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IfA seeks (paid) peer reviewers
The Institute for Apprenticeships is on the hunt for yet more experts – but this time they will be paid. Adverts for up to 80 anonymous peer-reviewers for...
DfE report into foreign skills provision omits funding comparisons with England
The Department for Education has been accused of ignoring skills funding concerns after its international review of post-16 funding included no financial comparisons with England. The report, entitled...
Ofsted watch: Two providers slump to ‘inadequate’
Two providers plummeted from ‘good’ to ‘inadequate’ after recent Ofsted inspections, in a week which has seen nearly every inspected FE and skills providers drop grades. Rotherham Borough...
Detail of apprenticeship levy audit regime revealed
Apprenticeships funded from May will be included in the Education and Skills Funding Agency’s 2016-17 audit programme, FE Week can reveal. Annual ESFA financial assurance audits take place...
Local authority sets up rival apprenticeship provider register – but will charge
A local authority is planning to make hundreds of thousands in management fees by offering access to its own apprenticeship provider list, FE Week can reveal. Nottingham City...
AEB tender results pushed back AGAIN, now into August
Training providers are being are being told they will learn the results of their long delayed adult education budget bids in August, even though the Education and Skills...
Assessment organisation claims ESFA approval for subcontracting model
An end-point assessment organisation claims that the Education and Skills Funding Agency will allow it to subcontract apprenticeship exams – even though the agency is in the middle...
Yorkshire colleges first to publish targets in £56m AEB pre-devolution deal
Colleges in West Yorkshire have agreed a “landmark” partnership with the combined authority to align their annual £56 million adult education budget provision while it waits for an...
London college merger called off at last minute
A planned merger between two London colleges has been called off at the last minute, FE Week can reveal. Barking and Dagenham College and Havering College will no...
DfE quick to rebuff ‘evidence’ of employers calling for changes to off-the-job rule
A plea for flexibility in apprenticeship off-the-job training requirements has been swiftly rebutted by the Department for Education. In a paper sent to the DfE on Monday, the...
Exclusive: IfA turns to headhunters after failing to recruit a permanent CEO
The Institute for Apprenticeships has failed to appoint a permanent chief executive, FE Week can reveal. A job advert for the top position at the new institute was...