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When FE colleges choose not to call themselves 'colleges'
Some say it is a source of pride, while others say it has become ill-defined and devalued. Regardless of which view is right and which is wrong, the...
Family tax benefits barrier to apprenticeship starts
Learners are turning down apprenticeships as families cannot afford to miss out on vital benefits payments. An investigation by FE Week has found families lose child benefit and...
DfE consults on plans to make FE teachers fully qualified in schools
A consultation has been launched which could pave the way for further education (FE) teachers to work in schools as qualified members of staff. The Department for Education...
SFA announces £25 million in Renewal Grants for colleges
The Skills Funding Agency (SFA) has announced that £25 million in Renewal Grants is to be made available to colleges. The SFA Chief Executive, Geoff Russell, has written...
SFA to take personal assets from directors of fraudulent providers
The Skills Funding Agency (SFA) has new powers allowing them to take personal assets which belong to the directors and senior management of fraudulent, unproven providers. A spokesperson...
Where are the 16-18 year-olds?
Survey of more than 100 colleges reveals shocking student shortfalls Colleges are facing a significant 16-18 recruitment shortfall, a survey obtained by FE Week suggests. An online survey...
Not-for-profit salaries ~  you decide…
FE Week has been taking a look at the accounts of two similarly sized not-for-profit awarding bodies. These figures form part of their 2010 Financial Statement, which can...
Latest apprenticeship policy slammed
The Shadow Minister for Further Education and Skills, Gordon Marsden, has hit out at a Government policy designed to cut the data returns and audit requirements needed to...
City & Guilds allocated more than £8m for 25,000 Asda apprentices
The Skills Funding Agency (SFA) has allocated more than £8m to City & Guilds in order to deliver 25,000 apprenticeships at Asda. The funding will be used to...
12 week apprenticeships still advertised
Despite increased criticism in what the Chief Executive of the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) called ‘hot-housing’, many short NVQ and apprenticeship programmes are still being advertised. In June...
Government review into IfL effectiveness
The government is to hold an independent review into workforce professionalisation, including the effectiveness of the Institute for Learning (IfL). John Hayes MP, minister for education, skills and...