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Government announce £250m vocational training fund
The government has announced £250 million to try and entice businesses into investing in skills and apprenticeships. David Cameron hopes the money will boost vocational training and put...
‘Worry’ over 12 per cent fall in FE adults
Concerns have been raised over the decline in total adult FE participation at a time when the numbers of adult apprenticeships are surging. Government data for 2010/11 shows...
‘Trust’ is key for new college freedoms
As the saying goes, all good relationships are built on trust – and it seems that motto can be extended to the world of further education (FE). The link...
New apprentice incentive for smaller businesses
Smaller businesses are to be given cash incentives to take on apprentices under new plans announced by Business Secretary Vince Cable. As part of the government’s plan for...
Apprenticeships need to be explained more clearly to learners, says MP
Apprenticeships and vocational training need to be explained more clearly to learners, according to Simon Hughes MP. The deputy leader of the Liberal Democrats said the number of...
NCG and Northumberland College merger collapses
Plans for a merger between the  NCG (formerly Newcastle College Group) and Northumberland College have collapsed. The Northumberland College Corporation met last night and agreed to “rescind” the decision...
Youth unemployment exceeds one million
The record rate for youth unemployment is now above the one million mark. Details released this morning by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show the jobless figure...
Apprenticeships for learners aged over 25 should be scrapped, says IPPR
Apprenticeships should be restricted to learners under the age of 25, according to researchers from the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) in a new book launched today....
Apprenticeships in identity crisis at 'real or rebrand' debate
The definition, purpose and identity of apprenticeships was criticised heavily at the ‘Growth in Apprenticeships: real or rebrand?’ debate held in the House of Commons last week. More...
Adult FE and skills learners fall 411,000
Provisional figures published in the October Statistical First Release show that the number of learners classed as participating in the Adult (19+) FE and skills sector fell 411,300...
Newcastle College Group ‘merge’ with Rathbone
One of the largest educational providers in the country is on the verge of adding another arm to its portfolio. Subject to Skills Funding Agency approval, Rathbone, a...