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Skills minister bids farewell to Team UK with heartfelt speech
“You are helping to improve the national culture around skills and apprenticeships” was the message from Robert Halfon to EuroSkills Team UK at a special send-off event in...
UTC Cambridge hit by Ofsted grade four rating
A University Technical College based in Cambridge has been hit with an ‘inadequate’ grade by the education watchdog Ofsted. UTC Cambridge opened in September 2014, specialising in biomedical...
Ron Dearing UTC expands a year before opening
A University Technical College (UTC) scheduled to open in Hull next year has expanded to accommodate an extra 50 student places in its first intake, in response to...
Lewisham Southwark College still wants Newcastle merger despite local offers
A struggling London college is still trying to engineer a merger with a group based almost 300 miles away in Newcastle, despite rejecting offers from both a neighbouring...
Half the levy will be paid by just 400 employers - but who are they?
Around half of the upcoming apprenticeship levy will be paid by just 400 employers – but the Skills Funding Agency won’t say who those companies are. The revelation...
Nescot appoints principal but controversial former head Sunaina Mann stays at Saudi subsidiary
Nescot, which has been dogged by scandal throughout 2016, has appointed a new chief executive officer and principal, but representatives are refusing to reveal what’s happened to its...
Providers found ignoring apprenticeship register application guidance just hours from critical deadline
Organisations wanting to deliver apprenticeships from next May are failing to follow instructions from the Skills Funding Agency just hours before a critical deadline. The new Register of...
Scotland and Wales dominate Skills Show 2016 medal table
Around 200 of the UK’s top vocational learners were rewarded with gold, silver and bronze medals at the closing ceremony of the Skills Show on November 19. Medals...
Scammers target colleges during AoC conference
FE colleges have been targeted by a spate of attempted frauds in the past few weeks – including several attempting to capitalise on the fact principals were attending...
Jaguar apprentices rescued after provider collapses
Training provision has been saved for thousands of learners, including those on a high-profile scheme with Jaguar Land Rover, after the Skills Funding Agency oversaw a last-minute buyout...
Collab Group: Ofsted isn’t the only marker of success
Ofsted does not “paint a complete picture” of success, according to a group of colleges which has just absorbed an institution with a grade three rating. The Collab...