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Surge in the over-25s sees record rise in apprentices
The Government’s apprenticeship recruitment target of 203,200 for the financial year to March 2011 was exceeded by 54,000, John Hayes, Minister for FE, announced last week. Particularly striking...
Morrisons, Elmfield and the over-25 apprentices
Morrisons boasts that it is the UK’s biggest provider of apprenticeships, although in reality the funding is claimed from the Skills Funding Agency by the independent training provider...
Peter Jones Academy hitting the headlines
BBC Dragon, entrepreneur and now further education celebrity, Peter Jones has been bringing FE into the nationals this week – kicking and screaming. Now I know that FE...
Justifying the subcontracting top-slice
Colleges are increasingly at risk of being percieved to be ripping off partners by “top-slicing” 30 per cent or more in subcontracting agreements. Although the Skills Funding Agency...
Daily Mirror probes subcontracting “scandal”
The award-winning Daily Mirror Investigations team, Andrew Penman and Nick Sommerlad, this week launched an in-depth probe into the activities of Luis Michael Training which has run into...
LSIS Leading the Learner Voice Award winners in full
Last night was LSIS’s annual ‘Leading the Learner Voice Awards’. The awards were created to recognise the contributions that staff, students and colleges make to their communities.  A...
FE wears the cloak of invisibility at education festival
The second annual Sunday Times Education Festival was held at the much lauded Wellington College on the Surrey / Berkshire border at the weekend. As we drove past...
Highs and lows of 2010/11 quarter 3 reallocations
73% of providers ‘below performance’ This week the Skills Funding Agency published a document on their website called ‘Outcome of Performance Management at Quarter 3 2011’. This stated...
Concern at 12 week apprenticeships
Training providers are calling on the government to take a closer look at the so called fast-track apprenticeships  that offer to train people in as little as 12...