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‘Stop wasting money’ Unison tells colleges
Colleges spent at least £65 million on agency staff during the last financial year, according to information obtained by Unison. The trade union has calculated a combined bill...
‘Disappointing’ drop in adult participation says NIACE
The number of adults taking part in formal learning has fallen five percentage points, a survey by the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE) has revealed. The...
Colleges call for FE loans to be delayed
The majority of professionals in the FE sector support delaying or scrapping the introduction of FE loans, according to a survey of Lsect members. Nearly 70 per cent...
Report finds ‘process failures’ at the Skills Funding Agency
An investigation into secret changes to a government website has unearthed “process failures” and an inability to pinpoint who made the unauthorised adjustments to data. The views are...
HR Director of Morrisons to step down next month
The group HR and communications director at Morrisons has announced he will leave the supermarket retailer at the end of June. Norman Pickavance, who has been questioned by...
The £240m SFA giveaway
The Skills Funding Agency (SFA) has allocated providers an extra £240 million since the start of the academic year, new data has shown. An updated spreadsheet for 2011/12,...
Looking ahead to Adult Learners’ Week
As tag lines go, the one being championed as the essence of Adult Learners’ Week, which begins on Saturday, will take some beating. It reads: “There has never...
College redundancies and restructures
Staff from Gateshead College protest over pay cuts and increased working hours. As the economic downturn continues to put pressure on the sector, staff at FE colleges up...
Ofsted grades continue to fall for 157 Group colleges
Further education colleges should be judged on all aspects of their work and not just those in an Ofsted inspection, according to a membership body. The 157 Group,...
Finger pointing as MPs criticise value for money at Morrisons
Geoff Russell, CEO of the Skills Funding Agency points to David Way, CEO of the National Apprenticeship Service, at the BIS Select Committee, chaired by Adrian Bailey Members...
Sandwich artist questions tabled by MP
Questions have been raised over apprenticeships offered by a fast-food chain. Dudley MP Ian Austin is demanding answers after it emerged that Subway are offering £2.60 per hour...