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Talks to address apprenticeship concerns
Apprenticeship providers plan conference as criticism mounts over numerous “worthless” delivery models Training providers have called for talks on issues surrounding apprenticeships in the wake of heavy criticism....
UCT sells Ufi Limited to Lloyds TSB Development Capital (LDC)
The Ufi Charitable Trust (UCT) has sold part of its business to Lloyds TSB Development Capital (LDC) for £40 million. Ufi Limited, which is known for its management...
WorldSkills London 2011: The people who make it happen
It takes a lot of people to run the globe’s largest skills competition – but WorldSkills London 2011 will not be in short supply of help. For this...
Mail on Sunday on 'the great apprentice jobs racket'
Today the Mail on Sunday published an article which was highly critical of the growth in apprenticeships, particularly at the supermarkets; Morrisons and Asda. The national newspaper contacted...
Lifelong Learning Accounts launched without a launch
  Lifelong Learning Accounts were made available last week despite no formal announcement and minimal publicity from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS)and the Skills Funding...
FE colleges could be “left to stand on their own two feet”
Government reforms could see colleges given greater freedoms under plans to deregulate further education (FE). The Education Bill, which is at the Lords Committee Stage, contains a range...
Unemployment ‘free-for-all’
Leaked Skills Funding Agency email reveals more late policy changes, but will colleges refund the fees? Colleges will for the first time be able to claim full funding...
Nine projects secure £4.6m Collaboration and Shared Services Grant
The 157 Group and Association of Colleges (AoC) have announced nine projects which will benefit from the Collaboration and Shared Services Grant. AoC and the 157 Group were each...
AoC research finds half let down by careers advice
Calls are being made for guaranteed face-to-face careers guidance in the wake of a startling report. Research released today by the Association of Colleges (AoC) shows considerable confusion...
BBC Radio 4 Apprentice programme sparks debate
A BBC Radio 4 programme has sparked concerns about the delivery of retail apprenticeships for learners already employed. The show,  headlined ‘The apprentices’ and broadcast as part of...
Forecasts suggest there are simply fewer 16-18 year-olds
Declining teenage population numbers could be playing a significant role in student shortfalls. Figures compiled by the Office for National Statistics in a UK National Population Projection show...