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Apprenticeships, Results 2022

An urgent call to demystify apprenticeships

As we approach exam results, the option for a young person to undertake an apprenticeship needs to be a…

Shane Chowen
Anne Milton
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This is how training providers can prepare for more devolution in the Adult Education Budget

Don’t duplicate your bid applications and do look elsewhere for inspiration, writes Steve Morris In February 2022, the government…

Jess Staufenberg
Steve Morris
Opinion

Here are 3 ways to improve inclusivity in apprenticeships

Existing apprenticeship providers should reach out to smaller businesses to encourage them to offer training, writes Linda Martin It’s…

Jess Staufenberg
Linda Martin
Opinion

This summer, let’s make sure EDI initiatives aren’t just a tickbox exercise

Exploring the diverse history and stories in the local area around your college is a powerful way to include…

Jess Staufenberg
Ellisha Soanes
Opinion

Students still don’t know what ‘green skills’ are

If the UK is going to attract investment in its green economy, we desperately need skilled young people to…

Jess Staufenberg
Neil Bentley-Gockmann
Opinion

The PM-hopefuls need a plan for missed traineeship targets

Instead of taking back unspent cash, the DfE and Treasury should look at reallocating this underspend as a new…

Jess Staufenberg
Ian Ross

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The FE Week Podcast: Ofsted in the spotlight

Come and inspect the inspectorate with The FE Week Podcast! Education journalist Jess Staufenberg speaks to former inspectors, current…

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The FE Week Podcast: New college, new country – Refugees in FE

After travelling thousands of miles, facing extremely dangerous situations, often stuck in legal limbo – refugee and asylum-seeking students…

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Focus feature: T Levels two years on

Teething problems and tweaks notwithstanding, FE providers are unexpectedly positive about the biggest new technical and vocational qualifications in…

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Focus feature: Decarbonising college estates

Decarbonising a college estate is a huge, multi-million-pound project. Jess Staufenberg talks to three leaders about risking it all…

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Focus feature: Women principals leaving a legacy in FE

This year numerous top female college principals are stepping down after giving their professional lives to the FE sector….

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Another giant apprenticeship provider hit with Ofsted grade 3

Kaplan’s level 7 apprenticeship delivery comes in for specific criticism

Billy Camden
Billy Camden
Apprenticeships, Subcontracting

Director ban for subcontractor boss that paid relatives and renovated house using skills funding

Failure to keep accurate financial information about £2.5 million worth of public money has led to a lengthy director…

Shane Chowen
Shane Chowen
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HMRC under fire from Ofsted over apprenticeships fiasco

Thousands of employees were forced onto apprenticeships before being withdrawn

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Next step in adult education funding overhaul

Over a year after plans were first proposed, DfE has released more detail on reforming adult education funding and…

Shane Chowen
Shane Chowen
Skills reform

DfE updates incorrect level 3 review impact assessment

Potential scale of the impact of the reforms has now changed

Billy Camden
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Levelling Up, Skills reform

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Ungraded and ‘requires improvement’ providers can deliver more T Levels sooner

Updated guidance makes ‘requires improvement’ and ungraded providers eligible to deliver more T Levels from September 2023.

Shane Chowen
Shane Chowen
T Levels

T Level colleges awarded slice of £74m to refurbish buildings for 2023 delivery

Over £74 million has been awarded to colleges to develop 86 T Level projects set to launch in September…

Billy Camden
Billy Camden
T Levels

Third of first T Level students apply for university courses

UCAS data indicates a third of the first T Level students have applied for university courses, as well as…

Jason Noble
Jason Noble

Ofsted Latest

Apprenticeships, Ofsted

Another giant apprenticeship provider hit with Ofsted grade 3

Kaplan’s level 7 apprenticeship delivery comes in for specific criticism

Billy Camden
Billy Camden
Ofsted

First ‘outstanding’ inspection for Educationwise Academy Ltd

The inspection report, published today, praised tutors and leaders for carefully planning curriculums and said apprentices make “significant progress.”

Shane Chowen
Shane Chowen
Apprenticeships, Ofsted

Anglia Ruskin University apprenticeships ‘require improvement’, Ofsted says

Anglia Ruskin University has more than 2,000 apprentices on higher level programmes.

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Jason Noble

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Lisa O’Loughlin Principal and CEO, Nelson and Colne College Group Start date: December 2022 Previous job: Principal, The Manchester…

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Movers and Shakers

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: EDITION 395

Rachel Ellis-Jones Principal, Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education Start date: June 2022 Previous Job: Deputy Principal, Bishop…

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Jason Noble
Movers and Shakers

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: EDITION 394

Craig Hodgson Principal and CEO, NSCG Start date: September 2022 Previous job: Vice Principal, Finance and Corporate Development Interesting…

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