Alix Robertson

  • Edge Foundation Annual Lecture focuses on bridging skills gap

    “People without jobs and jobs without people” was Australian chief executive Nicholas Wyman’s chosen topic for the 2015 Edge Foundation Annual Lecture, as he spoke about the challenge of the ‘skills gap’. Mr Wyman delivered his keynote speech to an audience at Glaziers Hall, in London Bridge, following an introduction from former Education Secretary and

    12.30 Oct. 16th, 2015 | News

  • Government absent as FE protestors call for Esol answers

    Government ministers were missing from a lobby on funding cuts to English for Speakers of Other Languages (Esol) — despite the event drawing hundreds of demonstrators from across the FE sector. Around 600 staff and students from a range of colleges gathered at the Houses of Parliament on Wednesday (October 14) to protest against the

    12.30 Oct. 16th, 2015 | News

  • Unison FE members 'overwhelmingly' reject AoC pay freeze proposal

    Further education sector members of Unison have “overwhelmingly” voted to reject an Association of Colleges (AoC) pay freeze recommendation for 2015/16, FE Week can reveal. Unison has written to the AoC, and colleges it is negotiating for, with the result and a warning that unless the offer was improved the union would be “in dispute” with

    19.00 Oct. 14th, 2015 | News

  • Esol funding cuts protest rally draws hundreds from across FE

    Staff and students from across the FE sector gathered outside the Houses of Parliament in their hundreds today to protest against cuts to the provision of English for Speakers of Other Languages (Esol). Demonstrators, said to number around 600 in total, joined the rally to protest against the government’s decision in July to cut funding

    19.34 Oct. 14th, 2015 | News

  • Legal seal of approval granted for FE chartered status body

    Chartered status for colleges and training providers in the FE sector has moved an important step closer after the body set up to launch the quality mark was given legal approval. The Queen approved the grant of a Royal Charter to the Institution for Further Education (IfE) in June, as reported in FE Week. The

    16.53 Oct. 9th, 2015 | News

  • Under threat area review colleges step in as local school shuts sixth form

    Three Greater Manchester colleges subject to one of the government’s post-16 education area reviews have been called on to take learners from a local school after it suspended sixth form enrolment. Parents and carers of prospective Stockport Academy sixth formers have been told by the school that Stockport College, Aquinas College and Cheadle and Marple

    10.24 Oct. 9th, 2015 | News

  • MP Stella Creasy intervenes over mass brawl said to involve college learners

    Former Labour deputy leadership candidate Stella Creasy has spoken out in defence of “innocent young people” after reports that college learners in her constituency had been involved in a mass street brawl. The Walthamstow MP, who got 26 per cent of votes to come second in her party’s deputy leadership race to Tom Watson last

    9.53 Oct. 9th, 2015 | News