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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...
Ofsted dismisses Learner View website abuse fears
Ofsted has hit back at fears that its new Trip Adviser-style website for rating colleges could be open to abuse. “There are always going to be concerns that...
Apprenticeship minimum wage up 5p an hour
The apprentice minimum wage remains “shockingly low” despite an increase that kicks in on Monday, the National Union of Students said. The figure is going up 5p to...
Inspectors publish report on how colleges improve
Unrealistic self-assessments with little or no critical insight, plus unexpected job cuts, show up time and again among poorly performing colleges, according to a new Ofsted report. How...
College and training provider step in to save 500 jobs at First4Skills
More than 500 jobs have been saved by a college and a training provider after another training provider behind around 10,000 apprenticeships across the country went into administration. Liverpool...
Dozens of shared service projects mark their anniversaries
Caption: Sunderland College students are getting the benefits of joined up administration among members of the North East Shared Services Project. Organisations coming together to develop services that...