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Second academic issues guidance criticism
Further education sector bodies have called for action after another academic criticised careers advice in England. In a report written for the Sutton Trust, Professor Tristram Hooley of...
‘Light-bulb moments’ figure in final IfL survey
The results of the final Institute for Learning (IfL) survey of teachers and trainers in FE and skills are presented by Shane Chowen, IfL policy officer (communications and research)....
QCF ‘needs fixing, not ditching’
Ofqual has been urged not to “throw the baby out with the bathwater” after its boss hinted the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) could be scrapped. Federation of...
WorldSkills wins £18m BIS boost
The government has pledged to continue funding the Skills Show, skills competitions and the UK’s entry to WorldSkills for another two years. The Department for Business, Innovation and...
Apprentice group campaigns on childcare
The National Society of Apprentices (NSOA) has called for a childcare funding scheme that hands out up to £8,400 a-year to young adults in FE extended to apprentices....
Lambeth strike vote shelved to consider ‘new offer’
A ballot that could have led to renewed industrial action at Lambeth College has been suspended to allow union members to consider a “new” offer, FE Week can...
Trial over a4e seven accused of fraud offences under way
The trial of seven people charged with fraud-related offences after allegedly ripping off the taxpayer at welfare-to-work provider A4e is under way at Reading Crown Court. Ex-A4e recruiters...
Apprenticeship starts fall by more than 60,000, according to government figures
All-age apprenticeships starts fell by 13 per cent last year according to provisional government data released this morning. The figures, published in the Statistical First Release (SFR), suggest...
AELP to demand continued investment in skills at autumn conference
The government will face calls for continued investment in FE and skills when sector leaders meet in Birmingham today. The Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) will...