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Ofqual boss: lack of end point assessment organisations is 'not irresponsible'
Ofqual’s chief regulator has said it’s “not irresponsible” for apprenticeships to be launched without an organisation in place to deliver the final exam. Speaking at FE Week’s Annual...
Breaking: College on 'lock down' due to security threat
A college has been closed for the day and all students sent home because of a security threat. Bury College is understood to have been put on ‘lock...
Panel debates end-point assessment and RoATP
Concerns about quality and the impact of reforms on social mobility dominated the panel debate of FE and skills sector leaders at the Annual Apprenticeship Conference. Dame Asha...
Gordon Marsden lays out Labour's FE policy objectives
Labour would establish an official pre-apprenticeship programme, and support apprenticeships for care leavers, veterans and people with disabilities, according to the shadow skills minister Gordon Marsden. During his...
MPs queue up to blast apprenticeships register omissions
Fierce criticism has flooded in from MPs concerned at the large number of colleges that have missed out on the new register of apprenticeship training providers. The list...
No growth projections for Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers
There has been no modelling done by the Skills Funding Agency to predict how many providers will eventually end up on the new register of apprenticeship training providers,...
Ofsted watch: Another UTC hit with poor grade
A university technical college in Middlesex received a grade three in its first ever Ofsted inspection, spelling even more problems for the 14 to 19 institutions, in a...
Apprenticeship providers warned not to sacrifice quality
The “new apprenticeship system is the eBay of education” and “will drive down quality”,  the boss of the Association of Employment and Learning providers told delegates at FE...
Editor Asks: Amanda Spielman, chief inspector, Ofsted
With ‘inadequate’ verdicts fatally undermining many FE providers, the stakes have never been higher on Ofsted inspections. The new boss, Amanda Spielman, admits this places huge pressure on...
Exclusive: Non-levy allocations no longer ruled out for unsuccessful colleges
Non-levy allocations will no longer be ruled out for the dozens of colleges that weren’t listed on the new register of apprenticeship training providers at the first attempt...
'Mandatory training' for untested apprenticeship providers on register
New providers with little or no track record will have to undergo “mandatory training” before they can deliver apprenticeships, the Skills Funding Agency has said. The plans are...