE Week exclusively revealed last...
FE Commissioner intervention report exposes financial turmoil at Hull College Group
A new FE Commissioner intervention report has exposed the grave financial problems facing Hull College Group. Commissioner Richard Atkins’ (pictured) team was sent in to carry out their...
Third of employers paying levy in April don't know it exists yet, according to new report
A third of employers who will have to pay the new apprenticeship levy from April are not even aware it exists, a worrying new survey report has shown....
Ofsted watch: No overall-improvement recognised in tough week for FE
A major adult and community learning provider has fallen to ‘inadequate’, in a week of reports on FE and skills providers that either returned the same or a lesser...
Gove admits the UTCs experiment has failed
The key ministerial architect of the government’s fast-unravelling policy on university technical colleges has admitted the experiment has failed. Michael Gove, who launched UTCs in his former role...
Digital Apprenticeship Service to be renamed prior to launch
The Digital Apprenticeship Service (or DAS) is due for launch later this month, but will be renamed the ‘apprenticeship service’, FE Week can reveal. In an email to...
Grimsby Institute wins top AoC Beacon award
The overall Leading Light winner from the prestigious national Association of Colleges (AoC) Beacon Awards has gone to the Grimsby Institute. It was chosen by Baroness Sharp of Guildford,...
IfA to charge assessment organisations for quality assurance
The Institute for Apprenticeships will charge apprenticeship assessment organisations for external quality assurance of new standards – despite Ofqual keeping the service free. Speaking during a webinar on...