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Ofsted reinspection timeframe halved
Ofsted proposals to halve the time between inspections of good FE and skills providers have been questioned by the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL). Ofsted chief...
SFA ‘top-up’ on Esol welcomed — but concern for 2015/16
A Skills Funding Agency (SFA) move to allow “topping-up” on funding for new English for Speakers of Other Languages (Esol) qualifications has been welcomed — but concerns remain...
Staff get ‘improved’ offer as strike vote ends
Lambeth College staff who went on a five-week strike just before the summer holiday and are considering further industrial action have been presented with “improved” offers over controversial...
Phones 4u apprentices find new employers
The Skills Funding Agency (SFA) and subcontractor EQL Solutions have revealed plans to support apprentices left unemployed after Phones 4u went into administration. The Staffordshire-based mobile phone retailer...
Childcare sector calls for return of Functional Skills as entry option
Childcare qualification providers have called for Functional Skills to be reinstated as entry requirements for early years educator (EYE) qualifications after Skills Minister Nick Boles showed his support...
Indies challenged to compete
The independent learning provider (ILP) sector has been laid down the challenge of getting more involved in skills competitions. Stewart Segal, Association of Employment and Learning Providers’ chief...
All aboard for the Skills Show
Plans for the third annual Skills Show have been unveiled, featuring more than 50 hands-on activities, a new tour bus and ‘late show’ preview. Former Dragons’ Den investor...
Sixth form colleges record growing numbers
Sixth form colleges have shared their enrolment figures for 2014 after taking part in a joint Association of Colleges (AoC), Sixth Form Colleges’ Association (SFCA) and FE Week...
Liberal Democrat party conference : Apprentice minimum wage pledge from Business Secretary
Plans to boost apprentices’ pay by more than £1 an-hour have been cautiously welcomed amid concerns the rise could dissuade employers from offering apprenticeships. Business Secretary Vince Cable...