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AoC: Membership fees overhaul consultation to avoid £1 million overspend
A consultation on the future of the Association of Colleges has set out plans for an overhaul of membership fees, to help prevent a £1 million overspend on...
Government pushes for more over-60s apprentices
Over-60s are being encouraged to do more apprenticeships, in a new government report looking at how to boost employment prospects in later life. The report by the Department...
First ever procurement process for adult education budget contracts finally launched
The first ever procurement process for adult education budget contracts has finally been launched by the Skills Funding Agency. FE Week reported two weeks ago that the procurement...
Ofsted rates Birkenhead Sixth Form College as outstanding in all areas
A sixth form college in the north west has become only the second in the country to be rated outstanding by Ofsted under the common inspection framework. Birkenhead...
IFS calls for minimum public sector workforce apprenticeship target to be scrapped
The new minimum target for public sector bodies to employ at least 2.3 per cent of their workforce as apprentices should be scrapped, a new report for the...
Apprenticeship funding rule requiring 20 per cent off-the-job training ‘not going away’
Help is being offered to the government in an effort to define the minimum 20 per cent off-the-job training apprenticeship rule. Chief executive of the Association of Employment and...
Halfon: Careers advice at colleges 'state of the art' but schools not good enough
The skills and apprenticeships minster has hailed the “state of the art” careers advice that colleges deliver, but called on schools to “do more” as he looks ahead...
Parent anger over Daventry UTC closure
An angry parent of a student “devastated” by the news that her university technical college would close in the summer has demanded to know why the school took...
Institutes of technology £170m windfall going to existing providers
The extra £170 million the government has promised to set aside for a new wave of “prestigious” institutes of technology will go to existing providers, FE Week can...
'Inadequate' Gateway SFC pulls back from Leicestershire area review
A struggling sixth form college has pulled out of its ongoing area review, after a special intervention by sixth form commissioner Peter Mucklow. The Leicester-based Gateway SFC received...
Ofsted watch: West Cheshire College no longer 'inadequate'
A mostly encouraging week for FE, with regards to Ofsted reports, saw West Cheshire College shed its inadequate tag. It went up to grade three from its previous...