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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...
Traineeship plan revealed
Plans for a new training scheme to equip young people with “the confidence, skills and experience needed to find work” has been announced. FE minister Matthew Hancock has...
Uncertainty warning over apprentice loans
The Shadow FE Minister has described it as “deeply alarming” that government-commissioned research says apprentices do not understand how they would be affected by FE loans. Gordon Marsden...
Provider contract to be cut short amid debt claim
The Skills Funding Agency is tearing up an £800,000 training contract with a Hertfordshire-based provider amid claim the firm owes at least one subcontractor nearly £18,000. Train 4...
Pearson puts 560 staff at jobs risk
Hundreds of FE workers are facing redundancy after Pearson announced it was planning to close an adult education branch of the business with a loss of £120m. Pearson...
New chair Stott starts with AoC
new governors’ chair has been appointed at the Association of Colleges after John Bingham stepped down following six years at the helm. The Yorkshire-born telecommunications and IT specialist...
No more funding for qualifications, warns SFA
Providers and employers could be set to lose funding for qualifications in a clampdown on awarding organisations that don’t register to an official learner record service. The Skills...
Fears over new apprenticeship code
A new code of conduct at the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) for dealing with queries about providers has sparked concerns that “subjective and third-hand” official advice could be...
Government reveals plans for traineeships
Plans for a new training scheme to equip young people with the “confidence, skills and experience needed to find work” has been announced. FE minister Matthew Hancock today revealed a...
Hundreds of jobs at risk as Pearson announces closure of adult education business
More than 550 staff are facing an uncertain future after Pearson announced it was dropping its UK adult education business with a loss of £120m. The firm revealed...