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£10 million refund claims expected from colleges as HMRC accepts euro VAT ruling
Colleges will be exempt from VAT on important training supplies following a landmark European Court of Justice ruling – with refund claims expected to amount to £10 million...
New skills minister Anne Milton speaking at AELP conference 2017
The first major speech delivered to the sector by the new skills minister will be at the Association of Employment and Learning Providers conference next week. Anne Milton...
'Maximum disruption' criticism of strike picket line planned for enrolment day
Striking union members have been criticised for trying to cause “maximum disruption to the community”, by taking the unusual step of holding their industrial action on a college’s...
Queen’s speech confirms it is full steam ahead for introduction of T-Levels
The Queen’s speech has confirmed that the drive towards T-Levels will continue full steam ahead. The monarch delivered her speech to MPs and peers, setting out the government’s key...
Private equity firm pay £700 million for major provider
A private equity firm has reportedly paid a massive £700 million to buy out a major independent training provider. The sale of a majority stake in IT provider...
DfE blames lack of resources for loans figures suspension
The Department for Education has blamed a lack of resources for its failure to publish up-to-date advance learner loans figures – on which reporting is now suspended indefinitely....
Government tight-lipped on long-delayed adult education budget results
The government still won’t say when the results of the first ever procurement process for the adult education budget will be published – after previously claiming it would...
Apprenticeship vacancy adverts in May lower than last year
Update 1 : At 17:45 the DfE responded by saying the data they published for May is not full the full month. A Department for Education spokesperson said: “The...
Eight-month Ofsted turnaround from inadequate to good for UTC
A previously struggling university technical college has performed a remarkable turnaround to be rated ‘good’ by Ofsted just eight months after receiving the lowest possible rating. The education...
College defiant despite damning Ofsted meaning apprentice register removal
A Merseyside college hit with an Ofsted grade four in apprenticeships is claiming it will not cut down on staff, despite government rules removing it from the new...
Who got what in Queen’s birthday honours for FE
The principal of Weston College Group has been awarded a CBE in the Queen’s birthday honours list. Dr Paul Phillips (pictured left), who joined Weston College in 2001,...