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Ofsted directors’ traineeship drop-out fears
Too many learners are dropping out of traineeships, Ofsted FE and skills director Lorna Fitzjohn (pictured) has warned. Ms Fitzjohn raised concerns about drop-out rates among learners on...
Late summer rush on FE loans materialises
A late summer rush on FE loans predicted by the government after a slow uptake earlier in the year has materialised. But there were still almost 5,000 fewer...
Framework deadline for AOs ‘false’ says AELP chief Segal
Awarding organisations (AOs) should have had more time to submit new apprenticeship frameworks, Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) chief executive Stewart Segal has claimed. He accused...
Lambeth College staff vote on new strike – days before talks begin
Staff at Lambeth College who went on a five-week strike towards the end of last academic year will  be able to vote from Monday on whether to walk...
Government departments ‘not together’ on skills
Further Education leaders have backed Skills Commission findings that government departments were failing to work together on skills policy. The commission’s interim findings warned of a lack of...
'Quantity over quality' warning over Labour apprenticeship pledges
Ed Miliband’s apprenticeship pledges should be welcomed, but risk prioritising quantity over quality, FE sector leaders have warned. Association of Employment and Learning Providers chief executive Stewart Segal...
Apprenticeships first among Miliband's goals for Labour in power
Apprenticeships will top a list of six goals to be outlined at the Labour conference by party leader Ed Miliband today. Making the number of school-leavers becoming apprentices...
Commission identifies lack of joined-up working on skills at central government
Central government departments are failing to work together on skills policy with “alarming” consequences for the UK workforce, according to the Skills Commission. Provisional findings of the commission’s...
Improved technical education one of Labour's top three campaign priorities - Hunt
Improving technical education is one of three key campaign priorities for Labour, Shadow Education Secretary Tristram Hunt has announced. Addressing the Labour Party conference in Manchester, Mr Hunt...