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Party differences on FE and skills prove difficult to spot
Association of Colleges (AoC) chief executive Martin Doel took time out from his preparations for the AoC annual conference in Birmingham to speak to FE Week editor Chris...
Chief defends £93k Activate Learning rebrand
The chief executive of a college group under fire for a £93,000 rebrand has defended the spend. A Freedom of Information request by the Oxford Mail revealed that...
1,000 apprentices at Aldi
Discount supermarket Aldi has revealed plans to create up to 1,000 apprenticeships as it looks to double its high street presence in the UK. The German chain announced...
Voc ed on party leaders’ agenda
Vocational education and skills was top of the agenda when top politicians addressed business leaders last week. Prime Minister David Cameron, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Labour...
Second principal issues safety statement
A second general FE college principal in a fortnight has issued a public safety announcement following a safety scare. Norfolk police are investigating a deliberate chemical spill at...
Readers deliver policy demands as parties gear up for election
How the 660 FE Week manifesto survey respondents felt about the five most popular reader-generated policy pledges More than 600 members of the FE sector contributed to FE...
Skills Show  ‘light goes on’
The third national Skills Show kicked off in Birmingham on Thursday (November 13) with have-a-gos, careers advice, skills competitions and the finals of the National Apprenticeship Awards. At...
Unified CIF ‘not money-saving exercise’
Ofsted’s eight-week consultation on bringing an end to its independent FE and skills inspection regime comes to a close next month. All education inspections would be “harmonised” under...
Ofqual boss issues stability plea on Functional Skills
Ofqual boss Glenys Stacey has said qualifications should remain “as stable as possible” as Skills Minister Nick Boles looks at a Functional Skills rebrand. Ms Stacey replied to...