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Advanced learner loan growth requests delayed as demand spikes
The Skills Funding Agency appears to have been ignoring requests from several providers to boost advanced learner loan provision – just as applications from 19- to 23-year-olds are...
AoC takes DfE to court over controversial new small school sixth form
Battle lines have been drawn by the Association of Colleges, after it launched its first judicial review against the government in more than a decade. The legal action,...
Ofqual fines Pearson £85,000 over widespread certification failures
An £85,000 fine set to be waged on Pearson will be Ofqual’s second financial penalty against an awarding organisation. The Ofqual notice explained that in May 2012 Pearson...
A full house for FE Week's #SaveOurApprenticeships campaign
The #SaveOurApprenticeships campaign against devastating cuts in apprenticeship funding was launched at the Houses of Parliament to a packed gathering of sector leaders and senior politicians — including...
Star names unveiled for AoC annual conference
Star names unveiled for this year’s Association of Colleges annual conference and exhibition include broadcaster Steph McGovern, comedian Ruby Wax (pictured), and apprenticeships and skills minister Robert Halfon....
Motor industry boss lambasts PM for not 'recognising' apprenticeship funding cuts
The prime minister is like a “drunk in a china shop”, according to one motor industry chief, because she claims she does not “recognise” potential cuts of up...
EXCLUSIVE: Keith Smith returns to SFA to lead on apprenticeship levy
A top SFA official seconded to into the government department to implement the apprenticeship levy has already returned, FE Week can reveal. FE Week reported in March that...
Employers will have to sign government levy contracts
Businesses are increasingly jittery over the apprenticeship levy, after it was revealed that they would have to sign strict contracts with the Skills Funding Agency – rather than...
Festival of Learning award winners announced
Outstanding tutors, projects and employers were recognised through The Festival of Learning Awards 2016. A notable winner, the Leicester City Football Club Community Trust, was credited for its...
#SaveOurApprenticeships campaign launch makes waves in Parliament
FE Week’s first ever campaign garnered serious attention in Parliament yesterday, with the Prime Minister, education secretary and minister for apprenticeships all fielding questions on the proposed funding cuts to 16-18 apprenticeships....
Theresa May “does not recognise” 30% - 50% potential apprenticeship funding cuts
The prime minister has said she “does not recognise” potential cuts of between 30 to 50 per cent to apprenticeship funding. The devastating cuts, exclusively revealed by FE...