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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...
Vince Cable to focus on the other City salaries?
Vince Cable is calling for greater transparency of executive salaries at a time when top wages are being scrutinised in the further education (FE) sector. The business secretary...
When FE colleges choose not to call themselves 'colleges'
Some say it is a source of pride, while others say it has become ill-defined and devalued. Regardless of which view is right and which is wrong, the...
Family tax benefits barrier to apprenticeship starts
Learners are turning down apprenticeships as families cannot afford to miss out on vital benefits payments. An investigation by FE Week has found families lose child benefit and...