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All 16-18 apprenticeships to last at least one year
All apprenticeships for 16 to 18 year-olds must last at least a year, Skills Minister John Hayes MP will announce in the House of Commons today. Mr Hayes...
Jobs saved as National Extension College sold
An arm of the crisis hit Learning and Skills Network (LSN) has been sold. Ian Oakley-Smith, David Hurst and Karen Dukes of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), the administrators of LSN, have revealed this...
NAO report critical of BIS and SFA bureaucracy reform
Government efforts to reduce bureaucracy in further education (FE) lack clarity and the complete picture, according to a report released today. Issued by the National Audit Office (NAO),...
Chris Shapcott (NAO) asks for “more detailed and clearer picture” of reforms
We spoke to Chris Shapcott, National Audit Office director of regulatory reform, about the NAO report titled ‘Reducing bureaucracy in further education in England’ published today. Q) Were...
Dozen new 'studio schools' announced
A dozen new vocationally-based schools, with links to major employers such as Sony and Glaxo, have been revealed by the government. The Department for Education (DfE) released this morning the...
Employers need greater incentives to invest in apprenticeships, say UKCES
A single skills market is needed to make employers invest more in apprenticeships and training, according to a report published today by the UK Commission for Employment and...
UCU in financial turmoil
Urgent action is needed to prevent the University and College Union (UCU) being plunged into debt, a letter from a UCU Trustee to all the National Executive Committee...
As disputes rise so do the costs
As icy draughts and the impact of budget cuts blow through further education, tensions among staff are rising. Small wonder, perhaps that college managers are increasingly looking for...
Three per cent drop for colleges, survey reveals
Colleges have suffered an overall drop of three per cent in 16-18 year old learners, a new survey has revealed. The survey, conducted by Lsect, funding consultancy and...
Cash incentive places for smaller businesses doubled
Fresh details have been revealed on the awarding of 40,000 cash incentives to smaller businesses to take on apprentices. Business Secretary Vince Cable announced on November 16 that...
Senior leaders concerned about college finances
A survey has revealed a high proportion of senior leaders are concerned about the college finances. Conducted by Capita’s further and higher education business last month, it found...