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Cable concession on ‘two million’ apprentice claims
Government claims to have overseen the two millionth apprentice start have been met with caution after Business Secretary Vince Cable conceded around one-in-four learners may not stay the...
National college numbers swell to seven ‘to fill important gap’
Three new national colleges will train workers for the manufacturing, wind energy and creative and cultural industries, the government has announced. The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills...
AoC defends colleges after Wilshaw renews questions over engagement
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‘Outstanding’ FE Week repoter Paul
It’s official — FE Week journalism is worthy of an award! Reporter Paul Offord (pictured), aged 37, walked away from this year’s CIPR Education Journalism awards with the...
Alternative needed before QCF ends, Ofqual warned
Ofqual has been warned it needs an alternative system in place when it scraps the qualifications and credit framework (QCF). The qualifications watchdog confirmed on Monday (December 8)...
MPs told 16 to 18 apprentice reforms could hit numbers
The number of 16 to 18 apprenticeships offer from employers could fall as a direct result of proposed reforms, the House of Commons Education Committee has heard. A...
‘More complexity’ fears for AELP on careers plan
The Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) has expressed “real concerns” about the government’s creation of a new company to support careers advice in schools. Stewart Segal (pictured...
Falling numbers and competition blamed as Totton seeks merger
A Hampshire sixth form college principal has blamed falling learner numbers and local competition for financial problems forcing it to look at a merger. Totton College principal Mike...
Stability hopes with quals lists for 2017 tables
The publication of official lists of technical and vocational qualifications that will figure in 2017 performance tables has been welcomed with the hope it might bring “relative stability”....