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Recruitment at 14 ‘difficult’ as UTCs’ capacity runs as low as 12.2pc
Six out of 30 University Technical Colleges (UTCs) are operating at up to just a third full — with two running at no more than 14 per cent...
Event aims to boost female tech skills
Greater collaboration between FE and business could help to encourage more women into digital industries, according to a report published by the Women in Technology project. The findings...
Euro ‘funding gap’ warning of closures and staff lay-offs
The Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) has warned that a “funding gap” for schemes backed by European Social Fund (ESF) cash could force providers to lay-off...
Trailblazer status in balance after grade four result
An employer provider’s status as an apprenticeship Trailblazer was today in the balance after Ofsted found it had “no significant strengths” and issued it with grade four ratings...
Interim replacement hired while New College Stamford principal ‘on leave’
Former Lincoln College principal of 14 years John Allen (pictured above left) has taken over from under fire New College Stamford principal April Carrol (pictured above right). Ms Carrol...
Shakira hopes to inspire minority groups with NUS election win
The newly-elected National Union of Students (NUS) vice president for FE Shakira Martin (pictured above left) has told of her hopes to boost the sector’s learner engagement and be...
Concern grows that FE quality mark has ‘stalled’
Concern is growing in the FE sector that plans for an FE Chartered Status quality mark have “stalled” with no mention of the scheme in party manifestos and...
Apprenticeship success rates fall nearly 5pc points
Last week, FE Week revealed the best and worst success rates performers for classroom-based provision in 2013/14 — and this week it’s the turn of apprenticeships, writes Rebecca...
Don't scrap GCSEs without 'coherent' 14 to 19 overview, Labour adviser warns
Labour plans to replace GCSEs with a “national baccalaureate” with both academic and technical routes will only work if those in power take a “coherent view of routes...