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Colleges agree ‘hub and spoke’ London proposal could work
The 157 Group’s proposals for a ‘hub and spoke’ approach to provision at level 3 and above in London have been given qualified support by several non-member colleges...
The multi-million-pound ‘cowboy’ trade in subcontracting
> ‘No win no fee’ brokers raking in up to five per  cent commission fees on seven figure contracts > Government says the SFA will look at ways to...
No easy answers for volunteers in apprenticeship levy, Boles says
Skills Minister Nick Boles (pictured) has accepted there are no immediate solutions to “difficulties” that the apprenticeship levy will pose for charities. Charity Finance Group (CFG) representatives warned...
Hackney Community College principal named new president of AoC
The Association of Colleges (AoC) has announced Ian Ashman, principal of Hackney Community College, as its President-elect. Mr Ashman will take over from current president John Widdowson on...
CBI warns institute must not just ‘rubber-stamp’ standards
The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has criticised the body established to police the reformed apprenticeship system as having a “disappointingly narrow” set of duties and responsibilities. Pippa...
Geographic funding data published for first time
The Skills Funding Agency (SFA) has published geographic funding data for the first time — ahead of devolution of the adult education budget. It is based on learners’...
First college outstanding Ofsted rating awarded under CIF
A college in Cornwall has become the first to be rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted since the introduction of the Common Inspection Framework (CIF) in September. The education watchdog’s...
AoC sport national championships kicking off
More than 1,800 college sporting stars will travel to Tyne and Wear this weekend to compete in the 38th AoC National Championships. Students, who qualified for the championships...
Government launches area review cash for consultants
Application guidance for up to £100k consultancy grants that will support the implementation of area review recommendations has been published — a month after FE Week exclusively revealed...
157 Group wants 'technical institutes' to lead level three and above training for key industries in capital
The 157 Group has proposed that single colleges should take a lead for level three and above training for key industries across London. It called for the establishment...
Exclusive: SFA will improve new interactive data dashboards following complaints
The Skills Funding Agency (SFA) has said it will improve its tool for viewing qualification achievement rates (QAR) following complaints from providers — but is unable to say...