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Yvonne Fovargue gets shadow education post in Labour’s mini-reshuffle
The new shadow education minister responsible for FE and skills has been named as Yvonne Fovargue. Ms Fovargue’s appointment comes as part of what is being described as...
Reform warning as apprenticeships plummet
Apprenticeship funding reforms have been thrust back into the spotlight after government figures indicated the programme was heading for the second consecutive annual drop in the number of...
Skills Minister admits to ‘nerves’ over making employers cough up for apprenticeships
Skills Minister Nick Boles has admitted to being “nervous” about proposed employer cash contributions towards apprenticeship training costs. Addressing the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) autumn...
Adult skills budget going on ‘wrong sort of IT’
Further education colleges have a vital role to play in bringing digital skills qualifications up to date to boost computer literacy, a group of Lords has heard. The...
Second academic issues guidance criticism
Further education sector bodies have called for action after another academic criticised careers advice in England. In a report written for the Sutton Trust, Professor Tristram Hooley of...
‘Light-bulb moments’ figure in final IfL survey
The results of the final Institute for Learning (IfL) survey of teachers and trainers in FE and skills are presented by Shane Chowen, IfL policy officer (communications and research)....
QCF ‘needs fixing, not ditching’
Ofqual has been urged not to “throw the baby out with the bathwater” after its boss hinted the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) could be scrapped. Federation of...
WorldSkills wins £18m BIS boost
The government has pledged to continue funding the Skills Show, skills competitions and the UK’s entry to WorldSkills for another two years. The Department for Business, Innovation and...
Apprentice group campaigns on childcare
The National Society of Apprentices (NSOA) has called for a childcare funding scheme that hands out up to £8,400 a-year to young adults in FE extended to apprentices....