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£1b to tackle youth unemployment
A £1 billion package has been announced to tackle youth unemployment, as the number of 16-24 year-olds out of work, education and training reaches a record high. Deputy...
FE Week investigates: The great SFA giveaway
We take an in-depth look at the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) and five of its latest moves and policy decisions, including redundancy packages for hundreds of jobs, money offered...
Anxiety over government funding tools
Government further education (FE) funding software is “not functional” and there are “serious problems across all government agencies related to data”, according to the College Management Information Systems...
AoC reveals 14 per cent Level 1 learner drop
Colleges have revealed a 14 per cent drop in Level 1 learners, new figures from the Association of Colleges (AoC) have revealed. Although the AoC’s data arrives from only a...
SFA chief says he is ‘grappling’ with apprenticeship ‘teething problems’
The chief executive of the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) says he is “grappling” with apprenticeship issues after admitting to “teething problems” in the current system. Geoff Russell, speaking...
Ofsted: Too little outstanding teaching in learning and skills
Quality of teaching in further education has been criticised in the annual report education regulator Ofsted. The report said there was “too little outstanding teaching in learning and...
AELP calls for clarity on taxpayer spending
Greater clarity is needed to ensure taxpayers know where their money is being spent, a further education (FE) body has warned as a new pilot is launched. The...
Gazelle colleges to teach FE students entrepreneurship
College principals and business leaders have launched an initiative to make the further education sector more entrepreneurial. The Gazelle Group is developing a new curriculum that challenges students...
The UKCES announces £61m investment in employer led projects
More than £61 million will be invested in 63 projects to drive employer investment in skills across all the UK, it was announced today. The investment, provided through...
£60m fund to boost business skills and growth
Ministers have unveiled a £60 million fund to boost business skills and growth. The second phase of the Growth and Innovation Fund (GIF) will be launched by Business Secretary...
Concerns to be highlighted at National Apprenticeship Conference
Employer engagement and the delivery of quality vocational training is to be scrutinised at the first national Apprenticeship Conference next year. The event, organised by the LinkedIn group...