Fraser Whieldon

  • WorldSkills 2019: What you need to know as Team UK makes it to Kazan

    Today, Team UK fly out to WorldSkills 2019 in Russia.  Here’s our short, but handy explainer about the competition, competitors and what chance Team UK has of topping the medal tables at the closing ceremony in 10 days time. What is WorldSkills? WorldSkills is a biennial competition that will this year take place (from Friday

    13.23 Aug. 19th, 2019 | News

  • Chartered Institution for FE in breach of bye-laws after ‘minor technical error’ delays accounts’ publication

    The Chartered Institution for Further Education looks to have broken its bye-laws set by the Privy Council after failing to publish its 2017-18 accounts. FE Week has been repeatedly asking for their financial statements, which should have been signed off in December, since March. The institution’s own bye-laws state that the ruling council “shall ensure

    17.25 Aug. 16th, 2019 | News

  • Ofsted watch: 'Insufficient' week for new private providers

    Nearly half of the new providers which have had Ofsted reports published this week have made ‘insufficient progress’ in at least one area. YMCA George Williams College and London School of Commerce & IT Limited are among those to receive the rating for Ofsted’s objectives of ‘successful apprenticeship provision’ and ‘positive outcomes for apprentices’. The

    17.09 Aug. 16th, 2019 | News

  • Second college to go through insolvency regime

    West Kent and Ashford College will apply to enter education administration tomorrow. The embattled college is expected to follow its sister college Hadlow into insolvency, after the former fell in May, in order to streamline the sale of their various campuses. It follows on from the FE Commissioner Richard Atkins recommending in July that Hadlow

    12.10 Aug. 15th, 2019 | News

  • New education secretary meets WorldSkills UK in first college visit

    The education secretary, Gavin Williamson, has met Team UK representatives during his first visit to a further education college in his new role. On what the Department for Education described as a unofficial private visit, Westminster Kingsway College hosted a meeting between Williamson and representatives of WorldSkills UK, including chief executive Dr Neil Bentley-Gockmann. The

    16.07 Aug. 14th, 2019 | News

  • ‘We are ready’: Team UK mechatronics duo take on the world’s best

    FE Week talks medal hopes and teamwork with WorldSkills UK mechatronics competitors Jack Dakin and Danny Slater as the final countdown to Kazan begins. Reporter Fraser Whieldon travelled to Toyota UK in Derby yesterday to meet the mechatronics duo; both of whom are 24, from Derby, and work at the automotive manufacturer. The two are

    12.40 Aug. 14th, 2019 | News

  • Cyber crime advice put out by ESFA following college email hacks

    Firewalls, data back-ups and training staff to verify email senders are some of the actions colleges should take to protect themselves against cyber attacks, according to new government guidance. The Education and Skills Funding Agency has published the advice today after colleges fell victim to phishing scams earlier this year, where genuine-looking emails were sent

    16.50 Aug. 12th, 2019 | News

  • Why Boris needs more than bobbies on the beat

    In response to a knife attack in London on August 8, 2019, Boris Johnson said he is going to put more police on the streets.  Of course he is right to suggest people will feel safer as a result. However, he couldn’t be more wrong if he had thought that more police would solve the

    11.34 Aug. 12th, 2019 | Opinion

  • Ofsted Watch: Employer providers excel in good week for FE sector

    Two employer providers have made an excellent start to their apprenticeship training careers, with five ‘significant progress’ findings from their cumulative early monitoring visits. North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust broke a spell of bad reports for the NHS with its report finding it had made ‘significant progress’ in all three areas. Inspectors said

    12.44 Aug. 9th, 2019 | News

  • Three in four providers cannot meet SME apprentice demand thanks to levy drought

    Three quarters of training providers cannot meet the demands by small and medium sized employers for training apprentices, because the apprenticeship levy is running out of cash. That’s according to a new Association of Employment and Learning Providers survey, which also revealed a quarter of providers have had to turn away a prospective new SME

    0.01 Aug. 9th, 2019 | News

  • Meet Team UK: Hairdressing hopeful McLavy aiming to bob above the competition

    From getting her start with a Saturday job at a salon to competing in hairdressing at WorldSkills Kazan, Phoebe McLavy is an exemplar of the dedication it takes to get to the top of your game. The 20-year-old spoke to FE Week while training for this month’s competition in Russia at Reds Hair Company in

    16.44 Aug. 8th, 2019 | News