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SFA apprenticeship funding rules strengthened to deter employer kick-backs
The apprenticeship funding rules, which come into force from May, have now been updated by the SFA to deter employer kick-backs. In early March the SFA expressed concern over “emerging...
Exclusive: New Ofsted chief 'worried' about apprenticeship register
The new chief inspector at Ofsted, Amanda Spielman, has spoken to FE Week of her concern following publication of the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers. In a wide ranging...
Major provider chaired by ex-SFA boss calls in administrators
A major training provider whose chair was the first chief executive of the Skills Funding Agency has gone into administration after failing to make it onto the new Register...
Less than 50 per cent of inspected UTCs ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’
Less than half of the university technical colleges visited by Ofsted have received ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ grades, exclusive FE Week analysis has revealed, in another blow to the...
More than half of apprenticeship standards still have no assessor
Too many uncertainties in the new apprenticeship system is fuelling the acute lack of assessment organisations for new standards, according to the boss of their industry body. FE...
No funded qualifications for over a third of approved standards
More than a third of the apprenticeship standards that the government has deemed ready for delivery involve no funded qualifications other than a final assessment, exclusive FE Week...
Finance director blamed in new FE commissioner report
A former finance director has been singled out as the “root cause” of a major London college’s financial failings, in one of three recent FE commissioner reports. The...
Struggling college has ‘agreed to release’ principal
A college that recently switched merger partner following an Ofsted grade four has “agreed to release” its principal. The departure of Simon Andrews (pictured above) from Stockport College,...
Ofsted watch: sixth form college plummets after 10-year inspection wait
A sixth form college that hadn’t received an inspection for 10 years sank from ‘outstanding’ to ‘requires improvement’ – in a mixed week for FE Ofsted reports. Governors...
Institute for Apprenticeships most popular for external quality assurance
The Institute for Apprenticeships is the most popular choice for external quality assurance for apprenticeship standards – even though it was only set up as a “last resort”...
No Birmingham colleges make apprenticeships register
The nation’s second largest city may not have an FE college delivering apprenticeships when the levy launches in April, as none of its colleges has made it onto...