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An ‘outrageous’ mace-use of funds
Bradford College has stood by its decision to spend £24,000 on a decorative mace for its graduation ceremonies. The purchase has been described as a “crass bit of...
Subcontractor hits out at “rip off” management fee
The head of a subcontractor has called the high management fees used by some FE colleges a “rip off”. “The colleges get away with it because they can,”...
RTT Group has £3.3m contract terminated
Real-Time Training Ltd, which trades under the name RTT Group, has had its £3.3m contract with the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) terminated. A spokesperson for the SFA told...
AoC says government is not doing enough to address no free lunches
Labour MP David Blunkett said it was “unjustifiable” that more than 100,000 students miss out on a free school meal because of where they study in a Westminster...
Government announce independent review into the future of apprenticeships
The Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) have announced that Doug Richard, described as an entrepreneur and founder of School for Startups,  is to lead an independent...
CBI survey shows college leavers lack literacy and numeracy skills
Too many people leaving school and college do not have the literacy and numeracy skills to thrive in the workplace, according to a survey by the Confederation of...
Green light for another 15 UTCs
A further 15 University Technical Colleges (UTCs) are to be funded by the government and rolled out over the next two years. The announcement will nearly double their...
‘Massive’ error in the National Success Rates Tables
The National Success Rate Tables (NSRT) for 2010/11 will need to be republished after significant errors were identified. More than 23 per cent of all qualifications are showing...
Colleges ‘fixing’ the success rate figures. Where will it end?
An overwhelming majority of staff working in FE colleges have concerns with the credibility of success rate data. A survey conducted by Lsect, publisher of FE Week, revealed...
Stafford College and Franklin College consider Ofsted appeals
Two colleges in the FE sector are considering appeals after receiving ‘inadequate’ or ‘satisfactory’ inspection grades from Ofsted. Stafford College, which received a grade four at the end...
Flaws highlighted in the Apprenticeship Training Agency model
The Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) has questioned the way learners are employed by Apprenticeship Training Agencies (ATAs). An article in the association’s weekly briefing, written...