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Union blasts FE loans
The NUS has branded FE loans a “dangerous policy” and raised a number of questions over the new system ahead of its introduction in August. Its vice president...
Careers advice ‘getting worse,’ warns government education committee
The quality and quantity of young people’s career advice is not good enough and is getting worse, a government review has found. A “deterioration” in guidance since the...
Government plans new team to exploit international education opportunities
During a trip to India to promote vocational education the Skills Minister has announced that the government will establish a 10 person team in Westminster to ‘capatalise on...
FE colleges’ passage to India
A group of colleges is establishing a permanent team in New Delhi as part of an Association of Colleges (AoC) initiative to help the British FE Sector expand...
Inspection ‘delight’
The principal of an FE provider said she led her centre to an outstanding Ofsted inspection result by focusing on teaching and learning. Maria Gilling, 52, principal at...
Clawback ‘possible’ on £91m overpayment
Providers who shared in a £91m Skills Funding Agency overpayment could yet be asked to hand back some of the cash while current allocations could also be reduced,...
Providers ‘anxious’ over growth cash
Training providers said they could be left thousands of pounds “out-of-pocket” after the government unexpectedly doubled functional skills rates. The Association of Employment Learning and Providers (AELP) is...
Audit exposes ‘£40m’ ESF error
European funding could be at risk after a government audit uncovered “potentially” £40m-worth of errors over money dished out by the Skills Funding Agency, FE Week understands. The...
Union strike threat over new dismissals
A bitter dispute over the sacking of lecturers at a Midlands college looks set to worsen. The University and College Union (UCU) balloted members at Halesowen College, near...
College gets £2.2m funding immunity
A failing London college was allowed to sidestep official funding rules to keep a £2.2m overpayment as it merged with a neighbouring college. Southwark College, which was graded...
Minister in traineeship web launch
Further education Minister Matthew Hancock (above right) took part in his first webinar to launch a government discussion paper on traineeships. Broadcasting live from the Department for Education and...