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Cash boost on out-of-favour qualifications
Funding for a host of politically unpopular workplace qualifications is set to rise, with payments for one course rocketing 508 per cent. Click here for the list. Payments...
Provider challenges new-look inspection
One of the first Ofsted inspections under the new common inspection framework is to be disputed. Merseyside-based Central Training, which bills itself as one of the UK’s largest...
Apprenticeship highs and lows
Apprentice numbers in engineering and construction have plummeted while management apprenticeships have rocketed 45 per cent. Engineering, based on provisional figures for the full 2011/12 year, fell 30...
Heseltine questions funding agency’s future
A wide-ranging report from the Tory grandee Lord Heseltine (right) questions the role of the Skills Funding Agency, instead calling for devolved powers and funding to be handed...
New courses bypass the regulator
The government has allowed new adult English and maths qualifications to be funded without the usual approval of an independent regulatory body because “gaps in provision were causing...
New report critical of government’s education divide
The government’s departmental split over education responsibility has been branded “damaging and artificial” in a new report from the 157 Group. The division of arrangements for those aged...
Subcontracting probe uncovers ‘poor value for money’ management fees
An Ofsted probe into subcontracting has uncovered lead contractors charging management fees “as a way of generating income for doing little work”. The Ensuring Quality in Apprenticeships report...
FE Guild go ahead for Association of Colleges
The Association of Colleges (AoC) has won government approval to “take forward” its proposals for an FE Guild. The AoC’s winning bid for the guild, submitted with the...
Lead provider that had £3.3m of Skills Funding Agency cash ‘ceases trading’
An Essex-based lead provider that was allocated nearly £2m of Skills Funding Agency cash last academic year has ceased trading, FE Week understands. Making Your Mark — which...
Elmfield Training dishes out cash to Morrisons
The provider behind the UK’s biggest apprenticeship programme has defended handing over taxpayers’ cash to the firm whose staff it trains. Elmfield Training, which was allocated £41m by...
Dozens of providers exempt from rule
Forty providers are exempt from funding rules that ban introductory apprenticeships where more than 10 per cent of learners are out of work, FE Week can reveal. The...