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The ACE new system for apprenticeships
The new online certification system for apprenticeships, designed to reduce bureaucracy and improve quality, has been launched. Apprenticeship Certificates England (ACE) replaces the paper-based system previously provided by...
Concern over college recruitment trends
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 found Level...
New apprenticeship certification to be launched
A new online system for certification of apprenticeships will be launched today (Wednesday). Apprenticeship Certificates England (ACE) has been brought in to improve the quality and consistency of...
Work Programme at risk of fraud and under-delivery, say NAO
The government’s Work Programme is being exposed to fraud and will help significantly less people than expected to secure a job, a new report has revealed. The National...
Schools with sixth forms restricting college access
Schools with sixth forms are giving students biased advice and restricting the access of colleges and training providers, according to a report by the 157 Group. The policy...
£60m yacht? That could give 45,000 students EMA, says NUS
The National Union of Students (NUS) has suggested how the estimated £60 million needed to buy a new yacht for the Queen could be spent improving FE. Education...
UCU case against IfL has now been ‘discontinued’
Legal proceedings between the University and College Union (UCU) and the Institute for Learning (IfL) have been discontinued. The move comes after the individual claimant in the case,...
Case for employer ownership unclear
The UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) has confirmed its most recent report was drawn up using no new data or research. Proposals made in the Employer...
Further 16-18 apprenticeship funding rate reduction
The government is proceeding with plans to reduce the national funding rate for 16 to 18 apprenticeships by another two per cent next year, despite under-spending by £15m...
Geoff Russell to retire from Skills Funding Agency
Geoff Russell has announced that he will leave the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) this summer. Mr Russell (53), who will remain as chief executive at the Agency until the...
Simon Waugh to leave National Apprenticeship Service
Simon Waugh is to step down as chief executive of the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS). The revelation follows a turbulent six months for the NAS, including a dramatic rise...