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Lambeth College staff could strike again after rejecting ‘improved’ contract offer
Lambeth College staff who went on a five-week strike earlier this year have rejected “improved” offers over contract changes. University and College Union (UCU) members walked out indefinitely...
More than 700 employers to set standards for 76 apprenticeships
More than 700 employers will design 76 new apprenticeships in professions ranging from policing, the Armed Forces and TV production to welding and boat building, the Government has...
Colleges losing focus on student success, FE Commissioner warns
Colleges are losing their focus on student success in favour of other activities, FE Commissioner Dr David Collins has warned. In his third letter to the FE sector,...
Professor Alison Wolf given peerage
Vocational education expert and academic Alison Wolf is to join the House of Lords, it has been announced. Professor Wolf, who authored the ground-breaking 2011 report on vocational...
Half number of under-performing FE providers by 2020, social mobility body demands
The number of under-performing colleges and apprenticeship training providers should be halved by 2020, the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission has said. In its second State of...
SFA to close OLDC as planned despite hub woes
The Skills Funding Agency (SFA) is to continue with plans to close its old funding system next week, despite ongoing problems with its replacement. Providers have until tomorrow...
New shadow education minister 'excited' about FE and skills role
New shadow education minister Yvonne Fovargue has spoken of her “excitement” about the FE and skills element of her new role. Ms Fovargue, pictured, who has replaced Rushanara...
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...