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Local Government Association critical of skills mismatches
England is failing young people by training them for jobs that don’t exist, while not providing them with the skills for areas where there is work, according to...
More than £20 million spent on Framework for Excellence
The government has spent more than £22 million producing the Framework for Excellence and  FE Choices websites. A letter sent by skills minister John Hayes to Lynne Featherstone...
Staff and students lobby MPs over FE loans scheme
Staff and students are campaigning against the introduction of FE loans today. Protestors have written to the skills minister John Hayes asking for “urgent clarification” on whether the scheme...
HMRC confirm VAT on FE loans with independent training providers
Adult learners may have to pay VAT if they study with an independent training provider next year. The 20 per cent charge, which will be applied as part...
New round of higher apprenticeship funding allocated
Business secretary Vince Cable has announced 4,239 new higher apprenticeships in sectors such as aviation, low carbon engineering, legal services and space engineering. Providers have been allocated almost...
Ofsted publishes new inspection framework
Ofsted is to reduce inspection notice periods from three weeks to two days. The change, which will be implemented from September, is set down in an amended Common...
Final FE loans impact assessments come under fire
The shadow FE minister, an independent charity and two trade unions have criticised the FE loans policy following the publication of the final Equality Impact Assessment (EIA) and...
Government considering apprenticeships at level 6 and 7
The government says they are “looking” at introducing apprenticeships at level 6 and 7. A source from Number 10 said the new levels would widen access routes into...
CBI report reveals basic skills deficit
Employers remain dissatisfied with school and college leavers’ basic skills according to a report by CBI. Around a third of employers said that young people lacked the necessary...
Concern over VAT on FE loans
Learners taking out an FE loan next year could be forced to pay 20 per cent VAT if they study with an independent training provider, according to Graham...
Richard Review interview
Entrepreneur Doug Richard is to lead an independent review into the future of the apprenticeship programme in England. The former Dragon’s Den investor has been commissioned by the...