Fraser Whieldon

  • Ofsted watch: New apprenticeship provider censured in otherwise strong showing by FE

    A new apprenticeship provider has been heavily criticised for not monitoring its subcontracted provision in what was otherwise a strong show in this week’s run of Ofsted reports. Piper Training Ltd, the training arm of the Building Engineering Services Association, received three ‘insufficient progress’ ratings from the watchdog in its first monitoring visit since it

    16.26 Apr. 18th, 2019 | News

  • Plans revealed for Londoners to receive free ESOL courses up to entry level 3 from next year

    The Greater London Authority is planning to provide free English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) courses up to the level required for British citizenship. As part of a new consultation on its Skills for Londoners Framework, which was launched today and outlines how the GLA intends to spend its adult education budget (AEB) from

    17.27 Apr. 15th, 2019 | News

  • AoC ‘disappointed’ local sustainability reviews won’t include schools

    The Association of Colleges has criticised the Department for Education’s new local area reviews for not including small “non-viable” school sixth forms. Under the reviews, announced on Monday, FE Commissioner Richard Atkins (pictured) will provide “a flexible intervention that can make recommendations on the best way of achieving long-term sustainable provision” in the local area.

    14.47 Apr. 4th, 2019 | News

  • Select committee chair and skills minister clash over Spending Review strategy

    The skills minister and the chair of the education select committee were at loggerheads this morning after Anne Milton refused to say how much extra FE funding she is requesting from the Treasury. Committee chair Robert Halfon argued that education ministers would be more likely to win over the Treasury if they were openly campaigning

    12.54 Apr. 3rd, 2019 | News

  • ‘Serious concern’ as training provider cashes in on controversial management consultancy apprenticeship

    A member of the Commons Public Accounts Committee has “serious concerns” about the government allocating one provider up to £40 million in nine months to teach a controversial management consultancy apprenticeship. Layla Moran, the Lib Dem education spokesperson, was responding to an FE Week analysis that showed the level 7 accountancy/taxation professional standard had 3,250

    8.00 Mar. 29th, 2019 | News

  • IfA chief 'stepping down', claims headhunters

    The chief executive of the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IfATE) will step down when his contract is up, FE Week understands. In an email seen by this paper, the headhunters Gatenby Sanderson said Sir Gerry Berragan would not reapply for the post he has held for the past 16 months. He refused to

    9.00 Mar. 29th, 2019 | News

  • Ofsted watch: Private provider straight in with grade one

    It’s been a week of mainly highs for FE as one provider was rated ‘outstanding’ in its first ever inspection, while another was found making ‘significant progress’ across the board in an early monitoring visit. The week wasn’t without its lows, however, as several providers scored ‘insufficient progress’ ratings in their own monitoring reports. White

    15.56 Mar. 22nd, 2019 | News

  • MOVERS AND SHAKERS: EDITION 275

    Your weekly guide to who’s new and who’s leaving. Lorraine Hill, Chief finance officer, City College Plymouth Start date: March 2019 Previous job: Director of business and finance, Treviglas Academy Interesting fact: She loves to watch cookery programmes, but her husband is in charge of cooking at home. Koen Lamberts, Chair of the board of trustees, UCAS Start date: September 2019

    6.00 Mar. 25th, 2019 | Movers and Shakers

  • The numbers expose the truth – level 6 and 7 is mostly ‘dead weight’ and unaffordable

    This week the Association of Employment and Learning Providers called on the government to stop subsidising all level 6 and 7 apprenticeships. Their proposal is radical because big employers have lapped up the opportunity to develop and have subsidised many expensive professional level apprenticeships to replace existing training schemes. Take the level six accountancy /

    9.30 Mar. 22nd, 2019 | Opinion

  • Stop levy funding for all level 6 and 7 apprenticeships, demands training providers

    All level six and seven apprenticeships, including those with integrated degrees, should be removed from the scope of levy funding to relieve mounting pressure on the budget, the Association of Employment and Learning Providers has said. The radical proposal comes just weeks after the National Audit Office warned there is a “clear risk” the apprenticeship

    0.01 Mar. 20th, 2019 | News

  • Hadlow Group appoint interim chairs – including one very familiar face

    The embattled Hadlow Group has been bolstered by the appointment of two new interim chairs for its colleges’ boards: an ex-chief executive of the Association of Colleges and a mergers and acquisitions expert. Martin Doel, who will chair West Kent and Ashford College’s board, and Andrew Baird, who will chair Hadlow College’s board, are the

    11.44 Mar. 19th, 2019 | News