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Exclusive: Jobs hope with agreement on Pearson in Practice
The future of around 150 FE jobs might have been saved after a deal was struck “in principle” to buy Pearson in Practice. The firm, bought as Melorio...
Dates confirmed for Skills Show 2013
The Skills Show, the UK’s largest skills and careers event, returns to the NEC Birmingham from 14-16 November 2013 for its second year, and has announced the Edge...
A capital in crisis?
Tumbling inspection grades over the last two years have begged the question ‘is London learning?’ Chris Henwood looks at what’s happening to the capital’s big colleges. Are London...
Warning over Heseltine’s single funding pot for LEPs
Lord Heseltine’s proposal to hand-over the entire skills budget to Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) could become a reality with the government having launched informal discussions. The Association of...
Sector in tribute to outgoing chief
The retiring head of further education and skills investment at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has told how simply helping learners has been among the highlights...
The AELP calls for funding change
Independent learning providers are calling for an end to a dual funding system that sees them denied overpayments while colleges get to keep cash despite underdelivering on education....
Apprenticeships 16-18 fall hits finances
Providers underdelivered on 16 to 18 apprenticeships by more than £61m last year, newly-released Skills Funding Agency figures have revealed. The agency’s final allocation for under 19 apprentices...
Provider goes under following ‘clawbacks’
A Liverpool-based provider that trained around 700 learners has gone into administration, putting 70 jobs at risk. Scientiam appointed administrators from Mazars LLP on Monday, February 4. It...
Survey exposes SFA staff ‘frustration at cuts’
Just one-in-three staff at the Skills Funding Agency believes change is managed well within the organisation, its own survey has discovered. The 2012 people’s survey, completed by 1,114...
SFA demands subcontractor deals go online
Tough new rules forcing prime contractors to go public with information on their deals with providers are to be introduced by the Skills Funding Agency. See paragraphs 342...
Merger plan investigated by BIS
The proposed merger of two colleges is being investigated over concerns they may not have followed correct procedure, FE Week can reveal. A six-week formal consultation on the...