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Spring awards see college learners’ efforts praised
  College learners received the red carpet treatment as their outstanding achievements were celebrated at the FE Sussex Spring Awards. The Hilton Brighton Metropole Hotel was the setting...
Euro Commission ‘oversteps the mark’ on learner info
The European Commission has been accused by a civil rights group of “overstepping the mark” in making FE learners say if they are from single parent households. Final...
HMRC backs SFA on Trailblazer VAT
Trailblazer employers will not have to shell out tax on cash rewards for taking on apprentices, it has been confirmed. The Skills Funding Agency (SFA), in its Trailblazer...
Staff with ‘access’ to young learners not checked by bosses
A Leicester-based training provider has been slapped with an inadequate grading by Ofsted after failing to carry out criminal checks on staff working with learners under 18. Qdos...
Employers back skills pilot after damning review
Businesses have called on the government to keep faith with its employer ownership of skills pilot despite a damning review of the project having revealed the first stage...
Labour plan face-to-face careers advice for all teenagers to include 'high quality apprenticeship' guidance
Sector leaders have welcomed Labour plans announced today to give every teenager face-to-face careers advice — including guidance on “high quality apprenticeships and technical degrees”. Party leader Ed...
Slapped wrists for Ucas after breach of electronic marketing rules by 'wrongly' signing college learners up for advertising
Learners who used the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (Ucas) to apply for higher education courses at FE colleges were wrongly signed up to advertising, the Information Commissioner’s...
New Bubbles's Learning Revolution conference
Creative teaching and the role of research were discussed at the New Bubbles Learning Revolution Conference, which also saw calls for Ofsted to be abolished. Delegates heard from...
Provider hit with grade four rating after just one apprenticeship achievement in two years
An independent learning provider that has seen just one learner achieve an apprenticeship since it started running the programme almost two years ago is having its government funding withdrawn...