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Two large colleges pull back from inadequate Ofsted ratings
Two large colleges have pulled back from ‘inadequate’ Ofsted ratings – with both recognised for improved performance in reports out this morning. City of Bristol College and North...
Traineeship to apprenticeship progression rates fall below 20%
The proportion of adult trainees funded by the ESFA who progress onto an apprenticeship has dipped below 20 per cent, FE Week can exclusively reveal. Traineeships were launched...
University technical colleges plan to switch recruitment age to 13
University technical colleges across the country are planning to recruit students a year before their standard 14 starting age, an FE Week investigation has found. Five UTCs are...
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...