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BIS accused of FE brain drain over Sheffield office axe plans
The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has been accused of launching an FE “brain drain” through the planned closure of its Sheffield office that could lead...
National Audit Office to examine provider topslicing scandal
The National Audit Office has said it will “look into” the issue of lead providers skimming outrageous management fees from subcontractors, FE Week has been told. The Public...
Cameron to break bank fine pledge?
George Osborne has been challenged to reveal in Parliament whether a proposed apprenticeship fund created from Libor fines – promised by the Prime Minister in the run-up to...
Independent training providers to compete for funding after EU law change
Independent training providers (ITPs) will have to compete for Skills Funding Agency (SFA) contracts following changes to European Union law. The document, Adult Education Budget: Changing context and...
Cost of college bailouts as high as £100m
The Government is propping up colleges to the tune of £100m, the Association of Employment and Learning Providers’ (AELP) has revealed. AELP chief executive, Stewart Segal, said he...
List of notices of concern and serious breach of contract published for first time
The Skills Funding Agency (SFA) has published a list of live notices of concern and serious breach of contract for the first time. The information contained in a...
DfE overspend results in 16-18 apprenticeship funding shortfall
Training providers have branded “ridiculous” the overdue news that many of their 16 to 18 apprenticeship and traineeship growth requests have not been funded in full by the...
Promote FE loans yourself, BIS tells providers
The responsibility for telling learners about new FE loans will lie with providers after the government admitted it had no budget to promote them. Meanwhile, it remained tight-lipped...
College area review rerun
Five FE and sixth form colleges involved in a pilot review of post-16 provision in Norfolk and Suffolk last year will be revisited in November, the Department for...
College surges from 'inadequate' to 'good' in Ofsted report praising 100 per cent GCSE English pass rate
“Outstanding” GCSE English results have helped a formerly ‘inadequate’ sixth form college surge to ‘good’ in less than 18 months. A hundred per cent of Hartlepool Sixth Form...
Experienced principal appointed chief executive designate ahead of merger
Andy Wilson (pictured above) has been appointed as the new chief executive designate of City and Islington and Westminster Kingsway Colleges. Mr Wilson, who has been principal of...