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A Way forward for Apprenticeship durations
FE Week’s Nick Reinis speaking to the newly appointed chief executive of NAS at the Apprenticeship Quality Conference last week             Picture by...
Apprenticeship Vacancy system ‘under scrutiny’
Sanctions are being considered for providers who fail to advertise vacancies on the Apprenticeship Vacancy (AV) system, an e-mail seen by FE Week reveals. From August 2010, providers...
Lessons to be learned following SFA data ‘episode’
An investigation into changes on FE Choices has found more than 2,500 data records were adjusted without public knowledge. The Data Service, which is part of the Skills...
Stay of execution for ESOL
English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) qualifications will continue to be funded for at least one more year, despite changes to the eligibility of literacy qualifications. Issue...
No accountability for issues in FE, say MPs
There are too many funding organisations in further education of which none take responsibility for cutting red tape, according to a report by MPs. The Commons Public Accounts...
Funding comparison software released by The Data Service
The Data Service, an arm of the Skills Funding Agency (SFA), has today published ‘shadow funding calculations’ in the latest version of their funding software. Version 19.03 of the...
More than 2,000 secret changes to FE Choices
An investigation into changes on FE Choices has found more than 2,000 data records were adjusted without public knowledge. The Data Service, which is part of the Skills...
SFA auditors assigned to A4e
Auditors at the Skills Funding Agency have been assigned to help A4e carry out a review of some of its government contracts. The internal audit, led by law...
Principal supports no-notice inspections
The principal of a college which underwent the first no-notice inspection in FE has praised the piloted scheme. Richard Atkins, the principal at Exeter College, believes the proposed...
Unemployment not free for all
Confusion reigns over who should pay fees The Skills Funding Agency (SFA) say colleges are not allowed to fully-fund unemployed learners seeking work unless they are on state...
Lambeth College leaves 157 Group following inspection
A college will not renew membership to the 157 Group amid reports of an ‘inadequate’ Ofsted inspection. Lambeth College, in London, revealed on Wednesday that it will no...