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Skills Funding Agency announce late and unexpected changes to learner fees
The Skills Funding Agency has announced for the first time that non-tuition fee income (such as for registrations and exams) will not be permitted for fully-funded learners starting...
EMA replacement decisions slammed by the Education Select Committee
The government’s new student support funding for 16-18 year olds has come far too late to allow 2011/12 students to make informed decisions, says Education Select Committee. The...
ESOL impact assessment fails to impress
The government has today agreed a partial u-turn on ESOL cuts after an impact assessment ordered by FE and Skills Minister John Hayes revealed that at least 58,000 women...
MP calls for bankers' bonuses to provide Apprenticeships for jobless youngsters
A Labour MP is urging the government to provide apprenticeships for jobless youngsters with small businesses – by using bankers’ bonuses. Introducing a bill under the ten minute...
Cuts in FE to ‘hit women and black and ethnic minorities hardest’
Current and planned cuts in further education will hit women and  black and ethnic minorities harder than most according to the Woman’s Leadership Network (WLN) and the Network of Black Professionals...
Funding agency fears over fraud
The Skills Funding Agency has promised a crackdown on fraud and misuse of public money in the FE and skills sector, which it admits is likely to get...
Surge in the over-25s sees record rise in apprentices
The Government’s apprenticeship recruitment target of 203,200 for the financial year to March 2011 was exceeded by 54,000, John Hayes, Minister for FE, announced last week. Particularly striking...
Morrisons, Elmfield and the over-25 apprentices
Morrisons boasts that it is the UK’s biggest provider of apprenticeships, although in reality the funding is claimed from the Skills Funding Agency by the independent training provider...
Peter Jones Academy hitting the headlines
BBC Dragon, entrepreneur and now further education celebrity, Peter Jones has been bringing FE into the nationals this week – kicking and screaming. Now I know that FE...
Justifying the subcontracting top-slice
Colleges are increasingly at risk of being percieved to be ripping off partners by “top-slicing” 30 per cent or more in subcontracting agreements. Although the Skills Funding Agency...
Daily Mirror probes subcontracting “scandal”
The award-winning Daily Mirror Investigations team, Andrew Penman and Nick Sommerlad, this week launched an in-depth probe into the activities of Luis Michael Training which has run into...