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Exclusive interview with BIS committee’s chair
With the Business, Innovation and Skills Select Committee report highlighting a number of apprenticeship issues, FE Week deputy editor Chris Henwood met chairman Adrian Bailey MP to discuss...
Group chair appointed to steer FE Guild
An independent chair has been appointed as proposals to create an FE Guild take shape. David Hughes, chief executive of the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE),...
Teachers unskilled to provide careers advice
The fifth annual Colleges Week has kicked off with the publication of a report that shows schoolteachers and parents are struggling to give youngsters the right advice to...
Where have all the students gone?
More than a million students could not be traced by researchers wanting to find out what happened to them when their courses finished. Just 12.9 per cent of...
Strength at the top is key to improvement concludes Ofsted
Strong, effective leadership is one of the key features of success, suggests Ofsted’s How Colleges Improve report. Winning colleges were seen to share characteristics of strong governance and...
Short shrift for new-look Ofsted reports
Joy Mercer, AoC                    Jan Webber, ASCL Reports of inspections under the new common inspection framework (CIF) are to become...
Colleges undecided on ‘Trip Advisor’ website
Providers are remaining on the fence about Ofted’s Trip Advisor-style Learner View website. The website, which cost £65,000 to develop and went live in time for Ofsted’s 2012/13...
Skills Funding Agency ‘assured’ over Elmfield Training payments to Morrisons
A system of payments from the provider behind the UK’s biggest apprenticeship programme to the firm whose staff it trains has been given the green light by the...
Urgent reform to apprenticeships needed, says BIS Committee
An 11-month government inquiry into apprenticeships has recommended a host of changes, including “closer scrutiny, careful monitoring or even complete reform”. The Business, Innovation and Skills Committee today...
Cash boost on out-of-favour qualifications
Funding for a host of politically unpopular workplace qualifications is set to rise, with payments for one course rocketing 508 per cent. Click here for the list. Payments...
Provider challenges new-look inspection
One of the first Ofsted inspections under the new common inspection framework is to be disputed. Merseyside-based Central Training, which bills itself as one of the UK’s largest...