Fraser Whieldon

  • 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


    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

  • Principal suspended pending outcome of investigation has resigned

    Paul Hannan has resigned as principal of the Hadlow Group following investigations into financial irregularities at its two colleges. The announcement comes hours ahead of the group’s first board meeting since December, at which it is expected two new chairs for the boards of Hadlow College and West Kent and Ashford College will be appointed,

    18.39 Mar. 18th, 2019 | News

  • Ofsted finds workers being forced onto provider’s apprenticeship programme

    An experienced commercial training provider new to the apprenticeships market has been heavily criticised after Ofsted found staff at an employer were being forced onto their apprenticeship programme. WDR Limited, which has 83 apprentices, received insufficient ratings cross the board in its first monitoring visit since it started receiving public funding to train apprentices in

    12.12 Mar. 18th, 2019 | News

  • DfE paid £1m to settle Hadlow Group's legal case

    The Department for Education forked out £1 million to settle a legal dispute at a college group under investigation and already relying on government bailouts to survive, FE Week can reveal. The department paid off BAM Construction after West Kent and Ashford College (WKAC) was ordered by the High Court to pay outstanding debts for the construction of a state-of-the-art teaching building in

    11.00 Mar. 15th, 2019 | News

  • Three-day strike at New College Swindon called off after 2% staff pay rise agreed

    Strike action has been called off at New College Swindon after it agreed to a staff pay deal which includes a two per cent raise. Members of the University and College Union at the college were one of nine other colleges due to walk out for three days starting next Wednesday, in the third wave

    14.48 Mar. 15th, 2019 | News


    Your weekly guide to who’s new and who’s leaving. Sean Lyons, Chair of the board of governors, West Nottinghamshire College Start date: February 2019 Concurrent job: Management consultancy and property development  Interesting fact: In his previous role as a senior vice-president in the steel industry, Sean commuted between England and Stockholm every week for five years.

    7.00 Mar. 18th, 2019 | Movers and Shakers