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Young apprenticeships fall as adults nearly double
The rise in adult apprenticeships has continued to accelerate in the first three months of the new academic year, while the number of starts aged between 16 and...
Employability qualifications are just the job
Increasing unemployment is fuelling a sharp rise in demand for short employability qualifications, figures obtained by FE Week reveal. Statistics from three major awarding bodies – Edexcel, City...
Apprenticeship success rates highest ever
Apprenticeship success rates have risen for the fourth consecutive year across all age groups, according to new government data. The statistical first release (SFR), published by the Data...
More than 14m learner accounts unused
Less than 0.01 per cent of more than 14 million learning accounts have been accessed directly by learners, figures obtained by FE Week reveal. The statistics, released in...
Hayes launches independent review into professionalism of FE workforce
The Skills Minister has launched an independent review into the professionalism of the further education (FE) and skills workforce today. John Hayes MP has confirmed the review will...
The National Audit Office passes judgement on adult apprenticeships
The National Audit Office (NAO) has published its ‘Adult Apprenticeships’ report today, which looks into “whether the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) is obtaining value for money...
FE Week's Apprenticeship Week Supplement
  Inside our supplement you will find comments from industry experts such as Lynne Sedgmore, executive director of the 157 Group, Graham Hoyle, chief executive of the Association of...
AoC survey reveals a ‘worrying’ drop in low level learners
Worrying trends have been revealed in the recruitment of Level 1 and Entry Level students. In their latest survey on 16-18 recruitment, the Association of Colleges (AoC) has...
Government publish FE Choices
Private providers ahead of FE colleges in government learner satisfaction survey. Learners think private training providers listen and respond to their views better than general FE colleges, according...
The merits of an FE loans system debated
Pictured above from left to right: Paul Warner, AELP, David Hughes, NIACE, and Martin Doel, AoC, at the EMFEC Centenary Conference in Daventry  The FE loans system proposed...
Does satisfactory require improvement?
Ofsted has announced a consultation which will propose replacing the ‘satisfactory’ grade with ‘requires improvement’ for all further education (FE) colleges. The inspection shake-up follows similar suggestions put...