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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...
Kim Thorneywork new SFA chief executive
Kim Thorneywork is the new interim chief executive of the Skills Funding Agency (SFA). Geoff Russell, the current chief executive of the SFA, announced his decision to step...
‘Cheated’ colleges’ secret audit
A report commissioned by a secret group of FE colleges has accused other institutions of manipulating data in order to boost success rates. The document, written by Tenon...
Sunderland College staff to strike over proposed pay cuts
Staff at Sunderland College are striking over a row concerning their pay. The University and College Union (UCU) said the dispute relates to proposals to cut the salaries...
Ofsted adds to criticism of A4e
Staff at A4e are struggling to improve the way they deliver apprenticeships, according to a monitoring report published by Ofsted. The document, which details a monitoring visit carried...
Redundancies announced at the Association of Colleges
The Association of Colleges (AoC) is making redundancies as part of a cost saving and “restructuring process”. The job losses so far affect three managers, two directors and a...
Poor information on vocational courses given to students
A third of pupils have never been presented with the option of taking up a vocational course, according to research published ahead of Vocational Qualification Day. The independent education...
SFA launches Community Learning Innovation Fund
A new community learning fund has been launched today by the Skills Funding Agency (SFA). The Community Learning Innovation Fund (CLIF), which will be managed by the National...
UKCES survey highlights ‘skills potholes’ in the UK
More than two in five businesses operating in the UK do not provide training opportunities for their staff, according to research by the UK Commission for Employment and...
FE Minister gets the final word
The skills minister has been scrutinised by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) Select Committee in the last evidence session of their inquiry into apprenticeships. John...