Top ten: FE Week most read news in 2017

FE Week is known for investing in high quality investigative news and with three and a half million page views it’s been another record year.

The news team has published 811 articles since January and here are the ten most read.

  1. ‘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.
  2. Full Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers finally published
    Almost 75 per cent of applicants to the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers were successful, the Skills Funding Agency has revealed.
  3. Over 1,600 jobs at risk after Learndirect fails bid to overturn Ofsted ‘inadequate
    The country’s largest FE provider has lost a High Court bid to quash an as-yet unpublished ‘inadequate’ Ofsted rating, FE Week can reveal, leaving more than 1,600 of its staff at risk of losing their jobs.
  4. Government bans major levy provider after FE Week exposé
    A major training provider claiming to have £130m of apprenticeship levy business has had its contract with the ESFA terminated, after an FE Week investigation found that one of its employees had been offering banned inducement payments to an employer.
  5. National provider enters redundancy consultation with staff
    Staff at the nation’s largest FE provider are on tenterhooks, as they wait to find out whether they will still have a job at the end of a 30 day consultancy period enforced this week.
  6. First official apprenticeship levy figures show a 61% fall in starts
    Total apprenticeship starts for May, June and July fell a staggering 61% compared to the same period last year.
  7. Procurement paused for apprenticeships with smaller employers
    The decision over funding allocations for apprenticeship provision for non-levy-paying employers has been be paused by the government, to allow time a careful review.
  8. Why the delay for Learndirect inspection report?
    Ofsted’s eagerly awaited inspection report on the nation’s largest FE provider has been delayed by six weeks, with the “silence period” before the election given as the reason.
  9. Government secretly grading all colleges and training providers
    More than half of providers have been secretly rated by the Education and Skills Funding Agency as posing a potential risk, FE Week can exclusively reveal.
  10. Major provider chaired by ex-SFA boss calls in administrators
    A major training provider whose chair was the first chief executive of the Skills Funding Agency has gone into administration after failing to make it onto the new Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers.

Happy New Year to all our readers, contributors and commercial partners. Thank you for all your support in 2017 and playing a part in our continued growth.