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Job losses as Skillsfinder UK Training goes in to administration
A national training provider with nearly £2.5m of contracts last year has gone into administration with the loss of 40 jobs. The move has affected the education of...
Review of FE teacher qualifications launched
Further education leaders have told of their concerns about new proposals for industry teacher training. A review of teacher qualifications for the FE and skills sector by the...
Sharp criticism of ‘limited flexibility’ in the Innovation Code
Government measures to help colleges respond to local employment and skills needs have lost the “spirit” of the report that called for their introduction, it has been claimed....
SFA U-turn on performance tables
Nearly three months after the Skills Funding Agency was challenged over “mysterious” changes to college performance tables, it has told FE Week they will be reversed. In July,...
Provider hits back at ‘unfounded claim’
The boss of an Essex-based training provider has said a local college was refusing to pay its apprenticeship bill amid an “unfounded claim” his firm had gone bust....
Firms primed for new status after success on apprentices
Two Midland-based training providers have made the shift from delivering apprenticeships for lead providers to dealing directly with the Skills Funding Agency following success in a pilot scheme....
Elmfield Training ‘tells 400’ staff their jobs are at risk
A training provider that helped deliver one of the UK’s biggest apprenticeship programmes at Morrisons is shedding a third of its 600-strong workforce, it has been claimed. Two...
Colleges underdeliver by ‘£45m to £60m’
The Association of Colleges (AoC) has estimated that colleges failed to deliver between £45m and £60m of adult provision last year as a result of policy changes. It...
Government figures reveal a ten per cent fall in 16-18 apprenticeships
The government has conceded that under 19 apprenticeships were proving a “major challenge” after official figures showed a 10 per cent fall in the number of starts. The...
Principal quits on day of strike
The principal of a Kent College with a £11m budget deficit has quit on the same day as a staff strike. Bill Fearon resigned from K College on...
Implementing English, maths and functional skills
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