News

NSAFD U-turns on mandatory vetting of apprenticeship qualifications
In an embarrassing U-turn, the National Skills Academy for Food and Drink has dropped controversial plans for mandatory vetting of apprenticeship qualifications. The body, which leads the food...
Ofsted watch: Traineeships silver lining for provider stuck on grade three
Independent training provider Nottinghamshire Training Network found itself stuck at a grade three this week, with all its provision deemed to ‘require improvement’ except traineeships, which were rated ‘good’....
UTC applications surge after letters sent to parents
The body that runs the university technical colleges has been making bold claims about a surge in demand for places for 14-year-olds. New figures shared exclusively with FE...
Conservatives accused of ‘hiding’ ministers from press scrutiny
The Conservatives have been accused of hiding from FE Week in the run-up to the general election – and the party’s central office has persistently blocked us from...
Horror show for degree apprenticeships
There’s no sign that the non-levy allocations farrago will be solved any time soon – and now higher education leaders are issuing dire warnings about the future of...
College pays learners to complete online courses
A college in the north-east has used public funds to pay its students cash bonuses for completing online short courses. Middlesbrough College advertised a £50 “cash bonus” on...
Principal standing down of recently created FE college
The principal of  Prospects College of Advanced Technology is set to retire, after guiding it through becoming the first new FE college in more than 20 years. Neil...
Final two Team UK competitors selected for WorldSkills 2017
A chef from The Ritz and a car painter who works for a national crash repair company have been announced as the final two members of Team UK...
IFS: Parties’ spending plans leave 16 to 18 education with 10% less than schools
General election manifesto plans of all three major parties’ proposals will leave spending for 16 to 18-year-olds around 10 per cent lower than secondary schools, according to new...
Breaking: Sixth form college principal resigns with immediate effect
The surprise resignation of Bolton Sixth Form College’s principal has been confirmed this morning to FE Week, three days after it was reported he had been suspended. Alex...
Merger of two London colleges agreed
Two London colleges have finally agreed to merge, more than 18 months after the link between them was first proposed. The College of North West London and City...