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Value for money question on Gazelle spending ‘answered by memberships’
Gazelle chief executive Fintan Donohue has said that it’s for to colleges to decide if his organisation delivered value for money as he unveiled an impact report containing no...
Third GFE college steps in to take an academy on from struggling chain
A third general FE college is set to take over a school whose academy chain sponsor has been hit with two financial notices to improve (FNTI) by the Education Funding...
Certificate conman gets 80 hours’ unpaid work
An online conman who sold fake City & Guilds and OCR certificates from his Darlington cul-de-sac home has been sentenced 80 hours of unpaid work. Edexcel, AQA and...
SFA apologises for shock clawback warning that caused 'sleepless nights' for provider staff
Skills Funding Agency (SFA) director Keith Smith (pictured) has apologised to providers about a shock clawback warning that caused “sleepless nights” among sector staff, FE Week can reveal. More...
Cameron hits the roof
The Prime Minister reached new heights when he visited a Nottingham provider to find out more about apprenticeships, writes Rebecca Cooney. David Cameron took a tour of Skills...
Finance directors targeted in scam
College finance directors have been targeted in a bailiff scam involving a chilling “long series” of phonecalls with the con artists themselves. Staff in at least eight colleges,...
Apprenticeship reforms ‘not in long grass’ — Boles
Skills Minister Nick Boles denied apprenticeship reforms had been “kicked into the long grass” after the government went back to the drawing board with plans to route funding...
FE colleges get £700k windfall for higher ed collaboration
More than £700,000 will be handed shared among 74 FE colleges to encourage young people to progress into higher education. The Higher Education Funding Council for England (Hefce)...
Confusion as official websites return different apprenticeship results
Concerns that two official apprenticeship websites could be causing confusion have emerged with identical vacancy searches returning vastly different results. The Skills Funding Agency is keeping its old...