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BREAKING: FE champion Shakira Martin standing for NUS president
The top job at the National Union of Students is in the sights of Shakira Martin, currently vice president for FE, who has confirmed she is running for...
National Apprenticeship Week 2017: More than 10,000 back world record attempt through giant careers advice assembly
More than 10,000 young people joined-in for a giant careers advice assembly, through a world record attempt for National Apprenticeship Week 2017. Schools, young people, parents, and employers...
Making sense of the plans for T-Levels
As reported in FE Week yesterday, the Budget on Wednesday will announce new money for technical education to fund what some national newspapers have called ‘T-Level’. The government...
Exclusive: Third largest awarding organisation pulls out of apprenticeship market
Awarding giant OCR has delivered a major blow to the government’s reforms programme by pulling out of delivering final apprenticeship exams altogether, FE Week can reveal. The exam...
Chancellor to announce 'over £500m' per year in extra funding for post-16 skills reform
The Budget will invest new funding in FE from 2019 to pay for increasing the amount of training for 16 to 19-year-olds by more than 50 per cent to over 900 hours...
'Shocked' staff sent packing as huge apprenticeship training provider goes bust
One of the largest apprenticeship providers in England has called in the administrators after the Skills Funding Agency terminated their contract, FE Week has learned. First4Skills, which holds...
Ofsted watch: Local authority provider leaps two grades
A local authority provider has leapt two grades from inadequate to good and an independent training provider has received a grade two on its first inspection in this...
SFA and EFA merger will clear way for Lauener to retire
The Education and Skills Funding Agencies are preparing for an imminent merger that will clear the way for their boss Peter Lauener to retire, FE Week has learned....
Lord Baker: careers advice amendment originally just for UTCs and Studio Schools
Lord Baker hit the headlines last week after he won a major concession in the House of Lords, to force schools to give FE providers access to their...
FE Week asks: FE Commissioner on 'big success' area reviews
Richard Atkins has had a very busy four months since he was confirmed as the new FE Commissioner. FE Week’s Jude Burke caught up with him this week,...
Government silent on adult skills behavioural research centre funding
The government is refusing to say whether more funding will be given to two “pioneering” FE research centres after their start-up grants end shortly. The Behavioural Research Centre...