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Ofqual chief Glenys Stacey to stand down
Ofqual chief executive Glenys Stacey has announced that she will be standing down at the end of February. Ms Stacey (pictured), who is also Ofqual’s chief regulator, said...
CBI demands 'formal consultation' on government proposals for apprenticeship levy
Employers should be consulted on the “scope and rate” of a new apprenticeship levy and have “real control” over the whole apprenticeships system, the Confederation of British Industry...
Strike ballot start to new academic year for college staff after UCU rejects AoC pay freeze
Thousands of FE staff will begin the new academic year with a ballot on whether to strike over pay. The University and College Union (UCU) has confirmed it...
Lure of foreign market tempts NOCN to follow other awarding organisations' footsteps abroad
The lure of a new foreign market has temped NOCN to offer management training qualifications in India as it follows the lead of other awarding organisations (AOs) in branching...
Cash-strapped Greenwich Community College making 'reasonable progress' eight months after inadequate blow
A struggling London college has been praised by Ofsted for “reasonable progress” across the board less than eight months after inspectors branded it inadequate. Greenwich Community College, a...
Government advertises apprentice posts for 'shamed' minimum wage offenders
The government is allowing known minimum wage offender firms to advertise for workers on its apprentice vacancy matching service, FE Week has found. Seven of the 75 employers ‘named...
BIS 'confirms' ruling on local authority plan to split troubled Lewisham Southwark College
Local council plans to split Lewisham Southwark College and bring half of it under local authority control have been rejected by the FE Commissioner, it has been claimed. The...
Niace appoints groundbreaking FE-bred NUS president Toni Pearce to employment and skills post
The National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (Niace) has appointed outgoing president of the National Union of Students (NUS) Toni Pearce as its new head of employment and...
Sixth form colleges set to lose criminal record-checking service
Sixth form colleges have been told they will have to find a new way of checking whether potential staff are trying to hide a criminal past. The Sixth...
Funding error reports to be sent to providers after request from advisory group
The Skills Funding Agency (SFA) is to send out tailored data return error reports in response to recommendations from the Data and Management Information Advisory Group. The group,...
Awarding organisation NCFE purchases Cache
Awarding organisation NCFE has bought the Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education (Cache) for an undisclosed sum, it was announced today. A statement on Hertfordshire-based Cache’s...