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Public Accounts Committee wants broader success measures for apprenticeships
A much broader range of success measures is needed for apprenticeships – accounting for progression to higher pay and qualifications, and how well emerging industries are being catered...
EuroSkills: The journey to Gothenburg
  One coach and a 659 mile flight later and Team UK has finally landed in Gothenburg ready to go for gold at EuroSkills 2016. The 22-strong team...
Area review reports and recommendations finally published
This afternoon the Department for Education began publishing reports and recommendations for area reviews in the first two waves. Links below to all 13 and story to follow:...
SFA apprenticeship tender for small employers rejected by quarter of providers
A quarter of apprenticeship providers have declined the opportunity compete for an SFA contract to deliver training to small and medium sized businesses from next May. The new Register...
Learndirect top-slices almost £20 million through subcontractors deals
Latest figures have shown that Learndirect top-sliced almost £20 million through its deals with subcontractors last academic year, FE Week can reveal. The Skills Funding Agency (SFA) has...
Skills minister bids farewell to Team UK with heartfelt speech
“You are helping to improve the national culture around skills and apprenticeships” was the message from Robert Halfon to EuroSkills Team UK at a special send-off event in...
UTC Cambridge hit by Ofsted grade four rating
A University Technical College based in Cambridge has been hit with an ‘inadequate’ grade by the education watchdog Ofsted. UTC Cambridge opened in September 2014, specialising in biomedical...
Ron Dearing UTC expands a year before opening
A University Technical College (UTC) scheduled to open in Hull next year has expanded to accommodate an extra 50 student places in its first intake, in response to...
Lewisham Southwark College still wants Newcastle merger despite local offers
A struggling London college is still trying to engineer a merger with a group based almost 300 miles away in Newcastle, despite rejecting offers from both a neighbouring...
Half the levy will be paid by just 400 employers - but who are they?
Around half of the upcoming apprenticeship levy will be paid by just 400 employers – but the Skills Funding Agency won’t say who those companies are. The revelation...
Nescot appoints principal but controversial former head Sunaina Mann stays at Saudi subsidiary
Nescot, which has been dogged by scandal throughout 2016, has appointed a new chief executive officer and principal, but representatives are refusing to reveal what’s happened to its...