Billy Camden

  • Revealed: The 5 winners of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough AEB tender

    The five training providers that have won contracts with Cambridgeshire and Peterborough to deliver its devolved adult education budget have been revealed. The combined authority will take control of an annual £12 million budget to deliver to deliver adult education from September. Just over £2 million of it was put out to tender in January.

    18.15 May. 23rd, 2019 | News

  • Hadlow Group colleges scandal: The FE Commissioner’s 6 key findings

    The FE Commissioner reports into a college group that has been engulfed in a financial scandal have been published this morning. It comes a day after one of them, Hadlow College, was placed into education administration by a High Court judge. The sister college, West Kent and Ashford (WKAC), is not affected by the ruling,

    9.08 May. 23rd, 2019 | News

  • High Court judge places Hadlow College into administration

    Hadlow College has been put into administration today, making it the first college to fall under the insolvency regime since it was introduced this year. At the High Court today, the Chief Insolvency and Companies Court judge Nicholas Briggs granted an application from the education secretary Damian Hinds for an education administration order for the

    14.42 May. 22nd, 2019 | News

  • Apprenticeships programme ‘out of kilter’ with DfE’s own objectives, PAC warns

    The way the apprenticeships programme is evolving is “out of kilter” with the government’s own objectives and “poor execution” has created “serious longer-term problems”, the Public Accounts Committee has warned. The damning conclusion was made in the influential committee of MPs’ new apprenticeships progress report that said the reforms made in spring 2017 are failing

    0.01 May. 22nd, 2019 | News

  • PAC apprenticeships progress report: The 6 recommendations

    The Public Accounts Committee has today published its progress report into the apprenticeship reforms that were introduced in April 2017. Members of the committee grilled a number high-profile government officials on the affordability of the programme in March following a National Audit Office report earlier that month that warned it is not financially sustainable. The

    0.01 May. 22nd, 2019 | News

  • Spring clean of standards underway as IfA reveals outcome of digital review

    The Institute for Apprenticeships has officially begun its spring cleaning of old standards, and started by withdrawing three in the digital sector. A review of 12 digital apprenticeships developed prior to April 2017 got underway in September to ensure their content is of high-quality, meeting employer needs and do not overlap with each other. The

    16.13 May. 20th, 2019 | News

  • Government reveals flexibilities for T-level industry placement

    Flexibilities will be added to the controversial 315-hour minimum industry placement in T-levels – including allowing multiple placements at different employers, the government has announced. The move, which FE Week revealed was on the cards in March, is part of a “package of support” being offered to employers to provide what the education secretary Damian

    0.01 May. 19th, 2019 | News

  • Scandal-hit Hadlow College first to go through insolvency regime

    The ongoing financial scandal engulfing Hadlow College has led to it having the dubious honour of becoming the first to be taken through the new college insolvency regime. FE Week can reveal that the Department for Education plans to end bailouts to the college, and on Tuesday the education secretary, Damian Hinds, applied to the

    9.00 May. 17th, 2019 | News

  • ‘We are restless for solutions': Grenfell community meets the PM about 'threat' to local college

    Campaigners battling to save a college campus that serves the community affected by the Grenfell Tower disaster have pleaded with the prime minister to intervene. In a private meeting with Theresa May and communities secretary James Brokenshire that lasted over an hour on the evening of May 8, members of Grenfell United spoke of the

    7.00 May. 17th, 2019 | News

  • College to axe A-level department at a time of quality and financial concerns

    A college that crashed two grades from ‘outstanding’ last year is consulting on plans to close down its A-level provision – putting around 20 jobs at risk. Highbury College, which is also in a precarious financial position partly because of an ongoing legal battle with a Nigerian state to recover a £1.4 million debt, informed

    16.24 May. 16th, 2019 | News

  • ESFA to finally invite small employers and providers to trial apprenticeship system

    The Education and Skills Funding Agency is preparing to invite non-levy employers and providers to test its digital apprenticeship system. The agency will introduce this change over a “transition period” through an “expressions of interest phase”, with those chosen commencing the trial from summer 2019. Currently, only big employers with an annual total pay bill

    10.37 May. 16th, 2019 | News