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Subcontractors courted by SFA into direct relationship
Subcontractors with a total allocation of more than £1 million are being offered a direct contract by the Skills Funding Agency (SFA). Businesses were sent a letter by...
Review into short apprenticeship to conclude by April
Reviews into short duration apprenticeships are due to be finalised by April, the Skills Minister John Hayes has revealed. A total of 87 providers have so far been...
Frank McLoughlin to head Commission on adult vocational learning
Frank McLoughlin CBE, the principal of City and Islington College, will chair an independent Commission on adult education and vocational pedagogy. The Commission will have the aim of...
New ‘enquiry panel’ to review poor apprenticeship providers
A new ‘enquiry panel’ has been set up to manage poor quality apprenticeship providers. The panel will report directly to Skills Minister John Hayes, who revealed the news as...
SFA to be investigated for alleged data 'cover-up'
The government’s performance comparison site for further education is under heavy scrutiny after an investigation by FE Week into unannounced changes. FE Choices, formerly known as the Framework...
Families tsar to step down amid fraud allegations
Emma Harrison is to step down from her role as the Prime Minister’s “families tsar” following allegations of fraud at her firm A4e. In a statement published by...
FE Week investigates: The Youth Contract for 16-17 year-olds
The Deputy Prime Minister has unveiled  a new scheme to try and tackle the “ticking time bomb” of 16 and 17 year-olds who are not in education, employment...
Increasing NEETs linked to EMA cut
Rising numbers of young people not in education, employment or training (NEET) are being linked to the axing of the education maintenance allowance (EMA). Latest data, released yesterday...
John Hayes announces ITE funding for trainee teachers in FE
Bursaries of up to £1,500 are to be given to up to 11,000 trainers undertaking initial teacher education (ITE) to teach in further education. Skills minister John Hayes,...
SFA may have breached Code of Practice
Data on the FE comparison website, FE Choices, being investigated for unannounced changes. The government’s performance comparison site for further education is under scrutiny following an investigation by...
SFA publish details of subcontractor allocations
Subcontractors with an overall allocation of more than £100,000 have been listed for the first time by the Skills Funding Agency (SFA). New data published today details more...