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Outrage at decision to widen admissions for small sixth form
The controversial decision to widen admissions at a struggling small-school sixth form has come in for fierce criticism, due to a rapid decline in the need for post-16...
Ofsted boss commits to more 'positive and purposeful' approach to FE
Ofsted’s new chief inspector was vowed to “reset” the relationship between the education watchdog and colleges, in her first speech to the FE sector since taking over from...
Sector in shock: Apprenticeship provider register winners and losers
The selection process for the new register of apprenticeship training providers has been branded an “omnishambles”, after providers with no delivery experience whatsoever have found their way onto...
Exclusive: National College fails to make Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers
A high profile new government-backed national college has failed to make it onto the new Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers, due to what it claims is a “technicality”...
Uncertain future for 900 learners as Chesterfield provider calls in administrators
A national training provider has called in the administrators – leaving up to 900 learners uncertain about their futures and 54 staff out of work. Slic Training, which...
Company shuts down just days before SFA gives them green light for apprenticeship delivery
A private training provider is on the new Register of Apprenticeship Training Provider despite having ‘ceased trading’. Hertfordshire-based Apple Training Academy is listed as a main provider on...
Colleges delivering hundreds of apprenticeships 'surprised' to be left off new provider register
A number of major apprenticeship delivering colleges are “stunned”, “disappointed” and “frustrated” at not being on the new Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers. As reported by FE Week,...
Breaking: SFA delays announcement of allocations for non-levy funding
Allocation worth up to £440m for delivering apprenticeship training to non-levy employers have been delayed by the Skills Funding Agency, FE Week can reveal. It is understood that everyone...
Breaking: Full Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers finally published
Almost 75 per cent of applicants to the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers were successful, the Skills Funding Agency has revealed. The full list of providers on the...
Breaking: Halfon sets out priorities for 2017-18 in skills funding letter
Spending priorities for 2017-18 have been set out by minister Robert Halfon in the annual Skills Funding letter. The letter from the skills and apprenticeships minister to Skills...
UTC joining college-backed multi academy trust after Ofsted blow
Swindon’s university technical college will join the Activate Learning Education Trust, after being hit by an ‘inadequate’ grade in its first ever Ofsted inspection. UTC Swindon, which specialises...