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The National Audit Office passes judgement on adult apprenticeships
The National Audit Office (NAO) has published its ‘Adult Apprenticeships’ report today, which looks into “whether the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) is obtaining value for money...
FE Week's Apprenticeship Week Supplement
  Inside our supplement you will find comments from industry experts such as Lynne Sedgmore, executive director of the 157 Group, Graham Hoyle, chief executive of the Association of...
AoC survey reveals a ‘worrying’ drop in low level learners
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...
Government publish FE Choices
Private providers ahead of FE colleges in government learner satisfaction survey. Learners think private training providers listen and respond to their views better than general FE colleges, according...
The merits of an FE loans system debated
Pictured above from left to right: Paul Warner, AELP, David Hughes, NIACE, and Martin Doel, AoC, at the EMFEC Centenary Conference in Daventry  The FE loans system proposed...
Does satisfactory require improvement?
Ofsted has announced a consultation which will propose replacing the ‘satisfactory’ grade with ‘requires improvement’ for all further education (FE) colleges. The inspection shake-up follows similar suggestions put...
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...