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Apprentices’ ‘measly’ 2.6pc min wage rise
A proposed 2.6 per cent rise in the National Minimum Wage for apprentices has been branded “measly” by National Union of Students (NUS) vice president for FE Joe...
Commissioner suggests college help to Marine Society
The FE Commissioner has called for a distance learning provider to work with an FE college and raised doubts about the quality of its subcontractor of 35 years....
Sector chief tells of jobs fear as providers face 24pc funding cut
Association of Colleges chief executive Martin Doel (pictured) has told of his fears that more job losses could be about to sweep away FE and skills staff after...
New college procedures ‘not fit for purpose’
Official procedures to become an incorporated college have been described as “not fit for purpose” by the first person to have used them in more than two decades....
Byrne gives 16 to 19 ringfence assurance
Shadow Skills Minister Liam Byrne has pledged a Labour Government would not raid the 16 to 19 budget to pay for early years’ or schools provision. Labour had...
Professor Wolf says more to be done on employer involvement
Professor Alison Wolf has called for more to be done to involve employers in college assessment and delivery after the government reported for the last time on progress...
‘Careers advisers who don’t promote apprenticeships should be fired’
Failure to promote apprenticeships and traineeships should result in the sack for careers advisers, House of Commons Education Select Committee chair Graham Stuart has said. During a debate...
Ofsted ‘sea change’ over college finances
Ofsted has undergone a “sea change” in the way it looks at college finances, according to a principal who got two good ratings among his headline fields and...
Teen confronts politicians over sixth form college VAT
A 17-year-old learner put School Reform Minister Nick Gibb and Shadow Education Secretary Tristram Hunt on the spot as he called for VAT “justice” at a Sixth Form...