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As disputes rise so do the costs
As icy draughts and the impact of budget cuts blow through further education, tensions among staff are rising. Small wonder, perhaps that college managers are increasingly looking for...
Three per cent drop for colleges, survey reveals
Colleges have suffered an overall drop of three per cent in 16-18 year old learners, a new survey has revealed. The survey, conducted by Lsect, funding consultancy and...
Cash incentive places for smaller businesses doubled
Fresh details have been revealed on the awarding of 40,000 cash incentives to smaller businesses to take on apprentices. Business Secretary Vince Cable announced on November 16 that...
Senior leaders concerned about college finances
A survey has revealed a high proportion of senior leaders are concerned about the college finances. Conducted by Capita’s further and higher education business last month, it found...
Funding of adult basic skills to be overhauled in new pilot
The funding of basic numeracy and literacy is to be completely overhauled following little improvement in adult basic skills during the last decade. The government will pilot a...
VAT exemption for shared services
The government has announced plans to make colleges and charities exempt from paying VAT when they share services. It has been heralded as “unusual good news” for colleges...
Sale continues as jobs are cut at LSN
A charity forced into administration by a crippling pension liability and decreasing income has been forced to cut jobs. Global financial experts PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) have revealed to FE...
BIS respond to their FE and skills consultation
They have been in the pipeline for several months, but last week the government confirmed a raft of new further education (FE) reforms. Key policies including the introduction...
Criticism over competition
Skills Funding Agency could take funding away from providers who try to poach employers Providers could miss out on vital apprenticeship funding if they are found to be...
Cable announces 19,000 new higher apprenticeships
More than half a dozen further education (FE) colleges will benefit from government funding for 19,000 new higher apprenticeships. The successful bids, unveiled by Business Secretary Vince Cable...
Autumn Statement: Osborne confirms plans to tackle youth unemployment
Chancellor George Osborne confirmed a number of policies designed to put tackle youth unemployment during his Autumn Statement yesterday. Mr Osborne emphasised a Youth Contract worth over £940...