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Don’t ‘reinvent the wheel’ with ethnic minority work review
A prominent campaigner for more black and Asian college principals has warned against “reinventing the wheel” — after a government review into ethnic minority workers came too late...
TPE review delayed again – this time until July
The findings of a hotly anticipated review into technical and professional education (TPE) have been hit by further delays — with the government now refusing even to say...
Four in five apprentices studying at a level they already have
Four out of five people doing level two and three apprenticeships are on a level they have already studied at, according to a worrying new report. The figure...
One in three providers threatened with subcontracting ban after failing to follow funding rules
The Skills Funding Agency (SFA) has written to a third of prime providers, after it was unable to find evidence they had complied with its subcontracting rules. The...
Nescot College board learn husband to principal was paid £177,000
The husband of the highest-paid FE principal in the country has been paid almost £200,000 in a contract that was not declared to college governors for 18 months....
Key Saudi deal architect advising commissioner
One of the architects of the controversial deal to set colleges up in Saudi Arabia is now an adviser to the FE Commissioner. John Allen (pictured), who was...
Treasury tight-lipped over the size of restructuring fund
The Treasury is remaining tight-lipped on the size of the cash pot it has set aside for sector restructuring through post-16 area reviews — after colleges’ VAT bills...
New city mayors reaffirm their FE commitments
Sadiq Khan, the new mayor of London, has spoken out in support of the “neglected” FE sector — telling FE Week that he will be a “champion” for...
ATA starts confusion reigns: Were there 16,000 or 1,340?
There are now more than 50 apprenticeship training agencies (ATAs) — but confusion surrounds how many apprentices each one is working with. A dozen organisations were awarded a...
Four more college merger proposals unveiled
Four more mergers involving seven FE colleges and one sixth form college (SFC) have been proposed this week. Three of these link-ups are the result of the Tees...
Here we Gove again: Now we’re getting academies for prisons
Governors at prisons will get direct power to hire providers for offender learning — as the Justice Secretary Michael Gove looks to replicate the decentralisation agenda he once pushed...