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Corbyn speaking at AoC annual conference
Jeremy Corbyn will address this year’s Association of Colleges annual conference. The annual event at at the ICC in Birmingham is one of the key events in the...
ETF tenders new FE training programme for future CEOs
Half a million pounds is on offer to run a new leadership training programme for senior FE managers looking to step up to top jobs. The Education and...
AoC boss expresses regret over 1 per cent pay offer
The Association of Colleges has expressed regret for offering staff a one-per-cent payrise – and has come in for heavy criticism from the unions for its trouble. “We...
Cable backs lifelong learning accounts at Lib Dems conference
The Liberal Democrat leader has backed the creation of lifelong learning accounts in his party conference speech today. Sir Vince Cable, who published a report with the National...
Two thirds of loan-funded learners from collapsed providers still lack alternative provision
Over two thirds of learners from providers that have collapsed – leaving them with huge loan debt but no qualifications – have still not been moved onto alternative...
Grenfell fire survivor leads battle to save college campus
A college in one of London’s richest boroughs has delayed its final decision on whether to abandon one of its campuses to make way for housing, amid mounting...
Damning evidence mounts against DfE over Learndirect
The Department for Education did not launch a funding audit of Learndirect at the end of March, even though Ofsted sent damning evidence that apprentices were not receiving...
DfE given legal ultimatum over botched adult education budget tender
Private providers have given the government until the end of this week to find a solution to the “tragedy” of the botched adult education budget tender – or...
Ofsted exposes rule breach over unemployed apprentices
An ‘inadequate’ community learning provider has been caught breaching government funding rules, after Ofsted found most of its construction apprentices were unemployed. North Liverpool Regeneration Company Ltd, which...
Ofsted watch: Major retailer 'requires improvement'
A major retailer has failed to improve its in-house apprenticeship provision beyond a grade three, in a less than positive week for the sector. Halfords, which delivers training...
MP blasts stalled merger as a 'hostile takeover'
An MP is demanding urgent action from both the education secretary and the FE commissioner over fears that their local college might be forced into a “hostile takeover”....