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SquadUK's GOLD Success at EuroSkills 2012
Squad UK are celebrating their tremendous success at EuroSkills 2012 this evening after achieving 7 medals. Squad UK won medals in the following skills: Gold Medal – Hannah...
Learners ‘miss out on £630m’ as Skills Funding Agency discover under-delivery
Providers failed to deliver on nearly 17 per cent of the Skills Funding Agency’s £3.8bn allocation for the past academic year, FE Week understands. An industry source said...
Labour plans for a Tech Bacc welcomed
Further education leaders have backed Ed Miliband’s proposals for a new Technical Baccalaureate. The Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP), the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) and...
First notice of concern issued over ‘significant deficit’
A Kent college has become the first provider to get a government warning that could lead to the withdrawal of Skills Funding Agency cash, FE Week can reveal....
FE comparison website leaves users ‘confused’
An independent review has branded the government’s £30m FE Choices website “bland” and “ambiguous”. The site, which compares the performance of providers, was criticised by unions in June...
Next Step fails to hit the mark in London
A survey on a countrywide government careers advice service uncovered varying levels of satisfaction and methods of delivery. The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) ordered the...
An interview with Matthew Hancock, the new Minister for Skills
The new Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Skills (left) came in for his first sector grilling today when FE Week was invited to his office at the...
WorldSkills UK announces team for EuroSkills competition
The elite squad of UK talent heading to Belgium for next week’s EuroSkills competition has been announced. A window displayer from Liverpool, a Somerset stonemason and a painter...
UKBA says colleges have been ‘selling immigration’
Further education colleges have been accused by the UK Border Agency of “selling immigration rather than education”. The agency said it had beefed up its Highly Trusted Status...
Apprenticeship subcontracting more than triples
Funding figures expose boom in colleges’ apprenticeship deals. The amount that colleges spend on apprenticeship subcontractors has more than trebled in a year to £66.7m, FE Week can...
Local enterprise partnerships shun ‘fantastic’ resource, says AoC
Local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) are failing to take advantage of the “fantastic” education resources offered by colleges, the Association of Colleges (AoC) has claimed. An association report has...