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UTC will not open despite DfE spending over £8m
A University Technical College (UTC) developed in partnership with Burton and South Derbyshire College will never open, despite the government spending more than £8m setting it up, the Department...
Greening challenged over apprenticeship funding cuts
The first day back from parliamentary recess saw education secretary Justine Greening challenged over widespread apprenticeship funding cuts uncovered by FE Week. Shadow skills minister Gordon Marsden lodged...
NAO apprenticeship report warns of history repeating itself over fraud
The apprenticeship reform programme risks repeating the fraud that plagued Individual Learning Accounts without more robust risk planning, the National Audit Office (NAO) has warned. The stark message...
New name and new 'ambitions' for 157 Group
The 157 Group is set to rename and announce new ‘ambitions’ next month, less than a year after completing a strategic review. It comes just 10 months after...
MPs use FE Week analysis to demand funding cuts reversal
More than 50 Labour MPs have urged skills minister Robert Halfon to reverse apprenticeships funding cuts exposed by FE Week. The group led by David Lammy, former minister...
Concern over FE Week funding cuts findings raised by shadow minister
Serious concerns about funding cuts for 16-18 year old apprentices have been raised by shadow skills minster Gordon Marsden, in a letter to apprenticeships and skills minister Robert...
Tougher quality rules needed for apprenticeship providers, says AELP
Tougher rules surrounding the quality requirement for apprenticeship providers have been called for by the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP). The association has today published its...
Employers seeking 'payment for access' to their apprenticeship levy pot
Large employers are auctioning access to their future apprenticeship levy pot to the highest bidding training provider, the Association for Employment and Learning Providers has claimed. The revelation...
Teaching ban for inappropriate messages to college student
An indefinite teaching ban has been imposed on a former Bournemouth and Poole College lecturer — after he was found to have sent inappropriate messages to a young...
Destination data reforms show big improvement for college leavers
Changes to how the government collects data charting student progress after they finish key stage five courses have dramatically improved success rates for colleges compared to schools. Destination...
Apprenticeship adviser to PM dumped as future of role left in doubt
The future of the apprenticeship advisor post to the Prime Minister remains uncertain, as a spokesperson for Nadhim Zahawi has today told FE Week he is no longer...