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A busy day for mergers as 21 colleges join 10 partnerships
A record-breaking 10 partnerships involving 21 colleges have been made official today – making this the single busiest day ever for mergers. But that figure could have been...
Hartpury becomes second FE college to earn degree awarding powers
A college in Gloucester is only the second FE provider in the country to be granted powers by the Privy Council to develop and award its own honours...
AEB devolution plans are the latest to face delay
The first wave of adult education budget devolution deals are likely to be delayed beyond the planned 2018-19 delivery date because the timetable no longer seems viable for...
IPPR: The apprenticeship levy needs a 'radical rethink'
The apprenticeship levy needs a radical rethink to double investment in skills, according to a new report from a leading think-tank. The so-called “skills and productivity levy” proposed...
Flammable cladding discovered at major Birmingham college
One of Birmingham’s largest colleges has failed a government fire safety test in the wake of the Grenfell Tower blaze. Matthew Boulton College, part of Birmingham Metropolitan College,...
BREAKING: New non-levy procurement launched
The new tender for apprenticeship provision allocations for non-levy-paying employers has been launched at long last today. Hundreds of providers were left disappointed after the Department for Education...
IfA seeks (paid) peer reviewers
The Institute for Apprenticeships is on the hunt for yet more experts – but this time they will be paid. Adverts for up to 80 anonymous peer-reviewers for...
DfE report into foreign skills provision omits funding comparisons with England
The Department for Education has been accused of ignoring skills funding concerns after its international review of post-16 funding included no financial comparisons with England. The report, entitled...
Ofsted watch: Two providers slump to ‘inadequate’
Two providers plummeted from ‘good’ to ‘inadequate’ after recent Ofsted inspections, in a week which has seen nearly every inspected FE and skills providers drop grades. Rotherham Borough...
Detail of apprenticeship levy audit regime revealed
Apprenticeships funded from May will be included in the Education and Skills Funding Agency’s 2016-17 audit programme, FE Week can reveal. Annual ESFA financial assurance audits take place...
Local authority sets up rival apprenticeship provider register – but will charge
A local authority is planning to make hundreds of thousands in management fees by offering access to its own apprenticeship provider list, FE Week can reveal. Nottingham City...