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Queen’s honour’s list recognises peoples’ work with WorldSkills
For the first time the Queen’s birthday honour’s list has recognised people’s work with WorldSkills International. Seven people received a CBE, OBE or MBE partly because of their...
Functional Skills funded for 38 per cent less
Providers delivering in the workplace will receive almost 40 per cent less funding when they are forced to switch from Adult Basic Skills (ABS) Certificates to Functional Skills...
SFA £2.3m website hardly used
The FE Choices website has been viewed by 6,230 people since it launched in January, figures obtained by FE Week reveal. The  response from the Skills Funding Agency...
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...