News

Colleges fear more data demands
The government is failing to cut the burden of data collection and bureaucracy, a study has suggested. Nearly 80 per cent of delegates surveyed at the Autumn College...
AoC 16-18 recruitment survey 'reveals major concerns among college leaders'
Half of colleges have seen a drop in enrolment figures, with the blame partly placed on the loss of the Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA). A survey by the...
Apprenticeship providers continue to ignore Functional Skills
Nine out of ten apprenticeship providers are still delivering Key Skills, rather than Functional Skills, according to a recent survey by the Association of Learning Providers (AELP). The...
WorldSkills leaves lasting legacy
Organisers plan to set up annual UK skills competiton after success at London competition With the success of staging the biggest international skills competition still fresh in their...
SFA delays full implementation of simplified funding system
Skills Funding Agency listen to feedback from FE providers and delay roll-out until 2013/14 The Skills Funding Agency (SFA) has delayed full implemenation of its ‘simplified’ adult skills...
University Technical Colleges unveiled but unions issue warning
Thousands of students can now study at specialist technical colleges, but critics are warning of a two-tier education system. The government has announced 13 new University Technical Colleges...
College principal wants talks over first sixth form free school
  A college principal is seeking talks with leaders of a new sixth form free school which is due to open in east London. Education minister Michael Gove...
Youth unemployment at record high
Figures released this morning (Wednesday) show youth unemployment is at a record high. The Office of National Statistics (ONS) said the number of unemployed people aged from 16 to...
WorldSkills London 2011: Triumph for Team UK
Christopher Berridge, Gold medal winner in the Stonemasonry competition. All pictures by Nick Linford for FE Week. Team UK bagged 12 medals at WorldSkills London 2011, making it...
250 apprentices at risk of  derailment at Bombardier
Around 250 young people will be affected by lost apprenticeships and engineering jobs at Bombardier, a union has warned. Rail union RMT said the firm will be forced...
Conservatives call on employers to take on more apprentices
Apprenticeships, apprenticeships, apprenticeships. The vocational qualification was at the forefront of speeches made during the Conservative Party conference in Manchester last week. The Prime Minister David Cameron called...