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£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...
BBC 5 live investigates apprenticeships
Apprenticeship schemes which misuse taxpayers’ money is to be debated by leading figures in the FE sector on ‘5 Live Investigates’. The programme, which will be broadcast on...
Apprenticeship sales force enrol themselves
Call centre staff at a training provider have enrolled onto an apprenticeship programme to improve their skills. Twenty workers at Intraining, part of NCG (formerly Newcastle College Group)...
FE Week visits parliament to meet the apprentices working in MP’s offices
The number of apprentices working in MP’s offices are on the rise, just as young people undertaking an unpaid internship in Parliament has become a hotly contested issue....
UTC scuppered by college and university dispute
A college principal which helped create the University Technical College (UTC) model has been forced to postpone her own bid. Stella Mbubaegbu, principal of Highbury College, has been...
Gove could do BETTer for FE
The shadow minister has hit out at the disregarding of further education in the overhaul of the ICT curriculum. Education secretary Michael Gove announced a consultation on withdrawing...